If a mere seven more MPs had voted with Prime Minister JBM Hertzog in favour of neutrality, South Africa's history would have been quite different. Will we see more war under the administration of US President Joe Biden? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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21.01.21 Pt 2 - Surely there's a way of raising funds for the vaccine without having to increase taxes, or is our government simply being lazy? President Cyril Ramphosa's leadership skills are brought into question.

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21.01.21 Pt 1 - It's said that if you live through the media, you will die through the media. However, what about fake news... is there a place for it in today's society? When it's time to fix your heart, do you research your cardiologist's medical history?

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Grave concern in Mozambique, where the impotence of the African Union is compounded by crushing poverty and the actions of Muslim fundamentalists, who are converting vulnerable civilians at the end of a barrel. The team discusses the potential for corruption around the Covid vaccine process in South Africa, and how citizens might end up overpaying, while many may not even get vaccinated. And finally, what will the Biden regime mean for Africa?

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Are we ready for 2021? It's 2021, but how happy will our new year be? Gareth welcomes back his inaugural panel for this discussion - Jeremy Thompson, Sihle "Big Daddy Liberty" Ngobese and Phumi Mashigo to look into this. Then wraps up with Dorianne Weil who gives her psychological point-of-view.

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14.01.21 Pt 2 - With Donald Trump having effectively been kicked off social media, there are a lot of people asking a lot of questions about free speech on digital platforms, and who decides which voices get heard. The team discusses how citizens need to become more involved in their communities in order to effect change in South Africa. And finally, it turns out that Africa is the youngest continent geologically, but we continue to have the oldest leaders… Go figure.

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14.01.21 Pt 1 - The team is tackling the big adult issues, like what should be done with old, blunt knives. In Italy, the biggest mafia trial in over forty years is being set up; hopefully all the witnesses will be around to make an appearance. If you own an air fryer, please stop strutting around the place - it’s a home appliance, not a cure for cancer.

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Nick Hudson, co-founder of Pandemics Data and Analytics (PANDA) joins the Burning Platform to discuss what the data suggests about the effectiveness of lockdowns on a cost-to-benefit ratio. There’s a discussion around the media’s role in stoking pandemic panic, before moving on to the subject of a vaccine - its viability given a rapid public uptake after an equally rapid turnaround, and Big Pharma’s push to get a solution to market without it first being peer reviewed. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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07.01.21 Pt 2 - The team examines whether we should be more fearful of political figures’ global pandemic of stupidity, rather than Covid-19. As we move into the second year of the global lockdown cycle, there are serious questions around the mental health of society and the development of children who will become the next generation of functioning adults. Closing out the pandemic-related hour is a look at whether some countries have handled lockdowns better than others.

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07.01.21 Pt 1 - A treasonous mob stormed Capitol Hill in the US, resulting in panic about the veracity of Western Democracy. Don’t see lockdown as a hardship, think of it as a highlights package of what retirement will be like - it might give you an idea of how you’ll age. Finally, as an adult, how often should you be having a physical check up?

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