Not many people have a life story quite like this… at the age of 21 he gives up a life of privilege for one of danger and sacrifice, including 27 years living in exile while working for the ANC. He was also one of the founding members of Umkhonto we Sizwe in Natal in 1961. Ronnie Kasrils is a former SA government minister, and was a leading member of the African National Congress during the apartheid era. In his post-activism life, he’s written another book – ‘Catching Tadpoles: The Shaping of a Young Rebel’. Gareth Cliff chats to him about the pages of his latest read that are bursting with anecdotal stories that are not only enjoyable to read and connect together like a racy novel, but can teach old and young, black and white much about inclusiveness and bringing hope for all South Africans.

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Kanthan Pillay is joined by Dumo Denga on the Burning Platform and they’re zooming in on the affairs of our eventful country, from the SAA business rescue to Eskom’s load shedding rearing its ugly head again. Dumo thinks we could implement better methods of collecting tax where everyone benefits. Then, could Donald Trump be the first president to be impeached by congress… and potentially go on to win the 2020 elections?
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How deep do the effects of corruption run within Eskom? Who are the people who have led this march to ruin? What does that mean for the ordinary taxpayer? Ted Blom is back to untangle the different ‘stages’ of what feels like Eskom’s inevitable demise. From being a crown jewel in the State’s portfolio, Eskom is now a burdensome noose around the neck of all of South Africa’s citizenry. How long will it take Eskom to get their act together? Is there light at the end of the tunnel, or is loadshedding part of a ‘dark’ future for our country?

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Kanthan Pillay is joined by Mpiyakhe Dhlamini – an anarchy-capitalist, formerly a libertarian and formerly a socialist. The duo discuss Trump and the impeachment, and a potential recession in the horizon. Meanwhile, hot off the press, Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced what seems to be a bailout for a crippled SAA. Sexual allegations and that of an affair made public could be a devastating if not handled properly. Find out how best to deal with such a situation. Finally, the panel share their projections for the South African economy in 2020. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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Who is the most powerful Kim in the world? No, it isn’t Kim Kardashian – it’s a small Korean man with a bad haircut. He also has his finger on the button of a dangerous nuclear arsenal and the command of the third largest standing army on earth. Kim Jong-Un is the latest in a succession of Kims who rule North Korea – and their private lives are wilder than their public personas. Find out about them in this episode of Blind History.

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On the back of the SAA strike, their disgruntled employees are now up in arms over being paid only half of their salaries. Kanthan Pillay joins in via Skype and weighs in on this with a logical explanation. Dali Mpofu and Tembeka Ngcukaitobi are on different ends of a legal battle for the first time, in what’s been dubbed a legal ‘derby’. Gareth, who has personally dealt with them both in his own legal woes, gives his opinion. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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In order to address the historic wrongs caused by arbitrary dispossession of land in South Africa, land redistribution has largely received universal acceptance as a means of reparations. But the concept of ‘compensation’ in land reform is something of a contentious issue, and the conversation is both principled and economic. Implementing it even calls for a change to the country’s constitution. While the policy of redistribution without compensation has been given the green light, critics warn against the heavy impact it will have on an economic level. However, optimists believe that this process can occur without adverse economic effects. Is land redistribution without compensation a viable option, and what needs to happen to ensure that it’s successful?

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Roelf Meyer became a well-known face in South Africa during the transition to democracy when he led negotiations on behalf of the National Party with the ANC’s chief mediator, Cyril Ramaphosa. Whatever your political standing, you can’t help but be in awe of what this man has done. It’s now been more than 20 years since he left active politics, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been making a difference in other ways. Gareth gets into a conversation with this powerful leader on his groundbreaking work, some of the tough decisions he’s had to make, his comments on politics today, and so much more.

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Ideologies like communism and socialism have seen a massive decline in popularity over the years. Countries such as Venezuela are seen as the final nail in the coffin for the economic systems. On the other hand, global capitalism has taken a drastic knock, particularly after the 2008 global financial crisis left many people financially destitute. Ordinary citizens around the world continue to band together to fight corruption and grotesque abuse of funds either by the private sector or by governments. So, given the above, can we take the best of communism and capitalism and create a socio-economic utopia?

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Kanthan Pillay is joined by Jan-Jan Joubert and they get into all sorts, including the impeachment hearings. In other news, there’s a new sheriff at Eskom, but is he the right person to turn this failed state-owned entity around? Kanthan voices some strong opinions on this topic. What do you think the future looks like for white people in SA? Jan-Jan has written a book about this topic, and Kanthan shares his opinion. The team also discuss the SAA debacle and where it’s likely to end. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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