MKT tells us the five things which must improve in the sporting world in the Football offseason. It's Euro 2020 in 2021 Day... the boys review "The group of death" which is Group F. James gives wise life lessons regarding the challenges of the process of becoming a grown-up.

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Euro 2020 fever is heating up! One Day to go and today MKT discusses Group D and E. Is Football coming home? James reveals incredible big time journalism facts about Shakira and why she was chosen to sing the World Cup 2010 theme song in Africa. How important is eye candy in sports and which country will win in the stands at Euros?

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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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As world leaders and global organisations wrestle with the geopolitics and economic strategy for Covid-19, Africa is now entering its 'second wave'. Is the continent ready to deal with what’s to come, and can lessons be learned from Tanzania’s approach? In the DRC, which continues to function amid all its tribal and militant tensions bubbling close to the surface, Laurent Kabila's real killer may have been found. Brought to you by Johannesburg Business School.

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As the South African government clamps down on high school students and their celebrations after finishing school, how should we view the admonishment of these gatherings and them being labelled Covid-19 'superspreader' events? The National Pharmaceutical Agency is being floated again - red flag or good news? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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10.12.20 Pt 2 - If a presenter is coming on to a show, should they absolutely have to wear a shirt? Stop looking at the government like they are your mommy, they are not! The billion dollar question for 2020 is can one get Covid-19 twice? US democracy is naked for all to see... and it's not a pretty sight.

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How does one collate data when the governments of the world are hellbent on lockdowns as the only solution to solving a global pandemic? Has the gathering of data been transparent globally? Is the function of WHO to scare people so that they change their behaviour? How will Sweden be judged by history for not locking down? Social media can help or hinder progress... how should we navigate those waters? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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01.10.20 Pt 2 - The psychology of children in our global society needs to be taken into account when we impose policy around lockdowns. What are the actual differences in the levels of lockdown? How does one govern themselves during a global pandemic when they don't agree with state mandates around social and physical distancing?

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What is the purpose of a lockdown during Covid-19? Is acting reasonably something which can be encouraged, and if so, which countries have done this? Are South African politicians capable of governing the laws they make? Will the death count be the correct metric to gauge the success of measures taken during the pandemic... we just don't know! Brought to you by Nando’s.

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