Gareth's Guests

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Michal Oshman

‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ One of Facebook’s many mantras that struck a nerve for Michal Oshman, and so it became the title of her latest book. Inspired by her grandmother - a holocaust survivor - Michal has lived day by day looking over her shoulder in…
27 Sep 1AM 1 hr 05 min

Candace Bushnell

If you recognise the name “Carrie Bradshaw”, you lived in an era of prime time television, where 'Sex and the City' dominated the airwaves for years, but also became a cultural phenomenon - redefining modern relationships. Gareth sits down with the creator of the series, Candace Bushnell, to discuss her…
20 Sep 1AM 1 hour

Aspasia Karras

You might ask, who still writes columns... let alone who still reads them? Aspasia Karras is the editor-at-large of Sunday Times Lifestyle, and she joins Gareth for a general catch-up. They dive into interesting topics like vaping, self-inflicted pain, and the trappings of branding and self-image.
13 Sep 1AM 49 min

Tim Urban

Tim Urban has spent years writing stick-figure-illustrated posts on his blog, Wait But Why. Thanks to his creative and unique way of seeing the world - and all of its issues - he has now written his first book, What’s our Problem? Gareth speaks to him about the book, and…
6 Sep 1AM 56 min

Thea Booysen

Avid gamer, professional streamer, author and academic... Thea seems to be doing it all at the age of 25, while keeping a cool head and conquering the world. Gareth discusses her accolades in neuropsychology (in which she is obtaining her Master’s degree), and her relationship with the King of YouTube…
30 Aug 1AM 39 min

Louise Carver

South African treasure Louise Carver joins Gareth Cliff and Lebang Kgosana in the studio for a long overdue catch-up. With 7 albums, 11 South African Music Award nominations, and 2 Billboard No. 1’s, it’s a no-brainer that Louise is easily one of South Africa’s most precious talents. Together, they discuss…
23 Aug 1AM 1 hr 02 min

Bruce Fordyce

Bruce Fordyce - A household name and South African legend. Best known for winning the South African Comrades Marathon a record nine times, the "Winged Messenger" sits down with Gareth Cliff to discuss the special moments in his career, his involvement in today's athletic culture, and his interests in anthropology…
22 Aug 2PM 42 min

Vusi Thembekwayo

As we enter the final months of 2023, many of us are feeling a weight on our shoulders... unsure about the future of South Africa. It’s cool-headed, focused individuals, like Vusi Thembekwayo, that we rely on for leadership and insights. Gareth Cliff speaks to Vusi about SA’s business landscape in…
15 Aug 2PM 1 hr 16 min

Paul Slabolepszy

Paul Slabolepszy is a literal legend of South African theatre. He tells Gareth Cliff about his family's history, mixing sport and drama, his lifelong partnership with Bill Flynn, the new version of one of his famous plays, what inspires his writing, and the true meaning of legacy.
2 Aug 1AM 55 min

Dorianne Weil (Dr D)

You might know her as Dr D from her many years on 702, but in this in-depth discussion, Dorianne Weil shares some personal stories about meeting Mandela, her arduous fertility fight, grieving the loss of her husband, and how to find happiness.
26 Jul 1AM 56 min

Ben Goldsmith

Ben Goldsmith has written a beautiful book about a terrible tragedy. After losing his teenage daughter in a freak accident on the family farm in Somerset, England in 2019, Ben was drowning in the depths of grief and despair. His deeply personal story of how he found his way back…
20 Jul 2AM 46 min

Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Award-winning writer, Darrel Bristow-Bovey joins Gareth to talk about his new book ‘Finding Endurance: Shackleton, My Father and a World Without End’. Don’t miss this somewhat philosophical discussion about the relationship we have with our fathers, the true meaning of success, and how to ‘win’ at the game of life.
19 Jul 1AM 49 min

Vatiswa Ndara

She is a notorious South African actress who has released a new book, exposing the truth about the local entertainment industry. Not only does Vatiswa Ndara talk about her experiences within that world, she also drops some big names that have treated her and many others wrong. It has been…
28 Jun 1AM 53 min

Howard Sackstein

Gareth Cliff sits down with Howard Sackstein, a lawyer by training and an entrepreneur by profession, to talk about his life and career in the political space. Howard is the founding member of the Jewish anti-apartheid movement, which actively fought against the apartheid regime. With tons of other accolades such…
21 Jun 1AM 49 min

Mike Teke

Mike Teke - a man of principle and passion in South African business - sits down with Gareth Cliff to discuss his fascinating life growing up in the townships during the apartheid era, as well as his outlook on life. He explains why relationships built on professionalism and respect are…
14 Jun 1AM 48 min


Slikour has been as busy as ever in the world of entertainment. Having released a new book, he joins Gareth Cliff and Lebang Kgosana in studio for a tell-it-all interview about his life, career, and recent realisations about the world. One hour with the South African hip hop mogul is…
13 Jun 1AM 50 min

Ted Botha

Daisy de Melker... a widow and nurse living in Johannesburg, South Africa became a notorious offender worldwide in the 1930s. This serial killer with blatant intent and disregard for the law is covered by South African author, Ted Botha - who had no intent on writing this book, but stumbled…
30 May 1AM 36 min

Michael Cardo

Harry Oppenheimer is an icon of South African history, with an extraordinary life wrapped up in a nexus of politics, business, and wealth. Author Michael Cardo has been granted first-hand access to the Oppenheimer chronicles and historical documents from within the family - to script a truthful, but gripping biography…
24 May 1AM 56 min

Solly Moeng

Meet the man behind the political commentator! Solly Moeng - a columnist, expert in brand reputation, and regular contributor to the Burning Platform - joins Gareth in-studio to discuss his life overseas as a part-time lecturer and full-time South African. Due to political reasons, he has been chased out of…
17 May 1AM 51 min

Pieter-Dirk Uys

A man of history, a man of culture, multiple personas... and one proudly South African legend. Pieter-Dirk Uys sits down with Gareth Cliff to discuss his life, career, family and precious moments. Hear about where he grew up, his family, the influences for his satiric characters, and some heartwrenching moments…
10 May 1AM 1 hr 04 min
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