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Is the extended, voluntary hard lockdown bringing South Africa to its knees financially? Is there an irrational side to hard lockdowns, even with a global pandemic being declared by governments globally? What are the metrics for success in order to end the lockdown completely? Reyno de Beer of the Liberty Fighters Network joins us to speak about the constitutionality of lockdown, and why the government must be challenged before it's too late for South Africa's citizens and their civil liberties.
Two entrepreneurs - Andile Ramaphosa and Brad Fisher - are doing their part in the fight against Covid-19, by providing ventilation technology to taxis in Gauteng. This is a major development, but has been marred by controversy, given that Andile is the son of President Cyril Ramaphosa. With so many allegations regarding the funding of the project circulating, the co-founders of SDI Force speak to Gareth Cliff about the inaccuracies in the media's reporting on this.
Your civil liberties are not a given, they are constantly to be fought for. Mark Sham of #SACitizensUnite challenges South Africans to not be silent in the fight for a better country. How can you get actively involved, how can you protest together, and will technology be the saviour of society against poor governance? It's okay to want a better life, but what are you willing to do to have that life?
How much of what, and how you think is holding you back right now? Would you care to know? Harvard psychiatrist and brain scientist, Dr Srini Pillay, has a career that spans three decades and he's dubbed his recent learnings, 'The Science of Possibility: Leveraging your Brain for Future Success'. He gives Gareth a few tips and tricks on how shifting how you use your brain, could shift the way you do things for the better.
Across the country, we are currently experiencing many schools dealing with students, both past and present, who have had enough. For years now, some high-profile schools have been hiding a wide-range of abuse behind “heritage”, “reputation” or “legacy”. Using the story of Collan Rex (the former water polo coach at Parktown Boys High School, found guilty of 144 charges of sexual assault and 14 of assault, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison) as a background, Sam Cowen chats about uncovering what has been dubbed “institutional abuse” in her new book, Brutal School Ties - The Parktown Boys’ Tragedy.
If your love language is to touch and hug, how does one deal with social distancing? What are the rules for making movies during lockdown? How long can creatives make it in South Africa without working? South Africa's marginalised populous is largely looked after by grandmothers and single moms, and Hlubi has put together a terrific initiative to help these 'imbokodos' in trying to feed their families. For more info go to relate.org.za.
The rise of the South African black opera singer may be a surprise to some, but this maestro believes that the nature of South African social culture is to sing in choirs, so where better to find and breed talent? The lack of patronage for South African artists has driven Njabulo to help South African artists by starting the Voices of South Africa International Opera Singing Competition. Yes, there's prize money to be won, but there's a far bigger prize for those who are scouted, and it's truly life-changing. Bravo Maestro!
Bryan Habana remains one of the nation’s shining stars in sport. He caught the spotlight as the World Cup-winning Springbok legend and try scoring machine known for his finishing ability, an eye for intercepting passes, and his electrifying pace. Gareth catches up with him to find out how life today for ‘Little Madiba’ (as some of his teammates used to call him) is different from his days on the field. He’s also a devoted family man, working fiercely on the Bryan Habana Foundation and making waves through his businesses.
When most people think about some of their earliest influences, a teacher is often on the list. Educator, leader and recent author of ’Fush - A Story of Pride, Respect and Leadership’, Shaun Fuchs chats to Gareth and the team. In the book, he writes about his life as a school rugby star, a soldier, a provincial powerlifter, a renowned waterpolo coach, a lifelong entrepreneur, a dynamic teacher, a beloved headmaster... and a gay man who came of age at a time when South African society was a lot more closed-minded than it is today.
Three-time PGA Championship winner Dale Hayes is not just an award-winning golfer, but an all round great guy too. He is on a quest to get more people into what he calls "the greatest game in the world." He's the Swiss, Spanish, Italian, Colombian, French and S.A. Open winner and World Cup Winner in 1974 who's led a remarkable life, that he chats to Gareth Cliff about here.
When it comes to public speakers, Michael Jackson is one of the best in the business. With decades of professional experience and an ability to connect with every audience member, he truly has become a world-renowned presenter. Gareth picks his brain to find out his perspective as he looks at the state of the conference circuit and beyond.
How has the events and hospitality industry been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown? To find out, Gareth speaks to a doyen in this field to get the answer. In 1999, she traded in her social butterfly image and her obligations as an executive wife, to take the business world by storm. And what a storm she’s made! Edith Venter has been at the helm of Edith Venter Promotions for more than 20 years, serving the hospitality industry.
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