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Gareth Cliff
The Burning Platform: The Contenders: Rise Mzansi, BOSA, ActionSA

Tuesday 28.05.2024


Phumi Mashigo and Gareth Cliff discuss how this year, there are the largest number of new parties contesting the election in South Africa. They explore the top contenders in this space and their chances.

Gareth Cliff

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Gareth Cliff took the leap from traditional radio in May 2014 with the launch of, pioneering online media and podcasting in South Africa. Gareth is one of South African radio’s most irreverent radio and television personalities with a career spanning 25 years. He kicked off his radio career at campus station Radio TUKS in Pretoria; later “graduated” to 702 Talk Radio where he replaced the legendary John Berks on the 702 Breakfast Show in 2001; and three years later joined national youth station 5FM where he remained as the breakfast show host before launching Gareth was a judge on South African Idols for 11 seasons, hosted The Gareth Cliff Show on Mnet, and, most recently, So What Now? on eNCA. He has won numerous awards for best radio and television personality and has written two books.

Phumi Mashigo

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Phumi Mashigo is the founding managing director of Ignitive, a preeminent stakeholder management and communications company, and has led it for seven years. She steered her company to major success when she turned its focus from a brand communications company to a leader in the mining stakeholder niche. Phumi also introduced a new way of brand building, where the community takes the center stage of brand building. She matriculated from the German School in South Africa, and then studied film at African Film and Drama Academy (AFDA). She started her working career as an actress on an SABC program called Addicted to Life. She then joined SuperSport as a presenter on TeenSport. She hosted her own TV parenting talk shows on SABC, namely, Tshwaraganang and Ratanang, respectively. Phumi has a radio show called Womandla on an online radio station called