M&G Newsroom: Zim, Kenny and Khanyi

Your hosts are Verashni Pillay and Kwanele Sosibo, and we'll be broadcasting at our usual timeslot from 1pm to 2pm on Monday, bringing you music, analysis and interviews with the newsmakers of the week.

Kenny Kunene's decision to join the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) went public in July, raising more than a few eyebrows. It was hot on the heels of an open letter to President Jacob Zuma, in which he called Zuma a "monster” and a "tyrant”. On the sidelines of a press conference held by the EFF, newly formed by Julius Malema, Kunene told the M&G he will no longer be eating sushi from naked women in clubs; instead he will be campaigning on the dancefloor.

Tune in to the radio show to hear more from this flamboyant businessperson. We'll also hear from Khanyi Dhlomo about her new luxury store Luminance, which has made headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. Listen as she defends the upmarket store, which benefitted from a loan from the National Empowerment Fund, explains what makes the store special and tells us why she has no regrets.

Sosibo and Pillay will also take a look at the news making headlines, including the fall-out from the Zimbabwean elections, with the MDC planning on going to court over the results, while Sunday reports reveal the embattled opposition party was warned by SADC not to take part in the elections.

Sosibo will take you through the latest news in mines, as chaos, violence and displacement in Sekhukhune, Limpopo, continues as Glencore Xstrata hires about 1 000 new staff after dismissing workers for participating in an unprotected strike at its Steelpoort operations.

Also on the agenda is the explosive death of First Strut chairperson Jeff Wiggill, which may have been a hit or an "assisted suicide" in the manner of deceased mining magnate Brett Kebble. The liquidation of First Strut, trading as First Tech, is the biggest corporate bond default to investors in South Africa's history. But the Mail & Guardian has discovered that there may be as many as 10 000 creditors for First Strut and its subsidiaries, pushing the estimated debt much higher than the current R3.5-billion.

We'll also bring you the latest local music as well as our Weekly Choon where we take a potshot at a deserving public figure. Tune in at 1pm, Monday right here on M&G or on 2OVfm

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