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Award-winning South African journalist and author, Marianne Thamm, uncovers some of the extraordinary stories that lurk behind some of the most ordinary-looking South African front doors.




The Boys in Blue - Episode 6

First Person — South African police sergeant, Simphiwe "Charlie" Mgwetana, fed up with putting the same kids into the back of his police van every week, decided to use his own passion to change many of their lives. If you want to be inspired, and have your faith in humanity restored, take a listen to his story... Facebook · Our website

Duration: 00:24:05

The White Sangoma - Episode 5

First Person — Through a chance encounter on the street, a white Afrikaans woman discovers she has a calling that takes her deep into the heart of South Africa – and her own psyche. In the fifth edition of First Person, Marianne Thamm maps Annelie de Wet's extraordinary journey into the heart of one of South Africa’s most fundamental - and most enigmatic - traditions. Visit our website · Follow us on Twitter · Annelie's journey began 13 years ago. — PNG (1.3 MB)

Backyard Addiction - Episode 4

First Person — Karl Thornton risks everything for the obsession that he can’t shake and that, day after day, uses up precious resources and takes him away from his family. What is it that has taken over Karl’s life, causing him to neglect his wife and children? Marianne Thamm finds out... Visit our website · Follow us on Twitter

Fifty Shades of OK - Episode 3

First Person — * Adult content advisory * Faeth Lyon-Wall (not her real name) tells journalist Marianne Thamm about how, feeling frustrated and rejected in her marriage, she embarked on a new sexual adventure where pain and pleasure mixed – and all with the blessing of her husband, who simply said “play safe, and come home afterwards”. Visit our website · Follow us on Twitter

Monica Cromhout - Episode 2

First Person — 71-year-old grandmother, Monica Cromhout, has gone from law-abiding teetotaller to an evangelist for the benefits of psychedelic – magic – mushrooms. Marianne Thamm charts the extraordinary journey that has led her to the forefront of the legal drive to have South Africa’s drugs laws declared unconstitutional. First Person Website · Follow us on Twitter

Interview with First Person creators

First Person — First Person creators Marianne Thamm and Jayne Morgan speak to East Coast Radio's Sirshin Moodliar on Trending Tonight on this brand new wholly-South African podcast series; the state of podcasting in SA in general and who'll be featured in upcoming episodes. If you're a fan already, or just curious to know more, take a listen. First Person website