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2004: Mike Wills reflects on Jacob Zuma, Schabir Shaik, and more

This October, CapeTalk is celebrating its 20th birthday by reliving some of the most impactful stories of the past twenty years, as told by some of our favourite personalities. Click here to view the rest of the stories.

For the launch of CapeTalk in 1997, former Breakfast presenter and general manager Mike Wills recalls, they did something that no one would even consider doing today: Buying out every single ad in the Cape Times and the Cape Argus.

The challenge was two-fold for the first 18 months.

Most Capetonians didn't have a clue where to find the radio station, even if they knew it existed.

Mike Wills, former General Manager of CapeTalk
CapeTalk bought every ad in the Cape Times and Cape Argus for the launch in 1997.

Wills joined Kieno Kammies to reflect on the extraordinary political landscape of 2004 - and some of the events that we are still dealing with today.

While seemingly unfathomable now, 2004 was the "first and only year" that the ANC won the Western Cape - and absorbed the National Party in the process.

If you had said at any point ... that the party that created apartheid, the National Party, was going to end up merging with the ANC, people would have thought you were crazy.

Mike Wills, former General Manager of CapeTalk

The other major event was the Schabir Shaik trial that dominated headlines in late 2004.

We assumed that if Shaik was guilty of corrupting Jacob Zuma that, as night follows day, Jacob Zuma would be charged with being corrupted by Schabir Shaik.

Mike Wills, former General Manager of CapeTalk

On a lighter note, Wills recalls, 2004 was the year that Cape Town had wanted to host the Olympic Games, after a "naive" bid for the event, which ended up being awarded to Athens.

Throughout 2004 I kept looking around, thinking 'Thank goodness we didn't win the Olympics.'

Mike Wills, former General Manager of CapeTalk

Wills and Kammies also reflected on the Awesome Foursome - the relay team that stunned the Men's 4x100m freestyle at the Olympics - as well as the late, great Brenda Fassie.

Watch Mike Wills reflect on 2004 below.


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