The BBC World Service is holding a series of debates across the world. In a time of change, BBC World Questions allows the public to question their politicians, leaders and opinion formers directly face to face. The debates are led entirely by questions from the audience who are able to have their points heard around the world. BBC World Questions is an English-language event staged in partnership with the British Council.
On 10th August, BBC World Questions comes to South Africa at a time of political upheaval. There is expected to be a vote of confidence in the country's longstanding President, Jacob Zuma, and there are allegations of widespread corruption in the country. There is wide debate about the best way to achieve social and economic transformation, and which direction the country will now take.
A panel of politicians and thinkers from across the spectrum join BBC presenter Nancy Kacungira at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg on 10th August to debate questions from a public audience on South Africa’s future.
The panel will include Sihle Zikalala of the ANC, Leigh-Ann Mathys of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Adam Habib, vice chancellor at Wits University, and Sipho Pityana, businessman and convenor of the Save South Africa campaign.
Steve Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service English, said:“Debate is at the very heart of BBC World Service and we’re thrilled to bring BBC World Questions to Johannesburg at this pivotal time in South African politics. This is the opportunity for the audience to ask their questions to our distinguished panel of politicians and opinion formers, and the world will have a chance to hear their response.”
Colm McGivern, Director of the British Council in South Africa, said: “At this fascinating time in South Africa we can look forward to some tough questions to our strong panel; it’s sure to be a great occasion. Plus we have a world class venue. The new facilities of the Market Theatre are a perfect representation of tradition and innovation in one place – a bright light in downtown Jo’burg, open to all, always. Come and join the audience, I look forward to seeing you there.”
The programme will be recorded at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg at 6pm. To join in the debate and be part of the audience please apply for FREE tickets here https://www.britishcouncil.org.za/events/bbc-world-questions-public-debate
BBC World Questions: Johannesburg will be available on www.bbc.com/worldserviceradio from 13th August, 1600 SAST.
For press accreditation to attend the debate and for any queries about BBC World Service please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any queries about British Council please contact: Shavaughn.Haack@britishcouncil.org