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#SONA2016: Live Wits debates

- Wits University

Wits academics and analysts will provide in-depth analysis on issues ranging from education to politics, health and the environment.

Two key public debates on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) will take place at Wits University. These will be streamed live on various platforms.

The Conversation Africa and Voice of Wits FM (VOWfm)

Political analyst Professor Susan Booysen from the Wits School of Governance will be part of a panel discussion tonight hosted by The Conversation Africa and Voice of Wits FM (VOWfm). She will be joined by Professor Alex van den Heever (Wits School of Governance),  Professor Mzukisi Qobo (Pan African Institute, UJ) and Professor Hartmut Winkler (Professor of Physics, UJ).

Date: Thursday, 11 February 2016
Time: Pre-Sona discussion at 18:30; Full panel engages after SONA
Tune in to VOWfm on 88.1fm or live stream
Tweet @VOwfm @TC_Africa #SONAConversations

Mbeki, Vavi, Booysen and Mbete at Wits Business School

The Wits Business School in partnership with EWN will host a breakfast debate the morning after SONA. EWN will stream the debate live via from 07:30 to 09:00 on Friday, 12 February 2016. 


  • Mr Moeletsi Mbeki, Political analyst, author and entrepreneur. Mr Mbeki will moderate the session
  • Mr Zwelinzima Vavi, Former General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)
  • Professor Susan Booysen, Professor at Wits School of Governance and political analyst and media commentator
  • Ms Sithembile Mbete, Lecturer and PhD candidate in the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria
  • Mr Andile Khumalo, Chief Investment Officer at MSG Afrika, a media and communications group he co-owns with business partner, Given Mkhari. He is also the Managing Director of the Group’s newest business, Power FM 98.7, a talk radio station based in Johannesburg.

Tweet @Witsbschool and @Radio702