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Of bicycle lanes and running water

- Erna van Wyk

Vying for hearts, minds, and some #WitsVotes at the #WitsDebate in the Great Hall.

Partnering with Facebook’s Policy and Governance team – a first for a university – and with the social media giant’s official video publishing partner, Groovy Gecko, Wits University streamed its very first live event via Facebook Live last night.

If you’ve missed the Wits Great Debate: 2016 Municipal Elections , you can watch the playback on the Wits – University of the Witwatersrand Facebook page. [Length: 00:57:21; Starting time: 00:03:00]

But before the live streaming, as the sun set on the Great Hall…

Party supporters and students gather outside the Great Hall for the #WitsDebate - the Battle for Joburg

…and the @eNCA team was doing the final checks inside for the live broadcast of the #WitsDebate...

The Great Hall fills up for the #WitsDebate - the Battle for Joburg

…the red, blue and yellow supporters were staking out their territory.

Floyd Shivambu (EFF), Herman Mashaba (DA) and Geoffrey Makhubo (ANC) initially had a tough time delivering their opening remarks as emotions ran high and @eNCA anchor, Siki Mgabadeli, had to warn the audience to settle down or the debate would be cancelled.

Floyd Shivambu (EFF), Herman Mashabe (DA) and Geoffrey Makhubo (ANC) at the #WitsDebate - Battle for Joburg

The three candidates then settled in to do Battle for Joburg and, while each might have impressed their supporters in the Great Hall, social media was less forgiving.


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