Lowdown on SABC News’ election shows, town hall debates countrywide

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s SABC News and Current Affairs is hosting election shows and town hall debates countrywide ahead of the May 29 elections.

The highly interactive and audience-driven flagship current affairs programme, Elections 360 kicked off last month.

On Sundays, Sakina Kamwendo and Blain Herman present Elections 360 Weekly, which hosts debates with political parties and independent candidates in different provinces.

Mxolisi Masango presents Elections 360 Daily, which looks at issues such as the state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) challenges and election preparedness.

Other TV current affairs zooming into elections are Asikhulume, Leihlo la Sechaba and Ngula Ya Vutini.

SABC News’ 14 radio current affairs teams are  also currently hosting outside town hall debates. They are expected to host close to 65 debates in 13 languages, including the two San languages, Khwedam and !Xuntali.

Last month,  SAfm Update@Noon hosted eight political parties at Newcastle town hall in KwaZulu-Natal and Lesedi FM’s Makumane held an election debate in Bloemfontein, where they hosted the  Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) , the Africa Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), Rise Mzansi and Independent Candidate Ramotswabodi Sesing.

Tomorrow, Ligwalagwala FM will hold a town hall debate in Jeppes Reef, Mpumalanga, X-K FM in Kalahari, Northern Cape, Ukhozi FM in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, SAfm in Saldanha, Western Cape and Motsweding FM in collaboration with Lesedi FM in Rustenburg, North West.

Phalaphala FM, Munghana Lonene FM and Thobela FM in collaboration with Leihlo la Sechaba will be in Limpopo. Thohoyandou,  Burgersfort and Tzaneen respectively.

On Saturday, Lotus FM will be live from the SABC M1 Studio in Durban, Munghana Lonene FM in Acornhoek in Mpumalanga and on Sunday, Election 360 Weekly will discuss crime and policing in the Western Cape.

MAP: SABC News’ election town hall debates: