Brand South Africa is taking the Play Your Part / Sowetan Dialogues to Limpopo, with the latest in the series set to take place in the provincial capital of Polokwane.
Titled ‘Debating Zuma’s State of the Nation: Fact vs Fiction’, the dialogue will take place at the Ngoako Ramathlodi Sports Complex in Seshego on 6 March, from 6pm until 8.45pm. This public dialogue forms part of a six part dialogue series aimed at promoting the pillars of South Africa’s National Development Plan, as well as to promote civic pride.
President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address, delivered in Parliament in Cape Town on 13 February, touched on a number of issues regarding the progress that the country has made since 1994. He also highlighted the challenges that the country has faced and still faces.
Some have welcomed the speech as a tribute to what the government has achieved in the 20 years of democracy, while others have criticised the President for painting too rosy a picture. The Play Your Part / Sowetan Dialogue will give panelists the opportunity to engage with the issues that the President outlined, with the objective to explain its meaning for ordinary citizens in their everyday lives.
“How will what the President said impact their lives at a practical level? How will his commitments translate into progress and change in their lives?” These are the questions that the panelists will seek to answer at the end of the day.
The Dialogue also provides members of the audience with a chance to respond, as well as put forward their views on the topics raised in the President’s State of the Nation address, as well as put forward ideas on how ordinary South Africans can Play their Part to realise their desires and ensure that the government’s plans for their communities are carried out.
The facilitator at the event will be Capricorn FM’s Ntsieni ‘Big Daddy’ Ramabulana, while the panel of speakers include Limpopo province Premier Stanley Mathabatha, political analyst Elvis Masoga and Polokwane Chamber of Business President Percy Mongalo.