by David Capel

Big guns at Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention

Jeremy Maggs to lead as MC


South Africa’s premier leadership event, the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention (TLC) is set this year to be the biggest and best ever.

Now in its seventh year, this year’s edition (at Emperors Palace on March 28) has attracted some of the top names in politics, business and other fields.

In a major coup for this outstanding event on South Africa’s business and political calendar, the organisers announced recently that one of South Africa’s top political analysts and most highly respected journalists, Justice Malala, will address the gathering.

Malala was founding editor of South Africa's ThisDay newspaper, publisher of the Sowetan and Sunday World, and Sunday Times correspondent in London and New York.

He presents the weekly political talk show, The Justice Factor, and his insights and analyses of political trends are reported in leading publications around the world.

Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba also joins an already illustrious list of luminaries in addressing the gathering.

Gigaba will make the opening remarks introducing the highly anticipated pre-election debate, setting the tone for what promises to be one of the event’s highlights.

Says TLC Projects Manager, Evans Manyonga: “The fact that Cabinet Ministers of Mr Gigaba’s stature take part in the Convention is further proof of the high regard in which the event is held in the top echelons of government, business and industry. The TLC is the most highly thought of gathering for top young leaders in our country today”.

And, in another development, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Gauteng Caucus leader and Premier candidate, Mmusi Maimane, has confirmed that he will take part in what promises to be a riveting pre election panel discussion at the event.

The discussion will pit the charismatic Maimane against other young political leaders like Dr Bandile Maskuku, spokesperson for the ANC Youth League, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, spokesperson for the newly formed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Mabine Seabe 11, co founder and director of Youth Lab.

Adriaan Basson, editor of Beeld newspaper and author of the controversial book Zuma Exposed will also take part in the discussion.

They will be put through their paces by one of South Africa's most consummate comperes, Jeremy Maggs, famous for presenting the highly popular quiz show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? In this case, though, the contestants, so to speak, will not be able to “phone a friend”. They will, however, be allowed to “ask the audience,” as the debate will encourage participation from the assembled delegates.

A mere five weeks before the general election on May 7, the TLC debate promises to be a fiery affair, pitting, as it does, some of the country’s top young leaders against each other.

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