Hot pre-election TLC debate

Evans Manyonga

The upcoming Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention – at Emperors Palace on March 28 – is the eighth edition of this outstanding event and promises to be the best yet.

Having played a part in the launch of the first TLC all those years ago, I have seldom been more excited than I am at the prospect of the 2014 version. The reasons for this are many, but the most outstanding of these is that we have managed to confirm the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Gauteng Caucus leader and Premier candidate, Mmusi Maimane, as a participant at this year’s function.

He will be taking part in what promises to be a riveting pre-election panel discussion, along with other young political leaders such as Dr Bandile Maskuku, spokesperson for the ANC Youth League; Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, spokesperson for the newly formed Economic Freedom Fighters; and Mabine Seabe II, 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 compères, 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.

Born and raised in Dobsonville, Soweto, Maimane is currently a deputy federal chairperson of the DA, as well as the party’s national spokesperson, JHB Caucus leader and Gauteng Premier candidate and is widely tipped to be a future national leader of the party.

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.

For the past seven years, the convention has been pulling together some of the finest young minds in the country, honouring them for their outstanding successes and paving the way for them to reach even greater heights in the future. These young leaders hail from a myriad fields from commerce and industry to politics, NGOs and many more.

As election fever grips the nation, the clash of some of South Africa’s top young political leaders is bound to be a major highlight.

Roll on, March 28…

Evans Manyonga

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