Rochelle de Kock
TEN political party representatives will be battling it out in a debate at the Feather Market Centre tonight, as the tug-of-war for control of Nelson Mandela Bay heats up ahead of the highly contested local government elections later this month.
At The Herald/NMMU Community Dialogue debate, the parties will be challenged on several issues affecting Nelson Mandela Bay, including housing, financial management, health facilities, municipal services such as tourism, recreational areas, parks and beaches, as well as job creation. The political parties invited to speak are: the ACDP, ANC, Azapo, Christian Democratic Party, COPE, DA, FF Plus, New Vision Party, PAC and UDM.
The debate begins at 6pm and each party representative will have an opportunity to give a five-minute synopsis of their party’s mission, goals and other points of interest. Thereafter, each party will be given one minute per topic.
The event will be facilitated by NMMU arts and humanities dean Prof Velile Notshulwana and The Herald editor Heather Robertson. Mcebisi Ndletyana from the Human Sciences Research Council will give his analysis of the issues covered, after all 10 representatives have discussed their points on each issue.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the event – entrance is free – as they too will be given an opportunity to ask the politicians questions. Readers can also participate by posing live questions and comments to the politicians on The Herald website. Live feeds from the panelists will be posted on www.theherald.co.za
Robertson said: “Our second Herald community dialogue promises to be very exciting as Herald readers and voters will be able to not only hear what the political party leaders’ promises are to the electorate, but the ordinary voter will be able to interrogate the politicians about how they are going to be able to live up to their promises.”