Monday, June 1, 2009

South Africa: Which way forward?

I am helping to host this public forum on South Africa after the elections and if you are in London please come along. Entrance is free and the speakers are from interesting and eclectic backgrounds. I will be writing a report on the event for those unable to attend.


The Commonwealth Journalists Association (UK) invites you to

a discussion on


Newly-elected President Jacob Zuma has pledged to defend the liberal democratic values of South Africa’s constitution, but his rise to power owes much to the frustrations of the poor and the loyalty of his supporters in the intelligence and security networks. This panel discussion will explore an emerging contest between the traditions of the governing African National Congress and new economic and political forces vying for influence in Africa.

Date: 4 June 2009

Venue: The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1
Time: 6-8pm
(followed by drinks)
  • Kaye Whiteman: Writer, journalist and former editor of West Africa magazine

  • MARK ASHURST: Director, Africa Research Institute.
  • AUDREY BROWN:. Producer/Presenter of Focus on Africa and Network Africa, BBC.
  • JOHN BATTERSBY: UK Country Manager, International Marketing Council of South Africa and former Editor, The Sunday Independent.
  • ONYEKACHI WAMBU: Nigerian journalist and television producer.

Kindly be seated by 5:45

Rita Payne
T: 07834 845240

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