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THE STATE OF OUR NATION

Join us at FLF2023 as we delve into pressing questions about South Africa’s current affairs. News24 editor-in-chief, Adriaan Basson, will be in discussion with Ferial Haffajee, Prince Mashele and Richard Calland, covering topics such as coalition politics, the collapse of infrastructure and the future of South Africa after the 2024 elections. Don’t miss this NEWS24 Breakfast, which will run for a satisfying two hours on 19 May, from 09h00 till 11h00.

Political activist currently making waves, Songezo Zibi, will be in the spotlight with two sessions. In UNCHARTED on 20 May at 13h00, Ferial Haffajee will discuss the future of South Africa beyond the 2024 elections with Songezo, Prince Mashele and Pieter du Toit. In STEPPING UP on 21 May at 13h00, John Maytham will explore the concept of hope within our context with Songezo, whose book Manifesto: A New Vision for South Africa, proposes a grassroots foundation for ethical and accountable politics.

In another crucial session entitled HOW DID WE GET HERE?, you will be able to join Dennis Davis as he tracks the nature and quality of ANC leadership with Richard Calland and Mabel Sithole, co-authors of The Presidents: From Mandela to Ramaphosa: Leadership in the Age of Crisis, on 19 May at 13h00.

Hermione Cronje, former NPA investigations head, will bravely dive into the murky world of political and corporate corruption with Ferial Haffajee and Michael Marchant, in the session headed HERD IMPUNITY. Taking place on 20 May at 14h30, this slot will tackle the vexed question of why perpetrators in South Africa so often appear to be ‘untouchable’.

Don’t be left in the dark! Investigative journalist Kyle Cowan’s book Sabotage: Eskom under Siege uncovers a vast network of organised crime and graft behind South Africa’s power crisis. Join Kyle as he goes behind the scenes and connects the dots with former Eskom CEO André de Ruyter in the session POWER CORRUPTS. The venue, the NG Church, has been sponsored by Ninety One SA. Taking place on 20 May at 16h00.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE ENGAGING CONVERSATIONS AT OUR FESTIVAL, WHICH THIS YEAR RUNS FROM 19 MAY TILL 21 MAY.

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