SABC’s Morning Live broadcasts from MUT

Debate session
Debate session: from left, SABC’s Leanne Manas, Mike Mabuyakhulu, Zwakele Mncwango, Vusi Khoza, Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi, and Simo Mkhwanazi

As South Africans get ready to go to the polls on 8 May 2019, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) kicked-off its election coverage in style as they broadcast Morning Live from Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) between 06h00 and 9h00 this morning (Friday, 15 March 2019). The show, which featured a political debate by various political party leaders in the province, was staged at MUT’s Anniversary Lane as staff and students walking into the University.

The SABC team arrived this morning at 4h00 to MUT main campus which was on standby to ensure that the Morning Live crew gets whatever logistical assistance they may require. By the time the show started at 6h00 all was set and ready to go. The first people to be interviewed were the Xubera Institute’s Managing Director, Xolani Dube and the Durban Chamber of Commerce President, Musa Makhanya. They both set the tone for the state of politics and economy in KwaZulu-Natal. The show provided a well-balanced overview by allowing various political representation to debate their eligibility for being the next governing party. The debate was facilitated by veteran Morning Live anchor, Leane Manas.

The panel discussion featured six panellists: the ANC was represented by the former MEC for Economic Development, Mike Mabuyakhulu; DA was represented by Zwakele Mncwango its KZN leader; Minority Front was represented by its leader, Mrs Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi; Vusi Khoza represented the EFF and the NFP was represented by Simo Mkhwanazi, national spokesperson. The Umlazi Community was interviewed at random as well as representative of Abahlali baseMjondolo movement.

Producers of the show chose MUT because of its strategic location within Umlazi Township and its easy access for the people. The SABC was using MUT as a springboard to reach out to the community of Umlazi Township, and the University’s students. The broadcast gave the University an opportunity to showcase its ability to host events and activities of national and international significance.

“We are honoured to have the SABC communicating with its listeners and the greater South African public from our main campus. We are very appreciative of national broadcaster’s considering MUT as a place from which they can communicate with the nation, and we hope that this will encourage other organisations to consider our university for hosting other activities,” said Azwi Mufamadi, Director: Public Relations and Brand Management at MUT’s Department of Marketing and Communications.