The leaders of the two biggest parties in South Africa have agreed to go head-to-head in a battle of wits for our viewing pleasure: ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa will be debating his DA counterpart Mmusi Maimane live on TV at the end of the month, as both men try to canvas support in the run-up to the 2019 Elections.
#PresidentialDebate Mmusi Maimane says he is looking forward to debating President Cyril Ramaphosa on April 28 on SABC on an official Presidential Debate on the @BigDebateSA and says he looks forward to debating real solutions to the economy, create jobs and eradicate corruption.
— Bonga Dlulane (@BongaDlulane) April 16, 2019
It’s something of a rarity to get this type of presidential debate. The closest we get to this kind of clash is whenever Ramaphosa and Maimane lock horns in Parliament. However, this will be a specialised, one-on-one argument that pits both politicians squarely against each other. Here’s what you need to know about the big debate.
Ramaphosa vs Maimane TV debate:
When will it be televised?
Pencil Sunday 28 April into your diaries. That’s when these two heavyweights are scheduled to exchange verbal blows. No time has yet been confirmed but you can expect it to take place later on in the evening, as opposed to a morning or afternoon slot. We’ll provide an update on this information once we have it.
Where can I watch the Ramaphosa vs Maimane debate?
SABC has managed to secure the rights to this presidential duel. The debate will be broadcast on SABC 2 as well as the company’s rolling news channel. Despite their money troubles, the media outlet has reeled in a big fish.
Broadcast and streaming options for Ramaphosa vs Maimane
SABC 2 can be found on DSTV channel 192, whereas SABC News is on 404. Alternatively, if you can’t get to a television, you’ve also got live streaming options: SABC is likely to publish a video feed of the debate online – which you’ll be able to find on our website, as we’ll publish the live stream just before proceedings begin.
We’ll also be on hand to summarise the key points of the debate with follow-up articles and quote-pieces. The debate itself will take place just 10 days before South Africans go to the ballot boxes.