By Arinaitwe Rugyendo & Alex Masereka
On Friday, international news site Al Jazeera hosted Malawi’s first female President Joyce Banda and South Africa’s Ramphela Mamphela in an explosive global talkshow. The show will be replayed on Sunday at 04h30 (7:30pm CAT) and Monday 08h30 (11:30pm CAT).
The two will appear on Al Jazeera’s new global talk showSouth 2 North, and will be interviewed by journalist Redi Tlhabi, according to press release sent to media houses around the continent.
Dr.Mamphela Ramphele is the founder of Agang, South Africa’s new party political platform and is expected to contest for the South African presidency, challenging the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party.
President Banda became the second woman to lead an African country in April 2012, following the example of Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Time Magazine recently named Banda one of the most influential people in the world, while Forbes called her the most powerful woman in Africa in 2012.
Ramphele, a former vice-chancellor at The University of Cape Town and past managing director of The World Bank, was a co-founder of the Black Consciousness Movement with SteveBiko. In May 2012, Dr. Ramphele was a key note speaker during the week long workshop conducted by the prestigious African Leadership Institute’s flagship programme- The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Programme, in Mont Fluer, Cape Town South Africa. The workshop attracted 23 dynamic young African including Red Pepper’s Arinaitwe Rugyendo who will constitute an experimentation by the archbishop to tackle Africa’s most pressing problems. Tutus Children- a Four part documentary series was filmed by Al Jazeera to reflect and showcase their commitment to the African cause and humanity.
In February 2013, Dr. Ramphela launched Agang, a new party political platform intended to challenge The African National Congress in South Africa.
Friday’s show seeks to answer how the ordinary African woman can overcome challenges in order to be able to scale to heights as the two. What gender-related challenges have Banda and Ramphele had to overcome? Are there more opportunities for women in the political arena in Africa today? Do women do politics differently? Is there space developing for opposition politics in Africa? These and many more are some of the questions the two will answer in what promises to be an exciting chat.
Watch Redi ask the important questions on this week’s episode of South 2 North, which premieres at 19:30 GMT(10:30pm CAT) on Friday, 17 May 2013 and also screens Saturday at 14h30, Sunday 04h30 and Monday 08h30.
Redi, the show’s host is one of the most sought-after current-affairs journalists in South Africa today and she is admired for the mediatory manner in which she handles the issues at hand.
In 2008 Tlhabi made headlines when she led a group of miniskirt-clad women in protest against the sexual harassment of women, in particular a young woman who was attacked at a taxi rank for wearing a miniskirt.
Redi’s passion for women affairs is second to none and her understanding of the subject of women rights makes Friday’s show with Africa’s top powerful women worth watching.