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  • 10 Reasons Why SA is the Best Place To Live
  • Why Africa Matters
  • Lessons From History’s Front Row Seat
  • Finding Your Voice – Empowering Women
  • Lessons in Leadership from Nelson Mandela
  • The Power of Being Wrong
  • Tailor  Made Keynote Addresses
  • Facilitator and MC

Debora Patta is one of the most respected broadcasters in South Africa.

Her 20 year career spans radio and television as both an on-air newswoman and a senior editorial manager. She began working in radio freelancing for the BBC and in 1990 started at the well-knownJohannesburgbased talk radio station 702.  Here she started as a reporter and worked her way up to News Editor covering some of the biggest stories of the day.  She is particularly well-known for her coverage of Nelson Mandela from his release to his election asSouth Africa’s first black head of state and of course his presidency.

Patta moved to independent free-to-air television station e.tv in 1998 where she is currently Executive Producer and host of the current affairs show Third Degree.  In her role as Editor-in-Chief, Patta was responsible for terrestrial news bulletins and e.tv’s 24hr news channel.  She has trained and mentored a generation of reporters and led the team that launched South Africa’s first 24 hour news service.  As host and EP of Third Degree, Patta has become famous for her no-holds-barred interviewing style in which she is not afraid to ask the tough questions.  Third Degree is a cutting edge investigative journalism program which has the highest audience ratings of any current affairs program inSouth Africa across all channels.

Patta has co-authored two books Baby Micaela and One Step Behind Mandela.

She has covered stories ranging fromSouth Africa’s township violence in the late eighties and early nineties, Nelson Mandela’s release and Presidency, Princess Diana’s Death, 9/11, Obama Election campaign and virtually every major event inSouth Africa’s history over the past 20 years.  She has interviewed heads of state, business leaders, actors and actresses – all in her trademark tough interviewing style.