In the wake of the controversy surrounding the Protection of Information Bill, UCT’s Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) presents, as part of the Great Texts/Big Questions series, an illustrious panel discussion entitled ‘(Not) a Great Text (but) a Big Question: the Protection of Information Bill’ on Thursday 21 October at 5pm, at Hiddingh Hall, Orange Street, central Cape Town. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome.

Veteran writer, philosopher, academic and former Vice Chancellor of UCT, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, will lead the panel which also includes Professor David Benatar from UCT’s Department of Philosophy and Tony Weaver, assistant editor of the Cape Times. The panel will be chaired by UCT academic and prominent theatre innovator and writer, Mwenya Kabwe.

The panelists will each give input after which the floor will be opened to what promises be a stimulating discussion.

“The debate around the bill is a minefield of issues,” says Jay Pather, acting Director of GIPCA. “Journalist Daryl Ilbury has written provocatively for the adoption of the bill, stating that the Bill and its attendant ‘tribunal’ may ironically free up journalists – who will be forced to go underground for the noble pursuit of truth and write exactly what they want. It will be fascinating to hear the opinions of other thought leaders,” he said.

“GIPCA was established to not only enhance the arts, but also facilitate a range of collaborative projects. Our Great Texts / Big Questions lecture series aims to engender a culture of exchange of ideas, opinion and conjecture.”

For more information, and up-to-date Great Texts / Big Questions dates and speakers visit, call (021) 480 7156 or e-mail

Protection of Information Bill panel discussion audio recording available for download.

Start: 21 Oct ’10 5:30 pm

End: 21 Oct ’10 6:30 pm

Cost: Free


Organizer: GIPCA


Venue: Hiddingh Hall 

Phone: +27 21 480 7156 

Address: Google Map UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town, 8001, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa