“The Right To Win makes voter education fun. Six contestants are challenged with various questions, giving a winner the opportunity to win ten thousand rand cash every week. Contestants must prove they are smarter than a politician. In the first round two teams of three contestants must be first on the buzzer to answer a rapid series of questions about our democracy. At the end of the round the team that’s ahead on points chooses one member of the opposing team for elimination. This is the first democracy game-show ever on SABC television” explains Surekha Singh, commissioning editor at SABC Education’s Public Information and Social Development unit.
In the next round, the two teams answer multiple-choice questions and race each other to build a structure called ‘The House of Democracy’. The team with the lowest score at the end of the round is eliminated. The final round includes a quick fire session with the remaning contestants, the one with the lowest scoring points is eliminated. The remaining two enter the ‘Great Debate’ where a controversial aspect of a living democracy is featured and gets two solid arguments going; one ‘for’ and one ‘against. The studio audience choose the most convincing speaker who wins the ten thousand rand prize. Each week viewers and the studio audience stand a chance to win BlackBerry cell phones.
Aubrey Poo, presenter of The Right To Win says “The show will create an awareness of constitutional rights for people who don’t have access to that kind of information. The show does that in a fun and exciting way while challenging contestants and people sitting at home to use their thinking caps”.
Zandile Nkonyeni, SABC2’s publicity manager says “The Right To Win is great family viewing, fun and education not to be missed. The 13 episodes of The Right To Win is produced by Kagiso TV and Communications & Endermol SA for SABC Education and the Independent Electoral Commission’s civic and democracy education campaign”.