I fight with my seniors in New York about my accent - Debora Patta

African correspondents Debora Patta from CBS, Andrew Harding from BBC and Geoffrey York from The Globe and Mail, spoke to Eusebius McKaiser about reporting on Africa and what makes it different.

The correspondents spoke about the continent's political instability, child labour issues, the drought in Cape Town and other topics that affect Africans.

The correspondents spoke about challenging stories they cover such as one about child labour in African mines. It focused on thousands of children who work in the mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)and grow up without a childhood.

A fun tweet highlighted how Patta has a young American accent.

I cannot tell you how I fight with my seniors in New York about my accent. I'm like, I speak good English and then they try and tell me how to pronounce apartheid, apart-heid. I'm like nobody speaks like that in South Africa.

Debora Patta, African Correspondent, CBS

One story that all three journalists had in common is the drought in Cape Town. York said there is much interest in this story because had Day Zero happened, Cape Town would have been the first city in the world to have their taps turned off.

Listen below to this insightful discussion by these seasoned journalists:


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