National Schools Debates Competition 2017

The first step on the road to the national finals was taken at provincial workshops in all nine provinces on 5 August 2017, where a mini-debate was held to identify the best performing schools in all nine provinces. Ten schools in each province were chosen to participate in the competition’s provincial tournaments to determine the top school from each province that will advance to the national tournament to compete against other provincial winners.

The topic that was debated at the provincial tournaments was based on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which is a multinational science project to build the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. The question posed to schools was: Can the investment of public resources in a mega-science project such as the SKA contribute to the eradication of poverty and sustainable development in South Africa and the African continent? Schools were provided with extensive background on the topic to help them to prepare for the debates.

SAASTA would like to congratulate all the schools that made it through to the National SAASTA Schools Debates Final that will be held on 6 October 2017 in Gauteng.

Province Winners 1st Runners up 2nd  Runners up
Limpopo  SJ Van Der Merwe Secondary School  Thengwe High School EPP Mhinga High School
Mpumalanga Mashishing High School Lowveld High school Khutsalani Combined School
Western Cape Protea Heights High School Cravenby  High School Bishops College
KZN Port Shepstone High School Sibusisiwe Comprehensive Technical School Durban Girls High School
Free State Iketsetseng Comprehensive Secondary School St Bernards High School Henties Cilliers Hoerskool
North West Potchefstroom High School for Girls Tswaidi High School Itumeleng High School
Eastern Cape Ntabenkonyane High School Hudson Park High School & Butterworth High School Holy Cross High School
Northern Cape Kimberly Girls’ High School Kimberly Boys’ High School St Patrick’s CBC
Gauteng Rand Tutorial College Crawford College Mondeor High School

The National Topic for 2017 —————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

Nanotechnology in the field of medicine could transform the way we detect and treat damage to the human body and disease. Nanotechnology is being applied in the development of more effective drug delivery systems and “smart drugs” are now able to target particular areas in the human body. Introduction of nanoparticles into the human body comes with associated risks and not all of these risks are known. Should South Africa increase its investment in the development of medical nanotechnology and will this benefit everyone in South Africa?

Dates for the 2017 competition —————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

Provincial workshops – 05 August 2017 (running concurrently in all provinces)

  • Provincial tournaments – 26 August, 02 September, 09 September (1 per province, 3 provinces per Saturday). Participating provinces will be announced at the provincial workshop.
  • National Final – 06 October 2017 (1 national tournament to be held at a central venue in Gauteng)