National Schools Debates Competition 2017

We invite all schools with a keen interest in debating – but in this instance from a scientific stance – to enter the 2017 SAASTA National Schools Debates Competition.

The selection process

Due to its popularity and the fact that the competition is limited to 10 schools per province, the 10 schools will be selected at the provincial workshops based on how well the schools do in a “mini-debate”. All schools attending the workshop will be required to prepare and deliver an opening and closing statement from the perspective of their choice, click here to download the topic pack.

If your school is interested in participating in the competition, please complete and send the entry form to the relevant contact person in your province.

Provincial workshop venues

Province Venue Contact Person Contact No Email Address
Mpumalanga Penryn College, Boschrand Farm, R40, Nelspruit, 1200 Lithakazi Masilela


Western Cape Cape Town Science Centre, 370B road, observatory, Cape Town Dhanak Suleman/Suma Jovner


KwaZulu Natal PDTI, Ex Dokkies (Main Hall), 86 Bartle road, Durban Dhanak Suleman/Suma Jovner


North West Lerome Secondary School Tony Dhlamini


Northern Cape Belgravia Conference Room, Garden Court, Kimberley. Anja Fourie 0842066996
Eastern Cape University of Fort Hare

Science Block

NE11&12 Auditorium


Yolanda Jali


Free State Harry Gwala Multipurpose Centre;

10710 Corner of Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki Street; Zamdela, Sasolburg

Griezel Raphehlelo

Masabatha Makopo



Limpopo Vhembe TVET College; Malamulele CampusMain Road; Near Mala Shoping Centre; Malamulele Central Griezel Raphehlelo

Tshepo Mafiri



Gauteng Auditorium, Randburg High School, Corner of Malibongwe and Rabie Streets, Fontainbleau, Randburg Dhanak Suleman/Suma Jovner 0218433849

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 – 05 October 2017 (1 national tournament to be held at a central venue in Gauteng)