Schools enter teams by responding to a call for interest. Schools are then shortlisted based on their performance at provincial workshops. The provincial workshop has two main objectives. The first half of the workshop focuses on the training of the debating style, research methodology, and the use of social media to discuss ideas. The second half of the workshop involves a mini-debate, which is adjudicated by a panel of judges and from which a final selection of 10 teams to participate in the provincial competitions are made. Finally, the competition ends off with a national event, where a panel of judges selects the top three teams. The most interesting feature of the SAASTA Schools Debates is that each topic is argued using four different perspectives namely: economic, applications and benefits, political and socio-cultural aspects. In addition, learners are encouraged to share their viewpoint during the mini imbizo’s and with social media.