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International results 2014

International results

2014 has been an amazing year for South African debating. Team SA had an unprecedented run at WSDC, breaking first and unbeaten and only losing in the Grand Final. A South African “A” team won the Heart of Europe tournament, and SA Junior and SA A did incredibly well at WSDC. We are very proud of all our speakers, judges and coaches. The complete results are published below.

AWSDC Results:

SA Junior broke 2nd on 7/8 wins; 18/24 judges; 2032.34 total speaks; and a margin of 14.25.
SA A broke 4th on 6/8 wins; 17/24 judges; 2035.37 total speaks; and a margin of 23.27.
SA Junior made it to the Grand Final losing to Malaysia on a 8-1 split.
SA A made it to the Semi-Finals losing to Malaysia on a 4-3 split.
2nd – Steven Lochner
3rd – Desmond Fairall
6th – Ilan Malkin
9th – William Shoki
11th – Alexandra Breckenridge
13th – Grant Fourie
16th – Emma Buckland
23rd – Hannah Fagan
43rd – Isabella Leslie-Miller

Thank you to coaches Chris Hojem and Phiwe Salukazana.
WSDC results:

Team SA broke 1st (8 wins and 23 judges) and made the grand final. They lost to team England.

5th – Josh Broomberg
7th – Sam Musker
11th – Saadiyah Mayet
12th – Kate Dewey
44th – Rachel Gardiner

Thank you to coach Luke Churchyard and assistant coach Saul Musker.

Judges also did very well: Paida Mangondo (previous SASDB CA), Saul and Nicole Dunn were made chief adjudicators from R1. Paida, Saul, Phiwe and Nicole all broke as judges. Paida and Nicole chaired octo finals, Saul and Phiwe were panelists. Paida chaired Quarters, Saul and Nicole were panelists.
Heart of Europe Results:

SA A broke 3rd and won the tournament!

5th – Amelia Warren.
14th – Cheshni Jeena
18th – Stefan Massyn
20th – Rahul Naidoo

Thank you to coach Phiwe Salukazana.

A special mention for Bophelo Impilo (a South African school also participating at Heart of Europe). Bophelo Gold broke first and Bophelo Maroon broke 12th.








GSDB fundraiser

News from the Gauteng Schools’ Debating Board:

It is with great excitement that we would like to announce our first annual GSDB fundraiser. The details are as follows:

WHEN: 22 August 2014 WHERE: Constitution Hill, Women’s Gaol Atrium COST: Tickets are R250 pp RSVP: Proof of payment to be sent to by 20 August 2014
TICKETS INCLUDE: Refreshments, panel discussion and access to the auction
BANKING DETAILS: Found at!donate/c1ghi
DRESS: Cocktail
TOPIC: Interactions between business and society

Guest speakers will include Adv Kevin Malunga (Deputy Public Protector), Gareth Cliff and some of our brightest speakers.

More details can be found at

Please pass this along to your network – the more money we raise at this event, the more we can help you and your children.

Announcement of NCA

The South African Schools Debating Board is pleased to welcome Tristan von Zahn to the NEC as our new chief adjudicator! Tristan will serve as CA for the board and for the National School Debating Championships held this December in the Western Cape. We are excited to work with him and we are sure he will be an excellent addition to our board.

We would also like to thank Paida Mangondo for his hard work as CA over the last two years. Paida has put in many hours of effort on the adjudication side of national debating and he will be missed!

Call for assistant junior coach

The South African Schools Debating Board invites all suitable candidates to apply for the position of assistant national Junior Team coach. One assistant coach position has been opened.

 In a continued effort to develop the strength of South Africa’s debating pool, we will be taking a National Junior Team to an international debate tournament.
Given this structure, the responsibilities of the assistant coach will include:
  • Assist in training the trials squad. A training camp will be held from the 21st to 23rd March 2014.
  • Act as a national selector at junior trials. Trials will be over the June 16 long weekend on Saturday the 14th, Sunday the 15th and Monday the 16th.
  • Coach as well as accompany the SA Junior team on an international tour in 2014.
  • Assist in the training of the South African Junior team in advance of their 2014 Tournament.
 Your application should comprise the following:
  1. Your name and contact details
  2. A brief CV indicating your past involvement in debating
  3. A brief written motivation
Please submit applications on or before the 28th February 2014. Successful candidates will be announced on the 7th of March 2014. The SASDB reserves the right to change any elements of this procedure should it see fit.
Please email all questions and applications to both”
 Phiwe Salukazana:

Appointments: National Shadow Coaches and Junior Coach

The SASDB is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Dunn and Saul Musker as the shadow coaches of the 2014 South African Schools Debating Team. They will assist the head coach in training the team, as well as developing their own coaching skills. We are also excited to announce that Phiwe Salukazana has been selected as the SA Junior Team head coach, newly formed this year.

We wish all of our coaching staff the best of luck with training and competition this year! We know they will do us proud.