Free State

Free State debating runs two separate leagues in conjunction with the South African Council for English Education (SACEE). There is a Bloemfontein league, which runs throughout the year and each event is hosted by a different school. There is also a Goldfield league which caters for the Welkom district.

Both these leagues serve the Free State Schools Debating Board as a point of departure when selecting teams to take to the SASDB National Schools Debating Championships.

Each year in the September holidays we also run a provincial tournament, where 6 teams are selected to represent Free State at the SASDB Nationals. This year we’ll be hosting it with the aim to further our ambitions of spreading debating and developing the youth in under-resourced schools.

The teams selected for nationals undergo exceptional training leading towards the tournament and learn even more from the tournament itself. We then compel them to go back to their schools and teach their fellow debaters what they’ve learned. It is a constant systematic ideal of learning.

30 thoughts on “Free State”

  1. to whom it may concern
    hi i am a grade11 learner at s.s.paki.s.s in Vredefort would please send us any information or invitations about the October 2011 tournament or any other competitions in 2011 I am a very good debater but the have not been any thing going on in free state this year
    please respond to this email address or at my home address: 1323 mandela section
    or at my personal phone at 0719482976

  2. Hi, I am Bonginkosi Shane Peter from Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School in Midrand,Gauteng. I’d appreciate invitations to my school for Debate competitions please.

    1. Hi Bonginkosi. Please email the Gauteng Schools Debating Board to ask them to invite your school. You can find their contact details on the Gauteng page. Enjoy your debating! –Admin

    1. Hey Mogoje,
      The best way to be included in competitions that happen in the Free State would be to contact the Free State Debating Board (email: They will make sure that you can get involved in debating within the province. :) – Tristan von Zahn (Operations Officer).

  3. I am a debater also in Barnard Molokoane Comprehensive school. I would like to participate in Free State debating tournaments,

    1. Hey Molete,
      I have sent an email to Mogoje with the adress of the Free State Debating board so that they can start organising with you guys. :)- Tristan von Zahn (Operations Officer).

    1. Hey Tshepang,
      The Free State Debating Board will be able to help you with finding tournaments in your area ( :) Tristan von Zahn (Operations Officer)

  4. Hi I am a grade 10 learner in LENYORA LA THUTO COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL from BOTSHABELO in the FREESTATE. I am very much intrested in debating but the problem that we encounter is that we dont get any invitations about the tournaments that take place we also send requests to different schools to debate with us but they dont reply

    1. Hey Keketso,
      The Free State Debating Board will be able to help you find schools to debate against and tournaments to attend in your area. Their email address is: I wish you and your school all the best for the upcoming year! – :) Tristan von Zahn (Operations Officer)

  5. hi, i wish to be informed about any tournaments that will be taking place this year,i am a member of kgolagano secondary school debating team and our team wishes to participate in debate tournaments of any kind,looking forward to receive an invitation, mpho kgolagano secondary school, viljoenkroon

    1. Hey Mpho,
      Please see my response on your other comment on the ‘International Debates’ page. – :) Tristan von Zahn (Operations Officer)

  6. we have tried contacting the free state debating regarding being informed about debate competitions that are due to take place but we havnt received any response from them.We are corncened because other school in the province say there was a competition held recently yet the provincial debating board didnt inform us as we requested.

    1. Dear Neo,
      Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have a representative from the Free State Debating Board looking into this and I am sure that it will be sorted out soon. – :) Tristan von Zahn (Operations Officer)

    1. Dear Mjikelezo,
      Which province is your school in? If I can find that out then I will be able to pass you on to the relevant provincial board that will be able to give you information about debating within your province.- :) Tristan von Zahn (Operations Officer)

  7. to whom it may concern
    i wish to be informed about 2013 debate competitions taking place in fezile dabi district.I am a grade 12 learner at kgolagano secondary school in viljoenskroon.

    1. Hi Mpho,

      You should email the Free State board ( and ask them to put you on their mailing list – they’ll give you all the information you need. Good luck!

      Devi (Vice President)

  8. I am a first year student at the university of free state Studying Bsc Economics i would like to know if there are no debating opportunities for university students especially in debate tournaments occurring at the ufs.

    1. Hi Kedibone,

      I’m afraid the SASDB only deals with high school debating, so we can’t help you. However, I do know that UFS has a strong debating society – I do not know any current contact details, but if you contact your university, they can let you know how to contact them!

      Good luck!

      – Devi

  9. Hi I’m katlego shuping from HTS Louis Botha in Bloemfontein I’m a debator at my school and currently I participate in the Motheo district league not the sacee so I was informed that we have to register ourselves for the provincial debate not the school so I just want to confirm wth you guys if it is really like that,can you register yourself as an individual for the provincial or as a team from your school and are the we chosen or you register ourselves?

  10. hi… id like to ask for the dates the provincial tournament will be held in 2013 … it is usually around the september holidaays. i fear that it clashes with the expo for young scientists regional international science fair (nationals).

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