Nationals 2013

In 2013, the South African National Schools’ Debating Tournament was held at the University of the Witwatersrand, Gauteng. The tournament showed off the amazing talents of the speakers from the various provinces, with fantastic opening and closing night ceremonies.

Gauteng showed its dominance at home by claiming all of the available trophies in the competition.

The winners of the 2013 SANSDC, in the senior category were Gauteng (pictured below)


The final was decided after a tough debate between the Gauteng and Western Cape sides that went all out at the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein.

The Junior division champions were, also, a Gauteng team:


The Junior Final was decided between two Gauteng teams, with one walking away victorious after a hotly contested debate between the two familiar sides.

For the first time, a Plate Final took place to give teams that did not qualify for the quarter-finals, a second chance at lifting a trophy by taking the next 8 best teams and having them compete for the Plate Trophy.


The winners of the Plate Final was Gauteng, completing the full sweep, by taking all three trophies available in competition at the tournament in 2013.


The Gauteng delegation also included the Mayors Cup champions:

Coaches Saul Mzansi Musker and Ansuya Rangasuamy

8 thoughts on “Nationals 2013”

  1. we based at soweto and work with most schools around our region and also mentor them kidz bout international debating (B.P.S) can we send our teamz to the competition.

    1. Hey Mbuso. The Gauteng teams for nationals are centrally chosen through a trials process following the provincial championships, which I think will be in August this year. Go to the ‘Gauteng’ page (under ‘Provinces’) and you’ll find contact details for Genevieve Dean. You’ll need to contact her to find out how to get involved. Good luck!

  2. To tell you the truth, I am extremely unhappy with the way the provincial and national trials are held. Especially in the Eastern Cape where schools coached by the Rhodes society often end up winning for some odd reason. The fact of the matter is, the SASDB is quick to send out emails asking people to stop using the “South African Team” name but there are no equal opportunities for all school kids. No wonder children have to go about entering international tournaments to get recognized. No training workshops and biased adjudication. Please buck up Eastern Cape Debating and SASDB.

    1. Hi Rohan,
      Thank you for the feedback- we really appreciate it. If we don’t know what’s going on then we can’t try and ensure that everyone gets the best quality level of schools’ debating country-wide. I would just like to mention that it can be difficult to do so as we’re a completely volunteer-based organisation with limited fiscal resources. If there are problems like this, it’s not because we don’t care; we really do try our best to make sure we maximise debating opportunities.

      To try and rectify this, we will communicate with the Eastern Cape School’s debating board about expanding debating in the province. They have been trying to do so but have been working from quite a weak base and so it’s difficult.

      In future, it may be more productive if concerns like this were addressed to members of the board through the contact details listed on this site. Without an idea of what training or assistance is needed it’s very difficult to make sure that everyone gets that.

      -Sam Dunne (Operations Officer)

  3. Hi admin,

    Back in high school I was involved with the WCape debating (UCT) and a Nationals champ.

    I’m now in JHB and would like to be re-involved with my passion…debating.
    please email me the relevant contact details, plus where do I find the results for Nationals 2003(schools) held at St John’s College, Houghton?


    1. Hi Tshepo,

      To get involved with debating in Gauteng, please contact the GSDB. The current president is Chris Hojem ( To get involved with national debating you can email with details about how you would Ike to contribute.

      I’m afraid we don’t have those records. I will do some digging and get back to you.

      Stay keen!


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