Debating in KwaZulu-Natal is run by the KwaZulu-Natal Schools Debating Association (KZNSDA). Schools participate in one of five leagues: Durban Coastal Debating League (DCDL), Midlands, Phoenix, Pietermaritzburg and South Coast. As well as competing in these leagues, schools and speakers also participate in inter-league tournaments during the year. The top speakers from the regional leagues progress to the provincial championships.



Chair of the KZNSDA,  Nicky Nightingale:

24 thoughts on “KwaZulu-Natal”

  1. Dear KZNSDA

    I am from Old Mill High School and I would like you to post me details and entry forms of all the Debating Matches you host so that the school I belong to may enter. Use my e-mail address for communications and questions you would like my school to respond to, we do have a teacher hat I could direct you to.

    Please reply to me!


    1. Hi Mbuso. Your comment was automatically delivered to the SASDB, and not the KZNSDA. I have emailed you with the correct contact details. Good luck with your debating! –Admin

  2. Hi
    I am an educator at a private school in Durban central and would like to start a debating team at my school , can you guys help me in any way with info how the competitions run , is there a debating league? , how do I become affiliated to one? is there a debating manual? rules of debating etc

    I would appreciate all the help i can get
    Thank you

    1. Hi Sauda. I’ve updated the contact details above – email Mariska van Wyk for details about the debating leagues in Durban. You can find some debating guides to get you started on our Downloads page. You will also find some useful links to training material on the Links page.

    1. Hi Nelda. Please contact Mariska van Wyk at the email addresses above – she will be able to give you the necessary information. –Admin

  3. Hello, I really need fixtures and information about debates for 2012 ASAP ,thanks your cooperation will be higly appreciated…:):):)

    1. Hey Clyde,
      Debating in KZN is run by the KZN Debating Board. Their chair person is Mariska van Wyk ( and she will be able to provide you with information about debates in your area. – :) Tristan von Zahn (Operations Officer).

    1. Hi,
      I am not sure which province you are in, so I am not sure who to refer you in to give you information about the tournaments this year. If you post a comment telling me, then I will be able to refer you to the relevant person. Tristan von Zahn (Operations Officer)

  4. Hai.I would like to know more about the KwaZulu-Natal debating leagues and the dates for debates in 2012 including the topics for debates.Thanks

    1. Dear Mzwakhe,
      The current chairperson of the KZNSDB is Mariska van Wyk ( If you email her, she will be able to give you the dates and information that you are looking for.- :) Tristan von Zahn (Operations Officer).

  5. Greetings. I’d like to be informed of what the topic is for round 5 and 6 of the junior division. Your help is appreciated.

    1. Dear Xola,
      The chairperson of the KZN Schools Debating Board is Mariska van Wyk ( If you email her, she will be able to give you that information. – :) Tristan von Zahn (Operations Officer)

    Iam from Empangeni high school and I enjoy debating. and I would like to know more about the matches you will host and may you please send me the entry can e-mail the form to my e-mail adress. thank you. waiting for your response!! my e-mail is

    1. Hi Malusi,

      I’m afraid we don’t have information about local debating in KZN – but the KZNDSA does! You can find their contact info above. Good luck!


    1. Hi Jordach,

      I will update this as soon as I receive updated info from the KZNDA. This is the most recent information we have. If you have information for us, please do send it! Our email is


  7. Hi Kzn Debating league.
    I debate on an inter school level. I have achieved a few awards.
    I would like to know how to be a part of the Kzn Debating. Thank you very much. Kamryn.

  8. Hi, I belong to a primary school in Northdale, Pietermaritzburg, and am in grade 7. My team and I would like to enter in the debate competition, please email me the procedure to participate. Many thanks. I await your urgent response. Kind regards Master Hemal Heeralal
    My contact details are: email tel: 0827865040
    Take care and God bless!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *