Singapore Pre-Worlds Debating Championships 2021

The SA WSDC Team 2021 took part in the Singapore Pre-Worlds Debating Championships which was the official Pre-WSDC tournament organized by the Macau WSDC Convener and CAP members.

After 8 rounds, the team had 6/8 wins & 17 ballots which meant that they ranked 5th and missed the break to semis by 1 ballot and 1 speaker point.

Speaker Achievements 🗣

Joseph ranked 9th
Joshua ranked 14th
Eugene ranked 18th

We are extremely proud of your achievements! 🏆🇿🇦

7th Oldham Cup International League 2021

The SA WSDC Team participated in the 7th Oldham Cup International League this past weekend and the results are as follows:

South Africa HNZ (consisting of Joshua Hendricks, Lwandle Ntshangase, Joseph Zelezniak) broke 6th at the tournament. 

South Africa CCC (Consisting of Faye Crawford, Eugene Cloete and Marcus Cordeiro) broke 9th at the tournament. 

Both team were unfortunately knocked out in the Quarterfinals of the tournament. 

Speaker Rankings (Top 20)

🏆 Joseph Zelezniak ranked 10th. 

🏆 Faye Crawford ranked 15th. 

Adjudication Accomplishments 🎓

Eric Kazadi, Co-SA WSDC Head Coach, and Thamera Naicker, SA A-Team coach, adjudicated at the 7th Oldham Cup International League and they both broke as Adjudicators. 

Thamera Naicker was a panelist in the Octofinals. Eric Kazadi chaired the Octofinals and was a panelist in the Grand Final. 

We are really proud of your achievements. Keep doing amazing things in the international debating circuit! 

The 5th International Schools Debating Championship

The tournament was hosted by Qatar Debate.


The SA WSDC Team broke 3rd on 4/5 wins in the English Category. They made it to the finals where we lost against the Philippines.

  • Joseph Zelezniak ranked 2nd
  • Faye Crawford ranked 10th
  • Lwandle Ntshangase ranked 15th
  • Marcus Cordeiro ranked 18th
  •  Eugene Cloete ranked 20th.

    We are incredibly proud of the team and their achievements! 

SA shines at Protea WSDC!

Our very own SA Teams took part in the Protea World Schools Debating Championship hosted by the South African Schools’ Debating Board which took place on the 27th and the 28th of March 2021.

We performed exceptionally well at the tournament with:

  • Team South Africa EWH (consisting of Eugene Cloete, Joshua Hendricks and Lwandle Ntshangase) breaking 1st and winning the tournament.
  • Team South Africa Losing Streaks and Breaking Hearts (consisting of Marcus Cordeiro, Faye Crawford and Joseph Zelezniak) breaking 5th and making it to the Semi-Finals.
  • Team South Africa Junior A breaking 10th in the Silver division and going to winning in that division.
  • Joshua Hendricks ranked as the best speaker.
  • Eugene Cloete ranked as the 2nd best speaker.
  • Christina Vaudran ranked as the best novice speaker
  • Khanya Mhlongo ranked as the 2nd best novice speaker.
  • Tiger-Anne Cupido ranked as the best 4th speaker.

Our very own SA A-Team Coach, Thamera Naicker, was crowned the Best Adjudicator at the tournament.

Congratulations to everybody! We are extremely proud of you and your achievements!

SA WSDC Team makes us proud at CUPD 2021

The WSDC Team competed in the Christ University Parliamentary Debate (CUPD) Tournament which followed the Asian Parliamentary Format over the weekend of the 19th of February.

Our very own team which comprised of Faye Crawford, Eugene Cloete and Joshua Hendricks made it to the Novice Final and unanimously won the Novice Final with Eugene ranking 9th Best Speaker at the Tournament!

A massive shout out to the SA Head Coaches and the rest of the speakers for this amazing achievement! We are extremely proud of you!

Reflections From The Year Gone By And The Vision For The Year Ahead by the President

On reflection, 2020 was truly filled with a mix of life’s misfortune and the blessings that we often take for granted. One would have never thought that hosting a physical debating tournament would ever endanger the health of participants or that such a social gathering would be considered illegal. Nevertheless, the quiet determination of volunteers prevailed and debating events changed form to fit the current time we find ourselves in. The Youth Derby tournament, the Covid-19 Discussion Panel, the various international tournaments and our own national tournament are a few examples of the quiet determination of the debating community. Always a fitting reminder that courage doesn’t always roar.

The vision for 2020 is a simple one: to continue facilitating the events we initiated in 2020 and to maintain the good work that has been achieved. Where errors are committed, we will endeavour to right those wrongs as we build an inclusive and diverse community. We also hope to continue the work of bringing provinces such as the North-West and Mpumalanga into the community and helping them start-up the tournaments and leagues that we know bring speakers so much joy and development. I am truly proud of every speaker, adjudicator, and coordinator that made 2020 a year for the record books. I remain hopeful that the year ahead, with its expected ups and downs, will be a good one.

Tlou Mashitisho