SANSDC 2013 Results

The tab for SANSDC 2013 can be found [button url=”” target=”blank” style=”flat” background=”#d80d0e” desc=”SANSDC 2013 tab”]HERE[/button].

  • Senior champions: Redravens (Gauteng)
  • Senior plate winners: Falcons (Gauteng)
  • Junior champions: Hawks (Gauteng)
  • Junior plate winners: Sunbird (Free State)
  • Best province: Gauteng
  • Best adjudicator: Lisha Jeena, Seham Areff, David Harris

Open call for selectors

The selection panel will be responsible for selecting the South African Open Squad at SASNDC 2013 in Johannesburg. Adjudicating at nationals is a pre-requirement for serving on the selection panel.

It should be noted that each province shall have one reserved spot on the selection panel so as to ensure that all participating provinces are represented.

Interested candidates should please submit their application to Luke Churchyard ( including a brief debating CV by the 1st of December 2013.

I look forward to your responses.

Kind regards,
Luke Churchyard
South African Schools Debating Team Head Coach 2014/2015

NSDC Independent Adjudicator Applications

Dear debating community,

Applications for independent adjudicators have been extended! The deadline is now Monday, 4 November.

 The Chief Adjudication Panel of the South African National Schools Debating Championships (SANSDC) 2013  would like to invite all interested parties to apply to be independent adjudicators at the SANSDC 2013 in Gauteng. Any applicants would be required to adjudicate at SANSDC 2013, from the 6th of December till the 12th of December 2013.


To be an independent adjudicator, you must commit to attending the SANSDC 2013 from the 6th of December till the 12th of December 2013 at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Unfortunately, this means that those who are interested in attending SANSDC 2013 will be required to miss, at the very least, the break rounds of the Pan-African University Debating Championships 2013 due to the clash. Applicants will also be required to pay a registration fee of R780.00 if you require food and accommodation and R300 if you require no accommodation and lunch each day.

Application Process

All complete applications should be emailed to the CA at The application should include the following:

  1.  A full debating CV including your name and contact details, your debating experience (focusing on adjudication and speaking in WSDC Style). It is preferred that you have at least TWO REPUTABALE DEBATING references (include their names, email addresses and cellphone numbers).
  2. A brief letter of motivation for you application
  3. Written answers to the following questions:
    1. Please provide an explanation of how you adjudicate WSDC debates.
    2. What speaker score range is used in WSDC Style Debating? Consider both main and reply speeches.
    3. What are the weights for content, style and strategy? Give a description of each category.
    4. Is it possible to win a debate based on style?
    5. The first speaker of the proposition squirrels the motion, the first speaker of the opposition challenges the definition however later abandons their alternative definition. Which team will win the debate?
    6. In which category would you score a speaker for a point of information they offer?
    7. What is the role of the first speaker of the opposition? What is the role of the third speaker of the proposition?
    8. The third speaker of the proposition provides very unpersuasive rebuttal and the third speaker of the opposition changes the oppositions’ team line in favour of a more persuasive one. Which team will win the debate?

Please email all questions and applications to Paida Mangondo at Please forward this email to anyone else who might be interested in applying for the position.  We look forward to receiving many colourful and impressive applications.

Kind regards,


Announcement: NSDC DCAs

Dear Members of the South African Schools’ Debating Community,

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who applied for the position of Deputy Chief Adjudicator (DCA) for the 2013 South African National Schools Debating Championships (SANSDC). Numerous exceptional applications were received this year. After much deliberation, discussion and evaluation of the applicants I have decided to select three DCAs for SANSDC 2013. The process included the evaluation each applicants experience across all aspects of debating, their ability to set and evaluate original motions as well as assess existing ones, and their ability to motivate their methods of adjudication.Furthermore, the referees of each applicant were contacted and the orgcomm and SASDB exec were probed for additional input.

After much consideration, it is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Brynne Guthrie (Gauteng), Kira Dusterwald (Western Cape) and Romeo Gumede (Eastern Cape) as the DCAs of SANSDC 2013. Congratulations and I look forward to working with you.

Kind regards, Paidamwoyo Mangondo

National Chief Adjudicator, South African Schools Debating Board

Call for applications: SANSDC 2013 DCA

Please find attached the call for applications for the role of Deputy Chief Adjudicator for the National Schools Debating Championships. Please forward this on to anyone you know who may be interested. Applications close Friday 11 October.

Attached is a document which details the responsibilities of DCAs as well as the applications procedure. You can download it here: SASDB Call for DCAs.

We’re very excited for all the high quality applications we’re likely to receive!

Kind regards,
Paida Mangondo and the SASDB executive.

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