Call for national selectors

Dear all

The South African Schools Debating Board invites all suitable candidates to apply for a position on the panel of selectors that will select the South African Schools Debating Team to attend Worlds 2013.

National Trials will be held in Johannesburg from 27 April – 1 May 2012, with selectors arriving the evening of Friday the 26th of April and departing on the afternoon/evening of Wednesday the 1st of May. Selectors will be housed with Gauteng-based selectors/debating union members.

National selectors are unpaid and will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and travel costs.

Selectors will be responsible for the following:
– Selecting the National Team to attend WSDC 2013
– Giving extensive constructive feedback to trialists after each debate
– Engaging in active coaching sessions with trialists (this may include giving a workshop if requested to do so)

Your application should comprise the following:
– Your name and contact details
– A brief CV indicating your past involvement in debating
– A brief written motivation

Please submit applications on or before Friday 22nd of March 2012.

The panel will be announced on 24th of March 2012. No late applications will be accepted.
The SASDB reserves the right to change any elements of this procedure should it see fit.

Please email all questions and applications to the following email address:

National adjudicator database

Dear debating community,

The SASDB is compiling a national database of adjudicators. This database will allow us (1) to keep a record of adjudicators and their contact details, so we can contact you with information and opportunities and (2) keep an ongoing record of achievements and feedback, to assist with things such as assigning adjudication panels.

We have set up an online form for everybody who is interested to submit their details. The database will be made up of these entries as well as our own data from national tournaments. Please enter as much information as possible, and if you would like to update your personal information, you can do so at any time.

The form can be found here.


Call for writers

Dear debating community,

The SASDB is starting up a new blog right here on this website! It will be a place for reports, editorials and discussions on schools debating in South Africa and the world. Are you interested in being a contributor? We’re looking for school debaters and adults involved to report on tournaments and debating events, to send in their opinions, and discuss hot-button issues in debating at the moment.

If you’re interested in blogging for the SASDB, either are a regular gig or for a once-off piece, drop us an email at

We hope to see plenty of submissions!


Call for trainers

Looking to turn your passion into money? The South African Schools Debating Board is running a program to develop debating in Worcester, Mossel Bay, George, Knysna and Oudtshoorn. The project consists of two training weekends and a tournament. Petrol from Cape Town and accommodation is covered and there is a R1000 trainer stipend per trainer per weekend. For more information on how to apply contact our operations officer on

Funding officer resignation and call for applications

Dear members of the South African Schools’ Debating Board,

It with sadness we announce the resignation of Dylan Smith from the position of funding officer. His professional responsibilities made it difficult for him to fulfill his responsibilities on the board. We appreciate his work in the Eastern Cape and his role as the convener of NSDC 2012.

The NEC wishes him well in all his future endeavours.

This means that applications are now open for the position of Funding Officer. The role of funding officer according to the constitution of the SASDB is as follows:

the Funding Officer shall serve a term of two years, and shall source funding for the Board’s core programme, specifically for:
(i) the NSDC;
(ii) the SASDA;
(iii) the South African Schools Debating Team’s (SASDT) participation in the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) 
and to participate in discussion and issues up for voting within the SASDB NEC.

Applications should be submitted to on or before 4 March 2013.