The Gauteng Provincial Schools’ Debating Team represents the province at the annual National Schools Debating Championships. Gauteng may send 20 senior and 16 junior speakers to the championships. Typically Gauteng will send 4 or 5 senior teams consisting of 5 or 4 speakers respectively to the championships. Similarly, the junior delegation will consist of send 3 or 4 junior teams of 5 or 4 speakers respectively.
Team Gauteng has dominated the championships since the tournaments inception in 2001. The province has won the senior division 9 times in that period, and has won back to back championships in 2013 and 2014. 2014 was a particularly special year for Gauteng as two Gauteng teams progressed to the grand finals, and a third team made it to the semi-finals (after Gauteng broke 1st, 2nd and 3rd after the preliminary rounds).
Our Junior delegation has been no less outstanding having won the junior division 5 times since 2007 (when the junior division was introduced). 2014 saw our junior team lift the trophy for an incredible 3rd consecutive time. The best province aware was established in 2012. This trophy is awarded to the province with the highest win-percentage (across all teams) during the 8 preliminary rounds of national championships. Gauteng has won this trophy at all 3 tournaments since then. The table below illustrates Gauteng’s stellar performance in 2014 (winning 12% more of our debates than our nearest rivals).
These results were achieved by a group of incredibly hard working teenagers with a love for debating ability assisted by a dedicated and attentive coaching team. The 2014 Gauteng delegation consisted of:
Joshua Broomberg (Captain); Sam Musker; Bettina Buabeng-Baidoo; Grant Fourie;
Kate Dewey; Amelia Warren; William Shoki; Dunga Mashilo; Ilan Malkin; Emma Buckland; Kabelo Makhetha; Oratile Matlou; Isabella Leslie-Miller; Alex Breckenridge; Bella Mkhabela; Zandile Moloi; Lindokhule Mabasa; Gugulethu Resha; Aniki Matse; Oratile Matlou; Peniel Tshimanga; Daniel Lee; Rachel Weisz; Khanyisile Molefe; Phaswane Nkwana; Mikateko Nkuna; Katya Broomberg; Jordan Arenstein; Lula Pam-Grant; Khulasanda Tolobisa; and Kimberley Mashiveni.
The 2014 Senior Champions were:
Kate Dewey, Amelia Warren, Dunga Mashilo and William Shoki. This Team won 7 out of 8 preliminary debates and were unstoppable in the break rounds.
The 2014 Junior Champions were:
Katya Broomberg, Jordan Arenstein, Khanyisile Molefe, Kimberly Mashaireni and Lula Pam-Grant. This team also won 7 out of 8 preliminary rounds.