After much consultation with provinces, the South African National Schools Debating Championship 2020 was hosted online via Discord. The championship took place across many locations in South Africa from 15 December – 20 December. The Limpopo team made the Polokwane City Library their home for the duration of the national tournament. Many thanks to Ms Maurdy Dunster for accommodating us there. 📝 Senior tab | Junior Tab
Two senior teams, Basque and Amharic, represented the province and were competitive. Both teams maintained a 50% win record. Basque pipped Amharic with five more ballots at the end of the preliminary rounds. Basque was ranked 14th and broke near the bottom of the Plate Quarter-final break. Amharic was ranked 18th on the tab. Basque was knocked out of the Plate Semi-finals.
Dichochi Ramotlou, Nazeerah Nanabava, and Gundo Muchocho received Bronze Certificates of Recognition for their speaking averages between 68 – 69. Shamiso Bopape, Phindulo Mainganye, and Mantswi Ramakgolo received Silver Ceritificates of Recognition for their speaking averages between 69.1% and 70.49%
Our only junior team for this year, Chitonga, was ranked 21st in the junior division. It was a difficult week of competition for them. The team persevered and made the most of their experiences. Dimpho, one of our junior debaters, was delighted to have made South Korean friends during the tournament.
Our judges also fared well at the tournament. Tlou Mashitisho, Kyle Lyle, and Maneke Ramakgolo qualified to adjudicate the elimination rounds. Tlou Mashitisho went on to chair the open senior final at the tournament.
This year’s delegation participated without our usual 6-8 week training programme and made themselves available at a moment’s notice. They truly deserve much congratulations for their efforts during a very difficult season.