About the SASDB

The South African Schools Debating Board (SASDB) is the official governing body of high school debating in South Africa. It is a registered non-profit organisation (registration: 026-935-NPO) which oversees debating in the provinces and sets policy at a national level. Constitutionally, the primary objects of the SASDB are:

(a) co-ordinating schools debating in South Africa

(b) developing schools debating in South Africa

(c) furthering schools debating in South Africa

(d) affirming the ownership of the intellectual property of the Board

To this end, the SASDB focuses on three major projects each year: the National Schools Debating Championships, the Academy (which develops the talents of the best debaters from underprivileged schools), and the South African Schools Debating Team, which takes part in the World Schools Debating Championships and the African Schools Debating Championships. The SASDB also aims to get involved with developing debating in schools and provinces where it does not exist or is not affiliated with the SASDB.

Our Mission as the SASDB 

To enable the use of Debate as a Tool for education through World leading Debate excellence and thorough access for all school children especially those from less-resourced schools’

 

Values

“Development and Empowerment”

We provide and facilitate Debate Training and development for over 2000 School Children per year with a specific focus on less resourced schools.

 

“Debate Excellence”

To maintain in our ranking as 1st in the World in Schools Debating through developing the best thinkers and orators in South Africa and indeed the world.

 

“Diversity and Exposure”

To expose children from varying backgrounds to the world and facilitate them learning from one another through debate.

South African Debating is recognised as one of the top teams in the world, being consistently ranked the best Schools Debating organisation at the Annual World Schools Debating Championships. Internationally, South Africa is recognised as a top tier team which is both competitive and successful, receiving various accolades in European, Asian and World tournaments.

The South African Schools Debating Board (SASDB) is the official governing body of high school debating in South Africa. It is a registered non-profit organisation (registration: 026-935-NPO) which oversees debating in the provinces and sets policy at a national level. Constitutionally, the primary objects of the SASDB are:

(a) co-ordinating schools debating in South Africa

(b) developing schools debating in South Africa

(c) furthering schools debating in South Africa

(d) affirming the ownership of the intellectual property of the Board

To this end, the SASDB focuses on three major projects each year: the National Schools Debating Championships, the Academy (which develops the talents of the best debaters from underprivileged schools), and the South African Schools Debating Team, which takes part in the World Schools Debating Championships and the African Schools Debating Championships. The SASDB also aims to get involved with developing debating in schools and provinces where it does not exist or is not affiliated with the SASDB.

14 thoughts on “About the SASDB”

  1. Hi Admin

    I’m Thembela from King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape.I was debating in high school in Thembalabantu High School. I’m interested in starting a debate group at a primary level infact we have started already.Where do I get the board around in King?

    Thank you

  2. Good day, I’m 22 year old male who matriculated in 2008 at Seotlong Agricultural and hotel school, in the eastern Free State; I now reside in Randburg and want to parcitipate and engage in a debating activity in my area because I that I have devorced my first love which is debating and I need to recarnate with debating as it was my compass to how to live life so I’m asking for direction on to do and were to go.
    Thank you

    Regards
    Katiso

  3. I always offer training to different schools on debate and public speaking, now my problem is I feel that I’m being used and not getting paid, I would love to be fully registered as a facilitator can SASDB help me (Gauteng)

    1. Dear Prudence,
      The Gauteng Schools Debating Board are in charge of debating within the province and they will be able to help you to find schools to work with that can pay you for the work that you are doing. Their chairperson is: Warwick Brown (fulvus33@gmail.com) and if you contact him, he will be to help you find schools to work with. – :) Tristan von Zahn (Operations Officer)

  4. Hey SASDC.

    For the last two years, I lived in Gauteng and participated in debating. I made the Gauteng provancial team twice as a junior and was ranked in the top ten best jnr speakers at Nationals. I currently stay in Mpumalanga and joined debating at my school. I’ld like to know if you know anything about Mpumalanga and debating and if whether or not they have a board. If not, I’ld like to know if we can register a team for Nationals 2012 and if we can, please tell me how.

    Thanks.

  5. Hi.am neo from limpopo burgersfort.there is no debate group in my area and i can see that many people are interested.can you please help or what should i do?

    1. Hi Neo,
      There is a lot of development happening in debating in Limpopo. The best person to contact would probably be Tlou Mashitishi (tmmash@gmail.com).
      I hope this helps!
      -Sam Dunne
      (Operations Officer)

  6. Hi I’m interested in debate I’m in north west and what to be board member. I have been given lesson to scholars from 2004 to date. The debate unlike before is no longer effective and promoted and want to help to revitalise it.

    1. Hi Tshireletso,
      Thank you very much for your interest! We have just received funding to develop debating in the country and North-West will be one of our focuses! We will contact you close to the time!
      Kind regards
      Sam Dunne- Operations Officer

  7. Hi. My name is Tebogo Lobaka, I am one of the products of South African debating board via lovelife this was back at 2006. I recently visited my old high school only to find that the Debate culture has died and this is a reality not just in my old high school but in Potchefstroom at large. So my NGO decided to stage a debating competition with an attempt to revitalise the debate society in our local school. This drop me an email at tslobaka@yahoo.com or provide me witha direct email address so i can communicate with you about this competition and see how we can fit it into your program – Tebogo

    1. Hi Tebogo,

      It’s great that you want to help rekindle debating! We’re starting a development project aiming to get debating up and running in places like Potch, so we’re very keen to hear more from you. You can contact our operations officer, Sam Dunne, at sam.dunne.sasdb@gmail.com.

      Hope to hear from you again!

      Yours,
      Devi (Vice President)

    1. Hi Mpho –

      What kind of organisation are you? SASBD membership is limited to provinical debating structures, although partnership is also available. If you send me an email with details about your organisation to sasdbinfo@gmail.com, I will let you know!

      Devi

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