Address P O Box 15307, Florapark, 0700
Contact Person Mr Tlou Mashitisho
Tel Number  
Mobile No 072 910 9910
Email contact@saceepolokwane.co.za
Website saceepolokwane.org.za

SACEE Polokwane set up its new branch in September 2013. The number of member schools is 7. The schools are located in and around Polokwane with the furthest school located in Haenertsburg.

Since its inception , the branch has primarily focused on facilitating debating activities for its members. In 2013 the branch co-ordinated the Limpopo provincial delegation that took part in the National Schools’ Debating Championships. In 2016 the branch hosted the South African National Schools Debating Championship event at the Hans Merensky Hotel in Phalaborwa.

Upcoming Events:

MAY 2018

18th SACEE PDL Tournament

4 May 2019 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The 17th SACEE PDL Tournament

The 17th SACEE PDL tournament took place on Saturday, 23 February 2019
held at Mitchell House School.

Participating Schools:

1. Thengwe Secondary School
2. Eagle’s Nest Christian School
3. Pepps College
4. Motse Maria Secondary School
5. Milton Mpfumedzeni Secondary School
6. Capricorn High School
7. Hoerskool Noorderland
8. Florapark Comprehensive High School
9. Mitchell House School
10. Hanyani Thomo Secondary School
11. Frans Mohlala Secondary School
12. Taxila Secondary School
13. Kgakoa Secondary School
14. Mamolemane Secondary School

 The senior motions:

– Children that pass a national civil test should vote.

– Latin America should grant blanket asylum yo Venezuelans.

– Regretting the narrative that motherhood is fulfilling.

The junior motions:

– Pay housewives/husbands for their work done.

– Not granting patents for green technology

– Regretting the influence of political polls

The best senior team was Eagle’s Nest Christian School.

The best junior team was Thengwe Secondary School.


To download the *Junior Team Rankings please click here

To download the Senior Team Rankings please click here

* We are aware that there was an error with junior team rankings on the day and have taken steps to ensure that the error isn’t repeated.

Chairperson’s Report 2017/8

Major achievements over the past year:

13th SACEE Polokwane Debating League Schools Tournament –

Mitchell House School hosted the 13th SACEE PDL tournament on Saturday, 17 February 2017. The tournament was a smaller tournament than usual because the tropical cyclone Dineo had forced schools to close along the north-eastern parts of the Limpopo Province. Eight schools were in attendance instead of our usual twelve or so schools.

The senior teams debated motions about holding referendums to ratify free trade agreements, not granting big pharmaceutical companies patent protection, little investment in teachers restricting universal primary education and lastly, the rise of anti-heroes in the media.

The junior teams debated the existence of Valentine’s Day, the role of feminism in families, the increased use of referendums and outlawing arranged marriages.

The best speakers amongst the seniors were Mahlako Kgomoeswana (Capricorn High School) with a 71.25% average, Gabrielle de Necker (Eagle’s Nest Christian School) with 71% and Munaka Munyai (PEPPS College Polokwane) with 70.75%. Phuti Senyatsi and Thabiso Senyatsi of Northern Academy Secondary School deserve special mention with averages of 73% and 71.25% respectively as shadow speakers for the tournament.

The best junior speakers were Thabang Maisela (Taxila Secondary School) with an average of 70.67%, Reneilwe Seroka (Taxila Secondary School) with 70.50% and Alicia Mmethie (Eagle’s Nest Christian School) with 69.33%.

14th SACEE Polokwane Debating League (PDL) Tournament-

The 14th SACEE PDL tournament took place on Saturday, 6 May 2017 at Mitchell House School and it was a big one. The tournament drew 14 schools from different parts of the province to debate in 4 power paired rounds. The schools in attendance were Mitchell House School, PEPPS College Polokwane, Capricorn High School, Taxila Secondary School, Mamolemane Secondary School, Northern Academy Secondary School, Hoërskool Noorderland, Hoërskool Louis Trichardt, Motse Maria Secondary School, Kuschke Agricultural School, Thengwe Secondary School, Eagle’s Nest Christian School and Khanyisa Education Centre.

The senior motions looked into replacing classic poetry with modern lyrics from pop music, supporting free market capitalism, prioritising economic development over environmental sustainability in developing nations and leaving North Korea alone.  The juniors argued about making water free, banning children from participating in reality television, not teaching poetry in schools and supporting the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Top honours for the senior speakers went to Madzanga Ramabulana (PEPPS College Polokwane) with an average of 71.75%, Sweetness Thamae (Hoërskool Louis Trichardt) with 70.25% and Phuti Senyatsi with 70%. The senior champions for the day were from PEPPS College Polokwane with 4 wins and 897 points.
Top honours amongst the junior speakers went to Alicia Mmethie (Eagle’s Nest Christian School) with a 71% average, Tsebo Sekole (Capricorn High School) with 70.75% and Kganthe Legodi with 70.50%. The junior champions were from Taxila Secondary School with 4 wins and 907 points. Mitchell House School came a close second with 4 wins and 883 points.

6th SACEE Limpopo Debating Championship-

Over 100 learners gathered at Mitchell House School on Saturday, 9 September 2017 for the annual SACEE Limpopo Debating Championship. The tournament featured 4 very competitive rounds of debating with teams pursuing the title of Provincial Champions. The annual championship is also the tournament where selectors identify the speakers most suited for representing the province at the national debating championship later in the year.

Speakers were presented with 2 prepared motions and 2 unprepared motions. Senior teams had debates about regimes destroying death camps and, the more recent, start-up culture coming from Silicon Valley. Unprepared motions discussed gene therapy and the administration of NSFAS. Junior teams deliberated school uniforms allowing individuality and compelling news organisations to function as non-profit organisations. Their unprepared motions explored animal welfare and international environmental law.

The best senior speakers were Phuti Senyatsi (Northern Academy Secondary School) with 71%, Madzanga Ramabulana (PEPPS College Polokwane) with 70.50% and Gabrielle de Necker (Eagle’s Nest Christian School) with 69.63%. The best performing team was an independent team from three different schools. The speakers on the team were all former provincial speakers: Phuti Senyatsi, Nomphumelelo Mahlangu and Bohlokwa Malehlela.  The best junior speakers were Naledi Sebati (Taxila Secondary School) with 71%, Qasim Osman with 69.50% and Alicia Mmethie (Eagle’s Nest Christian School) with 69.13%. The best performing team was a junior independent team with Ismail Gani, Faizaan Gani and Qasim Osman.

Sixteen speakers were selected to represent the provincial team at the national debating championship that would take place during the December holidays in Port Elizabeth.  This tournament also marked the last tournament for Phuti Senyatsi from Northern Academy Secondary School. Phuti started speaking for his school since his Grade 8 year and didn’t miss a single tournament. He also represented Limpopo at all national tournaments since 2014 and was part of the highest ranking Limpopo team in our history.
National Schools Debating Championships-

The South African National Schools’ Debating Championship drew 240 speakers and over 100 adjudicators from 8 out of the 9 provinces of South Africa. All but Mpumalanga were represented at this year’s tournament, Northern Cape and North-West joined us for the first time.

The tournament was hosted at the Nelson Mandela University North Campus in Sumerstrand, Port Elizabeth. Our trip to and from the location was indeed long but thankfully uneventful. Many thanks to Chris Travel and Tours for transporting our delegation safely for 6 years now. The learners also greatly appreciated the day spent at the beach before our trip home.

The debate tournament really tested our speakers’ ability to argue for various topics with limited preparation time. The topics covered various subjects from the construction of public housing to bailing out South Africa’s parastatals. Our speakers also found a new confidence that they thought they never had, speaking to other speakers from other lands spread across South Africa’s landscape.

The tournament had 7 preliminary rounds. One debate was completed on the first day after our arrival with the remaining 6 being completed over the next two days. This year our learners did a lot of walking between the eating hall and debating venues. I commend them for staying positive throughout the experience.

Tlou Mashitisho
Polokwane Branch.

Polokwane branch has its own blog providing all the information you need about their debating league.
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