Can South Africa afford free higher education? – A vigorous matric debate

Future leaders: Great Debaters 2017.

Can South Africa afford to provide free higher education? This was the subject of an interesting debate held at the Magabheni Community Hall on Saturday August 12.

The affirmative team that contended that free higher educationwas possible won the debate.

The local team in their motivation and argument in the affirmative, boldly stated some of the funding sources could be made possible by slashing unnecessary government spending in many areas such as the upgrade of the President’s home at Nkandla, expensive vehicles for his wives and reducing the number of the 36 Deputy Ministers.

The opposing team argued that free education must only be provided to those who cannot afford it and those who can afford to pay must pay.

They cited examples such as the current norms for screening the eligibility for child care grants that could be used as deciding factors in granting free education.

The debate was adjudicated by highly acclaimed individuals: Mr V Msomi, Ms T Buthelezi and Mr M N Mpya. The “Great Debaters 2017” programme was facilitated by the Thuto Pele Organisation.

Winner: Nolwazi Ndlangisa of winning team receiving a certificate.

The affirmative team of 3 debaters and 3 alternatives comprised 4 matric students from Sidelle High School of Magabheni and 2 students from Mcothoyi High School of Umgababa.

The winning team members were Nolwazi Ndlangisa, Phumlile Msomi, Ayanda Mabuza, Sanela Cele, Amahle Zungu, Lwazi Goya.

The opposing team was from the Hammarsdale based organisation Sukuma Academy and were represented by members Sduduzo Shezi, Thabisile Ncube, Zipho Sithole, Ntandokazi Radebe, Lonwabo Mncwabe , Nqobile Nkosiyane.

It was a vibrant afternoon with young students expressing themselves forthrightly in debate in a well-researched presentation of a high standard.

The Thuto Pele Organisation is a non-profit organisation that is appealing for sponsors for its project work and can be contacted on email [email protected]

MSCRS Reporter

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