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Wits debating team displays the edge again

- Wits University

Debating team reached semi-finals in top international tournament.

In their first appearance at international competitions this year, the Wits Debating Union proceeded all the way to the semi-finals.

Second year law student Nonhlanhla Masanabo and Jamie Mithi, a final year law student, are currently in the United States of America attending two debating competitions.

Over the Easter weekend, the pair displayed their brilliant debating skills when they reached the semi-final of the prestigious annual Colgate Open hosted by the Colgate University in New York.

The highly competitive students from Cornell University, University of Vermont and Cambridge University were among those in attendance. The quality of debating at this level of international competition is unparalleled and is reflected in the breadth of the motions debated.


Motions tested students understanding of current global events as well as their intellectual mastery of abstract concepts, philosophical questions as well as hypothetical scenarios.

The Wits Debating Union was invited to attend this tournament by virtue of their victory in the Pan African championships held in December 2015, where they were crowned overall champions and best speakers.

The next stage of their American tour is attending the World Top Sixteen Tournament, known to debaters as the HWS Round Robin. This competition is hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges and pits the top sixteen teams from around the world against each other.

The Wits team is hopeful for an even better result in this competition and will be refining their training to learn from their experiences at the Colgate Open to enhance their chances in this challenge. The HWS round robin will be held this weekend on 1 – 2 April 2016.