Semi-Final Motion 2023

Motion:
Carbon markets are an important strategy to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide globally.

Carbon markets are an effective method of reducing carbon emissions.

Reading materials:

South Africa Launches Voluntary Carbon Market
https://www.marketsmedia.com/south-africa-launches-voluntary-carbon-market/#:~:text=A%20South%20African%20voluntary%20carbon,economy%20and%20improve%20sustainability%20practices.

JSE Ventures launches carbon market
https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/jse-ventures-launches-carbon-market-2023-11-09

The state of Africa’s carbon markets
https://www.africanlawbusiness.com/news/19789-the-state-of-africa-s-carbon-markets

Carbon Markets: Playing a role in strategic decarbonisation approach
https://www.angloamerican.com/our-stories/environment/carbon-markets-playing-a-role-in-a-strategic-decarbonisation-approach

Will International Carbon Markets Finally Deliver?
https://www.iisd.org/articles/deep-dive/will-international-carbon-markets-finally-deliver

Catch-Up Round 2023 Motion and Fixture

Motion:

COP27 was concluded during November 2022.

The Loss and Damage Fund will effectively address the consequences of climate change in developing countries.

Fixture:

ROOMPROPOSTIONOPPOSITION
Room 01Florapark JrDitlalemeso Jr
Room 02Khaiso JrMotse Maria Jr
Room 03Eagle’s Nest JrNorthern Academy Jr
Room 04Khaiso SrNare Sr
Room 05Stanford Lake SrEagle’s Nest Sr

2024 Invitation Letters and Registration Information

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Round 3 – 2023 Motion

A secret ballot is used in various voting systems where the voter’s identity is not revealed.

Motion: Parliament should adopt a secret ballot for motions of no confidence against a sitting president.

Note: This motion was amended to focus the debate on the secret ballot. Upon further consultation, the motions committee realised that the previous wording shifted the focus to the speaker of parliament. 03 August 2023

Sources:

  1. Concourt: Speaker has the powers to prescribe secret ballot ,https://mg.co.za/article/2017-06-22-constitutional-court-delivering-ruling-on-motion-of-no-confidence-secret-ballot/, accessed 2 August 2023.
  2. Procedure For Voting By Secret Ballot In National Assembly, https://www.parliament.gov.za/press-releases/procedure-voting-secret-ballot-national-assembly, accessed 2 August 2023.
  3. Secret ballot, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_ballot#:~:text=Secret%20ballots%20are%20used%20in,it%20in%20a%20sealed%20box. accessed 2 August 2023.
  4. National Assembly Presiding Officers, https://www.parliament.gov.za/na-presiding-officers, accessed 2 August 2023.

Round 2 -2023 Motion

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides financial aid to undergraduate students to help pay for the cost of their tertiary education after completing high school.

Motion: The NSFAS should exclusively fund scarce skills as opposed to the current system. 

Sources:

  1. THE DHET Bursary Scheme, https://www.nsfas.org.za/content/bursary-scheme.html accessed 25 April 2023
  2. Conference on Financing Higher Education in Africa is underway in Cape Town, https://youtu.be/yrL9GVBGtJ4, accessed 25 April 2023
  3. NSFAS funding disbursement; 2023 Public Sector Education and Training (PSET) Sector Academic Year; Sectoral Response to Loadshedding, with Ministry, https://pmg.org.za/committee-meeting/36375/, accessed 25 April 2025
  4. NSFAS funding model in need of an urgent overhaul, https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/opinion/nsfas-funding-model-in-need-of-an-urgent-overhaul-72682e2a-9560-49ca-acaf-fe8f9378679a, accessed 25 April 2023

Round 1 -2023 Motion

COP27 was concluded during November 2022.
The Loss and Damage Fund will effectively address the consequences of climate change in developing countries.

Resources:

  1. 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_United_Nations_Climate_Change_Conference, accessed 2023/02/07
  2. Poor and Vulnerable Countries Need Support to Adapt to Climate Change, https://www.imf.org/en/Blogs/Articles/2022/03/23/blog032322-poor-and-vulnerable-countris-need-support-to-adapt-to-climate-change, accessed 2023/02/07
  3. Cop27 agrees historic ‘loss and damage’ fund for climate impact in developing countries, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/20/cop27-agrees-to-historic-loss-and-damage-fund-to-compensate-developing-countries-for-climate-impacts, accessed 2023/02/07
  4. The historic loss and damage fund, https://www.chathamhouse.org/2023/02/historic-loss-and-damage-fund, accessed 2023/02/07

Semi-Final 2022 Motion

South Africans should vote directly for the president and not vote through political parties.

Resources

Additional Resources

  1. Election types, Independent Electoral Commission, Accessed 16 August 2022
  2. The Parliamentary Sytem vs The Presidential System, The Borgen Project, Accessed 16 August 2022
  3. Government of South Africa, Wikipedia, Accessed 16 August 2022
  4. Politics of Zimbabwe, Wikipedia, Accessed 16 August 2022
  5. Politics of Lesotho, Wikipedia, Accessed 16 August 2022

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