2020 Mayors Cup Registration Is Open

We would like to start the debating tournament as early as possible in the new school year; therefore, registration should take place without any delay, before or as soon as the schools open in January 2020.

Please take note of the following:

  • Registration fee will be R300 per team for 2020
  • If you have more than 20 learners interested in taking part, consider to register two teams: an experienced and inexperienced team for newcomers to become familiar with rules and research.  New teams will compete against each other.
  • You can start registering immediately until 07 February 2020 after which the schedule will be fixed and no late registration will be accommodated.

Please come with suggestions for debating topics – we want all to be involved in determining suitable and challenging topics.  The registration form for 2020 goes with this letter.  Please contact us if you need any more information.

Please make the debate part of your year plan and budget for 2020.

Debating coordinator:-

Maurdy Dunster – 081 321 1378/015 290 2165

Below are the links for registration documents.



Round 6 2019 (Final)

The Smart City vision and policy will propel the infrastructure development in the City of Polokwane.

Junior Final will take place on Wednesday, 28 August 2019 15:00 at the Polokwane City Library Auditorium.

Grand Finale will take place on Wednesday, 3 September 2019 14:00 at the Jack Botes Hall.

Round 5 2019 (Semi-Final)

In light of the high crime rates and gangsterism throughout the country, government should deploy the military to affected areas.

Round will take place at Taxila Secondary School, Nirvana on Wednesday, 14 August 2019.

Round 4 2019

The rise of individuals without a political background running for office does more harm than good (e.g. Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky).

Round will take place on Wednesday, 07 August 2019. Venue will be confirmed.

Round 3 2019

After 25 years of democracy, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s conception of a rainbow nation is a myth.

Round starts Wednesday, 17 July 2019. Venue will be confirmed.

Round 2 2019

With a view to improve incomes and quality of life: Government should allow citizens to occupy land owned by the state.

Round starts Wednesday, 24 April 2019 at Frans Mohlala Secondary School.

Round 1 2019

The continued existence of independent schools in South Africa undermines efforts towards equal access to education for all.

Round starts Wednesday, 13 March 2019.

Round 6 2018 (Grand Finale – 20th Year Celebration)

Polokwane Debating Society (under the Patron of Executive Mayor) wishes to invite you to attend the Final for the 2018 Mayor’s Trophy tournament which will be held as follows:-

Date: 30 January 2019
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Venue: Jack Botes Hall

The schools that have made it to the finals are:

Junior Teams:

  • Noorderland High School (Proposition Team)
  • St. Brendans High School (Opposition Team)

The free movement of people, goods and services between Polokwane and Gauteng does more harm than good.

Senior Teams:

  • Motse Maria High School (Proposition Team)
  • Capricorn High School (Opposition Team)

Polokwane Municipality should prioritise economic developments that employ youth over the provision of learnerships.

Please note the event will run for the whole day.

Your presence will be highly appreciated as this will be one of the highly contested encounter which will also make us aware of how the young community feels about our City.

Thank you again for all your support and dedication to the tournament.

Round 4 2018

African states should prioritise African Union (AU) affiliation over United Nations (UN) affiliation.

Round starts on Wednesday, 08 August 2018.