12 October 2016 – Tshiamo Malatji and Kgomotso Keorapetse have done themselves and Saints proud by earning places on the Free State Schools senior and junior debating teams to contest the South African Schools National Debating Championships in Limpopo later this year.
They were chosen after shining at the Free State Schools Debating Championships. Tshiamo has previously represented the province, while the selection is a first for Kgomotso.
Tshiamo Malatji and Kgomotso Keorapetse will fly the Saints’ and Free State flags at the South African Schools National Debating Championships
Recalling his entry into debating, Tshiamo paid tribute to Saints’ English teacher Kerry Gower for drawing him into it.
“You get a lot out of it”
“You get a lot out of it,” he added. “It forces you to know a lot about a lot of different things. It forces you to look into economics and politics and social economics. You have to look into that to do well in debates, so I guess it’s that motivation to explore and learn more.”
Kgomotso was introduced to debating in grade eight in 2015, the same year he entered Saint Andrew’s.
“At first, it was simply a nice experience. I really enjoyed it, because I am a very argumentative person,” he recalled with a laugh.
“Viewing the world from two different points of view”
Now, it has become more than that, he shared: “It makes you learn about different things, viewing the world from two different points of view. And it forces you to acknowledge what the other house is saying.
“At the same time, it makes you look at yourself and see how you can build up an argument and make it stronger for your case.”