Gert Sibande TVET College students excelled in the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Inaugural National Debating Competition that took place in Umhlanga, KZN on 30 and 31 August.
Lindiwe Radebe, an NCV Level 3 student from Standerton Campus and Khanyi Jaceni, an NCV Level 4 student from Evander Campus were selected to represent Gert Sibande TVET College.
They formed part of the Mpumalanga debating team that were declared winners of the DHET’s Inaugural National Debating competition.
The team from Mpumalanga comprised of 2 students from each of the three sister colleges, namely, Nkangala, Ehlanzeni and Gert Sibande TVET Colleges.
The team took on the challenge with full conviction and the acclaimed speech and poetry lovers immediately showcased their versatility and feistiness.
Lindiwe with the support of Khanyi took to the podium with commanding presence and spoke with immense confidence and leaving all amazed that a rural TVET college could have such eloquent speakers who took their time to properly research their defence.
The Mpumalanga team received very good reviews from the floor and was commended on their matching attire on stage that made them look extremely professional.
The judges comprised of high ranking officials from the Department of Higher Education and Training.
When results were finally announced, although it was not a formal competition, they acknowledged the three top debating teams.
The highlight was when the programme director, Masechaba Ndlovu who is a renowned Radio and TV Presenter announced that the teams who handled the opposing motions best were the teams of Mpumalanga and the Western Cape.
The recognition that was given to team Mpumalanga, boosted their confidence and it made them realise and experience the power of perseverance and camaraderie.
Lindiwe Rabebe, shared her gratitude for the tremendous support the team received from Gert Sibande TVET College management and staff.
Ms Schnobel, the staff member who championed the team, was overwhelmed by her team’s performance and is confident that these young debaters of today will become the distinguished leaders of tomorrow.