ROYAL Capital Academy pupils were recently afforded the opportunity to participate in the 2016 Chris Hani Ekurhuleni Learners Debate Challenge – and emerged the senior champions.
The school’s participation was due to Elliot High School withdrawing and so Royal Capital debaters and pupils from fellow schools in the district – Indwe High, Inyathi High, Tshapile Junior Secondary School, Bomeni Primary School and Royal Capital – flew to Johannesburg.
They had the opportunity to visit Vilakazi Street, the Union Building, the Apartheid Museum, the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Chris Hani’s grave, and to attend a Chris Hani memorial lecture. Royal Capital beat Germiston High, Brakpan High and Unity High, squaring off against Indwe High in the finals.
Royal Capital then walked away the winners, emulating the feat achieved by Queen’s College at the same event last year. Royal Capital’s Mpho Masekela was adjudged second best speaker.
The Royal Academy Primary School lost all three of their debates. However, Olungaka Novukela won a best speaker mention.
The next assignment for the Royalites, as one of the top 10 schools in the competition, is a workshop in East London on April 16. Ther e ’s the Gonubie debating festival, a debate with Graeme College, Model UN debates and the Lukhanji League.
Coach Pakamani Ndwanka thanked the Chris Hani District Municipality for flying the pupils to and from Johannesburg, and education officials for their assistance.