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18 December 2008

The University of the Free State are African Champions

The University of the Free State from South Africa has emerged as the winners of the Inaugural Pan-African Universities Debating Championship which was held in Gaborone Botswana.

The final comprised:
The University of the Free State--B -Opening Government
National University of Lesotho--A –Closing Government
University of Namibia-C—Opening Opposition
University of Namibia-A- Opening Opposition

The Best Adjudicator Trophy was awarded to Carl Persat of Namibia
The Best Speaker for the tournament was –Ruth Mulenga of Botswana

The lists of participating countries were:
South Africa

The tournament also comprised debate trainers from the US, Botswana, South Korea and South Africa who trained the many virgin debaters from across the African continent.

This week long tournament was hosted at the University of Botswana main campus with the award ceremony at Phakalane Golf Estates.

The African Universities Debating Board which will facilitate the dissemination of training materials, coordinate Pan-African debating events and organize training sessions and help spread debate across the African continent was established at this ground breaking event.

The Chief Adjudicator for the tournament was Logan of Malaysia and the tournament was convened by Justice Motlhabani of Botswana.

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