Debating her way to the top

Mary Ramohlale (debate coordinator) and Lutricia le Roux (winner).

POLOKWANE – The Gr 10 learner at Hoërskool Noorderland proved her prowess when she won the first Provincial Debate Competition for Road Safety hosted by the Department of Transport at Bolivia Lodge on 12 August.

This is an annual competition for learners from secondary schools across the five districts of Limpopo with the aim to turn the youth into road safety ambassadors at an early age.

“There were three topics of debate, Traffic Law Enforcement: is it adequate or not; Road crashes have a negative effect on South Africa’s economy; and Road Safety: is it adequate in schools. I had to oppose the first and third topic and I didn’t participate in the second one. Debating is fun and educational and although it is nice to convince people to agree with your viewpoint it is also difficult to prove something is right when you know in your heart it is wrong,” she said.

Lutricia was invited to join the debating team when she was in Gr 8 but only joined the following year when she was in Gr 9.

Hoërskool Noorderland debating coordinator, Mary Ramohlale, beamed with pride at Lutricia’s achievements and praised her for making the school proud with her debating skills.

Department of Transport Head of Department, Hanli du Plessis handed Lutricia her price on behalf of Transport MEC, Nandi Ndalane.

The winners of the competition will represent the Limpopo debating team during the October Transport Month programme at the natjonal competition set to take place at Sun City in the first week of October.

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