The annual Polokwane Debating Tournament finals were attended by over 800 guests, media and the members of 44 debate teams. This event under the Patron of the Executive Mayor, Cllr Thembi Nkadimeng was generously sponsored by Lafarge South Africa.
Established in 1997 by local students and residents in co-operation with the Polokwane City Library, the popularity of this event has grown in leaps and bounds. Lafarge generously sponsored prizes for this tournament which included a floating trophy, books, and book vouchers as well as thank-you gifts for teachers and academics from the University of Limpopo who adjudicated the event on a voluntary basis.
"Lafarge support youth initiatives and we felt that this event is one which we were proud to sponsor. It is a challenge to create educational programmes that appeal to young adults and that are supported by youth from all sectors of the community,' says Esther Seabi, Transformation Manager, Lafarge South Africa.
The Polokwane Debating Society has a long and successful history. The Debate Society acquired the patronage of the Mayor in 1998 who introduced the Mayor's Floating Trophy, which has since become a coveted prize for the winning school every year.
A debate team has 12-20 members and about 18 to 24 teams usually register, but this year surprised all with 44 teams registering for the event in the chase for this much sort-after prize. The annual tournament runs over five rounds from February to August and there is no limit in terms of how many teams can register.
By making use of the basic formal SACEE (South African Council for English Education) debating rules, a practical structure is set and consistency in standard is achieved.
Two teams butted heads to take home the trophy. Eagles Nest Christian School (Proposition Team) and Capricorn High School (Opposition Team) squared up on the motion, ‘In light of recent developments of the new integrated transport system in Polokwane the idea of a feasible unified public transport system in the City is a counterproductive one' was the issue under debate.
Lafarge forms sustainable partnerships as they believe that children are the future of the country. As a proudly South African company, their success depends on these children becoming engineers, managers, leaders and customers in the future. It is for this reason that Lafarge forms partnerships in projects that support the betterment of young South Africans.
Through its mandate of Building better cities; cities and towns that are more connected, more durable, more beautiful and which are more desirable places for people to live, work, learn and play; Lafarge South Africa has committed to the development of this worthy course.
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A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.
In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages.
Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province.
Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.co.za
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