Youth minds gets stimulated at the Piet Hloki Debate Tournament

Who is Piet Mabaso?

He was born in the East of Pretoria, Mamelodi, Gauteng province. Then moved to Limpopo province for schooling until grade 6. He had to move back to Gauteng when his father passed away. He has since been staying with siblings from time to time, as part of growing up and now back to his home in Mamelodi.

What is his vision?

He believes that entrepreneurship should be taken upon by all citizens around the globe, which might assist in reducing crimes motivated by unemployment.

What does he do?

Entrepreneurship: He Founded an Organisation whilst still in high School aimed to assist the less fortunate, which inspired the formation of Heirs of the world. He is a Co-Founder and Chairperson of Heirs of the World (Chairperson: Debate Structure). He also serve on the board of NPO called 5 loaves & Fish, as a Chairperson of the youth club, which is Founded by the Institute of Dispute Resolution in Africa (IDRA). He also run an Events company called Ad Infinitum Events (Loves the Décor Factor).

Academically: He is an LLB student at the University of South Africa. He is an Assistant Researcher at Institute of Dispute Resolution in Africa (IDRA). He is also a Leader of the IDRA Student Body.

Socially: Piet loves cleaning and cooking a lot at home. He loves extramural activities, has always taken leadership roles. Some of the accolades includes international sponsorships by the Embassy of Venezuela, which he got when he hosted his first Charity event and hosted an annual debate tournament.

What is the Purpose of the Piet Hloki Debate Tournament?

The Piet Hloki Debate Tournament (PHDT) is an annual debate competition for high school Learners and this year was the 3rd successful tournament. The aim of the tournament is to challenge the learners to think on a critical and practical level pertaining current affairs, and the with purpose of debating solutions to the topic. The participation of learners in the debate allows them to explore their own opinions and critical thinking, in dispute resolution measures and also shows them that, when it comes to current Affairs within the country, Learners are not too young to express their perceptions. As a matter of fact, they are human beings, who have constitutional rights to express their perspective on matters affecting their everyday life.

Piet Hloki Debate Tournament: 28 April 2018

The rights to assembly, freedom of association, expression and education was exercised at the Piet Hloki Debate Tournament, held on the 28 April 2018, at UNISA, Robert Sebukwe Building, in Nkwame Nkuruma. Human Police Policing Human (Pty) Ltd Founding Director, Azwihangwisi Judith Mphidi, was invited to attend the session as one of the judges. The session was opened with a beautiful performance of Young Stars Drum Majorettes from North of Pretoria, Shoshanguve.

Mr Piet Mabaso introduced the schools participating in the tournament, which were, Lethlabile, Stanza Bopape, Mahube Valley Secondary Schools and Dansa International College, and he further explained the rules. Then introduced the Judges and Team leaders from the participating schools.

The topics: Lethlabile, Stanza Bopape Secondary Schools debated on the motion: “This house believes that the basic education system in South Africans schools is below the standard of the world and should be changed”. The topics: Mahube Valley Secondary School and Dansa International College debated on the motion: “This house would ban public protests and strikes”.

The debate was so heated, participants armed with knowledge the schools researched on the topics. All schools where very confident and fearless over the other. It was mind blowing, watching and listening to those Learners, showing what South Africa of tomorrow will be like. Responsible, human beings and full of humanity for 🇿🇦.

There were also presentations made by all the schools junior teams. It was of high standard and were commended by the attendees of the sessions to be better than their seniors. No offense was taken, everyone laughed.

Lethlabile Secondary School presented on: “This house believes that the challenge of undocumented foreigners is a crisis, which can be turned into an opportunity”.

Dansa International College presented on: “This house believes that a presidential form of government is better than the current parliamentary systems used in South Africa”.

Stanza Bopape Secondary School presented on: “This house believes that it should be mandatory for hospitals to report any suspicion of disease that could cause a major outbreak”.

Mahube Valley Secondary School presented on: “This house believes that Racism should be criminalised

One School agreed with the motion and others did not, irrespectively, the knowledge from both schools on the topic were of high standard. It was very delighting that learners could take up such topics and tear them apart, with high intelligence reasoning capacity and well referenced from both sides. It was a great experience and all the participants received certificates, then were provided with lunch at the end of the session.