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Firstly, apologies for not actually writing diddly-anything during the competition. It turns out that tabbing a tournament is actually damn hard work and keeps you very busy (who knew) and so I was largely deprived of the time or mental state of mind to provide blow by blow accounts of the tournament as it went along. I have finally gained a new appreciation for DCAs, tab people and the other folk who run around making sure that an amazing competition was happening while I as a speaker used to sit on my butt complaining about minutae.

Anyhoo.

The Top 10 Teams in EFL

Position Team Institution Team Avg Points
1 FORD 2 UKZN 71.7 20
2 DIABLO 9 UCT 70.9 19
3 FIAT 9 Wits University 71.5 18
4 CHEVY 10 UCT 71.4 18
5 PROTON 2 UCT 70.9 17
6 MUSTANG 3 USDV 69.9 17
7 FORD 7 UCT 69.2 17
8 MUSTANG 1 UCT 69.6 16
9 PEUGOT 1 TUKS 69.3 16
10 PROTON 7 Wits University 68.8 16

The Top 10 Teams in ESL

Position Team Institution Team Avg Points
11 MAZDA 1 UBOT 70.5 15
18 PROTON 6 Fort Hare 68.3 14
19 MUSTANG 4 UKZN 66.9 14
20 FIAT 8 UCT 65.9 14
22 FORD 11 UFS 62.7 14
23 MAZDA 11 UFS 68.2 13
25 MINI 7 Fort Hare 66 13
27 FIAT 7 Fort Hare 64.4 13
28 MINI 6 Wits University 64.1 13
29 CHEVY 1 UKZN 63.3 13
30 KIA 2 MONASH 62.5 13
31 PROTON 5 UFS 62.4 13
32 FORD 6 UJ 62.3 13
33 DIABLO 12 Rhodes 67.7 12

Other Awards
The best EFL speaker in the tournament was Daniel de Kadt (UKZN), and the best ESL speaker was Ummar Segadimo (University of Botswana). In the end, after a tense final, the EFL competition was won by Daniel de Kadt and Brandon Almeida of UKZN while the ESL competition was won by Ummar Segadimo and maswabi Maswabi of the University of Botswana. UCT won the best adjudication and best debating insitution, breaking 5 teams into the semi-finals, two of which made it to the final to face off against Wits University and the eventual winners, UKZN on a topic of THW force catholic adoption agencies to allow homosexual couples to adopt. The best new adjudicator awart was won by Pia Buckland (UCT) while best adjudicator was won by Brent Phillips (UCT).

Congratulations to all who participated. Despite the biting cold, a good deal of fun was had and it was great to catch up with some of the familiar (and less familiar) faces of SA universities debating.