DUT STUDENTS AGREE TO DISAGREE AT THE DEBATING LEAGUE
By: Nasiphi Gigaba
The Durban University of Technology (DUT) students gathered at Ritson’s Mansfield Hall as residences participated in the first ever DUT debating league.
This programme, which is a Berea residence leadership innovation progrmme, is said to be one of the most educational events organised by and for DUT residences.
Organisers said the aim of the event was to equip students with research skills and to make them more aware of issues surrounding them.
“I feel like this event should be embraced as an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge and to view things from the right perspective, which is why I came up with the
idea of the debate,” said Edward Makau, event organiser and founder of the debate.
Students didn’t only broaden their general knowledge but they also acquired research skills and learnt how to argue based on facts.
The event drew in a huge turnout for a first time event. Students from residences like Sherwood, Sterling House, Derby, Berea, Trio and Gladdington came out in support of their
The event was in the capable hands of judges that are no strangers to the DUT community like Malusi Nxumalo, manager of student governance and development and Wandile Nkosi,
an engineer and a DUT alumni.
“It is about time we got a platform to discuss student issues amongst each other so that we can look forward to finding solutions for issues we face,” said Nokuthula Ncube, from the
Berea Res debating team.
Edward Makau also added that he hopes the debate will be taken seriously to the extent that it is stable enough to be practiced as an annual event.