We organize the Rotary inter-school debating contest annually in Cape Town. Since 1989, over 60 schools have participated in this Rotary-sponsored and administered project, which has promoted public speaking among learners in Grades 8 through Matric. Our goal is to instill leadership, interpersonal influence, team building, group problem solving, and oral presentation skills in our young people, all of which are essential 21st-century competencies. The project was established by the late Gerald Kleinman of the Rotary Club Signal Hill and the late Neil Sempill of the Rotary Club of Cape Town.

Project Details


50 schools; over 300 learners

Funding Sources

Self-funding through entrance fees


Greater Cape Town

Team Members

Johann Gerber – Project Manager

Duration of Project

Long-term (Infinite)


In progress