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Crawford College wins Model United Nations Debating Competition

3 November 2017

Two students from Crawford College Pretoria collaborated with two students from Voortrekkerhoogte High School to win the national finals of the International Model United Nations Debate at the International Conference, held at the Johannesburg Metro Council Chambers on 13 October.

Photo: Ms Dominique Binns, Mrs Y Reddy,  High Commissioner Sandra McCardell of Canada, Mr Nkomati Mashabane, Ms Mami Bizimana, Ms Sisanda Nodlamu and Mrs R Rahman.  (

Nkomati Mashabane (Grade 10) and Dominique Binns (Grade 11) went through several rounds before they reached this prestigious accolade. The Crawford team was coached by Mrs. Yvonne Reddy, English teacher at Crawford College.  

The students, and their teammates from Voortekkerhoogte, Mami Bizimana and Sisanda Nodlawu, came up trumps in Gauteng province in August by beating nineteen other high schools to represent Gauteng in the International Model United Nations Debating competition held in Johannesburg from 11 to 13 October.

This victory in verbal jousting led them to debate in the International Conference at the Johannesburg Metro Council Chambers, where they worked closely with the Canadian Embassy to debate about the topic “The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar”.

The team and their teachers were hosted by the High Commission of Canada where High Commissioner Sandra McCardell gave them a tour of the High Commission. She spoke to them about Canada’s diplomatic engagement in South Africa and provided a glimpse into the work and life of a diplomat.

The team took first place with their excellent arguments. Dominique Binns received R5 000 for the best speaker and the team earned R10 000 for their first place.



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