THE Mountview Secondary emerged as the overall winners representing KwaZulu-Natal at the Nelson Mandela Debating Challenge 2018 held recently. The team comprised of Siyabonga Mtshali, Robert Mathenjwa, Thea Earnest, Unam Mjoli and Abigail Parbunath.This phenomenal competition was organised by Tshimong, a social enterprise that partners with private and public sector entities to create debating, public speaking and leadership training programmes and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.After a rigorous selection process, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Tshimong selected one winning school per province that represented their respective provinces at the Nelson Mandela Debating Challenge 2018 from April 3 to 9 in Sandton.After six days of debating, workshops, information sessions, educational tours to monumental buildings — Nelson Mandela Foundation, Apartheid Museum and Mandela House on Vilakazi Street, Mountview Secondary emerged the overall winners, beating Western Cape in the semi-finals and Limpopo in the finals. The enriching experience deepened their learning, and prepared them for leadership in South Africa. Some of the motions debated were “This house believes that the rainbow nation ideology has stalled racial reconciliation in South Africa”, “This house supports empathetic altruism over effective altruism”, “This house would make presidential retirement benefits contingent on the philanthropic work done by a former president”. The final motion was “In an effort to alleviate poverty, THBT popular policies are irrelevant”. Two speakers from the team will represent South Africa at the World Championships in July 2018.