It is a dark day and a black night when something as noble as the South African Model United Nations is interrupted.
After over fourteen years of unbroken devotion and unstopped improvement, the UN Model Debate was cancelled this year.
It was due to their sponsors cancelling their funding for the Debate because of “new financial criteria”, basically “we don’t have the money”. It is sad to see the partnership between the sponsors and SAMUN come to such a abrupt end, but their decision is understood and respected. It is unfortunate that no other sponsor could be found, however. What’s more, it seams that SAMUN is still uncertain as to next year. The cessation of debate may well last another year.
But the true victims here are the children. Learners excited over the coming debate and everything associated with it, were met with crushing disappointment. But in the manner of true politicians, smiles and laughter filled their conversations. My heart reaches out to them and I sincerely hope that SAMUN may resume next year. And that the glory and beauty of politics may be brought forth by SAMUN for many years to come!