Old Stithian News


These two Old Stithians met at Founders’ Day. Both have their names on the old Captains’ board that now is in the Nolte Room of the Boys’ Sports Pavilion.  On the left is Brian Atkinson, captain of Cricket and Swimming in 1966. On the right is Bruce Young, captain of Rugby in 1958.


Pictured from left to right: Geoff Young (1983) Oliver Young (Grade 11) Bruce Young (1958), Bruce D Young (1979) and father of Oliver & Connor, Connor Young (Grade 8) – making up three generations of Saints boys.

Kevin Anderson went through to the 4th Round of the French Open after beating 18th seeded Nick Kyrgios and Kyle Edmund.  He retired yesterday due to an injury.

Nicholas Kirkinis (2011) spoke at the Boys’ College last week. He went on to be a journalist and later an editor port24 – specifically for Soccer Laduma. He has a passion for football and has written a book, “The Curse of Teko”, inspired by Teko Modise the South African footballer most notably known for captaining the South African football team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

 Kagiso Rabada (2013) is now the No 1 ranked bowler in the world after taking 4/39 against England last Monday and he was also Man of the Match for that match. He took 7 wickets in the 3 matches against England. He became the youngest No 1-ranked bowler since Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq in 1998, and he replaces Imran Tahir who has moved to second place.

Old Stithian awards announced at the Gauteng Cricket Board Awards Dinner on 18 May :

Ryan Rickelton (2014) – Highveld Strikers players Award
Wiaan Mulder (2016) – Lions Newcomer of the Year Award

Wiaan Mulder (2016) has also been named in the Men’s National Academy squad for 2017.

The No. 2 Ohio State women’s rowing team claimed two wins over No. 10 Stanford in the Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four on the final day of the Pac-12 Challenge with Kimberleigh Warriner (2013) as part of the 2nd 8.

Oliver Messerli (1994 and Tennis Captain), living in Los Angeles, spoke to the Boys’ College in Chapel and spent some time with the tennis players.

Brett Staveley (2006) spoke in Chapel about Mad2Run before they set off on a 7 day long relay-style running adventure from Johannesburg to Cape Town with 2 teams of 12 runners is a fund raising event in support of the MAD Leadership Foundation.

Carel Nolte (1991), Charles Savage (1991) ran in the Paris marathon on 9 April 2017.

Rufaro Sithole (2014 headgirl) introduced Trevor Noah to the “Brown Lecture Board Presents: Trevor Noah” at Brown University where she is studying.

Rowan Spazzoli (2010) and two others submitted their AllSafe project research to two international competitions and have been selected as finalists in both. They were placed as runners up in the Oxford Global Challenge and he also represented the team at the St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland from 3 to 5 May.  The AllSafe project is a wearable safety device called The Guardian that would alert security services, the police and others close by if the user was in danger..

Lwazi Madi (2013) and Pierre le Roux (Girls’ College coach) were included in the men’s Waterpolo Team for the upcoming EU Nations Cup taking place from 19-21 May in Sczecsin, Poland.

Wiaan Mulder (2016) has been drafted into the SA A four-day squad, vs England Lions.

Micaela Bouter (2013) is part of the team selected for the Diving National Senior Squad and also achieved the selection requirements for the FINA World Aquatic Championships to be held in Budapest, Hungry in July this year.

Holly Norton (2011) was selected to compete in the World Cup 1 in Belgrave for Great Britain. Holly currently trains and competes for the GB squad.

An article about Sarah Hill (2011) and her mountain biking achievements appeared in this month’s Modern Athlete Magazine.

Congratulations to Jeremy Saner (2016) who competed at the Arnold Classic and won silver in the Senior Mens Saber, Gold in the U20 Sabre and bronze in the Senior Mens Foil.

“The Dark Tower” trailer has been released. Robbie Fields (2013) plays the role of Toby with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. The movie will be released in SA on 4 August 2017.

Well done to Kevin Anderson for reaching the semis of the Estoril Open.

Kimberleigh Warriner (2013) was part of the Ohio State University first four to earn Big Ten Boat of the Week Honours. The 1st 4 was dominant in both of its races Yale and Harvard.

Innocent Radebe (2013) made his Super Rugby debut for the Sharks vs Lions on Saturday.

There was an article in the Sandton Cronicle about Rob Gautschi (1997) who has been missing since 2001.

John Kinghorn (2013) and team raised the most funds and created the most gees and interest through the race, Champions of the Flyway.  It is an extraordinary bird race for conservation that takes place annually, in the migration hotspot of Eilat Israel.

Candice Drennan (2013) won the Most Outstanding Student prize for International Relations undergraduate from Wits.

Kagiso Rabada (2013) scored a career best 34 vs NZ recently.

Michael Stewart (2016) Dwayne Flatscher (2002) and Claudio Fernandes (2013) and coach Pierre le Roux won Water polo Currie cup gold medals playing for OJ Eagles.

Andrea Dalle Ave (2011) jumped an unofficial African T37 long jump record of 6.18 metres in March at an able-bodied Gauteng Athletics event.  He had chicken pox a month ago and came back in fine style.

Thando Mangcu (2011) received a Special Encore Award as part of the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, honouring excellence in theatre.  This special award was presented to the cast of The Fall, a unique production that was the result of real-life, live theatre, performed in real-time.

Piers Cruickshanks (1992 and Deputy Head in charge of Academics at Kingsmead College), spoke to the boys and staff today about the movie – “Beyond the River” recently which will be screened this weekend at an Open Air Cinema at Saints. His brother, Alex (2002) is the MIC of Rowing at the Boys’ College.

Alex and Piers Cruickshanks

25 members of the Carter family came together on Sunday 26 February 2017 to commemorate their involvement with St Stithians. It started with Austin Clark, who taught at Saints under the second Headmaster, Steyn Krige, and stretches over four generations. Michael Carter, the most recent Carter to attend Saints, matriculated in 2014.  The Carter family, led by Bill Carter, sponsored the building of the Honour Circle. Bill is a former Vice Chair of Council and was the school’s architect for many years.

Micaela Bouter (2013), studying at the University of Houston, won the 3m Southern Eastern Conference final and was named the American Athletic Conference’s most outstanding diver of the year.  She was also named American Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned a $4,000 postgraduate scholarship.

Congratulations to Jason Smith (2009) who passed his CA (SA) board exams (APC) with honours – one of top 13 in the country!

Five Old Stithians on SA TV :

Danilo Acquisto (2009) on Afternoon Express.

Ayanda Nyathi (2014) on Exfrontiers Techshow.

Jonathan Boyton-Lee (1998) on Top Billing.

Loyiso Bala (1998) featured on Varsity Sing.

Kabelo Mabalane (1995) will be hosting Iwisa No 1 Legends show from 10 November.

Old Stithian Cricketers to watch out for (apart from Kagiso) :

Ricardo Vasconcelos (2015) made his first class debut for Boland vs Northern Cape in the 2016–17 Sunfoil 3-Day Cup on 10 November 2016.

Brandon Glover (2015) made his first class debut for Boland in the 2016–17 Sunfoil 3-Day Cup on 20 October 2016.

Yassar Cook (2011) is a first class cricketer who was included in the Gauteng cricket team squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.

Marques Ackerman (2014) made his first class debut for North West in November 2015 and his Twenty20 debut in October 2015.

Ryan Rickelton (2014) made his first class debut for Gauteng in November 2015.

Wiaan Mulder (2016) made his first class debut on 5 October 2016 for the Lions.

Patrick Cooke (1971) joined Rockwell Diamonds as Chief Financial Officer. He has wide industry experience, having been involved over the years in mineral resources, information technology, wholesale fast moving consumer goods, financial services and professional services companies.

Congratulations to Ciara Murphy (2015) who has made the Senior Squad of the Irish Netball Team!

The CMA presents its Comrades Marathon Top Fundraiser Award to the person who has raised the most funds for the Comrades Charities. The winner of the prized accolade was Carel Nolte.
Congratulations Christopher Harrison (2006) who has been elevated to the level of Fifa referee and will be included on the international panel from next year onwards.

Carol Howard nee Blignaut (1998) won the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Rowing South Africa inaugural Sports Awards. Carol was also nominated as Volunteer of the Year for the SA Sports Awards. She is the UJ Rowing Club Manager & UJ sports manager.

Natasha Loring received her USA Green Card for your “Extraordinary Film Acting Talent”.

Congratulations Jay Caboz (2005) for winning the Science and Technology award at the Zimeo Excellence in Journalism Awards organised by the African Media Initiative, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Our congratulations go to Kerryn Murray (2012) who qualified with a BSc Health Sciences and Ashley Murray (2010) who qualified in medicine (MBBCh). In addition Ashley achieved her degree Cum Laude. Ashley also won the prize for Orthopedic Medicine.

Lee Astfalck (1991) who is now a Director at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Wiaan Mulder (2016) was selected as SA Schools’ captain – the last Saints captain of an SA Schools’ side was Phillip Hearle 20 years ago.  Wandile Makwetu, Joshua Richards and Curtis Campher who were selected for the CSA Cubs Week in Stellenbosch from 4-8 January 2017.

Wiaan Mulder and Wandile Makwetu have been selected for the South African U19 side to play in a triangular series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe from 14-28 January, as well as a separate three-match Youth ODI series against Sri Lanka from 01-05 February. Wiaan was also selected as Captain.

Kagiso Rabada reached a significant milestone against Sri Lanka when took 50 wickets in 13 matches. He also got the Man of the Match award for his 10 wickets in the Test!  It is Rabada’s fifth five-wicket haul in Tests and his second 10-wicket match haul.  He also received the International Achievement trophy at the SA Sports Awards.  Kagiso attained career-best rankings in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowler at fifth position in the ICC player rankings for Test bowlers and is now South Africa’s highest-ranked bowler at No 1.

Shannon Kook (2001) is part of the movie The Conjuring 2 which was nominated for The Peoples’ Choice Awards.

Mike Bothma (1982), a fire fighting helicopter pilot, who lost his home in a fire. A crowdfunding initiative was set up for him.

Congratulations to John Huggett (1989) on his appointment as Headmaster of Treverton Prep. John is the son of Hugh Huggett (past teacher at St Stithians Boys’ College).

Michael Ventre (1995) is going to attempt swimming from NY to London in April.

Ryan Rickelton (2014), playing for UJ in the Varsity Cup Competition, scored 95 from 105 vs Old Selbornians and the highest partnership with Stefan Klopper for 167 runs vs Tuks, surpassing the previous best of 144.

Yassar Cook (2011) is also part of this team – he was the Edgars Active Best Batsman and Samsun Man of the Match vs Kovsies.

Brandon Glover (2015) is in the Maties team.


Kevin Anderson popped in to see the Boys’ College and Boys’ Prep and get some practice in on the courts at school.

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Jay Caboz (2005) won the energy and infrastructure award at the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist 2016 awards and the Merit Award for Written Media 2016 at the SAB Environmental Media Awards.

Purplegroup with CEO Charles Savage (1991) was the overall winner of the 2016 African FinTech Awards at the Finance Indaba Africa in October.  Also, Fintech Innovators, have revealed a list of the world’s leading financial technology firms for 2016 – with three SA companies. The annual list includes 50 ‘established’ companies across the globe, as well as 50 ’emerging stars’ and this is where EasyEquities features.

Brett St Clair (1992), Head of Digital Products Barclays Africa Group, won the Absa Banking, Website and Digital Marketing Awards at the New Generation Social and Digital Media Awards.

Thando Mangcu (2011) directed and acted in a collaborative-style theatre work at the Baxter Theatre in CT, called “The Fall”, a production centred around the fees must fall campaign.

Lucky Du Plessis (2005) Comedian and Radio DJ on 947, came to speak to the Boys’ College last week. His words on not blaming anyone else in our lives and to “Get up and Go!” is a fantastic message for the boys as examinations are just around the corner.

Andrea dalle Ave (2011) and Declan Williams (2011) were both nominated for UJ Sportsman of the year where Andrea placed 2nd.

Grant Elliott (1997) is joining Lahore Qalandars, Pakistan.

Carel Nolte (1991) received the award for Charity Fundraiser of the Year from Comrades marathon. accepts the award for Charity Fundraiser of the

Conrad Asman (2014) has been named by The Esoterics, a professional choir based in Seattle, as its Young Composer 2017 winner of the POLYPHONOS 2017 annual choral composition competition!

Michelle Knowles (2013) has been appointed Vice-President and Rain de Jager (2015) as Women’s Captain of Wits University Boat Club.

Ayanda Nyathi (2014) is a presenter on SABC3’s Exfrontiers Techshow on Sunday’s at 09h30.

Danilo Acquisto (2009) featured in Glamour magazine and Fastcompany Magazine, where he is on the list of young people to watch.

Cathy Qama (Deputy Headgirl 2002)  handed over the KFC So Good Award at the Cricket SA awards.

Congratulations to Aline and Shaun Edmeston (1998) on the birth of their son Michael Kingsley Edmeston on 29 September.

Congratulations to Roxanne (2002) and Jono Dale (2000) on the birth of their 2nd son Luke Kingsley Dale on 14 September 2016.

Haydn Porteous (2012) played in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships from 6-9 October 2016.

Yassar Cook (2011) and Wiaan Mulder (2016), (who made his debut) are playing for the Lions.

Gauteng Sports Awards : Kagiso Rabada (2013) won ‘Sportsman of the Year Award’ and Andrea dalle Ave (2011) won ‘Personality of the Year Award’.

Daniel Buys (2003) in Saturday night fever at the State Theatre.

Lawrence Brittain and Andrew Grant (1989), National Rowing Coach, visited the Boys’ College.

Ryan Keys (2009) – his designs were shown at SA Fashion week again this year.

Mark Tatham (2009) was a finalist in the 2016 SCrIBE scriptwriting competition with his play “Man Up” and he also performed his play “Burn” in Mears Hall on 22 September 2016.

Jono Ross (2008) is playing for Stade Francais again after an injury.

Cameron Scott (2013) is part of the movie ‘The Journey Is The Destination’ which was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on 14 September 2016.

Nicole Bruton (2013) is taking on Kilimanjaro in a challenge to raise funds for the Smile Foundation.

Doug Hoernle (2008), owner of Rethink Education, also featured in Fastcompany magazine.

Kyler Mintah (2015 – Deputy Headboy) spoke to the boys during Chapel.  He will be joining the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, USA in August.

Siobhan Scallan (2004) featured in an article of Love Life, Give Life about organ donors. She was born with cystic fibrosis and she received a lung transplant in 2015.  She recently celebrated her  thirtieth birthday – a very important milestone for someone who was initially not expected to live beyond seventeen.                           

Congratulations to Andrew Grant (1994) has been selected as Coach/Manager for the SA Olympic Rowing Team! 

Michael Lumb (1998) was in the news scoring 184 in a 342 partnership (with Riki Wessels 146) – the highest-ever stand in one-day cricket vs Northamptonshire (also a new record for most runs scored in a 50 over match in England of a total 445) and a week later he scored 133 against Warwickshire.

Loyiso Bala’s (1998) has a new gospel album out and will also be hosting a new singing completion, Varsity Sing.

Haydn Porteous (2010) has played in the 100th Open De France and Scottish Open this past month on the European Tour.

Ben Kodisang (1987) is the new CEO of Sanlam Investments.

The Conjuring 2 is now out in cinemas with Shannon Cook (2001) in the role as Drew.

Declan Williams (2011) was selected for the SA National Varsities team going to the World Champs.

Kagiso Rabada (2013) has moved to seventh in the latest ODI bowlers’ rankings.  He has also been nominated for the Cricket South Africa Awards in the following categories: SA Cricketer of the Year, Castle Lager Test Cricketer of the Year, Castle Lager ODI Cricketer of the Year, KFC So Good Award and RAM Delivery of the Year.

David Wessels (Deputy Headboy 2000) has been appointed interim coach of the Western Force.

Ryan Falkenberg (1988) has developed “Clevva” which is a Web-based platform that allows companies to build, manage, track and deploy their own “virtual advisers” or “bots”, which then act as online experts, helping staff or customers make the right decisions and take the right actions in line with policy and procedural rules.

Wiaan Mulder, Wandile Makwetu and Ricardo Vasconcelos (2015) are currently playing in the U19 side vs Sri Lanka.

Tinashe Chandauka (Headboy 2007) features as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 notable South Africans under the age of 35.

Allan Gray Fellow Caroline Murray was a top 10 SAICA candidate.

Terry Kyriazis (2006) got married in Greece in May.

Wiaan Mulder, Wandile Makwetu and Ricardo Vasconcelos (2015) have been included in the SAU19 to play Sri Lanka in June. Wiaan is also the captain.

Holly Norton (2011) has graduated from Ohio State University.

Jessica Wohlfarth 2013 presented at the international conference of community psychology in Durban in May on PTSC and culture, discrimination and disadvantage.

The Arnold Classic and Youth South African Championship was held at the Sandton Convention Centre with Arnold Schwarzenegger attending.  Amongst others, Gilad Katzav (2014) received a Bronze medal Arnold Classic 69kg Division.

Dylan Hyslop (2010) was on Radio 702 about his app Tuta-Me connecting students and teachers.

Loyiso Bala’s (1998) programme The Open Book is nominated for an award for Best Online Gospel Platform.

Haydn Porteous (2010) played in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club recently as well as the Nordea masters in Switzerland.

Michael Carter (2014) – his short film “fragments of Affection” won best picture at the UCT Shotties 2016 short film competition. 

Graeme Dott (1972) was part of the South African 60 side at the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup in Newcastle, NSW, Australia in May 2016.

The play “The Wonderful World of Fok’s Park” was conceived, written and performed by Old Stithians (all matric 2014) Winnie Moni, Stuart Young, Kirsten Segeren, Tshekiso Kepadisa and Jake Nathane, who is also the show’s director at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July, with sponsorship from CN&CO’s Carel Nolte (1991).

Ryan Keys (2009) of Keys Fashion showcased his designs at SA Fashion Week.

Craig Robinson (1996), visiting SA as part of the 1996 Reunion, took time to speak to the boys in chapel  about his job at Google in California, more specifically about his work in developing the Google self-drive car.

Craig Robinson 1996

Asante Nxumalo, Headboy 2015, and Nicholas Archibald, Deputy Headboy 2015, with the Head of the Boys’ College, David Knowles at the Saints Easter Sports Festival.


Alexander Braczkowski (2006), Big Cat Biologist, spoke at the Boys’ College about Leopard  Conservation.  Alex completed his Masters at the University of Oxford on the sustainability of leopard hunting in Africa. He has researched leopards in Zululand and the Cape and filmed them in Zambia,  India and Sri Lanka. He has also worked at the National  Geographic Magazine and Television, as an assistant to Steve Winter on a worldwide story about leopards.  He is currently a doctoral researcher at   the University of Queensland in Australia.  Humanity has an  obligation to protect that which cannot protect  itself and it is clear, that Alex, has made a formidable impact on conservation both in South Africa and abroad. His insatiable passion for the conservation of the leopard is  certainly going to make a difference in the future.

Dennis Beckett (1963) was the guest speaker at the Boys’ College Rowing Dinner

Richard Pike (1978) addressed the GC Rowing club dinner guests on remarkable life lessons he learnt after  recovering from a  serious back injury. He is an ex rower himself and wrote the book “Tangled Toes, Pins and Needles”.

David Terbrugge (1994) and Andrea Dalle Ave (2011) were Guest Speakers at the Opening of the New Boys’ College Pavilion.

Amber Fieldgate (2015) has held a lifelong dream of becoming an internationally acclaimed singer, and will be taking her first step towards realising this dream in June. Scouted by international talent scout, Kim Myers, the rising star has been selected to represent South Africa at the Applause Rising Talent Showcase (ARTS) in Orlando, Florida. Here, she will get to rub shoulders with top industry experts and scouts from all around the world.

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Matt Ramphele (2011) has received a bursary from the George Lucas Family Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity to study at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.

Loyiso Bala (1998) is hosting a new show called TBN Meets on TBNinAfrica from 6 May 2016.

Katie Drennan, Dux 2009, Claudine Martin, Dux 2010 and Lisa Rahman, Summa Cum Laude 2015 joined the Girls’ College at their Academic Awards evening,  together with the first Head, Anne van Zyl, who was the Guest Speaker.

Jatue Drennan, Claudine Martin, Lisa Rahman

Craig Hean (1995) has been appointed MD of JLL sub-Saharan South Africa.

Daniel Buys (2003) will be performing in the South African production of   Saturday Night Fever.

Lara Gear (left 2010), daughter of ex Boys’ College teacher Dave Gear, competed in The Voice.

Rowan Spazzoli (2010) was in Parliament for the delivery of the National Budget Speech by Pravin Gordhan. Rowan has been placed in the top 10 in the Nedbank and Old Mutual National Budget Speech Competition with his essay on the impact of a national minimum wage. There were approximately 2000 entries for this year’s competition. Rowan also launched a personal safety device called The Guardian that allows a person to send out an immediate alert when they are in danger. Worn on the wrist and linked to a smartphone via Bluetooth, it is quickly and easily triggered and notifies security companies as well as Guardian app users in a 5km radius, allowing for a rapid response.

Congratulations to Sello Sello (2007) for winning a SAFTA for the show “Down for the Guap”.

Sello Sello 2007

Micaela Bouter (2013) set a meet record in the 3-meter at the American Athletic Conference Championships. She earned her first individual conference championship title, setting a meet record with a score of 335.65. Micaela also took part in the Diving World Cup in Rio.

Shannon Kook (2001) actor in Canada, presented at the ‪ACTRAA Awards.  He is the Producer for the film “Goliath” and is also playing the role of the character named Dylan.

Well done to Lwazi Madi (2013) who was one of three Maties Water Polo players who was selected to represent South Africa at the FINA Men’s Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Trieste, Italy in April 2016.

Kagiso Rabada (2013) will be playing for Kent in June and July for the English Season. Kagiso also received the LeadSA Youth Hero of the month award for January 2016 from 702.

The play “The Wonderful World of Fok’s Park” was conceived, written and will be performed by Old Stithians (all matric 2014) Winnie Moni, Stuart Young, Kirsten Segeren, Tshekiso Kepadisa and Jake     Nathane, who is also the show’s director at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July, with sponsorship from CN&CO’s Carel Nolte (1991).

Ryan Keys (2009) of Keys Fashion was one of the designers to showcase his collection at SA Fashion Week.

Congratulations to Ashley Murray (2010) who is receiving the Denis Goldstein Memorial Prize in Family Medicine. She will be graduating at the end of the year.

Kyler Mintah (2015) has been invited to attend Swarthmore College in the USA.

Awais Majeed (2015) has been offered a place to study Actuarial Science at the London School of  Economics.

Adrea Dalle Ave (2011) bettered his previous African Record and World Record of 6.06m by jumping a new African Record of 6.16m at the Nedbank Championships in Bloemfontein.

Marques Ackerman (2014) was named the Batsman of the CSA Franchise Academy week.  Cricket SA announced the SA Franchise Academy XI that took part in the CSA Future Cup against the SA University XI and the SA Rural XI in Kimberley in April 2016 and Marques was also captain of the side.

Keegan Kieck (2013) was is in hospital in a coma after a car accident.  We wish him a speedy recovery.

Michael Palmer (2007) hosted the Michael Palmer Junior Competition at Bryanston Country Club which Jaime Lewis won. He attended college in the USA on a golf scholarship and now plays on the European Challenge Tour and is also a Sunshine Tour member.

We are looking forward to the film “Beyond the River” based on the true story of Siseko Ntondini and Piers Cruikshanks (1992), which is now in post production and should be released in February 2017.

The film “Eye in the Sky” by Gavin Hood (1980) was released in March.

Yassar Cook (2011) is playing cricket for Highveld Lions.

Haydn Porteous (2010) won the Investec Cup on 12 March.

Carl Baumeister (2003) won 1st place in the biosciences section of the 2013 Gauteng Accelerator Programme business plan competition, which led to the founding of MARTI TB Diagnostics (Pty) Ltd.  in Geneva.  It is to diagnose TB and the technology similar to the current finger prick test for cholesterol and diabetes.

Hayley Parker (2008) has qualified for the Rio Olympics (equestrian) and has one final event in March in Portugal to decide whether SA will get an eventing ticket to Rio.  She is training with Captain Mark Phillips in the UK.

Yale school of drama student Marie Botha (2009) was in the production of “Slouch”.

Congratulations to Ashley Murray (2010) who is receiving the Denis Goldstein Memorial Prize in Family Medicine.  She will be graduating at the end of the year.

Varsity Sport— Brandon Glover (2015) was named Best Bowler and Man of the Match vs Tuks.

Kevin Anderson (2002) had to withdraw from the Australian Open due to an injury. He has dropped to No 14 in the ATP rankings.

The band, Lunatic Wolf with Richard Oldfield and Gavin vd Berg (2002) has an album  —”To the Adventure” that was in the top 20 albums of 2015!

Jay Caboz (2005), Forbes Africa jounalist and photographer did the cover story and photography for the February 2016 edition.

Congratulations Liam Shultz (2015) winning the title of 120kg sub-junior Commonwealth Powerlifting Champion 2015.  Gold in squat, gold in bench press, gold in deadlift and gold overall. We look forward to more in the future!

Kineta Kunutu, Headgirl 2011, has been accepted to the Yale School of Drama class of 2019 and will be starting school this August and is joining Marie Botha (2009) who also enrolled in 2015. The school only accepts maybe 10% of those who audition and it is extremely rigorous. We look forward to seeing your names in lights in the near future girls!

Kineta Kunutu 2011

Find all results and photos of the Saints Easter Sports Festival on the following link
Jonathan Dixon, Haydn Porteous, Nick Scher & David Schultz
Haydn Porteous (2010) won the Joburg Open on 17 January 2016 and received his European Tour card and a place in the Open Championship at Royal Troon later this year. (Photo of Jonathan Dixon, Haydn Porteous, Nick Scher and David Schultz.
Kagiso Rabada (2013) man of the match in the 4th SA vs England test and the youngest South African to take 10 wickets in a Test match with figures of 13-144, only bettered by Makhaya Ntini’s 13-132 against West Indies in 2005.

Founder & CEO of Rethink Education, Douglas Hoernle (2008), chats to Cape Talk’s Kieno Kammies about an innovative digital education platform that’s changing the way high schoolers learn by using their mobile phones.

Saints alumnus Grant Elliott (1997) is at the Auckland ATP World Tour where he has just met Saints alumnus Kevin Anderson (2002), January 2016.

Kevin Anderson with Grant Ellioitt

Congratulations to Hayley Parker (2008) who currently trains with Captain Mark Phillips in the UK, and with him she hopes to achieve her short, medium and long-term goals of Rio 2016, the World Equestrian Games in 2018 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  She has won nearly all major titles in Eventing in South Africa, broken several records in the sport and is the only rider to have ever won three consecutive Junior Eventing Championship titles on the same horse. She came 8th in the u25 World Eventing Championship in 2014 after just three months of training in the UK.  There is one final event in March in Portugal, which will be the deciding factor as to whether South Africa will get an eventing ticket to Rio, or not. Although she has qualified, this is the final battle to conquer in getting to Rio.  Read more about her Rio Olympics dream

Read more about Kagiso Rabada (2013) :

Congratulations Liam Shultz (2015) winning the title of 120kg sub-junior Commonwealth Powerlifting Champion 2015. Gold in squat, gold in bench press, gold in deadlift and gold overall. We look forward to more in the future!


Rain de Jager (2015), granddaughter of Merlin de Jager (matric 1960),  was the first granddaughter of an Old Stitihian to matriculate at St Stithians Girls’  College. 

Merlin de Jager left 1958 matriculated 1960 with Granddaughter Raine 2015

Jay Caboz (2005) wrote an article in Forbes Africa, November edition about Ricky Ellis (2005) who attended the Africa Games in Brazzaville, and won a gold medal (100m backstroke) and three silver medals (50m/200m backstroke and the men’s 4×100 medley relay.  He is now training for the Rio Olympics.

Zwai Bala’s (1994) song “One” has featured on the Radio in Tennessee at the end of October.

Kevin Anderson (2002) has been nominated for The ATP World Tour Fans’ Favourite Award.

Michael Ventre (1995) will attempt to be the first person to swim across the Atlantic in April 2017, an  extraordinary swim of 3800 miles, to raise funds for Oxfam to help erase poverty.

Kabelo Mabalane (2005) has just released a book called “I ran for my life”.

Andrea Dalle Ave (2011) won the Gauteng Sportsman of the year with a disability Awards and represented SA in his 3rd World Championships at the end of October where he won a Bronze medal for long jump.

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Conrad Asman (2014) won the KZN Philharmonic Composition Competition of 2015 with his orchestral work entitled “Igniting Kites & Flying Fireworks”. The competition was open to those  between the ages of 18-35. His piece was played in the Youth Concerto Concert by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra at the City Hall in Durban. Last year he conducted his ‘Enchanted Forest’ at the campus music concert.

Michael Palmer (2007)  & Haydn Porteous (2010) are chasing 2016 European Tour Card entries.

Innocent Radebe (2013) has finished the season as the top point scorer in the u21 Currie Cup.

Shaihania Naidoo (2012) is one of  the 25 finalists for Miss SA for 2016.

Sasha Naidoo 2012

The review of “Eye in the sky” – directed by Gavin Hood (Head boy 1980)

Boat Ceremony :  A four and two coxless pairs were christened and named by  Reverend Dan Nkomo and Mrs Belinda Pepermans, the Captain of Boats’ mother, recently.  It also saw the start of a new  tradition in naming the boats, in that Old Boys’ names, who have represented the country at the Olympics and abroad, will be added to the boat in recognition of their success.

Boat names:
Shearwater – Mark Rowand (1985) (four)
Kittiwake – Andrew Grant (1994) (coxless pair)
Albatross – Martin Walsh (1980) (coxless pair)
Fortius Jager – Jono Devlin (1994)  (eight)

Congratulations to Jay Gaboz (2005) who won two “Excellence in Media Awards” for Technology and Maritime Economy.

Kagiso Rabada (2013) won the SA Sports Awards for Newcomer of the year.

Stuart James Thomas (1990) was diagnosed with brain cancer in March 2014 and underwent brain surgery in the June, followed up with radiation treatment and chemotherapy. Last month, he underwent a second operation to remove four more minor tumours that had emerged since the initial surgery. Should this second operation not prove successful, he’s considering laser surgery as an option, the latter of which comes at a great cost.  In an attempt to raise some funds for Stuart and his family, David Turner and another friend are riding the 94.7 Cycle Challenge

Douglas Hoernle (2008) has made the Forbes Africa list 2015 most promising entrepreneurs under 30 to watch

Jay Caboz (2005)  is Standard Bank’s Young Journalist of the Year

Kagiso Rabada (2013) picked up 6 for 16 to start his ODI career against Bangladesh

Dean O’Brian (left 2005) was part of the Davis Cup to beat Ireland

Jon Blair attended St Stithians Boys’ College from 1964 to 1966 (Gr 11) when he emigrated to the UK. He is the only director of documentaries working in the UK who has won all three of the premier awards in his field: an Oscar for the documentary “Anne Frank Remembered”, an Emmy (twice) and a British Academy Award. Jon was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Film

Kineta Kunutu (Headgirl 2011) will be playing Winnie Mandela in Mandela Returns to the National Black Theatre in NY.

Anthony Lester (2004) was in the Men’s Eight crew who won The Thames Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta on Sunday 5 July .

Kevin Anderson (2002) unfortunately went down to Novak Djokovic in an epic Wimbledon  4th round match.

The Saints Movie Makers Club’s won best documentary about the Pixie Lowe story,  at the Mzansi Film Festival.

Well done to Claudio Fernandes (2013) who has been included in the 2015 SA U20 Junior Men’s Water Polo Team that will play in the FINA World Champs (World Cup) from 4 to 12 September in Kazakhstan this year.  Congratulations also to Graeme Lucas-Bull (2005) who has been appointed Team Coach. Graeme is currently teaching at St Stithians Boys’ College.

Holly Norton (2011) with team mate Daphne Socha of the Ohio State women’s rowing team won medals at the 2015 World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Plodiv, Bulgaria. Norton (stroke) won a silver medal with Great Britain in the Women’s Pair.

Three generations of Old Stithians, Dr Iain Thornton (1960), Shaun Thornton (1988) and Michael Thornton (2015).

The Thornton Family

Kagiso Rabade (2013) has been selected for the SA Test, ODI and T20 Squads to tour Bangladesh in July and August 2015.

A Tennisography programme on the life of Kevin Anderson (2003) has been aired in the USA and also features St Stithians College.  This programme will be screened in SA later this year.

Michael Faasen (2011) signed his first professional football contract on 25 February 2015 and is now officially an Amatuks player!

Grant Elliott (1997) played a wonderful innings for the Black Caps vs the Proteas in the Semi-Finals of the Cricket World Cup and played in the finals of Australia vs New Zealand.

Innocent Radebe (2013) has been called up for the Junior Springbok Trial Camp in Stellenbosch at the end of March 2015.  He then played in the Varsity Cup where UKZN won.  He was also selected to play for the  Varsity Cup XV against the Junior Springboks at the end of April

Pascalis Ellinas and Dave Pearce (2004) was one of the entertainment groups at the Easter Festival.

Sean Riskowitz (2003) is the new Director of Conduit Capital.

Kevin Anderson (2003) moved up one place in the Tennis rankings to no 16.

Kate Johnstone (2008) excelled at the Italian regatta

Ntsika Ntsokolo (2008) just graduated with his Bachelor of Science in finance and economics at Arkansas State University in the USA.   He is now in the process of finding employment in South Africa.

Kagiso Rabada (2013) has been nominated as the  Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season

Congratulations to Russell Harvey (2002) and Tracey-Lee Furbank (2003) who got engage recently.  Russell has the Marketing Portfolio on the OSA Committee.

Natasha Carlsson left St Stithians Girls in 2009, currently in matric at TuksSports High School, has been selected to represent South Africa in the Toyota Worlds Junior Golf Championships in Tokyo, Japan in June and has been awarded her Junior Protea Colours.

St Stithians Boys’ College Movie Makers Club produced a movie of the Pixie Lowe (1979) story and the screening took place on Tuesday 17 February 2015.  Please let Cally Fields know if you would like a copy of the DVD at

“Please convey my congratulations to the producer, his technical staff and the actors for a production that  incorporates the true spirit of Pixie, his friends and the school.  By consensus of the friends of 79, the portrayal of his demise was true to life. We were moved to tears   as we relived that tragic day. A special word of  appreciation to the Movie Makers and Dramatic Arts personnel.  Thank you for making me proud to have been a Saints boy and for celebrating the life of our Saint’s brother, one who deserved to live way beyond his 18 short years.  Regards Richard Kushlick (1979)”


The OSA hosted a cocktail party after the event with the Class of 1979 and others attending :

Back LtoR, Dave Knowles, (current Boys’ College Head), Richard Kushlick, Lloyd Robert Nelson, Mark Henning (Boys’ College Head 1969-1988), Dugald Ross, Christopher Lenferna, Brett Sproson, Bruce MacFarlane, Raymond Sheldrake, Mike Stalley (past Boys’ College Deputy Head), Dr Tim Nuttall (Rector)

Front LtoR :  Tony Parlabean, George Krafft, Stewart Till, Graeme Morrison, Ian Atteridge (also past Boys College teacher

Victor Vermeulen (1991) featured on the back page of the Business Time in the Sunday Times of 22 February 2015 with the heading “Motivating others is what drives this special person”.

Lauren van Tonder (2004), Candy Ford (nee van Tonder) (2000), and their mother, Sharon’s, business Oregano Catering, was featured in the   Life & Style Section of the Sunday Times of 8 February 2015 .

Grant Elliott (1997) has been included in the New Zealand Black Caps Squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup

Kagiso Rabada and Grant Elliott

Cameron Smith (2009), Warren Hickinbotham (1995), Brett Thomson (2011), Steffan Cloete (2009), Shaun Campbell (2009), Callum Ford (2011), Kurt Nolting (2010), James Munro (2009), Kyle Schachat, Zach Hickmore (2010), Chris Heaton (1995), Callum Ferguson (2014), Warwick Mandy (2011), Steffan Cloete (2009), Christian Ashcroft (1998) & Kevin Parker took part in the Cape Town Tens  Tournament in February 2014.  They lost a few games narrowly by  only 1 try and was 3rd in the Castle Lager Pool C  division. Better luck next year boys!

Mr Mark Henning (Head of St Stithians Boys’ College 1969-1988) has launched his 4th book, “The Cross, The Sword and Mammon”.  The book is  available at Exclusive Books on  order.

Shaun Richards (1998) was profiled in Finweek magazine of 15 January 2015 as one of 24 people in business and politics to watch in 2015 :

Graeme Lucas-Bull (2005) has joined St Stithians Boys’ College staff as a Maths Teacher from St Andrews’ College.

Jonathan Hall (2010) has joined St Stithians Boys’ College as an intern teacher from January 2015.

Nadia Borello (2012), Emily Makhlouf, Michelle Knowles, Nicole Bruton and Carolyn Bouter (all 2013) took the Hippocratic Oath as 2nd year Health Science  students at Wits University.

Letitia & Andre Burger (2002) has a daughter Leonie and Andre is in Property Development and Tourism, is a Helicopter and Fixed wing Pilot, and Praise and Worship leader.  His sister Desiree  (Gr 11-2004 ) is the Manager of Witwater Guest House and married to Andre Venter.

Simon Parkin (1975) : “Glory Days Artworks has embarked on an exciting journey by creating a series op paintings that capture and preserve the MEMORY, HERITAGE and LEGACY of some of the top schools of South Africa. Glory Days has commissioned the remarkable artistic talents of one of South Africa’s most  brilliant artists to record and remind pupils of their most important formative years. Simon’s accurate and detailed oil paintings recall school traditions, past associations and memories of those special years and fine friendships.”

Tinashe Chandauka, Head Boy 2007, has been selected to become a Rhodes Scholar in the Class of 2015. He qualified with a MBChB from UCT last year and was President of the UCT Surgical Society in 2014 and the President of the International Association of Student Surgical Societies in 2014. He will apply to study a Masters in Public Policy at Oxford.

The Bala Brothers, Zwai (1994) & Loyiso (1998) and their younger brother, Phelo, has been signed to Warner Brothers Records.

Ryan Rickelton (2014) has been selected for the SA Schools’ U19 cricket squad and the SA U19 squad.

Robyn Charlton (2007) has been awarded the Bronze Medal of the Gauteng Branch of the South    African Medical Association for the most outstanding MBBCh Graduand of the year at Wits University.  She will also be awarded the Max Michael Posel Prize for Clinical Medicine later this year.

Kineta Kunutu (Headgirl 2011) has recently applied to The Juilliard School and have been lucky enough to receive a call back.  Good luck with your application Kineta!



4 BC Heads Ian McLachlan, Mark Henning, David Wylde, Dave Knowles

The Four Boys’ College Heads since 1969 :

Ian McLachlan (1999-2006), Mark Henning (1969-1988), David Wylde (1989-1999) Dave Knowles (2007—) together at a recent function.

David-Potter 2004

David Potter (2004) is  one of The Mail & Guardian ‘s list of 200 Young South Africans (under 35) for 2014.

DA ward councillor David Potter is known to be one of the most responsive councillors in the City of Johannesburg. Whether you’re nagging him on Twitter or WhatsApping him about power outages on a Saturday morning, he’s always getting involved and helping out.

What’s less well known is that Potter is also the youngest ward councillor in the city and, luckily for his constituents in Ward 102, he’s more interested in service delivery and less in politics.  In his old neighbourhood, Blairgowrie (now part of his ward), Potter got involved with community initiatives in the suburb in 2003, when he was 17. He then got involved with other residents associations, he says, helping them to set up websites, email and SMS systems and liaising with residents and council departments to get things done.

He has been more formally involved since 2007, roughly when he joined the DA, as part of the Ward 102 ward committee. He stood in the municipal elections in 2011 and won with 81% of the votes.

In 2013, Potter launched Look and Log, an easy reference of all relevant City of Johannesburg contacts, that citizens can use to log issues they see in their neighbourhoods. “If the City doesn’t know about it, it can’t fix it,” he says, and citizens need to take responsibility too.

Potter says he will stand for re-election in 2016 and his long-term plan is to remain a councillor, at the forefront of service delivery.

His attitude to service carries through to his day job too. As operations director for Acres of Love, he manages 27 homes that house orphaned children in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

JJ Robertson (2012) left St Stithians in 2010 to finish his schooling in the UK and to train with the Royston and Barnett Football Club in the UK.  He returned to South Africa last year and was signed to play for amaTuks in August 2013.  He played his first professional debut football match for the University of Pretoria PSL team on Saturday 19 July as a defender and scored the opening goal.

Graham Rex (2007), after spending 2008 in England working as a rowing coach and school assistant at Cheltenham College, completed his Law degree at Wits in 2013.  He then joined George Heriots School in Edinburgh as a rowing coach.  He has just been accepted to study at the University of London Masters programme and hope to specialise in Maritime Law.

Richard Stanley (1975) has been appointed as the new Headmaster of The Ridge School. Richard started his teaching career at Blairgowrie High School and thereafter spent seven years at St Stithians College.  He is well known at The Ridge School, having served as Deputy Headmaster from 1989 to 1994.  In 1995 he became the Headmaster at Highbury Preparatory School in Hillcrest.  Richard is married to Lucinda who runs a very successful ballet studio in Hillcrest. They have three children Nicola, Joshua and Samuel.

Jacques Stemmet (2006) is doing is PHD (Law) in the Netherlands at the University of Maastricht.

Tinashe Chandauka (Headboy 2007) was elected as the President of the UCT Student Surgical society last year and his tenure comes to an end in September.  He has assembled a fantastic team to setup the International Student Surgical and they are hosting a major international surgery conference for students from 7-10 July for 138 students  from Australia, Canada, Sweden, Romania, Algeria, Tanzania, Namibia, Zimbabwe and of course South Africa.  It’s a first for Africa, UCT and in many ways its ground breaking for the surgical profession.  Tinashe is Candidate MBChB University of Cape Town 2014, President: University of Cape Town Surgical Society 2014 and President: International Association of Student Surgical Societies (IASSS) 2014.

Richard Wilkinson (2006) has just completed his final law exams in Cambridge, UK and received a first class LL.M. degree with a distinction in the thesis which   focussed on reforming housing law in the Western Cape.  His other subjects included Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance and International Commercial Taxation. He has had a brilliant time reviving his limited cricket skills for Emmanuel College and also rowed in the inter-college bumps competition.  He is looking forward to being back in Cape Town in August where he will be beginning his articles at a law firm.

Congratulations to Gordon Shaw (2011), who has been included in the SA team for (weightlifting) and Andrea Dalle Ave (2011) for para-athletics for the Commonwealth games in Glasgow, Scotland from 23 July to 3 August 2014.

St Stithians College Cultural Festival –  A brand new production called “Afridessey” has been put together by Jess Nupen (2003) who is now an internationally renowned choreographer working in Germany. She collaborated with some of SA’s top dancers including the following alumni: La-rona Lebethe (2009), Pam Nel (2008) & Mark Tatham (2009). They danced to music especially created by the combined Boys’ & Girls’ College djembe band, so we were thrilled to host such a uniquely Saints production.  We are really excited because a number of Old Stithians who are working in the arts, are returning to perform. The Cultural Festival took place on Friday 20th June and culminated in an open air concert on Baytopp Field with Matthew Mole as our star guest artist. 

Craig Engelbrecht (2013) is on a gap year prior to university and he is currently near Port Elizabeth with an organization called Quest Africa – In addition to keeping the boys extremely fit they are learning incredibly useful life skills, which he is  thoroughly enjoying (after the initial fitness shock). Craig will be studying  Environmental and      Biological  Sciences at Pretoria University in 2015.

Chris Baker (2011), Dux Scholar and an Allan Gray scholar and a previous member of the Saints and Crusaders waterpolo teams, has been selected as a member of the South African men’s team which will be participating from 19 – 24 August 2014 in the FINA Men’s Water Polo Cup 2014, in Almaty,  Kazakhstan.  Chris  debuted as a senior Springbok as a member of the team which participated in the 2014 Commonwealth Waterpolo Championships, narrowly missing a bronze medal, in April this year.  Chris has been chosen as a junior Springbok in the past, playing in the same team on occasion as  Shaun Campbell (2009), Michael Frames (2012) and Lwazi Madi (2013).  While still at school, he was fortunate enough to play in the local league with Ryan Bell (2000), who has been capped as a senior Springbok Waterpolo player on many occasions over the years.

Another Old Stithian, Amukelani (Amu) Matukane (2007), was the South African FINA accredited  waterpolo referee for the Championships, chosen to referee the Men’s Final.

John Kinghorn (2013)  –  Below is a link to a blog that was written on John and his travels by a well known wildlife blogger. John has been privileged to be able to travel to these places that he has and seen the things he’s seen. This year truly is one which he will never forget and will treasure for the rest of his life. He says that taking the year to do a “Big Year” was the best choice he could have made!

Holly Norton (2011) raced in the No. 7 seat of the Ohio State University 1st Eight that won the NCAA Division 1 Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday 1st June.  The Ohio V1 Eight won the Grand Final of the Championships by 4 seconds from Brown University (2nd) and University of California (3rd). The A final was rounded out with Washington, Michigan and Stanford. This victory in the V1 Eight allowed Ohio to win the overall NCAA Division 1 Championship and become only the second university to retain the title in the history of the competition. The Ohio V1 Eight finished the season unbeaten adding the national championship title to their 12 victories earlier in the season and the Big 10 Conference title.  Holly was awarded a full scholarship to study at Ohio based on her strong performances rowing for St Stithians Girls College in 2010 and 2011.  Holly has had an outstanding 12 months of rowing as the results above are in addition to the silver Medal won in the Women’s Four at the World University Games representing South Africa in July 2013.

Lawrence Mahatlane (1994) replaces Ray Jennings as South Africa Under-19 coach

Lawrence Mahatlane (left) has been appointed as the new Under-19 coach of South Africa © Getty Images

Dr Nick Bredenkamp (1998) is involved in pioneering work on the thymus gland which is critical for immune function, becomes smaller and less effective with age, making people more susceptible to infection.  A team at the University of Edinburgh managed to rejuvenate the organ in mice by manipulating DNA.  “This has a lot of impacts later in life, when the functionality of the immune system decreases with age and you become more vulnerable to infection and less responsive to vaccines,” one of the researchers, Dr Nick Bredenkamp, told the BBC.

Jonathan Boyton Lee (1998) – “From starting life in an orphanage to winning Top Billing’s Presenter Search and announced as SA’s Sexiest Man by Cosmopolitan, Jonathan Boynton-Lee cools down his hotness with some bubbly”  — read his interview in Wine Extra Magazine.

Kevin Anderson (2003)—The St Stithians Boys’ College tennis team won the Kevin Anderson Cup at the tennis tournament at the Easter Festival for the 2nd year in a row.  His letter to the boys read as follows :

“It is my pleasure in welcoming you all to the third year of this tournament being held over the Easter weekend. I feel very honoured to be part of this tournament and to have it named after me. Even after playing for 7 years as a pro now, I think back to the days as a scholar at Saints playing College Tennis.  Even though tennis isn’t a team sport, you are playing this weekend as a team. Compete at your very best and by doing so, you will represent your team and your school in the best possible way.  I wish each of you the best of luck for the weekend. I also want to wish the Saints Team the best of luck in defending their title. But as always, may the best team win and, as my Dad has always said to me, “Bend your knees and keep your head down”!

Nikolaos Kirkinis (2011) in his final year of a BA PPE at Stellenbosch University, Alex Bouter (2011) (final year of  Business Management at UCT) and George Kirkinis (2007) did his  masters in literature at the University of Edinburgh and is currently teaching in a rural community in Kwa-Zulu Natal, are  embarking on an adventure, driving around  Southern Africa in June/July 2014.  Their aim is not only to explore their neighbours’ back yards, but also to raise enough money so that they can deliver brand new school shoes to children along the way. Please see the link to their charity page for donations and more details: Nikolas also writes to Dave Knowles, Head of the Boys’ College “after three years of being in university with a range of people from various private schooling backgrounds, I am most  appreciative and proud of the  characters that emerge from St Stithians.  They always seem more grounded and void of hubris.  I think this is a testament to the leadership style  promoted at the school.”

Keegan Kieck (2013) has been selected to play for the South African Mens’ Indoor Hockey Team and competed at the Indoor Hockey World Cup Africa qualifying tournament in Windhoek, Namibia.  They qualified for the 2015 Indoor Hockey World Cup finals tournament after defeating Namibia in three—Test Africa Qualifier series in Windhoek.  The Indoor World Cup finals will be held in Leipzig, Germany from 3 to 8 February 2015. .

David Wessels (2000), is the Western Force Senior Assistant Coach,,25883,3551_9313345,00.html,

Edward Wadsworth (2009) graduated at The University of Pennsylvania  recently.  He was awarded a Bachelor of  Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He will now be moving into the next phase and be relocating to New York where he will be working at Credit Suisse.

Gordon Shaw (2011) competed in the African Junior Championships held in Tunisia where he placed first in the 105kg+ division and won three gold medals for snatch, clean and jerk as well as overall total respectively.,  Gordon is a strong contender for a medal at the  Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and is working towards the next Olympics.

John Kinghorn (2013) is doing his birding year and is currently sitting on a total of 610 with a trip departing for the Caprivi Strip (see map for route) which should add a few more to the tally.  It’s certainly getting a lot more tough as his total gets higher.   He has also been lucky to have landed a part time job as a bird guide with one of the worlds leading Bird Tour companies which runs tours worldwide, yet another amazing opportunity for him!   The following link is to a blog by a well known wildlife blogger about John’s travels :

Litha Mdwaba (2011), part of the “born free” generation, who had casted their first national  ballots, told the BBC that to vote was “something very beautiful to be a part of, especially when it comes to the freedom that we have that our parents didn’t have”

Ross Smith (2001), Dale Hassall (2001), Mark Ford (2001), Daniel Ford (2005) (and Rosalind Roberts who currently teaches at Saints is part of the behind the scenes crew) have taken up a challenge to run from  Johannesburg to Cape Town in April 2014.  The team is called MAD2run and the 13 runners & support staff will be covering 1488km in a non-stop 24 hour relay over 7 days.  This charity has its main focus on  Education and selects highly talented, yet underprivileged individuals and puts them through High School and Tertiary Education.   Effectively each runner will cover a marathon a day for 7 days for an average total of 290km’s each over the week.  You can follow their story, the team, the training and any events they take part in and also to make donations  on

Unathi Mothiba (2004) is currently collecting votes to give a talk at the annual Tech4africa conference in May 2014.   You can assist him in obtaining a speaker slot by voting on the following link :

On 12 March 2014, David Potter (2004) Ward Councillor, visited the Boys’ College and addressed the boys on the role of the Council and Local Government.

David Smith (Headboy 2006) visited the Boys’ College and addressed the boys. You can read his speech in the Boys’ College Newsletter No 3 for 2014

We wish Ken Hovelmeier (St Stithians teacher, Director of Post Matric and Student Affairs, School Counsellor, MiC Squash), all the very best with his recovery after recent serious health difficulties.  His wife Myrna has sent us this update “Having struggled with blood flow problems to the extremities as a result of having been a diabetic for 64 years, Ken was on a “pain management” course for 6 months (April – September 2013).  He had severe pain in his right leg, which was gangrenous from toes to calf. In September 2013 the pain was so severe that he was ambulanced to hospital on a Sunday, and the right leg was amputated below the knee on the Monday.  All went well, he was discharged from hospital relatively quickly, and the rehabilitation period started.  By December 2013, Ken was being measured and fitted with a prosthetic leg and was making good progress until March 2014.  Unfortunately, the blood flow in the left leg was also inadequate.  As a result the big toe had to be amputated in  March 2014.  This wound did not heal and after a six week stay in hospital the left leg had to be amputated too.  There is probably no chance of prosthetics for a blind double amputee, but as one of his past students said: “Ken is a MIND MAN, so he will get sorted and be his usual self!”  Our thanks for the tremendous support received from ‘One and All’ and the wider Saints family across the world.”  Myrna Hovelmeier

Kagiso Rabada 2013 3rd from Left back row_Kagiso 3rd from Left Back Row

Kagiso Rabada (2013) was part of the recent SA U19 Cricket team that played in the World Cup in Dubai.  Kagiso took 6/15 as Australia was bowled out for 150, chasing South Africa’s 230/9 in the semi-final and was also named man of the match.  They then took on Pakistan in the final and bowled them all out for 131 from 44.3 overs.   SA reached this modest target of 132 with 7.5 overs to spare.  It is the first time since the Under-19s World Cup began in 1988 that South Africa have lifted the trophy.

Chris Baker (2011) has been selected for the South African Mens Water Polo Team to participate at the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships, which will be held in Aberdeen, Scotland from 5- 12 April.

Kevin Anderson (2003) went through to the finals of the Mexican Open on 2 March 2013 but unfortunately lost against Grigor Dimitrov, fourth seeded in the tournament,  who needed two hours and 58 minutes to hold Kevin off    7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (5).  Kevin also played in the Delray Beach final the week before where it took Marin Cilic  3 hours and 8 minutes to beat Kevin 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4.  Kevin has moved up in the rankings to number 18 in the world.

The Old Stithian Crusaders team took part in the recent Cape Town 10’s tournament.  If you want to take part next year, please contact Christian Ashcroft on

St Stithians College had 5 students from 2007 graduate as medical doctors – Lindy Trollip, Gabi Joffre, Ashleigh Alford, Rimon du Plessis and Alexi Nicola.

According to SA School Sport Magazine for February 2014, , Kearsney College and St   Stithians had the   highest  number of SA Schools representatives (5 each) in the country for 2013  —  Claudio Fernandes (2013), Luke Hunter (2013), Lwazi Madi (2013) –  Waterpolo, Kagiso Radebe (2013) Cricket, & Keegan Kieck (2013) Hockey.

Gordon Shaw (2011) competed in the South African Youth and Junior Championships on 28th September 2013 where he was placed 1st in the Junior 105 kg+ division. He also won Best Overall Junior Lifter.  His total was 326 kg, where he snatched 155kg and clean and jerked 172kg.  The 155kg was the biggest snatch in 130 years of weightlifting in the country!

Natasha Loring (2005) has been named as one of the top ten South African actors on the rise :

John Kinghorn (2013) is doing his “Birding Big Year” in 2014.

Gospel and RnB musician Loyiso Bala (1998) of the Bala Brothers has been appointed as the national goodwill ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids.


St Stithians College had 5 students from 2007 graduate as medical doctors – Lindy Trollip, Gabi Joffre, Ashleigh Alford, Rimon du Plessis and Alexi Nicola.

Gordon Shaw (2011) competed in the South African Youth and Junior Championships on 28th September 2013 where he was placed 1st in the Junior 105 kg+ division. He also won Best Overall Junior Lifter.  His total was 326 kg, where he snatched 155kg and clean and jerked 172kg.  The 155kg was the biggest snatch in 130 years of weightlifting in the country!

Natasha Loring (2005) has been named as one of the top ten South African actors on the rise :

John Kinghorn (2013) is doing his “Birding Big Year” in 2014.

Carel Nolte (1991), St Stithians Council Chair, was the guest speaker at the Boys’ College Matric Dinner (and he still fits into his Honours’ Blazer!).  The theme of his message to the boys was the choices they will have to make in their lives.

Carel Nolte Guest Speaker at BC Matric Dinner 2013 2

Dylan Horley (2007) will be moving to the Los Angeles in December 2013 to pursue his acting career. In his final year at St Stithians, he received the award for Most Promising Creative and the previous recipient was Gavin Hood.  Good luck Dylan and keep us up to date.

 Dukes Farewell concert with Anthony Knowles Head of Dukes 2009 2

Anthony Knowles (4th from Left), Head of Dukes (2009) joined the Dukes at their Farewell Concert when all old Dukes are invited to join in.  Robert Fields, Current Head of Dukes 2013 is 5th from left.  This was particular symbolic  as these Dukes were in Gr 8’s  when Anthony was in matric.

Chris Baker (2011), has been awarded an Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship and he spoke in Chapel about the fellowship and the ideals that recipients are mentored to obtain. The fellowship, apart from providing a full university scholarship, consists of an entrepreneurial, leadership and personal development programme. The programme covers aspects of personal initiative, achievement excellence, a spirit of significance, courageous commitment and intellectual imagination each of which is broken into four mind-sets and attitudes.

The College has recently awarded the Nan Mears scholarship to Richard Wilkinson (2006). Mr Wally Mears was a former Headmaster of Rondebosch Boys’ High School and the founding Headmaster of St Stithians College.  Wally Mears established the Nan Mears Scholarship Fund in memory of his wife, to benefit both St Stithians College and Rondebosch Boys’ High School. The Fund is administered by BoE Trust Limited in Cape Town. The Nan Mears Scholarship Fund is available to a past pupil of St Stithians College, who matriculated from the College and has completed or is in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree at a South African University, and who wishes to further his/her studies in either Law or the Arts or Humanities at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.  Congratulations to Richard, the recipient of this award, who has been accepted into a Humanities course at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and will be pursuing his studies further this year.

Mark Henning, former Head of the Boys‟ College for more than 20 years, recently launched a book called “Zest. A celebration of Good Schools and Good Teachers”. On 5 June 2013, members of the educational fraternity were treated to a breakfast courtesy of Etana Insurance, whilst Mark was interviewed by Jenny Crys Williams, talkshow host and book fundi, from Radio 702. Read more by following the link to the Flowsa blog

Dave Matthews (1980) of the Dave Matthews Band will be performing in South Africa on 30 November 2013 at Grand Arena, Grandwest, Cape Town and on 3 December 2013 in the Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg.  The group ranked as the biggest touring act worldwide of the past decade and has sold over 18 million tickets since its inception.  Click here to buy your tickets.

Simon Ratcliffe (1995) is the senior astronomer & engineer on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).  He is also known as the barefoot astronomer in education circles.

Jarryd Ellis (2009) was one of 68 chosen from 3000 applicants to enter the Royal Marines Unit in the UK, one of the hardest military units in the world to get through.  He is now a Commando.

Jarryd Ellis 2009


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