Old Stithian Newsletter – March 2017

Message from the OSA Chair

Dear Alumni

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the beginning of a new year and now we are getting ready for the first big event of the year. The 2017 Saints Sports Festival is only a month away and it looks like it is going to be an amazing weekend of great sports, festivities and entertainment for the whole family.

As is our role during the festival, The OSA will be running the food and beverage sections of the Easter festival and I would like to encourage you to come and see how the Festival has grown and more so how the school has grown.

You will undoubtedly bump into people you know as the school becomes a cultural melting pot over the Easter weekend in Johannesburg. What I can guarantee is the beers will be cold, the wors rolls hot and a good time is waiting to be had.

As is always the case, there is a lot of stuff happening at the OSA and I am very excited about our key project for the year, which is the launch of a recruitment and networking portal. Although there are not a lot of details at this stage, before the end of this year, we will launch a portal that will not only connect job seekers with employee seekers but also launch a networking schedule of events and gatherings for all of our Alumni, young and old who are looking to grow in their careers. This is one of the most exciting projects we have embarked on, since the building of Higher Ground.

Talking about our home, the Higher Ground has reached the stage where we are looking at adding to our amazing venue, to make it, yes you guessed it, more amazing. With planned extensions to the building and additions to make the experience an even better one, The Higher Ground will start taking on a new shape as the year progresses. We have completed our first round of planning and will release the artist impressions as soon as we have them back. With this in mind, there is always a need for people to get involved in many ways. I will be setting up a development committee which I would be very grateful for people to be involved.

Finally our lottery is growing with every release. An alteration for 2017 will see only one lottery held each year and the period will be lengthened to 8 months. The prizes are amazing and for the price of R500 for value in the region of R250 000, who could argue with the opportunity.

I hope to see you at the Saints Sports Festival, you know where I will be.

Shaun Edmeston

Chair Old Stithian Association


OSA Campaigns

“Make your Mark “

As part of The OSA’s commitment to preserving a place for the whole Saints family, we have launched a campaign called “Make your Mark”.

To “Make your Mark”, you can buy a Shield for R350 on which your Name & Matric year will be engraved or for parents and staff : Name & Staff / Parent will be engraved on the Shield. These Shields will be fixed to the bar in the One & All Club to ensure that your “Mark” will always have a place at St Stithians College.

Contact: Susannah at alumni@stithian.com for more information.

The 100 Club


  • For R100 per month you could be the difference in a winning side because of a Scholarship.
  • For R100 per month you could be the difference in an Aquatics Centre.
  • For R100 per month you could help create the next Global Business Leader.

Show your passion and support for the growth and success of St Stithians College by setting up a scheduled payment for as little as R100 per month. Be part of the 100 Club for one year and make a difference. All funds to be managed and dispersed by the Old Stithian Trust and all donors will be recognised on the Donors’ board at the One & All Club.

Contact: Susannah at alumni@stithian.com, for more information.

OSA Reunions




09h00, Chapel

Contact : Toni Brooks,  tbrooks@stithian.com


19h00, One & All Club

Susannah, alumni@stithian.com


Class of 1957
Boys’ College – Marinus Endenburg Marinuse@icon.co.za

Class of 1967
Boys’ College – Malcolm Keevy Mk@pulseresearch.co.za

Class of 1982
Boys’ College – Mark Heaton Mark.heaton@imaginet.co.za

Class of 1977
Boys’ College – Stephen Beale stephenbeal@telkomsa.net

Class of 1987
Boys’ College – Grant Robson Grant@thefinanceteam.co.za

Class of 19977-11 June 2017
Boys’ College – John Williams johnw@lightstone.co.za
Girls’ College – Julia Redelinghuys julia.redelinghuys@googlemail.com
Girls’ College – Marie Wessels mariewessels@gmail.com

Class of 2007
Girls’ College – Anthea Dickson anthea.dickson@za.ey.com
Girls’ College – Coreen Walstra coreen.walstra@gmail.com
Boys’ College – Tinashe Chandauka tbchandauka@gmail.com

Old Stithian Lottery

Shaun Edmeston, Chair of the OSA, congratulated Kgotso Marumo who won the draw of the 2nd Old Stithian Lottery on 3 February 2017. She has decided to take the prize of two years’ school fees for her son who is now in Gr 3 at the Boys’ Prep. Congratulations Kgotso and enjoy spending the extra cash on your house!

3rd Old Stithian Lottery Open!

The 3rd OSA Lottery Has Launched!

OSA Monthly Club Draw


The next OSA Club Draw will take place on Thursday, 30 March 2017 with a prize money of R17,000! The draw takes place at the One & All Club and will be done on membership numbers, of which there will be a list to confirm any winners. The draw will take place at 7pm, and you need to be present in order to win. The Club Draw coincides with our weekly Alumni Nights’ special of a 10% discount from 6pm to 8pm every Thursday night.

The rules for the draw are as follows:

  • You need to be present in order to win.
  • 10 Membership numbers will be drawn randomly for the full prize value.
  • If a winner is not drawn, a further 5 Membership numbers will be drawn for 50% of the full prize value.
  • Should no winner again be drawn, then another 5 Membership numbers will be drawn for 25% of the full prize value.
  • If a winner is yet again not drawn, then 1 name of the people present will be drawn for the R1,500 Attendance Prize, to ensure a guaranteed win

Names drawn on Thursday – 23 February 2017

Jordan Smith, Hedley Pougnet Warren Wykerd, Barry Hayter, Kristen Wagner, Richard Gush Brian Lipset, Malcolm Thornton Ishur Singhal,

Gregory Gibb, Temiloluwa Fasedemi, Robin Rindel, Philip Beswick, Nkisi Veyidiaka

Simon Cheetham, Stuart Cameron Philip Robinson, Lauren Brand Paul Roussos

Attendance Prize : R1,500
Scott Greeff

Old Stithian News

Congratulations to Christopher Harrison (2006) who has been elevated to the level of Fifa referee and will be included on the international panel from this year.

Carol Howard nee Blignaut (1998) won the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Rowing SA inaugural Sports Awards. Carol was also nominated for Volunteer of the Year for the SA Sports Awards. She is the UJ Rowing Club Manager & UJ sports manager and has organised and managed the international touring of the Junior, Student, U2, Senior teams as well as the squad that went to the Rio Olympic Games.

Old Stithians featuring 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.

Congratulations to Ciara Murphy (2015) who has made the Senior Squad of the Irish Netball Team! (3rd from left in front)

The CMA presented its Comrades Marathon Top Fundraiser Award to Carel Nolte (1991) who has raised the most funds for the Comrades Charities.

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.

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

Lee Astfalck (1991) has been appointed a Director at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Sean Riskowitz (2003) popped in to the Boys’ College in February. He now lives in NY where he is the CEO of Conduit Capital Ltd. With him on the photo is Peter Wright (BC Deputy Head), David Knowles, (BC Head), Sean, and Heather Frankiskos (BC Deputy Head)


Wiaan Mulder (2016) was selected as SA Schools’ captain – the last Saints Captain of an SA Schools’ side was Phillip Hearle (1996) 20 years ago. Wiaan and Wandile Makwetu (matric 2017) were also selected for the SA U19 side to play in a triangular series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in January, as well as a separate three-match Youth ODI series against Sri Lanka. Wiaan was also selected as Captain.

Kagiso Rabada (2013) reached a significant milestone against Sri Lanka when he took 50 wickets in 13 matches. He also got the Man of the Match award for his 10 wickets in the Test! It is Kagiso’s 5th 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 5th position and is now South Africa’s highest-ranked bowler at No 1. He also struck gold as he joins Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy and Chris Morris at the Delhi Daredevils for R9.8 million.

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, ironically 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).

Varsity Cup:

  • Ryan Rickelton (2014), played for UJ in the Varsity Cup Competition, scoring 95 from 105 vs Old Selbornians and achieved 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 Samsung Man of the Match vs Kovsies.
  • Brandon Glover (2015) played for the Maties team.

David Knowles (Head Boys’ College) with Piers Cruickshanks (1992, Deputy Head in charge of Academics at Kingsmead College), Siseko Ntondini and Brad Fisher (founder of the Soweto Canoe and Recreation Club) at the screening of “Beyond the River”. The movie is an inspirational story of friendship and adventure between Piers and Siseko around the Dusi Canoe Marathon. A top class South African movie, please do not miss it! The movie will be in theaters on 28 April 2017.

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.

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 Orthopaedic Medicine


Our sincerest condolences go to the following Saints families as they mourn the loss of their loved ones. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during their time of mourning :

The father of Poroma Mohale (2012) passed away in December 2016.

The father of Lloyd Robert Nelson (1979), Brendan Nelson (2013), Carol Nelson (2014) and husband to Mrs Lynn Nelson passed away on Christmas Eve.

The father of Justin Suzor (2013), and husband to Mrs Helen Suzor passed away in December 2016.

Andrew Bradford (1983) was killed in a hit-and-run accident while cycling on 27 January 2017. Andrew also did the transafrica bike race in 2015.

Lynne Newby, mother of Eric Newby (2013), passed away in January 2017.

Mpumelelo (Mpumi) Buku (2007) passed away on 17 January 2017 as he succumbed to injuries sustained in an attempted hijacking.

George Beeton, father of Ian (1986) and Dean (1989) Beeton and grandfather to David (2008) and Andrew (2011) passed away on 1 February 2017.

Gary King (1975), brother of Dave King (1980) passed away from cancer on 3 February 2017.

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