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By: Old Stithian  11-11-2011


Congratulations to the following Old Stithians :

Donna and Blaize Vance (1987) on the birth of their daughter Riley Quinn Vance on 9 May 2011.

Isma and Chris Kyprianides (1986) on the birth of their son Dino on 29 June 2011.

Catherine Leigh Farrant (nee Karstel), Deputy Head Girl, (2003) married  Michael Farrant of the Bahamas

on 1 October 2011.

Chris Franiskos (2002) married Gail Emertonon 22 October 2011.  Chris is the son of Mrs Frankiskos who is teaching at the Boys’ College.

Haydn Porteous (Gr 11) has been invited to play in the SA Open in November at Serengeti- the biggest tournament for him in his young career.  He holds the number 2 Amateur ranking in South Africa currently.

Mike Ventre (1995) recently completed a solo attempt of the English Channel in a time of 15 hours and 18 minutes. 

Ryan Bell (2000) and Jason Kyte (Pretoria Boys’) of  Crusader Waterpolo Club represented SA Mens’ at the FINA World Champs and were the joint leading goal scorers. Chris Baker (matric) and Shaun Campbell (2009) represented SA U20 at the Junior World Champs.

Doug Drysdale (1967)

Upon Graduating, Unathi Mothiba (2004) took up a language and internship in Beijing, China. He was working at a Private Equity and Investment firm and his responsibilities ranged from day to day operations to management of their exclusive club for Venture Capitalists. The experience offered him further insight into China and its financial, social and economic environment. This experience further enhanced his understanding of foreign markets and also developed his personal skills. He also took up mandarin lessons during his stay in China although he says he is still at a beginners’ level, he is looking to return to develop his skills further.  The Company he represents in South Africa has exciting programs targeted at the youth who seek a cultural exchange, be it in language, skills development etc.  These programs include, gap years, language exchanges and school placements. 

John Huggett (1989) walked to Everest Base Camp in April 2011.

David Potter (2004) and Stephen Moore (2001) are both DA Candidate Councillors and won the recent elections for their Johannesburg Wards 102 and 106 respectively.

James Clay (2007), Abas Rashid (2006), Derek Selmer-Olsen (2002) and ex teacher Dalene Hoogenhout of the Wits Choir, went on a tour of  the USA and Canada during June and July visiting, Washington D.C., USA State College, PA, USA Wingate, NC, USA Boston, MA, USA St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.  Visit their Twitter and Facebook pages of the tour :


Well done to Edward Ormond (2010) who won a Gold Medal for South Africa playing squash, in the men’s U29 age group, in the Transplant World Games in Sweden.

Well done to Kevin Anderson(2003) who beat Robin Haase in four sets 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 to win the Davis Cup tie for South Africa in their Euro-Africa Group One contest against the Netherlands in Potchefstroom on Sunday 10 July 2011.

There is an event and it is mental. It is called the event. The premise is a simple one: Go from Salzburg to Monaco. The difficulty lies in the details; you have to race non-stop through the Alps to the Mediterranean Sea, with just a paraglider and a pair of hiking boots to help them, their every move tracked by advanced technology and broadcasted to an audience of millions.   Sounds easy. It’s not and a South African is one of a very select few people to compete. Pierre Carter (1984)  is a Johannesburg Father who is 45 and crazy… about extreme sports.

Pierre has his own website for the event too, .   Visit for more details.

Old Boy’s who have had children and grandchildren at the school.

Cliff Jackson (1961) :

Cliff Jackson 1954-1961

Brent Jackson 1978- 1990

Grant Jackson 1990- 2002

Christopher Jackson 2011 [2nd term] Grade 6

Richard Jackson from Jan.2012 Grade 0

Gold Award participants have their say in Parliament :

Mr MC Manana MP, the Chairperson of the Steering Committee for the Youth Parliament invited Gold Award Holders, including Tinashe Chandauka (2007) to join the Youth Parliament in June 2011, it being Youth Month and the 35th anniversary of the Soweto Youth Uprising.  Tinashe is currently studying medicine at UCT.

Congratulations to the following new parents :

Dew and Robert Dickens (1995) on the birth of their daughter Isabella Catherine on 8 March 2011.

Teri-Leigh and Peter Kent (1995) on the birth of their daughter Libby on 14 April 2011.

Hiliary and Allan Hackney (1982) on the birth of their son Jayson on 26 July 2011

Philip Bradford (1993) and Jennifer on the birth of their son Aidan on 10 January 2011.

Rolf Stromsoe and Bronwyn (1997) (nee Moir) on the birth of their twin sons Lars and Perry on 3 February 2011. 

Zwai Bala (1994) and Melanie on the birth of their daughter Peyton on 5 February 2011.

Bronwyn and Christopher Lewis (1988) on the birth of their daughter Grace Ruby-Rose on 14 March 2011.

Scott and Kristie Ellis (1997) on the birth of their daughter Ava on 31 March 2011.

Peter van der Zee (1995) and Heather on the birth of their son Oliver 6 April 2011.

Jan-Hendrik Du Plessis (1998) and his wife Wendy, on the birth of their daughter Lilia Anne, born on 22 February 2011.

Ryan Holmner (1998) and his wife Justine, on the birth of their son, Myles William, on 25 January 2011.

Congratulations to Jessica Rule (2003) was awarded the Top Medical graduate at UCT in 2010.  Well done Jessica!

Congratulations to Grant Jackson (2002) and Stephanie Forbes who got married at Zimbali, KZN on 26 November 2010. They are now living in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Richard Pike (1978) was involved in a horrific accident when he was 19, on the way to a rowing regatta. He was told that he would never walk again. Through sheer determination and hard work, he fought his way back, and today he, not only walks, rides the Argus, rides motorcycles and many other activities, but is also the CEO of one of the leading firms on the JSE.  Richard is a well known speaker and business personality.  You can read more about his book Tangled Toes,  Pins and Needles and about Richard here () 

Special greetings to all my Saints 1961 matric classmates.    I would have loved to have been able to attend the Founders’ Weekend reunion of our matric class, but sadly, reality intervened. Although I formally retired last year from my position of a political science professor, I'm currently a member of an expert panel advising New Zealand's Electoral Commission about a referendum on voting systems that's to be held in November, and the launch date for our official information campaign is 30 May.  However, not only will I be thinking of you  but Neville Richardson and I have also already held a 12.5% class reunion (i.e., two-sixteenths of the class attended it), when my wife and I visited Neville and his wife in Yorkshire six months ago. I am attaching a copy of a photo that was taken at Hebden Bridge of the four of us. With very best wishes for a most successful and enjoyable reunion.

Nigel Roberts (1961)

Neville Richardson (1961) is presently serving four churches in and around Haworth, UK, home of the Bronte sisters.

Courtney Watson (1998), in a group of seven vintage de Havilland Biplanes, ventured across Botswana on a once-in-a-lifetime airborne safari in April, going to the salt pans, the swamps and Vic

Michiel Fauël (1979) , now living in Hermanus, visited the Boys’ College for the first time in many years. He brought his family with him to attend the SA Open Tennis Champs, where they were delighted to see Kevin Anderson win.

Ian MacKenzie (1965) retired from Webber Wentzel on Monday, 28 February 2011.  Ian was a Director, Tax Advisory, and was the former Head of the Tax Practice at Webber Wentzel.  Ian joined Webber Wentzel on 3 March 2003 as part of the firm's key strategic initiative to develop an internal tax capability. At that time, Ian   was the Head of Tax at Ernst & Young.  In the years post 2003, Ian was instrumental in developing the tax   practice at Webber Wentzel into what it is today - probably one of the leading tax practices of any law firm.

Ian's early retirement is a great loss to them, but he plans  to spend more time with his family.  He has been married to Sue for 40 years (Sue was a Counsellor at St Stithians Boys’ College), and they have three children, Colin (1991) in London, Rod (1994) in Perth and Cathy (2002) in Johannesburg. 

(extract from a farewell by David Lancaster).  We wish Ian a happy and relaxing retirement!

Mark Comninos (1990), MD of  MARCOM Aeronautics & Space (Pty) was interviewed on 702/Cape Talk Radio on Sunday Morning March 6th to discussing current developments and the future of space travel in South Africa and internationally.

Congratulations to the following Old Stithians :

Kevin Anderson (2003) on winning the South African Tennis Open and his first ATP World Tour title, in front of his home crowd!

Shaun Campbell (2009) on his selection for the SA U20 Waterpolo Squad.