Strenue - Strenue September 2013
Old Boys Reunions & Important Dates
2013 Events:

1963 – 50 year reunion - contact person – Doug Smollan -

Click on the Face Book link for news on the 1963 Reunion: CLASS OF 1963 REUNION

Association Golf Day – 8 November 2013

Click on the given link for updated info on: KES GOLF DAY 2013

The following reunions will be taking place in 2014. If you are interested in co-ordinating your reunion please contact: Derron at

1964 50 Years
1974 40 Years
1979 35 Years
1984 30 Years
1989 25 Years
1994 20 Years
1999 15 Years
2004 10 Years
Cultural Events & Highlights from Term 3
Public Speaking Report Back from Mrs Reynolds:

As always Term 3 has been a busy time for the young orators at King Edward VII School starting off with the entertaining Just-a-Minute competition which was convincingly won by the Hofmeyr team. As usual the staff team, who pitted their skills against the winning house, provided some great laughs.
The more serious and skilled aspects of Public Speaking were displayed at the two Best Speaker Competitions. Both evenings produced speeches of a very high caliber and provided evidence of some future lawyers and politicians in the making.

The Junior Best Speaker competition was won by Y Schleider and J Wolpe with Proxime Accessit being A Benefeld. The Grade 8 participation in this event clearly illustrated that there would be many more entertaining speeches in the future.

Junior Winners 2013

The Senior Best Speaker Competition proved to be an exceptional evening and the audience was suitably impressed with an array of thought provoking and entertaining ideas. Verushen Coopoo won Best Speaker and Duncan Braithwaite was proxime Accessit. The matrics have been an especially talented group of speakers this year and their input will be missed. We do, however, have a group of equally talented boys coming up from Grade 11 to fill their shoes . We look forward to another successful year of speech making.

Senior Winners 2013

Mrs Mania and Cultural Team Report Back on some Notable Term 3 Highlights:

The Third National Schools Court Competition 9 – 11 August 2013

All secondary schools in South Africa were invited to participate in the third National Schools Moot Court Competition. A Moot is a role-play exercise in which participants play the role of lawyers in a fictional court case. The Competition is aimed at creating greater awareness of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 and the values that it embodies.

Learners were expected to write two short essays setting out the opposing sides of the case. The essays were evaluated by a panel of experts from 290 school submissions. The best nine submissions in each of the provinces were identified and these learners were invited to participate in the provincial oral rounds in their respective provinces. The best four teams from each province participated in the national oral rounds in Pretoria with the final round held at the Constitutional Court. The eventual winning team was Redhill High School.

Out of thirty seven teams that participated in the national round, King Edward’s team of Lloyd May and Matthew Jenner were placed 5th nationally. We congratulate them on their outstanding achievement.


Phoenix Foundation Canned Food Drive

On 23 June, eight of Gauteng’s premiere high schools came together to assemble their collections of canned and non-perishable foods. Over 30 000 cans were collected and the word AFRICAN was formed on a sports field at Parktown Boys’ High School.
With the generous assistance of Makro the food was donated to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) an NGO which works on behalf of refugees as well as providing aid to those who cannot help themselves.
King Edward collected around a thousand cans for this endeavour. The day was a true success with a strong spirit of philanthropy and camaraderie as the Edwardian family once again supported KESCO and the Phoenix Foundation so generously.

To view the highlights of the day visit : Phoenix Food Drive 2013

King Edward's Phoenix Food Drive 2013

‘A Night at the Theatre’ – Dramatics production

In August we held two extremely entertaining evenings dubbed ‘A Night at the Theatre’ where the current Dramatic Society boys were joined by our talented Old Boys’ from 2012. On the final evening to close the Drama season, we presented the annual Dramatics awards:

The Best Actor for 2013 was presented to Duncan Braithwaite
The Sword for the overall contribution to the Dramatic Society was shared by
Tristan Marot and Menzi Mthembu.
A new award donated by the Jenner family for The Best Director/Playwright was won by Matthew Jenner
The prestigious Duncan Allan Memorial Award and the accompanying sponsored book-prize from Penguin Tutoring (sponsored by Murray Legg) were awarded to Lloyd May for the best all round ability and consistent dedication to the Dramatic Society.


Sporting Excellence across the various codes
Some notable mentions of just some of the excellent achievements, accolades and results from our King Edward sportsmen during Term 3:

Soccer Success
King Edward VII School u15A Soccer Team were crowned the 2013 u15 Champions at the St David's Marist Tournament. The u15's won all their matches and in the final faced the hosts in a determined and tough battle, that eventually was decided on penalties! An epic encounter that saw two great soccer teams giving it their all.

Congratulations to the u15A Team and Coach, Mr Deon De Wet on an amazing tournament.


The King Edward VII School 1st XI played some terrific football too and were narrowly knocked-out in the quarter-finals vs Norkem Park 0-1. The 1st XI wore purple socks at the tournament to support the Jag Foundation 'bully-proof campaign'. 

Congratulations to the following King Edward sportsmen on recent selection & excellence shown in various sporting codes:

* Yaseen Valli- Appointed as the SA U19 Cricket Captain & was also one of the top runs scorers at St David's T20 Festival 2013

* Brian Leitch was named the 'Top Bowler' at the recent St David's T20 Festival with an astounding 14 wickets in five games at an average of just 8.6 runs per wicket at the Festival.

* Kyle McClatchie- McClatchie is one of 4 boys selected to represent the South African U16 Golf team to play in the 7th – 72 hole Italian International U16 Championship at Golf Club Biella. Kyle came 3rd in this championship representing SA & KES with pride. 

* Rupert Kaminski, King Edward golfer made golfing history this term as the youngest ever winner of the Annual Parkview Club Championships. On day 1 he shot 66 which is the best score in the history of the club championships. Overall he won by 9 shots. Congratulations Rupert on this fine achievement!

* Cameron Ellis has been selected to represent South Africa in the incoming tour against Great Britain for Baseball

* King Edward VII School learner, Ayrton Dos Santos is burning up the track with his carting skills and at the Regional Gauteng Championship was named the 'Driver of the Day'. Ayrton participated in the South African Rotax Max Challenge and the Regional Gauteng Championship. Ayrton finished 2nd overall for the day, and was awarded the "DRIVER OF THE DAY" award. Congratulations Ayrton and stay safe on the track, Driver no 277!

Congratulations to the King Edward VII School tennis players on their selection to the Gauteng Central Teams for 2013. Mohammad Jassat selected to the u19 Gauteng Central Team; Cameron Petersen to the u15 Gauteng Central Team and Yusuf Jassat also selected to u15 Team. Well done chaps and all the best into the future!

Gauteng Tennis Stars
King Edward athletes are 2013 Inter High A & B Champions!

King Edward VII School athletes retained their status as 'champions of the track & field' when they won both the A & B Inter High Athletics Meet at the host school track of Parktown Boys' High School. Champions in 2012 had King Edward VII School as favourites but the team took nothing for granted as they worked all season long to be in the running for the 2013 title.

True grit, determination and many hours of hard work from both the coaching staff and the athletes ensured that the A & B teams were crowned in glory! The athletes of 2013 remained unbeaten all season long and many a long standing school record was either broken or made during the 2013 season.

Results from the A Division Meet

AFFIES                                        418
PRETORIA BOYS' HIGH          387
JEPPE BOYS' HIGH                  379
PARKTOWN BOYS'                   304
ST BENEDICT'S                        230
INDEP. SCHOOLS                      93

Results from the B Division Meet

AFFIES                                         282
JEPPE BOYS'                             266
PRETORIA BOYS'                      254
PARKTOWN BOYS                    212

Notable Records on the Day

u15 Discus- Patrick Duvenage- 60,23m

 u19 Triple Jump- Menzi Mthembu- 14,76m

 u15 800m- Mandla Ntlumayo- 2min 01.35 sec

Congratulations to Mr Tee, coaching & support staff and the stars of the show, the 2013 King Edward VII School athletes. You have made yourselves and your School very proud!

Old Boys Literary Talents on show!
K.E.P.S and KES Old Boy Paul Shapshak has released his second book of poetry. SELECTED POETRY, Book II, VARIATIONS ON THEMES (with a few poems restrung from Book I) is a book of poetry by Paul Shapshak, PhD. There are also 10 photographs and a cover photograph of paintings and sculptures by the poet's father, Sir Rene Shapshak. The photographs were taken by one of the poet's sons, Dag Shapshak, MD.

Paul in 1948 when he attended K.E.P.S:

This book divides into eight sections, Pastoral, Mythology, Cosmology, Theology, History, Social, Economics, and the Arts as was done in Book I. Poetic forms that appear in this book include Cantos, Epigrammes, and Haikus. A point is never completed, but builds and stretches examining time shifts, time drifts, and geographical climes, explored with surprises, and some balls hit out the ballpark. Some are paintings done at the beach by cliffs or in fields by streams, every hour on the hour that vary in chiaroscuro, color, and overtones by time of day and evening.

Click on the given link to read more on the book: Selected Poetry Paul Shapshak


King Edward VII School Old Boys, Dr Ali Bacher and David Williams have joined forces in writing a book to celebrate the multi-talented heroes of South African cricket. 'Jacques Kallis and 12 Other Great South African All-rounders' is a readable mix of anecdotes, commentary and statistics and is a must-have for cricket fans both young and old.

This is the first book on South African 'all-rounders' and written by two of South Africa’s great cricket personalities and with a foreword by Sir Garfield Sobers, promises to be a great read for one and all.

About the Authors:

Ali Bacher was educated at King Edward VII School (captaining the 1st XI and Transvaal Nuffield XI) and Wits University, where he studied medicine. He captained Transvaal aged 21 and played 12 Tests between 1965 and 1970, when he captained South Africa to a 4-0 Test whitewash of Australia. He went on to a distinguished career in cricket administration, culminating in the hosting of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. As a player, captain, selector and administrator, he worked closely with all but two of the 13 all-rounders, and for this book interviewed the seven who were alive in 2012.

David Williams was also educated at King Edward VII School (where he played rugby for the 1st XV and Transvaal Schools) and Wits University. David has been Deputy Editor of the Financial Mail, and has worked extensively in radio (notably on 702 and Highveld) and television, specialising in sports and business coverage. He is now Senior Anchor on the daily “Open Exchange” programme on TV channel CNBC Africa. He has written several books on sport and military history, and is in demand as a conference speaker and facilitator.

Congratulations to the King Edward Old Boys on this new edition now available in leading book stores. Please be sure to support our Old Boys!
KES Old Boys On Focus & In the News!
We are very proud of all our Old Boys' successes and this month we make mention some of the 'Top Performers' & those Old Boys 'in the news':

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Quinton de Kock was at Monday 9 September CSA Awards Evening, awarded the RAM SLAM T20 cricketer of the season. Quinton had a sterling season for the Highveld Lions and this reward is duly deserved for the young talent representing his franchise, Highveld Lions and his country South Africa with grit and determination.

A further Old Boy, Stephen Cook was also among the nominees for the Momentum One-Day Cup cricketer of the season, that was awarded to Richard Levi of the Cobras franchise.

Congratulations to Quinton on this accolade and we wish him much success into the 2013/2014 season.


Bryan Habana has signed with the French rugby side Toulon, joining another King Edward Old Boy, Joe Van Niekerk. Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal is counting on some magic from his latest big signing who made his debut for Toulon between playing for the Springboks in the Championships Tour. Habana, one of the deadliest finishers in world rugby after having amassed 51 tries in 88 matches for the Springboks is a KES legend and a firm favourite when cheering on our boys in the 'green and gold'!


Kevin Foote has recently been appointed to the coaching team of the Emirates Western Force for the next two years. Kevin Foote, a former Western Province Under 21, Natal Wildebeest (Vodacom Cup) and Springbok Sevens representative, began his coaching career as Assistant Coach at Ikeys in 2009, taking over the role from former Springbok centre Robbie Fleck. He was promoted to the head coaching role in 2011 and guided Ikeys to their first Varsity Cup title, defeating Tuks 26-16 in the final.

Foote, who coached Emirates Western Force new recruit Marcel Brache in that Varsity Cup-winning side, says he’s excited to continue being a part of the development of the squad. “We made considerable headway in a number of areas this season and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to be part of developing the team further over the next two years,” Foote said. 


Kevin Lerena, aka, 'the KO Kid', is up to fight for the WBA Title on the 21st September. Big things are expected from this 'up and coming' boxer who has won all of his 6 bouts so far. Wishing our Old Boy all the very best for his title fight on the 21st.

Congratulations to King Edward VII School Old Boy & 2012 REDS player, Malcolm Marx on being awarded u19 UJ RUGBY PLAYER OF THE YEAR.
This the third King Edward Old Boy to receive this trophy, following Bryan Habana and Dylan Peterson. Well done Malcolm and good luck for the 2014 season.

K.E.P.S Round-Up of Term 3 from Mr Shead
Doug Shead, Head of K.E.P.S reports back on Term 3 Highlights:

King Edward VII Preparatory School has had another successful term on the sports field. The u9 and u11 football sides were crowned Discovery Football Knockout Champions in their respective age groups and our u10 and u12 sides Runners Up in their respective age groups. We competed in a very short hockey season, playing only 3 matches. It will be great to see the number of matches increase next year as the popularity of hockey increases amongst our young men.

U11A Discovery Champions

Tennis and squash, our two competitive court sports, served exciting matches and our boys continue to do well. The Inter-house Cross Country event was won by Hofmyer with York Miles (U12, Anderson) breaking the only record on the day.

Rugby completes the sporting compliment with all our sides showing superior skill and flair on the field. The “Reds” jersey is definitely the ultimate goal for our young gents! The 1st Team toured Cape Town and played extremely well considering the wet conditions. Our 1st Hockey side also toured Cape Town, and although we lost all our matches, our boys represented the school as the King Edward ethos requires. The Water Polo team will take part in the SACS tournament in Cape Town at the beginning of the 4th term.

1st XV on Tour in Cape Town

Our annual production, Wizard of OZ, will take place in the fourth term. Much preparation is taking place for opening night. Scholar Patrol teams continue to provide a sterling service for the safety of our boys in the mornings.. K.E.P.S. hosted a THRASS Open Day presenting to various schools, both private and public. Mrs Viljoen demonstrated that THRASS is a fun way to learn to read and write. A group of Foundation Phase boys took part in a G.D.E. Literacy Week event show casing the importance of Recycling. Much attention was drawn to the boys’ big books that were on display.

Our PTA eco- garden project continues to flourish attracting various species of birds and butterflies. The K.E.P.S. Food Festival will take place on the 14th September. Parents, boys and friends can look forward to sampling tasty wares from Germany, India, South Africa, Portugal, Italy, America and England. A beer tent will be available for our thirsty folk and there will be inflatables and fun activities for our little people.

Beautiful ECO Garden

Old Edwardians Road Race 2013- Racing Success!
Mike Dunk, Communications Spokesman reports back on 2013 Road Race:

Yes, the target of 3000 runners and walkers was all but achieved despite the cold start to the race day itself. 2000 entries had been received by the end of Saturday and most of the 1000 entry forms which were available on Sunday where all but snapped up.

The new voluntary seeding worked well with most of the favorites up at the front for the start, and it showed that the eventual winners of the open races hit the front almost from the start. In fact, all the winners of the Open 10 and 21 km events won with ease.

In the mens 10km race Derocious Makhobalo from Sports Intercharge made it three victories in three days over that distance in the Gauteng area. He won in a time of 31; 13 with Bidvest’s Givemore Mudzinganyama (31; 40) and Lebogang Khonbode (Toyota) third in 32; 39.

Derocious hit the front after the first kilometer, and held onto his lead until the end running within himself towards the end when victory was certain.

In the ladies 10km race the winner, Nolenbe Conrad (Nedbank) had an even easier run to the tape clocking 37; 54 which was 2; 14 seconds faster the second placed Lauren Dance with Goodness Lichaba almost another 3 minutes adrift in third.

The mens 21 km race saw the second fastest time ever recorded over the new 2 lap course when Nedbank’s Siyabonga Makhaluza crossed the line in 68; 06. He hit the front within the first couple of kilometers, and then had an easy run to the finish to beat Paul Otisi Nyamachere by just over 30 seconds. Frik Guys, also from Nedbank, finished third in 69; 44. The three are pictured on the rostrum at the prize giving after the race.

The easiest run of the day was recorded by Cornelia Joubert who has stamped her authority on road races and even marathons over the years, with a time almost six minutes quicker than the second placed Frehiwot Tadesse Bifa (Nedbank/Ethiopia). Cornelia stopped the clock at 1; 21; 28. Pauka Quinsee was third in 1; 30; 23.

With the added attraction of a Kids Zone, run by HFPA as well as the Home Brew Expo and live music, it was yet another highly successful day for the team led by race director Richard McEvoy, Greg Bortz and James Whitaker and the whole team. Special thanks must go to Anne Pratt for all the tireless hours she put into ensuring that the race was a highlight on the Gauteng calendar.

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Cricket gets the 'perfect score'!
It was a grand affair on Sunday 15 September at King Edward VII School when an Old Boys XI and the School's 1st XI  met on the John Hurry Oval. The 'big game' was scheduled for start at 9h00 but first formalities and the main reason for the day, was the official opening of the new electronic score board.

Our new electronic score board was donated and sponsored by SuperSport and the tasteful structure was funded by the Class of 1973. It was a special occasion where the Head, Mr Lovatt thanked the sponsors, Class of 1973 and Old Boys for their commitment and support to the School. Mr Mike Groenewald representing the Class of 1973, officially opened the score board.

The match between the Old Boys XI and the School's 1st XI was a tightly contested match with the Old Boys claiming the spoils by 4 runs.

OLD BOYS XI scored 224/10. Stephen Cook scored a wonderful 100 runs & Thornhill took 3/23 wickets.
KES 1ST XI scored 221/9. Broodryk 41, De Beer 38* & Smith 37* & Cook took 2/12.

KES OLD BOYS won by 4 runs.




King Edward accountants crunch the numbers & come out on top!
King Edward VII School placed 2nd overall in South Africa in the recent Accountancy Olympiad. Furthermore the School was awarded 1st place in Gauteng and Aqeel Wadee in Grade 12 was placed as the '2nd Runner-Up' in Gauteng.

On the 2 August SAICA Staff visited King Edward and presented the school with two computers and software sponsored by SAGE PASTEL and awarded Aqeel Wadee with his R1000 prize as 2nd runner-up in Gauteng.

Congratulations to Mrs Naidoo and all in the Accountancy Department on these wonderful accolades and well done to all the learners who took part in the Accountancy Olympiad and performed so admirably for King Edward. Go School!

King Edward 1st Soccer Team win St Peter's Festival!
Congratulations to the King Edward VII School 1st Soccer Team on winning the 2013 St Peter's Festival Soccer Tournament. True grit and determination combined with great skills saw the KES boys go unbeaten in the tournament and be crowned the 2013 Champions. Their path to victory was as follows:


Congratulations to all the lads, coaches and King Edward VII School support Staff on this fantastic win.

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