I will never forget this formative moment in my education. It was standard 9 and we were having a physics lesson. Verne put out a question – “why would an atom suddenly give off a burst of energy?” There was a deafening silence. I tentatively put my hand up. Everybody looked at me – WTF – he knows nothing! I gave the answer which was when an electron falls from a higher energy level to a lower level, energy is released in the form of a photon. There was an audible clunk of jaws hitting the desktops. This was a defining moment for me, realising that I had a brain after all!!
After school I studied civil engineering (with a 1st in soil mechanics – much to Bruce Wilson’s surprise). I worked as a civil engineer for 3 years both in SA and in the UK. In 1984 I did an MBA at INSEAD in France – and after working in industry joined Bain and Co where I gained huge experience in Strategy. After working for Bain and subsequently Dole Foods, I formed my own strategy consulting firm in London with offices in Seattle, Paris and Singapore. I sold the business to Deloitte and I and 50 of my staff moved across. I was a partner at Deloitte for 11 years, retiring in 2016.
Thereafter I joined the Gig Economy doing projects for existing clients and some new clients including a number of projects for Deloitte – but not too many as the golf course beckons regularly!
Rosemary and I celebrated 41 years of marriage in December. We are blessed with 2 beautiful daughters, a gorgeous son and an adorable grandson and live in Surrey UK. My pastimes are; Golf, tennis, padel, cycling, cold water swimming (5c to 10c in my pool), skiing and sailing. Rosemary and I learned bridge together when I retired and we are super keen. If anyone wants to challenge us on BBO do step forward! I did the Cape Town Cycle Tour (Argos) in 2018 in 3 hrs 37 m after being blown off my bike in the cancelled race of 2017.
My primary involvement since the mid nineties has been in Bolted Joint Technology where we have supplied Torque Tooling and Services to the Oil & Gas, Ship Repair more recently,, in the last 6 or 7 years, the Wind and Renewable Energy industry.
I often quip that I ‘tighten nuts for a living’ but indeed, our Company Bolt Torque of Melkbosstrand has built up a stellar reputation for the Tooling we offer and our value added services!
I am also a registered Commercial and Industrial Property Broker and have applied my knowledge and understanding of Industrial spaces and requirements to good effect. Our Group also operates in the Defence spares and obsolescence engineering space.
After a patchy academic career both at school and as an undergrad at UCT, I surprisingly ended up spending over 36 years (and counting) in the School of Economics at UCT, where I am now an Emeritus Professor. I formally retired at the end of 2021 (no golden handshake) but continue to work at UCT on a part time basis. Slowing down has allowed me to take more advantage of the fabulous peninsula and Western Cape. This past week included a hike at Jonkershoek, surfing (sort of) at Muizenberg and sailing in False Bay (see pic).
After a year as a conscript and three years at UCT, I worked in Swaziland, studied at Sussex University and worked in the financial sector (Nedbank Group). But I always wanted to work in the field of development and in the mid 1980s, I found myself in the Development Studies Unit at the University of Natal in Durban. Since then I have been in academia.
UCT has been in the news for the wrong reasons recently, but has been a fantastic place to work and remains an excellent institution. Apart from teaching, I have worked on research projects around the world, advised the SA and other African governments and consulted to institutions such as the African Union, OECD, UNIDO and UNCTAD.
I have been married to Bibi Conradie for over 30 years. She recently retired from teaching at the Constantia Waldorf School. We have one daughter, Frances, who is an editor and art student. We have been living in Noordhoek for over 25 years and are now also spending more time at our cottage in Vermaaklikheid in the Southern Cape, where we almost bought an olive farm recently!
After enduring a year “national service” during 1974 – I did a finance degree at UCT.
While a (particularly poor) student, I developed an interest in the world of financial markets. This was partially due to the elevated level of adrenaline it induced, but also due to a curiosity as to which the winning investments of the future would be.
I then spent five years at a merchant bank in Johannesburg; then eight years at a trust company in Cape Town; and then, with some colleagues, started an asset management company in Cape Town. The company, now listed on the JSE, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2023. Hugh Broadhurst was one of the co-founders of the company.
Barring a two year stint in Dublin during 1999/2000, I have been based in Cape Town up until 2017. Since 2017 I have become resident in Portugal – spending roughly six months in Portugal and six months in Cape Town.
I met Fiona during our second year at UCT and remarkably, we remain happily married 40 years later! We have two sons. One lives in London and the other in Sydney. My frequent flyer miles are accumulating rapidly…
As to hobbies, I remain very engaged in the world of investing; reading; walking on mountains; and recently, e-biking on mountains.
Looking forward to catching-up with those attending the reunion in Cape Town.
Born and bred in Cape Town. Went to school and university in Cape Town and most of working career has been in the Western Cape with some time in Gauteng. (Spent 2021 in Johannesburg, relocated to Cape Town September 2021).
Career has been roughly divided between high school teaching ( Sea Point High School – Head of Academics and SACS – Head of History Department), mainly History and English, and the corporate world. Has worked in HR; Outplacement Counselling; PR, fund-raising and marketing for Bishops (Director of The Bishops Trust), acted as OD Secretary for 6 months, and the film industry. Was Chief Marker for Matric History Paper Two for the Western Cape for 7 years. Retired from teaching at SACS in December 2020.
Currently Operations Manager for the Johannesburg Central/Cape Town South Regions of Business Network International, the largest referral marketing organisation in the world. This is a support role for the Executive Director and our members.
Divorced with adult twin son and daughter.
Hobbies include amateur theatre/musical theatre, reading, self-development programmes, spirituality, vintage cars. Keen member of The Owl Club along with Archie Swanson. Have performed in many amateur stage productions, mainly for Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society at such theatres as Artscape (Opera House and Main Theatre), Baxter, Masque, Little Theatre, Cape Town City Hall. Honorary Life Member of G and S Society.
Has a practice as a Universalist Minister conducting weddings, funerals and baby-naming ceremonies especially for those who wish to mark such occasions but do not necessarily have or want a religious affiliation. Particular focus is clients from the recovering addict and LGBTQIA+ communities.
After a long marriage finally accepted I am gay and came out of the closet in late 2018. In May 2022 I celebrated 16 years clean and sober from addiction to alcohol. Continue happily along the sober journey.
Something no-one/few people know about me is that I am an accomplished handyman/carpenter/motor mechanic.
After Stellenbosch University I started out growing hops for SAB, going on to farm myself until realizing after 16 years that I wasn’t that good at it and founding Fruitways, a fruit export Company.
I still do some creaky surfing and I’m chair of the SA Literary Journal that publishes New Contrast, the creative writing magazine that’s been around since the early sixties. I’ve published four collections of poetry, live in George, and have four daughters and eight grandchildren, including recently born twins.
I studied Geology at UCT and joined De Beers as an exploration geologist in 1979. I worked for De Beers up until 2007 during which time I had some interesting jobs including General Manager of the marine operations and General Manager of Group exploration for southern Africa, India and Austrasia. I’ve been consulting since 2007, mostly in Africa (Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana) but also Alaska, Chile and New Zealand, on marine projects. Currently, I’m 50% occupied on Botswana diamond exploration projects.
Two kids are married, one still jolling and two grand-kids. I live with my partner, Ann van Breda, in Kenilworth.
After many years of teaching, now retired and running a budget accommodation establishment.
One of the lowlights of my school career was Dobbo walking into set 2 Latin in Std 7 or 8 and greeting me by chanting “Bye-bye B.P.” This was my signal to move to the bottom set 3 where I continued to fail at Latin – much to my father’s disappointment as our bookshelves at home were full of his Bishops Latin prize books. A highlight, and a surprise to us all, was when Victor Wilson’s mother called the school to ask who had made the maths Olympiad final. She was told “Wilson plus 1 other”. She naturally assumed it was Victor. I admit that beating Victor in anything academic was a one-off fluke!
After school I went straight to UCT to study Civil Engineering. By the time I finished, (ironically after repeating Maths 1), National Service had increased to 2 years, and I served this in Kroonstad and Youngs Field, Cape Town.
I married Ceinwen in 1978 and we moved to London in 1982. We came back to Cape Town to finish my MSc in Civil Engineering and returned to London in 1984. I then did an MBA in the UK and moved into pension fund management briefly before a transition into manufacturing industry. I became involved in sophisticated electronic instrumentation and eventually did a management buy-in to turn around, and then sell, a couple of companies in the UK and USA. In 2004 we sold one of the businesses to a S&P500 USA quoted company, Ametek Inc, and to my surprise I have stayed on with them. I grew a new division specialising in optics and optics instrumentation eventually running 6 businesses in USA, UK and Canada. Notable projects we have been involved with include the optics for the discovery of gravitational waves, the optical elements on the new James Webb Space Telescope, instruments to measure the very latest generation semiconductor manufacturing tools, and the precision behind the image quality in the latest generation mobile phones. I retired from full time work last year but still work about 1 day a week on average, advising on M&A projects.
We have lived near Cambridge since 1990 and have a son (33, a management consultant) and a daughter (30, an architect) who both focus on environmental sustainability in their work, and live with their partners in London. Allan Gasson is married to my sister Rosemary. Ceinwen was a school friend of Rosemary’s. The third member of their friendship group from Notre Dame Convent was Marleen who married Charles Harvey-Kelly and we all remain in close contact in the UK.
My love of vehicles with engines began with Harvey Cassie and me (aged about 12) riding old motorcycles on the Blue Route (now the M3) while it was under construction. After our school gang of buzz bike riders broke up, several of us, including Charles, Allan and Geoff Rudman, raced motocross bikes at Killarney and elsewhere in our university years. I now race a Caterham (Lotus 7) in amateur club racing. Continuing with the motoring theme, following this reunion Charles, Marleen, Ceinwen and I are doing a 2 week guided off-road trip in Namibia.
Since I accidentally won (the leader went the wrong way!) a cross country race at school, I have kept up with running and completed the Comrades in 1984 plus a few other marathons. I don’t do long distances now but try to stay active by running, cycling, hiking or skiing.
While the UK is our home, Knysna has always been a family destination since my mother was a child and we have a holiday house on Leisure Isle which facilitates my other love of mucking about in boats in a more friendly climate than the UK can offer.
Can’t believe 50 years have passed – a lifetime (to coin a phrase) – as Dobbo would say/sing; ‘has anybody here seen Kelly’ (rarely) and ‘don’t worry Kelly, you’ll soon be dead’ and, despite best endeavours (motorcycle and motor racing crashes and many more), I am still hanging on.
Spent ten aimless years at Bishop’s being idle – suspect Chippy (Bird) Robinson and Dobbo saw through me – memories of ‘Sister Mary Kelly’ for ‘nun’ for unseen Latin translations. My leaver’s report from Mallett said (and I paraphrase) ‘Charles has achieved very little at school and I hope he does better outside school’.
Friends forever with Anton Bieber, Bruce Wilson (& now, his brother-in-law, Allan Gasson), Harvey Cassie, Neil Morton, Tim Chase and let us not forget, the late, lamented and mad Michael Duffett. I was also friends with, Brian Notcutt, James Bailey, Archie Swanson and Clive Pearce – connections too with Paul Austin (his father was a close family friend) and Justin Malan (his sister and brother-in-law provided me with summer uni vac jobs) and, let us not forget, my passing out drunk under Cormac Petit’s hedge (resulting in the memorable utterance; “Harvey-Kelly is dead”).
I was then destined to take a commission in the British army (Irish Guards), but didn’t have the requisite citizenship, so failed at the final hurdle – lucky escape. Then took refuge in the home of the undecided and/or untalented and took to the law, with a BA.LLB at UCT.
I married Marleen in 1979 and she has remarkably stuck by me all these years. After my law officer training course at Voortrekkerhoogte and armed with a wife in Cape Town and law degrees, I was posted back to the Castle in Cape Town for the rest of my national service to organise and participate in courts martial, as well as being a chaotic WP Command duty officer from time to time.
Being hopeless at braais etc. I went to the UK to qualify as a solicitor (attorney). This required a few years of conversion courses. I then joined London City firm of Slaughter and May (no massacre or mayhem), initially as a trainee, then as a solicitor and afterwards (1990 until retirement) as a partner. This included 3½ years in our Hong Kong office. I became a specialist in structured finance (making-up structures to suit various tax regimes). I didn’t return to the Fatherland until 1997 (for a weekend visit; 17 years on) to watch a Lions/Springbok game at Newlands and then came for a proper visit in 2006 (26 years on), when we holidayed there to see my elder daughter, who had a medical placement at Grotties – memories of being laid up there after a motorcycle accident, having been T-boned by a drunk diplomat in Bowwood Road.
I now live in Kent (the proverbial Man of Kent) and have done so, since my return from Hong Kong in 1995, in an old farmhouse dating back to the time of Jan van Riebeek. I have 3 children (now grown-up and wisely, none have followed me into the law). My elder daughter, an anaesthetist, is currently on maternity leave with our 2nd granddaughter. She is married to a Greek spinal surgeon. Her twin brother is an international fashion photographer (his SA shoot unfortunately binned by covid). Our younger daughter, who has been working for some years in the classical music industry in London, is about to marry another Greek, keeping up the Hellenic connection (although never was a football fan) – all staying well clear of their South African, Dutch and Irish routes. Awaiting the wooden horse, but hopefully won’t suffer the Trojan fate.
I have always been obsessed by motor racing, from an early age, immersing myself in watching every aspect of racing at Killarney with the equally obsessed Michael Duffett (we lived in each other’s pockets during those years) – first, began actual racing with inept attempts at moto-cross at Killarney & other CT tracks. Then back to moto-cross in Hong Kong, but soon realised it was a young man’s game. So, I turned to car racing when back in England (even nudging Bruce Wilson in that direction and now follow him to race meetings as a groupie/pit hanger-on). I kept up racing until a life-changing accident in 2014 at Silverstone (stopping rather abruptly against a concrete wall). The mishap put me in a coma and hospitalised me for some time and accelerated retirement (about time) and irrevocably damaged my right side. This left me with zero balance and rendered unintelligible my, already unclear, speech. Even more time now to fiddle with cameras and photos (so photo society at Bishops and it’s competitions and darkroom skills not entirely in vain). Now resorting to a recumbent trike & wheeled ‘Zimmer’ frame and being chauffeured and pampered by the long-suffering Marleen – c’est la vie.
I have retired from corporate life but remain busy. I am Chairman on a medium size rest home group with 5 campuses and have an advisory/ mentoring/ project management practice with a growing stable of clients. Very fulfilling.
Sue and I very happy, three kids and 7 grandkids.
After leaving Bishops, I went to UCT where I played rugby and became an architect.
During the last 40 years I have been engaged in corporate branding, project management, software development and professional executive coaching at the UCT-GSB. Presently I paint, mainly in oils. In my spare time, I coach and do the occasional architectural project.
I have a daughter, a son, an ex-wife, a lovely girlfriend and a motor bike.
Wine still interests me greatly.
THE 5 DECADES AFTER SCHOOL
The hand of time
The first decade (little finger)
Starting with little knowledge or experience.
Paid guest of the SADF. Saw Namibia and the Caprivi strip.
The decade of learning, training, exploring and experiencing.
Learning to love the law.
The second decade (ring finger).
The decade of marriage, travel, training, moving to Jo’burg, then Durban.
3 boys, busy time, but one of the best decades.
Legal adviser in the assurance industry, exciting to be part of the birth
of the fin-planning profession. More studies. Dynamic times.
The third decade (middle finger)
The best of times and the worst of times.
The best employer, then twice retrenched.
The longest finger and the longest perseverance.
Making family memories – they grow up fast.
The fourth decade (index finger)
Pointing the way to a new beginnings.
Building on the past, post-grad studies.
Same industry, new colleagues, new experiences and responsibilities.
School lifts, sports, meetings, comings and goings.
The fifth decade (thumb)
The strongest digit. Grasping new challenges.
The fiduciary profession. Transferred to head office in Bellville.
Exco responsibilities. Moving back to the fairest Cape.
One lad wins a green card to the land of the free. Bitter sweet.
Another job offer comes my way despite the challenges. Exciting times.
Students in different cities. Change is inevitable.
Another lad moves to the home of the brave (without a green card).
Feeling, finally, master of my craft. Did Napoleon invent retirement?
“The best is yet to be! Our times are in His hand. Trust God, see all, nor be afraid.”
Having reached retirement age in the Netherlands (67 and 7 months) I am now officially a pensioner and enjoying it thoroughly. How did I find the time for work before?
That said, I am still working but now selectively on socially relevant projects and very much part-time. Rowing three times a week on the Amstel River, sailing, Rotary and other clubs and travelling (six weeks on foot to Santiago da Compostella, seven weeks in Cape Town and Hermanus last year and the occasional visit to London to make sure Nicky’s stewardship of the OD Union is still up to scratch). Good to be back again and looking forward to seeing you all.
UCT BComm LLB and MBA
Prosecuted in Cape Town and Pretoria: every type of crime possible.
Travelled around UK USA and Europe ending up following a German lass from New York to Germany. To sustain myself I taught German ( There’s a whole bunch of Germans out there who can’t understand why people don’t understand their English), coached tennis and just for the hell of it played a bit of guitar in a not very good band.
Conscience got the better of me and I decided I was not really cut out to teach English to adult Germans, nor to coach tennis into my old age, and my guitar playing was only good enough to get paid to stop, so returned to SA and did my MBA.
Joined Barloworld ( Barlowrand in those days), specialising in industrial relations and labour law ( now called employment law). Learned a lot about union negotiations from our current president who in those days was the General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers.
Then in 1991 married Melanie who I had been dating for 3 years. We moved from Jo’burg to Durban and I went back to private practice with Shepstone & Wylie, specialising in labour law. Lauren was born in Durban, and we then moved to CT where I joined Findlay & Tait, still specialising in labour law and litigation. Nicky Bicket showed (foolish) faith in me and gave me plenty of very good quality employment law instructions for Pick n Pay, and with his move to Old Mutual continued to do so from the Old Mutual camp,( thanks Nicky) and we shared many happy moments of “ client entertainment” over the years.
Noel was born in Cape Town and in 2003 we returned to Jo’burg as Findlay and Tait had merged with Bowmans, and I saw more opportunities in Johannesburg. We have been there ever since.
I started the first forensics practice in a law firm in SA at Bowmans, having seen an opportunity to combine my prosecuting, employment and litigation skills into investigating white collar crime ( takes one to know one) for corporate and state clients. Moved to Werksmans and ENS and even had a few years of my own practice, and am currently at Schindlers Attorneys, still doing white collar and employment law.It has struck me that doing this kind of work makes sense with my school background, as at one stage in my life I worked out that there were sufficient OD’s in Pollsmoor to change the OD constitution.
Still very happily married to Melanie, Lauren has qualified as an attorney, notwithstanding my advice, and got married in March last year: she is on her way to the UK with her husband to try their luck there.
Noel has qualified in Mechatronics, and is working in Cape Town, waiting for his girlfriend to qualify as a doctor, and they will then be moving to Switzerland.
I am still running , having completed a number of Comrades and Two Oceans ultra marathons, as well as numerous marathons and half marathons over the years.
Up to a few years ago I was still playing league tennis, but then broke my ankle into 5 pieces in a silly accident, and hadn’t played for a number of years until a few weeks ago when Peter VR reached out and invited me to play, so with his kind assistance I am easing back into it and will hopefully regain confidence to play league again.
Although past retirement age I still love what I do, and can’t see myself retiring any time soon. In addition I am following my financial advisor’s advice that if I work to 130 I will be able to retire comfortably.
I have very fond memories of my school life and speak with pride of my formative years at Bishops. Strangely if I look at my current circle of mates, it is Laurie Gardiner and Anthony St John, both of whom were the year behind us, who I see on a regular basis.
Hopefully this gathering will foster closer ties to some of this motley crew, as I concur with Peter VR that we are fast reaching a stage of our lives where friends will count for even more than in the past stages.
Mike Fisher told the story of the elderly guy on his deathbed contemplating his life, and Mike said when you are there, and look back, if you can say you have had 5 good friends in your life, you are very lucky; if 10, you’re truly blessed. I remember at the time thinking to myself “ you poor old fart, I have hundreds of friends” Sadly, as life goes on, we all realise how true Mike’s words were and are.
Have just read the completed bios to date ……. and am blown away. Full of admiration for the wonderful and full lives led, the talented individuals, but also a little disconsolate at the time that has passed.
Like many, spent a year after school in the SADF …….. although why PW sent me (a keen sailor) to Potchefstroom remains a riddle. Planned a career as a vet and so embarked on a BSc to get into Onderstepoort but changed my mind and ended up in med school. After 3 years as a mine medical officer for Goldfields, moved to the UK with stints as a junior doctor in London, Chester, Plymouth and Cambridge and completed training as a radiologist. Came to Hamilton (McMaster University), Canada, on a one-year fellowship training and somehow ended up staying. Have been practising as an academic radiologist for the past 30 years, which probably seems very unlikely given that I wasn’t particularly academic at school and was firmly entrenched in the lower sets for most subjects.
Have 3 children who live nearby. Divorced and recently remarried to Lyn. We visit the Cape occasionally (sister and husband farm in Elgin). We live on Lake Ontario in Hamilton and would love to see any of the class of ’73 passing through Canada.
Am still working, although plan to slow down over the next few years. Still enjoy teaching the trainees. Varied hobbies and interests (cycling, kayaking, sailing, hiking, pickle ball, photography), none of which I do well but have plenty of fun doing them anyway.
March is a time in Canada when the schools have a Spring break (a misnomer as there are absolutely no signs of Spring as yet), so all my younger colleagues take time off with their children to vacation in warmer climes. Hence, I am unable to celebrate with you. Would truly have loved to have done so. I wish you a wonderful celebration and look forward to seeing and hearing about it. Have started going to the gym to get ready for the 60th in 2033!
Straight to UCT after school, then 4 years in the Navy before starting a lifelong career in Human Resources. Moving from Cape Town to Durban to Jo’burg, a 5-year stint in Saudi Arabia and now in Australia where we will end our days once I have had the courage to retire!
Married for 43 years, with 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Been playing drums since 1970 in Standard 6, courtesy of Mike Fisher and the cadet band. Played heavy rock in those old days, then dance, pop, country, blues, jazz and worship – still drumming. It shows what lazy afternoons in the Gray House rec room can instill in a teenager, listening to Woodstock, Sgt Peppers, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. Hours of table-tennis to round off the day.
I’m now a regular mountain biker who takes lots of photos to legitimise my frequent rest stops, fitting awkwardly into lycra to the dismay of my family and some jealous ODs.
I am blessed to reflect well on my days at Bishops. Happy under the Housemastership of JBG and Lister, battling to pass Maths with the help of Tom “you okes have got no culture” Fair, and the Gregorian chanting Dobbo, whose prophesy that “if you pass matric Latin it will be an injustice” inspired me to pass Latin 1 at UCT first time.
Ever grateful for a wonderful education at Bishops, for the hard-working parents who sacrificed to make it possible, that excellent bunch of dedicated educators under the solid leadership of Anthony Mallett, and a truly memorable bunch of fellow teens who collectively helped to nurture a sense of capability and confidence in a reserved only-child.
Thank you all – memories for a lifetime!
I joined the SAAF in 1977 on a pupils pilots course. Gaining wings in 1979, I went on to fly Dakotas before leaving the SAAF and embarking on a two year “walkabout” in Israel and Europe.
On my return I gained my commercial and instructors pilots licenses and worked as an instructor and charter pilot before joining Anglo American as a corporate pilot.
In 1987, now armed with an ALTP ( airline transport pilots licence) I joined SAA where I flew Boeing’s on international and domestic routes. I became a captain in 1999, flying domestically out of Johannesburg and later Cape Town, where I ended up managing the Cape fleet of pilots.
Converting onto Airbusses I transferred back to International routes in 2014.
In between all of these airborne hours I married and we raised two beautiful daughters. After a relationship of 42 wonderful years Gill and I divorced shortly before retirement.
I Retired in 2019 and now find myself busy, following my passion for film, music, traveling, hiking and overlanding to the remotest bush areas I can find.
I have spent the last 40 years paying for some clearly serious past-life karma by practising as an attorney and learning to play the guitar. These activities, together with my three unsuccessful marriages and the absence of a recording contract, bear witness to my unshakeable masochism.
“After leaving school I did 12 months of National Service in the Airforce and ended up being posted to a base up in (what was then) the Northern Transvaal.
Between 1975 and 1977 I did a B.Com at UCT and then started work in 1978 doing my articles for Chartered Accountancy. Got my CA qualification at end of articles in 1980.
I met by wife Elsa in 1981 and we married in 1983.
We migrated to Sydney in 1987 and a year later our first daughter was born, followed in 1991 by a second daughter. We are proud and doting grandparents to a granddaughter who has just turned 3.
My wife and I both retired a couple of years ago and we’re both enjoying it. Goodness knows where the days go as we seem to be constantly busy doing not a lot!
I am a keen road cyclist and get out 3 or so times a week. For the last 10 years of work I was actually commuting to work on the bike, a round trip of 50km a day, probably the fittest I’ve ever been.
We have been very fortunate over the past 10 years or so to do a lot of travelling with a group of 4 other couples and have been to many places that we possibly wouldn’t have done on our own (my photo is actually taken at Moscow airport a few years ago – wouldn’t be doing that now ☹)
I hope you all have a great week of festivities. Would have loved to have come over and joined you all, but c’est la vie.
It is confronting being made to realise I have not changed the world. “Show and tell” (or “News” as we called it then) is more difficult now than in those early years at school.
QUESTION 1 – What have I been up to since 1973?
At the end of 1973 applications to medical school closed before other faculties and against expectation I got in even though I could not cope with the sight of blood. I did as I was told for 6 years and got the certificate. Trying to decide what to do with my life I went to the UK and ended up spending 8 years in London by which time I had qualified as a radiologist. I then moved to Australia where I had to take an English test and came out 2B “not at the level of a native English speaker” (certificate issued by Heshim Abdulrashim) but they let me stay anyway. Since then I have plied my trade in public and private hospitals and at a university. 8% of survivors of the Class of ’73 are in Sydney and my children also became radiologists here so arguably my choices had merit in the eyes of some. I still haven’t got the hang of team sports but run and cycle, mostly in the Australian bush. With the benefit of my cataracts all women are now beautiful (desperation and dementia help too). I drink Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon and Cape Town is still home.
UNASKED QUESTION 2 – Why?
I’ve heard it said that our character is formed by our interactions before the age of 7. If true, liability falls to those at WPPS with whom I shared Sub A, Sub B and Std 1 before going to DCPS in 1965 including CA FB GH-R CM AMcK RP JP RP & GT (E&OE) so ask them. I can say that any self esteem I have I owe to Rupert who on sports days gallantly allowed me to come second last. The rest of the class owe both of us.
I moved to the UK in 1975 to study – I hold music degrees from Magdalen College, Oxford; King’s College, London; and a film music degree from Bournemouth University.
I spent two years in Chichester from 1978 singing in the choir (daily evensongs) and teaching at the choir school – Richard Cock was sub-organist there at the time (fancy word for an assistant organist).
I taught at various schools for several years, and finally returned to Cape Town in 1994, and launched a career composing film music, specialising in natural history documentaries, but I also composed for several feature films.
I got married to Maryanne in 1997 (sister of the twins Mark and Andrew Marais, ODs 1977), and have two daughters, Nicola (studying for a Masters in cello in Germany – despite 18 years of discouraging not to pursue a music career, and rather make some money instead), and Jessica, currently in final of year of Visual Communications at Stellies.
I’m still composing for films, concert hall etc, giving lectures for the UCT Summer School, and the odd bit of teaching and accompanying. I have an upcoming concert on 13 May at the Wigmore Hall in London – a song cycle for baritone, double bass, and piano (note the Oxford comma!). Two of the songs I am setting are by Archie Swanson, and two by the late Stephen Watson. Here is the link:
My sonatina for double bass and piano can be heard here at 1:11:00
And my very famous Christmas carol is here:
And here is my film showreel:
Here is a bit more of a formal summary:
Grant McLachlan has won several awards for his film music, including:
(best music, Inside Film Awards, Brisbane, Australia) a feature film about sex trafficking
(best music, Stone awards) a feature documentary about an African astronomer
When the War is Over
(best music, Stone awards) a hard-hitting documentary about gang warfare
The film City Slickers, with Grant’s music, was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2002.
Grant has scored music for more than 120 wildlife and feature film productions over the last 3 three decades. He has composed for many broadcasters, including the BBC, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Animal Planet, Discovery, ZDF, NKH, Terra Mater, and many more.
The feature-documentary Ocean Voyagers was screened with voice over by Meryl Streep with Grant’s music played live to picture by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Animal Planet’s 10th anniversary in Cadogan Hall, London in 2007.
For the 2010 World Cup in South Africa Grant was commissioned by FIFA (collaborating with composer Bruce Muirhead) to write music for 30 short films highlighting the different soccer venues. They were also commissioned by FIFA to compose for the film The Journey about the 2010 World Cup.
Other films include:
Running Wild (starring Brooke Shields and Martin Sheen)
Faith Like Potatoes
Killer Whales; The Megahunt
2099: The Soldier Protocol
White Lion – Born Wild,
One Last Look
He has also been active as a composer, music director, and pianist in various theatre productions and amongst other, the Mill House Festival in Oxfordshire, UK. He has an extensive catalogue of classical concert music, including the Christmas carol Come, Colours Rise which has been performed by hundreds of choirs around the world, by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble, among others.
My 50-year journey like many started with a government sponsored year at Youngsfield and Angola.
After some studies in the dark art of marketing a job offer meant a move to Jo’burg to join Ciro where all I acquired was a lifelong addiction to coffee.
I was soon lured by the bright lights of Sun City and the opening of the new casino where I spent a year on the tables fleecing money out of punter’s pockets. I did manage to get in a round of golf with Gary Player and Rabbit.
A year travelling and working around the USA followed, in what they now call a ‘gap year’. On my return to SA I joined Unilever marketing in product management before being persuaded to turn poacher and join the Mad Men in advertising. I soon realised I was still trying to fleece money out of people’s pockets. This time for products and services that they didn’t know they needed.
A few rewarding decades with agencies Ogilvy and Mather, Leo Burnett, Lintas and Euro took me to Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and eventually Australia where I emigrated in 1998.
I had developed a passion in my youth for aviation while jumping out of perfectly good aircrafts at Citrusdal and flying light aircrafts in Jo’burg. So, once I outgrew my usefulness in advertising, I started a flight simulation business in Sydney for commercial pilots and the general public.
Today I’m semi-retired, in good health and have spent the past 10 years helping manage an art teaching centre in Sydney, pursuing the joy of making art, sailing in the harbour and on the east coast, off-road motorcycling adventures around this vast country, golfing and helping my wife with her French jewellery business.
Along the journey I married Suzette (an 18-year romance but it’s a long story) and we have two sons, Fergus (22) and Mitchell (21).
I recently kicked my day (and night) job of providing anesthesia into touch after 35 years of peddling addictive drugs in Somerset West. This is so I can concentrate on all the things I should have been doing like gardening, cycle touring, fishing, woodwork, reading, braaing, improving my appreciation of wine, attending to the 9 girls in my life, and trying to observe “rule number 6”.
After Stellenbosch U, publishing. Then UCT (MBA); stockbroking, business sold to Chase Fleming, now JP Morgan. Then asset management as portfolio manager and chief investment officer at SCMB and Melville Douglas. Cycling, running, hiking, travelling, music (playing again!), learning, seeing.
After leaving school I went directly to UCT in 1974; too young of course to appreciate the opportunity but nevertheless emerged with a hodgepodge economics degree five years later. After working for a short period at the mighty Board of Executors I sailed off to the Seychelles (a misadventure in itself), travelled for a year through Europe and the US, meeting my dear wife of 37 years Sally in the process. We were married the Bishops chapel in 1986.
In 1987 we emigrated to Sydney via London where I continued my fledgling career in stockbroking research and funds management until 2010. Since then I have been ¾ retired but still enjoying executive coaching assignments and board commitments.
I’m still physically active and enjoy surfing, yoga & pilates, music, gardening and walking/hiking all over the world. We have two married sons, one grandson and a granddaughter on the way.
Very sad to miss this reunion but look forward to photos and anecdotes. Please get in touch if you are ever in Sydney.
Subsequent to leaving Bishops, I completed Medicine at UCT in 1973. After internship, army and some wandering around overseas I came back to Cape Town for Orthopaedic training finishing in 1989. Then went with my wife Bev to Toronto, planning to stay for a year of sub specialty training. We got “shipwrecked” in Canada and have been here ever since. Bev and I have raised 3 wonderful daughters (two are nurses and one an engineer) and life in Canada has been amazing.
I retired from surgical practice in 2019. We love hiking, biking, canoeing/kayaking and travelling as well as searching for errant little white balls. I am fortunate to have Hamilton Golf & Country as my home course.
Congratulations to Nicky and Peter on their great organisational talents. I am truly sorry to miss the reunion but will be in Arizona on a long-standing commitment.
Bev and I live in Dundas, Ontario and winter at our place in Costa Rica and we would love to host any who may be passing through.
So much has separated us: 50 years; 10,000 miles; culture; place; professions; family.
Yet we still share so much, at least in part, through our time together at Bishops.
1974 saw me as a reluctant soldier in the School of Armour in Bloemfontein. It was an eye-opening to another side of life in South Africa, but most serendipitously, my introduction to Sue, my wife – the most redeeming aspect of the SADF, for me. I have been blessed by her love for all of these years.
UCT was an amazing experience in so many ways that culminated in a Masters’ degree in Environmental Studies – the path that I have pursued since.
Spurred by wanderlust, nervousness about the future of SA and a passion for the sea, Sue and I built and sailed our 30-foot Miura sloop to Brazil, Caribbean, Bahamas and eventually up to the fabled Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, USA. As you all know, by 1986 Soweto was ablaze, so we decided to stay in the States – eventually settling in California’s Capitol, Sacramento. An initial three-year contract managing a coastal project evolved into a 36 year career in the environmental field in California. For the past 28 years I have run an environmental lobbying/ advocacy firm, Ecoconsult. Retirement looks like a year or two away! It has been an amazing gig that has offered me the opportunity to be in the forefront of policy work in so many areas with so many cool clients.
Our abiding love for nature, the beauty of California and, most importantly, our happy and healthy three children have helped Susie and me to maintain a great work-life balance over the years. We have sailed across the Pacific, scaled Kilimanjaro, camped in some special places and travelled as a family far and wide. Matt, Hannah and Abby bring us so much pride and joy.
It is true that one can take someone out of Cape Town but one can never take Cape Town out of anyone that knows it! We think of Capies fondly, and are guilty of the occasional “when we…”. Yet, California is a remarkably vibrant, beautiful and accommodating place and has been a wonderful home for us.
When we were cramming for our finals in 1973, we may have missed Stevie Nicks’ astute observation in the album “Rumors”:
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too
If not wiser, we should be bolder. Let’s do what we still need to do now.
Take care. Sorry to miss the festivities.
I am proud of the diversity of directions our class went into and what they have achieved…and of late, those that have captured ‘time out/retirement “ to those that are still rattling along in whatever sphere they are in.
Like a few of our year, I studied Geology and after a short stint in diamond exploration with De Beers in Namibia, returned, to do post grad studies in plant/soil/geology interactions in what was then called The Fynbos biome project. I became more acquainted with the amazing flora that we have around us in the Western Cape and working with a team that was mainly UCT based became a small part of an ecosystem study which many people still reference when getting into Fynbos Ecology.
Sue and I met at Stellenbosch University and were married in 1981. Soon afterwards we took a late ‘gap year’ to have a break but to also try and get another perspective on what was becoming an untenable situation in SA. We came back to SA and joined an NGO working in community development in Montagu. Sue as a physio got involved in a health project linked to Crossroads Clinic headed up at the time by Ivan Thoms and Di Hewitson (married to an OD whose name you will recognise). After avoiding military involvement for a number of years I was finally hauled off to court in Bloemfontein to defend my objector status. I was sentenced to 3 years working for the Dept Agriculture for my sins!
When the wheels finally came off the apartheid bus, I moved into the citrus industry in Bhofolo (Fort Beaufort) in the Eastern Cape in 1990, first as a Technical advisor and then as the General Manager of a Co-op with around thirty members. When our three kids (Matthew, Nicky and Anthony) got to school going age we moved to Makhanda (Grahamstown) as our base for their education.
Early 2000’s saw us moving to Somerset West, as by this time I had started my own citrus consulting and export businesses and much of the business was in the WC. When our youngest child Anthony completed matric and left home, we bought a farm/piece of mountainside half way between Worcester and Tulbagh. For the last 12 or so years, we have been living up here, totally off the grid before it was necessary or cool. We have a small mandarin orchard from which we export, an olive grove which gives us table olives and oil, bees from which we get honey, a large organic veggie /fruit garden and 2 jersey cows, from which Sue produces almost every kind of dairy product you can think of. So, we are kept busy both on and off farm! Things get busier when the kids arrive as we now have 3 grandchildren that run wild.
Any of you that would like a break or a catch up are welcome to visit and stay over…we have space!!
Came to London 40 years ago for just a year, and I’m still here.
After a career in project finance and energy investment that included spells in France, the Netherlands & Switzerland, I’ve now “retired” to the UK’s Civil Service. I advise the government on renewable energy & climate finance, including the UK’s contribution to Cyril’s Just Energy Transition programme.
I wonder where my real retirement will find me – UK or SA?
After leaving school I studied international relations at Stellenbosch University and then went on to spend 39 years in the South African diplomatic service serving in Zimbabwe; Germany; Switzerland; Spain; and Pakistan with accreditation to Afghanistan.
I am married to Maryke van Vlaanderen Basson; have two sons and two grand-children. I currently live in McGregor in the Western Cape.
Returning to South Africa after 17 years working in Zambia and Malawi, Mike and Anne (his wife of 30 years) decided to settle in Montagu in 2016. Together they run a respected Bed & Breakfast known as Squirrels Corner (www.squirrelscorner.co.za). After three difficult years following the covid pandemic business is showing signs of improvement.
Mike was born Michael de Villiers Steytler in Wynberg, Cape Town, South Africa on 20 October 1955.
He was schooled in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, attending Grove Primary School (1963 – 1964), Diocesan College Preparatory School (Charlton House) (1965 – 1966; 1969) and finally Diocesan College as a border (White House)(1970 – 1973). Two years were spent at Clifton Preparatory School in Durban (1967 – 1968).
Mike then moved to Johannesburg to stay with his parents and attend the University of the Witwatersrand where he completed two degrees – Bachelor of Commerce (1977) and Bachelor of Accountancy (1980).
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1981. A while later Mike completed a Leadership Development Program at the Gordon Institute Business School in Johannesburg (2004).
Mike’s working career included stints in Administration and Financial roles with diesel injection, tea/coffee, steel/office furniture companies in Johannesburg, and then finally 17 years with an earth-moving equipment supplier (Barloworld Equipment) in Zambia and Malawi. His last eleven years were spent as Operations Manager in Malawi.
He completed his compulsory two years National Service at Services School, Voortrekkerhoogte, in 1983.
His first marriage in 1981 ended in a divorce in 1984.
Mike’s interest in motor racing and cars developed from reading Motorsport magazine at school to being able to attend a few Grand Prix’s around the world. As a Ferrari fan, the highlight was the Italian Grand Prix and a visit to Maranello. He also owned a Lotus 7 and was a member of The Lotus Register for a few years during which time he competed in a few marque events. He definitely was not Michael Schumacher but enjoyed the competition.
After being a bachelor for 12 years, he married Anne Macaskill (nee Smit) in 1993, and he and his wife have just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They have two sons (Anne’s children) and a daughter. Both boys are married, but unfortunately there are no grandchildren.
Following change of ownership of companies he was working for, he was unfortunate to be retrenched twice in his working career. He pursued a long time dream of having a pub after the first retrenchment, but this venture was an unmitigated disaster for various reasons, and very hard on the family as Candice was only less than a year old at the time. This definitely put an end to any further thoughts about owning a pub!
Mike’s passion is his extensive collection of miniature Ferrari model cars and other memorabilia which he has built up over 40 years and which are on display to the public in Montagu (A Passion for Ferrari).
After Post Matric in 1974, I completed a BA HDE at UCT majoring in History. After two rather wasted years serving the Nat Govt in the Army at Saldanha I commenced my professional life at Settlers High School in Parow. From Settlers I moved on to spend 12 years at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth, where I met my wife Cathy, a Cape Town girl reared a mere 200 meters from my own house in Rondebosch. I finished full-time teaching after 26 years at Michaelhouse.
I have been extremely fortunate, as my job has given me so much.It has afforded me opportunities to travel around the world, coach sport at youth provincial and national levels and meet the most interesting of people from all walks of life. It is one that I have been able to do alongside my wife and allowed me to devote more time to the growth of my two children than might otherwise have been the case.
I am now semi-retired, but still teach and coach sport part-time at The Wykeham Collegiate a girl’s school where my wife has been a Deputy for the last 15 years. My children Luke (23) and Rebecca (21) are both at Rhodes University.
I currently reside in the small city of Raanana, Israel, where after being a fairly absent OD, I find myself as the President, Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary of the Israel OD Branch (all unofficial of course) as I am the only OD living in Israel! So, if any of you visit, please look me up and I’ll buy you lunch.
Not retired and never will, cycling road and gravel, running a bit and generally trying to fight off future Alzheimers by keeping mind and body active. Currently midway through a seven year cycle of learning one page (both sides) of the Babylonian Talmud (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talmud) amongst other random (and not so random) interests and pursuits.
Married to Jos for 41 years we are unabashedly family orientated, have a married son, married daughter, single daughter and four grandchildren. And hoping for a lot more!!!
My B Com (UCT) and CA qualifications (plus a contact in a stockbroking firm) proved a useful stepping stone for my somewhat fortuitous entry into the world of financial markets. Forty years later I still love the adrenaline of the share market. Those 40 years include 18 years in stockbroking, four years trading as a private investor on the JSE, and then another 18 managing a unit trust with a boutique asset management company, which I am still doing to this day. My career took me to Johannesburg for ten years, but since 1997 we have been happily settled back in Cape Town.
Along the way I met Lynn, who grew up on a farm near Grahamstown and went to Rhodes University. We married in 1985, have three daughters (two in Cape Town and one in London) and four grandchildren too.
Sport remains a passion, particularly tennis, which I play regularly (and recently some Padel tennis too). The golf bug also bit me; I got down to a six handicap in Jo’burg, then collapsed to an 18 when back in Cape Town. I haven’t picked up a club in the last six years. Maybe a comeback is called for when I turn 70.
Outside of family, sport and financial markets, my interests include conservation, travel and world affairs. One subject in which I have zero knowledge or interest is motor cars; but I look forward to catching up with the numerous petrol heads in our class!
Classmates who I see regularly are Whitters, Tim Chase and Tony Gibson; and of course the inimitable Nicky Bicket when I am in London, which is normally for about ten weeks a year – all during the UK summer for obvious reasons. I used to watch Bishops 1st XV rugby regularly with my dad while he was alive, but my main contact with Bishops now is as a member of the investment committee which looks after the school’s scholarships, bursary, building and other long term funds.
After leaving school, Nicky tormented the UCT science faculty, pushing their patience and teaching skills to the limit. All three failed.
After studying psychology, Pick ‘n Pay provided sanctuary for 22 years before he reached his “best by” date and moved onto Old Mutual who in sheer desperation, transferred him to the UK where he still is, having survived seven British Prime Ministers.
Nowadays, he does a bit of management consulting, a bit of organ playing and is the OD Secretary of the UK Branch of the ODU and an ODU committee member.
Nina and Bella are his and Karen’s two adult daughters one working in Edinburgh and the other in London. Karen after teaching for more than 20 years at UCT now teaches in England.
After school I was conscripted to serve in the army in Youngsfield and in Angola. I did a B Com LLB at Stellenbosch, and got my CTA at UCT then qualified as a CA(SA). Much later back at UCT I completed the coursework and exams for both a LLM in international tax and tax of capital, and a B Com in Finance. Altogether I did 12 years of university study; five years at Stellenbosch and seven at UCT
My working career started on our farm in Stellenbosch. Then for 30 years I worked in audit, accounting, tax and advisory services mostly in Cape Town but with stints in London and Oranjemund. Since 2009 I work from home in Kommetjie as a one-man business and to use my experience, knowledge and qualifications to successfully solve accounting, tax and finance problems and challenges. The internet and technology mean no commute, no staff and limited overheads. There is more time and lower fees for my clients. I have no plans to retire
I am married to Eulalie for 43 years, and she works around here and Fish Hoek as an estate agent. Guy lives and works from his home and moved to near us in Kommetjie so we are blessed to see much of him and his family including our two Austin grandsons. The internet enables both Guy and Claire to work for UK companies from home. They have a great choice of school options, and boarding school at Bishops has never been thought about as an option. Kate lives and works in Rotterdam with her family that including our granddaughter and our grandson. We are lucky to see them often enough to have a great caring and loving relationship
After school UCT awarded a degree in civil engineering despite my aptitude for dodging lectures and procreation around Montebello and Palmboom road.
With Les Bosma’s help the SADF sent me running around the dunes of Youngsfield and escaping from friendly fire in the bush south of Angola followed by firing cannons to fill the sky around drones with flak, a skill of some use if living in Ukraine.
Marriage and two sons steadied my tiller in the direction of the Loskop irrigation scheme where the lads adjusted to the after effects of the Boer War and became ‘tweetalig’. I assisted the local farmers with ‘Subsidies Benzes’ by designing dams, pipelines, canals near Marble Hall and Groblersdal. ‘Die rooinek’ calculated annual water allocations for the 30000 ha scheme in a prolonged drought of several years.
Schools and a career in Town Engineering drew us to Nelspruit, the fast growing hub of The Lowveld which provided the experience required to register as a Professional Engineer. Having friends on both sides of the great political divide helped me serve the transitional local council’s through the tumultous ’90s. Property development for housing in Nelspruit and Hout Bay followed. However, rocketing interest rates and various unmentionables then precipitated two liquidations and one marriage annulment.
My ’tiller arm’ lost its autopilot which led to a number of crash courses in ‘relationships’. Periods of single handed ‘helmsmanship’ took me to work for Palace consulting in Muizenberg extending the SA Museum, upgrading water and wastewater works and securing the Stellenbosch plant quarantine centre.
I then ‘jumped ship’ consulting for DBSA in Clanwilliam, Citrusdal, Pater Noster, Lamberts Bay, Elands bay and Vredenburg to upgrade bulk water supplies for the West Coast District and advising on development of an IDZ for Saldanha Bay. This period included several kayakking trips along the coast and on Verlorenvlei after hours.
The advent of Zuma’s reign saw me transferred to DBSA’ HQ in Midrand helping to identify infrastructure problems facing 27 failing municipalities mainly in former homelands. Little progress was made due largely to endemic corruption and replacement of competent staff who could ‘follow the big money’ in municipal finance and engineering departments.
An interesting aberration was the establishment of a high tech border post called Kasumbalisa between Zambia and Katanga province in the Congo.
A spell with MISA followed in this ‘special purpose vehicle’ which saw recruitment of ‘engineers’ from ex-soviet allies, special tenders, bursaries and funding flowing through ‘pipelines’ of nebulous extent in and beyond SA.
Sensing the dark ally with ‘cloaks and daggers’ ahead, I ‘jumped ship’ again and landed as Chief Engineer on the aft deck of the central government’s Water & Sanitation super tanker plying the rivers, lakes and canals of the eastern Cape based in Gqeberha, yes, PE. The foredeck and helm were commandeered by cadres who changed course and crew seeking to pluck the hugely abundant, ‘treasure chests’ produced by mega projects, highly productive irrigation schemes, disaster funding and financially viable municipalities. Meanwhile PE, JBay, Humansdorp and other western settlements served by the vast Algoa water supply scheme cruised onward, into a seven year drought which is currently spelling disaster for these areas.
My director asked me to stay on another year until my retirement from the DW&S super tanker on 31st March 2022 at age 66, before it ‘founders’, not the boarding house!
I am now continuing with the infrastructure build to service six properties in The Krantz on Chilton close, Hout Bay. This special site backs onto the Table Mountain National Park (World Heritage Site) between Tierboskloof and Bergendal.
Pardon the marketing spin in this concluding paragraph. See The Krantz on Google maps.
Leaving Bishops in 73 followed by a fantastic time in the army (I consider not having killed anyone, one of my greatest achievements and not getting killed myself by the way) I studied agriculture at Elsenburg and spent about ten years working on farms and for myself on a small farm near Mooi River , Natal.
Subsequent to that I moved to Johannesburg and married Kathy and joined her in a transport logistics business.
After 30 years in Jo’burg I had a hankering to get back to the Cape and back to the land.
We now live on a small farm outside Stanford and have been here for 18 months. If any of our class are in the area it would be great to see you.
After leaving school, I remained in Cape Town and have lived in Tokai since 1982, staying in three houses all within a kilometer of each other.
I have been married twice and have a daughter and son, both of whom are Zoology honours graduates.
I graduated with a BComm from UCT and worked as an accountant in various fields – construction, electronics and for the better part of my career in Clearing and Forwarding and Ship Agency for an Oceana Group subsidiary, as a Financial Director.
I have remained physically active and have participated in running, hiking, surfing, diving, fishing, cycling, mountain biking and surf-skiing. After retiring in October ’20, I have been enjoying regular sports and a lot of reading.
Born: 16 September 1956 in Cape Town
Married: 28 March 1987 to Lindsay in Johannesburg
Daughter: Saskia-Marié, named partially after my granny Marie
Blanckenberg from Malmesbury.
Current residence: Johannesburg, since 1985, with a short time in Paris in 1988/89.
Main passions, interests and cravings: astronomy; bird-watching; bridge; chocolate; hiking; home-made
lemon curd; crunchy peanut butter; politics; sailing; scuba-diving; squash; tennis; nature and wildlife.
Activities since leaving school
1974: Haileybury College UK
1975 – 1977: UCT, BA (Economics)
Nicky Bicket got me my first job as a security guard for Pick ‘n Pay, earning R2.50 per hour over the weekends. It morphed into serving behind the bar for the 1976 Cape to Rio race and meeting the skipper of Dabulamanzi, a Nicholson 55 owned by Gordon Rennie; in June of that year I joined them as crew for my first chartering experience in the Seychelles. Thanks Nicky!
1978 – 1979: Stellenbosch, MA (Economics)
1980 – 1981: SADF, starting at Voortrekkerhoogte; for my second year, I lectured in Economics at the Military Academy, Saldanha, and weekended at our holiday home in Langebaan, tough army life!
1982 – 1984: St John’s College, Cambridge, LLM including International Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); the treaty has taken 40 years to sign!
1985 – present: Johannesburg and UAL Merchant Bank for a few years before leaving corporate life.
Work activity: I run my own training company, Johannesburg School of Finance. We train corporate
managers, bankers, investment analysts and pension fund trustees, mainly throughout Southern and East
Africa. We also run so-called “entrepreneurs days” for Gr7 to Gr 12 school learners throughout SA.
Main Philosophy: Happiness is not so much having what you want but rather wanting what you have.
Interesting (for me) quotes:
“Life is a long series of character-building experiences” – Steven Spielberg
“The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust and that real life lies in love, laughter and work” – Elbert
“At 92, I realise that I am younger now than I ever will be; and I am not going to waste my youth!” – my
5 lifetime achievements:
Learning at 63 how to bake bread;
Sailing (on bareboat charters as skipper) to, and actually landing on, 70 Greek islands – and still counting;
Not climbing Kilamanjaro, the Himalayas, the Alps or the Andes – I don’t do cold well;
Not destroying a rubic cube after 50 unsuccessful years of trying to crack it;
Surviving life in Joburg (including an armed robbery at my office with me in the lead victim role).
Tony Mallet told me in my final school report that I was too serious for my age. I have spent the last 50 years
reminding myself of that and trying to do something about it, with limited success. My wife and daughter
have helped me find some balance by adding barbie dolls and perfume to my previous vocabulary of
squash racquets and cricket bats. Thank heavens for their presence in my life!
Observation and wish:
I avoided covid but in 2021 I was struck down by a violent attack of acute pancreatitis and spent 2 weeks in
ICU. It was touch and go, but I pulled through thanks in no small part to incredible support from family and
friends. The good side was that overnight I lost the 10 kgs I had been trying to shake off for 20 years! But it
made me realise that survival is as much a team effort as it is a mental process and physical challenge. As a
class we have a unique interpersonal history constructed during our foundation years; let’s try to be there
for each other in the increasingly demanding times ahead.
1973 came and went.
Was it a beginning or an end?
I left home at the beginning of 1974 to embark on a career as a soldier. I studied the military sciences at the Military Academy, the faculty of Military Science of Stellenbosch University.
I spent ten years as a professional soldier, during “those” years, and resigned my commission in 1983 as a Major in the Armoured Corps and Tank Squadron Commander.
I then returned to Cape Town to move into a completely new direction in the retail motor industry. Here I went through the rigours that we all do in this business, progressing steadily through the levels to senior management.
I left Cape Town in 1990 to pursue opportunities in the good old Transvaal (those days)
There was a short interruption in this when I took time out in 1994 and 1995 to work as a professional hunter for these two years. My partner and I separated at this time, and I returned to the motor industry in 1996, and remained there until (semi) retirement in 2020. I am still trading as a dealer on my own.
I remarried in 2019 after a long break, and Mathilda and I are planning a return to the Cape in the near future.
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Contribution from Tony McKeever:
Richard Whittingdale is a renowned cricket coach with a long history of coaching experience that spans several decades. He began his coaching journey in 1972, assisting John Passmore in the Langa township. Over the years, he has coached at various levels, from school teams to provincial teams, and has worked with some of the best players in South Africa.
Richard’s coaching career began at Bishops Diocesan College, where he coached the school’s cricket team. He then went on to do courses under the legendary Eddie Barlow at WPCA and coached at the Mobil-sponsored cricket clinics for 10 years. During this time, Richard also coached six wicketkeepers from Western Province schools in the 1980s.
Richard’s coaching expertise was highly sought after, and he was called upon to assist with Western Province Schools coaching for many years, working with teams at Bishops, SACS, WBHS, RBHS, and providing private coaching at other schools.
In addition to coaching, Richard also played cricket at a high level, representing WP at the provincial level under Hylton Ackerman and playing first league club cricket until the age of 40. He also qualified as the youngest ICC registered umpire in the world at the age of 13 through the WP Umpires Association.
Richard’s passion for cricket also led him to found the SA Cricketer magazine in 1982, which quickly became a popular publication among cricket enthusiasts. He also published five cricket books for Struik Publishers and founded SA Sports Illustrated in 1985.
Presently, Richard runs the SA Cricketers group on Facebook, which has over 3,000 members. His love for the game has never waned, and he continues to inspire young players to develop their skills and reach their full potential.
After leaving school, I returned to do my national service in the then Rhodesian Police force. My major accomplishment on leaving was being able to type and have a good laugh at life.
I completed articles in Durban, with what eventually became Ernst & Young and then moved into finance in the civil engineering field. Five years later, I started my own civil engineering business, building roads and bridges.
With the fortunes of this sector looking bleak in the late ninety’s, I purchased a recruitment company. This grew to being a national company and I am currently still involved here.
In between, I managed to marry, divorce, and marry again and have one daughter and two stepdaughters, plus three grandchildren.
I am still living in Durban, but travel occasionally to the Cape, where we have an apartment.
After matriculation, Stephen spent 5 years at UCT, playing and administering sport, engaging in student politics and securing two degrees – the order reflecting the time spent on each! Three more years as a student followed, now in the UK, during which he managed to worm a rugby blue, another degree and qualification as a barrister. During this period, he married above his grade – to the beautiful Audrey.
Back in Cape Town for the next four years Stephen qualified as an attorney and did two years as a conscientious objector to military service.
In 1986 Audrey and Stephen went to England for a year’s experience. Triplets arrived during the year (Tim, Paul and Becca), as did the offer of a tenancy in chambers in London, and the rest is history.
In 2000 (with Nelson Mandela), Stephen was appointed Queen’s Counsel and, in 2005 was appointed to the part-time positions of Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder. Stephen is still in practice as an international lawyer (appearing regularly in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in England and various courts abroad) as an international arbitrator and a part-time judge.
Tony schooled at Diocesan College (Bishops) in Cape Town and studied for a B.Econ at Stellenbosch University and a B.Soc.Sc. Psychology, at the University of Cape Town. He has additional post graduate qualifications at Wits Graduate School of Business (GSB) in Negotiation and Marketing, Diplomas from Institute Marketing Management and International Leadership Foundation.
Tony led the change in corporate identity of the national airline of South Africa, South African Airways, from “the airline of the old South Africa, to the flag carrier of the new South Africa”, while based out of New York, at Rockefeller Centre, Midtown Manhattan.
While in New York, Tony consulted for AeroMexico, Mexicana Airlines, SINTRA, Air Canada, AMTRAK, Diefenbach Elkins, Marston Webb International, the World Gold Council, WorldComm, EuroDisney and other multi-nationals in strategic positioning, brand asset management and revenue generation.
Before that in South Africa, Tony headed up a specialist sports marketing company following stellar marketing careers in FMCG with Reckitt & Colman and alcoholic beverage companies, Stellenbosch Farmers Wineries, winning a Gold Lion Award in Cannes for the Mainstay commercial “DUNES”. He managed the Mainstay Cup, the largest amateur soccer tournament in the world with 2,000 teams, Mainstay Surfing, Mainstay Lifesaving, Mainstay Week Yachting and the Mainstay 1800 Horserace. He raised the largest sailing sponsorship in South Africa for the JSE listed company Grinaker, to compete in 2 International Round the World Yacht Races – the BOC Round the World Yacht Race and the Vendee Globe Challenge in France. He also raised MCI Sprint and WorldComm in the USA to sponsor the America’s Cup Yacht, skippered by Dennis Connor. He signed MOTOROLA Worldwide, to sponsor Mike Plant, in 4 international yacht races in the USA and Europe.
He was a competitive provincial sportsman, gaining WP Provincial Colours in swimming, diving, waterpolo, lifesaving and gained his Springbok colours for white water rafting in the World White Water Championships in Boise Idaho, placing 2nd and the Swan River in Western Australia.
Rugby was played at Bishops, he received provincial colours for NW Cape, he played for Maties, van der Stel, UCT, Hamiltons and False Bay RFC and is a member of Crusaders Rugby Football Club.
Tony singularly authored the blueprint for the building and sponsorship of Soccer City Stadium in Soweto, for the PSL, which in 2010 hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA World Cup and the Finals of the soccer showpiece.
He was past CEO of the Southern & Eastern Cape Super 14 Rugby franchise, the Southern Spears and co-authored the financial feasibility study of an Eastern Cape Super Rugby Team being a long term anchor tenant in the Mandela Bay Stadium.
Tony McKeever is the founder and CEO of the Renewal Group, which strategically re-positions and consults to national and international South African, London Stock Exchange (LSE) AIM and Australian (ASX) sector companies.
Tony is a well published author for a national newspaper, an international sports blog, ThoughtLeader, in the Mail & Guardian, as well as a number of South African and International rugby websites, www.superXV.com and www.super20.com
Tony was the facilitator in placing the two South African Super Rugby Franchises, the Cheetahs and Kings, which were cut by SANZAAR from the Super 18, admitted to the PRO12 which is now the PRO14 in Europe and is currently working on the admission of a European National side and a USA East Coast based team to form the PRO16 from 2018-2023.
Tony prides himself on being an agent of change and a rain maker.
William Burton – violin
Grant McLachlan – piano
Leighton House, London
19 September 1986
4. Brahms – Sonata in A major – 1st movement
5. Brahms – Sonata in A major- 2nd movement
6. Brahms – Sonata in A major- 3rd Movement
Zandy started off life after School wanting to be a lawyer, so that’s what he embarked on at Stellenbosch. Then he decided that he wanted to be a teacher, so that’s what he embarked on at UCT. Then he followed a girl to the USA where he did a Masters at Columbia University, moved to Pittsburgh, still following that same girl, taught Latin for several years at a local high school and then decided to go back to law.
He practised for over twenty years before retiring to the bench as it were and is now a judge in Pittsburgh. Not one you’d want to appear before – unless you’re an old Top House boy. For the rest of us, expect the worst.
He is married (to a lawyer – but not the same girl he followed to the States) with two children, one who married last year.