Epworthian News

Year of 2021

Shaniaé Maharaj (class of 2017)

An update from Shaniaé…

My partner and I were the only South African team that progressed through to the Finals and we were partnered with Universite Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique). We were against Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Cocody (Côte d’Ivoire) and Kenyatta University (Kenya) and we were placed as the Runner-Up. The Bench was chaired by Professor Thuli Madonsela, previous South African Public Protector. The panel comprised a representative from each of the three African Union bodies: Dr Solomon Dersso, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Justice Angelo Matusse, previously a Judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights; and Dr Robert Nanima, member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. Professor Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen, who teaches international law at the Sorbonne University in Paris, and who is a Judge of the Constitutional Court of Andorra, was the fifth Judge on the panel. It was an enriching and inspiring experience, to say the least! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed mooting as an activity and was fortunate enough to make it to the Finals of the Kate O’Regan Moot Court Competition last year, which was judged by Justices Kate O’Regan, Dikgang Moseneke, Edwin Cameron, and Albie Sachs. 

Since Epworth, I have been studying towards a BAccLLB at the University of Stellenbosch. It is a double-degree in Accounting and Law, after which I may pursue a Chartered Accountant career path or one in law. I’m in my penultimate year currently. 

I have spent three years coaching the South African and KwaZulu Natal debating teams. In my third year, I was the Head Coach of the South African Debating Team, which ranked 2nd in the world after preliminary rounds. I was the Head Coach of the KwaZulu Natal Debating squad for two years, one of which included the year KZN ranked first in the country at the National Championships (this was the same team Faye Crawford was a part of!).

I have been active in my university space as the Head of Women Empowerment at my residence and I’ve spoken at various campus events on the topic of social justice. I have completed a term as the Vice-Chairperson of the Palestinian Solidarity Forum (Stellenbosch Chapter) and I am about to start my term as the Chairperson of the PSF, which has been such a worthwhile experience. I’ve also had the honour of having a paper published in the Pretoria Student Law Review as to why we need stronger labour laws to protect women engaged in informal work and how that will prepare us for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Nadia Bhayat (class of 1983)

My journey to Epworth was initiated by a petrol bomb being thrown into my classroom and my mum arriving to a scene of police and fire brigades. I can only imagine what that was like for her not knowing if your child was hurt let alone alive. So Epworth was the calm amidst the chaos of school protests in a time of political unrest and a state of emergency in the country.

I have always been an observer, a thinker and a doer. Epworth helped a shy young lady find her voice. I was a boarder and Buxton was my home. Wooden floors and the smell of jasmine wafting through on a summer breeze still reminds me of Buxton. The library was my favourite space, I spent many afternoons curled up in a wing back chair getting lost in a book. This was reinforced by English lessons that fuelled my love of language. Lessons took place on the grass under the giant trees overlooking the tennis courts in summer or in our common room with a hot cup of coffee in winter. Mrs Gardner introduced us to Black Consciousness writers like Mogane Wally Serote and challenged my thinking. Looking back I think of how privileged we were to be surrounded by educators who gave us firm foundations to become divergent thinkers, to always understand the reasoning behind something, and ask the question WHY?

Mr. Castle’s physical science lessons included trying to get us to aim for better grades. It sometimes meant bribing us with the promise of a Bar One chocolate or if we did really well black forest cake! He had a dry sense of humour and his famous line was Big Bertha had hiccups when the notes that he printed were messed up. Ms. Metcalf’s Geography class was filled with adventure from her passion for travel. I remember this being an introduction to learning how to take notes rather than being spoon fed, a very valuable lesson that I appreciated when I got to university.
Faith, Humanity and Fortitude and a passion for people, led me to an Honours degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology. An enquiring mindset and the need to always understand Why, led me to post graduate work in Psychology, Education and Neurodevelopmental therapy to understand from a holistic perspective how to better serve my clients. My love of cultures led me on a professional journey that has spanned 3 continents; Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As a Muslim girl who sat up in the choir loft in chapel and sang the Hallelujah Chorus, I have a keen sense of the benefit of cross cultural experiences. This should be cultivated and embraced to create a culture of kindness that we so desperately need.

An interest in advocacy work developed early on in my career and was refined by my work in the medico-legal field. This was an attempt to help parents and families navigate the overwhelming space after receiving a diagnosis for their loved one. The interest in development work led me to the Middle East and the privilege of helping shape a healthcare system at a John’s Hopkins facility. It was an opportunity to work with people from over 27 countries, 13 languages and mesh our ideas of what it meant to provide best practice health care. I was then head hunted to head rehabilitation services for a branch of the government that catered for all people with disabilities from birth to death across 9 different centres. My love for project management developed when I was handed this new 4800 square meter building as architectural drawings. It was a sink or swim moment but challenges and steep learning curves is what I thrive on! Leadership and management I learnt, is a living, breathing thing that changes form by what and how you do things. This lead to my wanting to learn more so I could do better, and a Masters in Health Management & Leadership from the UK helped to guide my thinking. Sustainability and continuity of services I realised only happens when you make a concerted effort. I helped develop training programmes at the university and medical school. I also learnt that inclusive educational settings and societies leads to communities that are more tolerant of differences.

South Africa and Africa will always be the place I call home, have you ever smelt the earth after it rains? No other place evokes those images or smells. Returning to South Africa has been a full circle moment, from lecturing at my alma mater, to rediscovering my country and its communities. South Africa leads in many areas, but rehabilitation and translating the rights of people with disabilities into tangibles is unfortunately not one of them. My projects at present focus on developing incubators of excellence for neuro-rehabilitation; developing collaborative educational programmes that integrate children with disabilities and improving the shocking literacy levels in our communities by empowering parents to teach their children literacy skills.

It has also been a wonderful time of reconnection, my friends from Epworth are still my safety blanket, no judgement, giggle until your sides hurt circle. My wish would be that everyone gets to have strong foundations that not only catapult you into life but also keep you grounded.

Khauhelo Rapuleng

Since my departure from Epworth in 2013 life has really taken me through some serious highs and lows and unfortunately if it had not been for the lessons and values I learned at Epworth (those encapsulated in our motto ‘Fida, Humana, Fortis) I might not really be here today.

I am pursuing a career in Education. I am obtaining my BEd degree: FET phase from The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. It hasn’t been an easy journey as I found myself having to take a break due to financial issues however those issues, by God’s grace, are being sorted out.

In high school I never thought I would pursue teaching; never thought I had the heart for it. But it seems I have the calling for it and it was when I stood in front of the classroom during my practical’s that I realized that that’s where I belonged, not just teaching content knowledge but instilling values in every person I teach.

I am so lucky and blessed to have had the teachers I had at Epworth because every time I stand in front of learners I not only aim to teach them but to also touch their hearts and to make a difference in their lives, the same way my teachers at Epworth did.

The beauty about Epworth? You don’t need to go to Chapel to really feel God’s love, to have faith, learn compassion or to be courageous. You find all these values and more in every corner at Epworth. You feel it with every step and that is why my time at Epworth will always be a part of my story.

I wouldn’t say that I found myself at Epworth but I definitely found out who I would love to become. The type of person I would love to be, the kind of woman who I can be proud of. I knew from my time at Epworth that I want to be a kind-hearted, courageous and compassionate woman through and through. No matter what life has put me through since leaving Epworth, I hold on to that. It doesn’t cost you a anything to have empathy and to see the best in people and to have faith that all will work out no matter what.

I am more than proud to be an Epworthian. I was lucky to get an opportunity to go to Epworth and I would definitely love to make it possible for many other girls out there because wow…the love, community, faith, compassion and sense of self that flows from there…I struggle to find the words.

Kroukam Family Update

Dear Epworth Family

Fourteen months in New Zealand and while we knew our lives were going to change drastically by emigrating; never in a million years did we think it was going to be like this! I am going to try not to mention Covid-19 in this update…

My husband, Eugene, took an engineering job as a Road Corridor Co-ordinator for the Hauraki District Council in a little town called Paeroa on the North Island and this gave us the opportunity to emigrate at the beginning of 2020. It is known as the Antique Town of New Zealand and although it only has one main street of shops, it has no fewer than 13 antique shops! Paeroa’s latest claim to fame is that it has the busiest McDonald’s in the whole of New Zealand and when one looks for our town on the map, one can see why – it is an “hour from everywhere”! Eugene was offered a promotion in September and he is now the Development Engineer, a job well-suited to his skills. He works with a number of Namibians and some South Africans, which has helped him to settle.

Rachel (Class of 2017) has to be nominated for the “Bravest-Daughter-Ever 11 730kms Away” award. Having made the difficult decision to stay in Pretoria to complete her top-class degree in Foundation Phase Education at TUKS, she had two years to complete it and then would join us in New Zealand on our adventure. She was to have visited each July and December. We were to have flown back to South Africa to visit everyone. Then aeroplanes stopped flying. Literally. And borders closed – to this day she has no visa option – dependants of Work visa holders have no right to apply to enter New Zealand and if Eugene and I left to visit South Africa, we would not be allowed back in to New Zealand again, despite holding valid visas. What we feel is unspeakable discrimination against immigrants and our families and it goes completely against the so-called “kindness” Jacinda Ardern’s façade seems to show the rest of the world. Our immigration agent is doing all he can to help us but there is nothing more to be done other than to sit and wait.

Anyway, moving on… Rachel is still loving her degree and is tutoring and au pairing for a super family down the road from her Digs. Just this week, she is a locum at a school in Pretoria teaching Grade One. She has also taught herself to crochet and is selling stunning tops with her little business called “Ray’s Crochet” – find her on Instagram:  to help save up for the now triple cost of air travel if and when Immigration New Zealand grants her access. We are forever grateful for our regular video chats and not, like the older generation, blue airletters or heaven forbid, letters arriving by ship! We hope to get her here by the end of this year – by any means necessary. To say our hearts are broken by this intolerable situation would be an understatement and unfortunately it has coloured our experience negatively.

Helen (Class of 2019) was accepted for a New Zealand Gap Year with LetzLive and was posted to Woodford School for Girls in Havelock North for 2020. The similarities to Epworth are amazing and if the world ever normalises, Epworth should look at an Exchange Programme with this school. Helen worked exceptionally hard at the school, with a focus on Boarding, PE and Art. She worked as a teacher aide and accompanied the students on exciting camps and outings. The school is five hours away from our house so we hardly saw her last year. Our nest was very empty! Other than a slight hiccup with the unmentionable, where we were locked down for five weeks in March/April together, she had the school holidays with other Gappies and explored New Zealand North and South a lot more than we did in 2020! She has made lifelong friends from all over the world. Unfortunately, new visa restrictions have prevented her from enrolling in university this year so far, even though she was accepted at five institutions and was offered a scholarship at another. So, Helen has come home to Paeroa and is volunteering at various places and housesitting for friends when needed. She is not allowed to work or study. You can imagine our intense frustration about the delays in getting our Residency here because of the New Zealand Immigration Department.

Within six weeks of arriving, I was offered the Librarian and Education Support Administrator position at Te Aroha College, a High School half an hour away from our house. It is a co-educational school about the same size as Epworth. The commute for me is nothing like a half hour trip in SA, and I love driving the long straight roads through the dairy and corn (no one knows what a mealie is!) farmlands, watching the seasons change as the weeks go by. Although the roads are very narrow here, the speed limit is 100km/h and people stick to it. All the cars are roadworthy and there are hardly any trucks other than milk deliveries, so one does not get stuck behind any vehicle. I find it very funny when the New Zealanders complain about the state of the roads and they look at me in sheer horror when I explain to them what a pothole really is! My school has been very welcoming and the staff members are friendly. My boss, Rachel, is Head of English and the Principal’s Nominee for NZQA (IEB Administrator equivalent) so along with running the Library, I help with exams and paperwork for registration of students. I also proofread reports (funny that should be my job!) in a very different way to how we did it at Epworth, and they are very grateful for employing a grammar policewoman! Becoming accustomed to the New Zealand curriculum has been a steep learning curve and the “alternative” way of disciplining the students has been a bit of an eye-opener, I have to admit. Teaching here is not for sissies! Some highlights this year have been swimming the Staff vs Year 13 (Matric) relay race at the gala and participating in the Athletics Sports day. I got house points for my Yellow house called Tainui, for shot put, the 400m, and I somehow won the 100m non-champs sprint – beating all the other staff and pupils! Mrs Peek was shocked but proud when I told her. I am battling to adjust to the colour change after all those years of my blood running Red at Epworth – I am SO sorry that my loyalty has had to change to Yellow!

My position at the College is permanent part-time, on an hourly wage, and no holiday pay. That has been another massive adjustment for us, especially with New Zealand’s very high cost of living. The Christmas period was especially difficult for me with no annual bonus (like we used to get at Epworth) and six weeks with zero wages. To supplement my income, in July last year I enrolled for an online Diploma in Proofreading and Editing with the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies, and I finished the year-long course in six months. This has culminated in my starting a business as a qualified editor and proofreader called “PUP – the Pop Up Proofreader”. I am still charging in ZAR for my South African clients but am slowly getting into the New Zealand market too. Please Like and Share my Facebook page and have a look at my links:




Other than working and settling into our new lifestyle, Eugene and I have explored New Zealand North Island quite widely despite the restrictions of 2020. We have even run Parkruns at six different venues so far. The countryside IS beautiful and clean – wow! Security at houses is just a front door lock, mostly left open with a fly screen door when someone is home. We live rurally, and so we have utter privacy at our farmhouse. We have learnt to grow vegetables in our enclosed veggie garden and they are so rewarding. We don’t lock our cars while we drive. No one asks us for stuff – begging is illegal. The government departments and most companies (except Immigration – don’t get me started, oops…) are a pleasure to work with as the staff members all know their stuff and can help you immediately or they call you back in 12.5 minutes (not joking) and apologise for the delay.

Our closest beach is Waihi, 20 minutes away and we often go for walks and then have fish and chips there. It is beautiful and clean with no litter in the sea or on the shores. Bush walking, or tramping as it’s known here, is great and very accessible. The bushes don’t rustle as you walk which is weirdly comforting – there are no snakes in New Zealand and very few other creepy crawlies! We have got used to the weather and don’t rely on the media forecast, we just look at the sky and have every season’s clothing in our car boot. The 2020 winter was apparently mild but of course we found it very cold – one thing no one told us about New Zealand winters where we live on the Plains, is that while it doesn’t get much colder than a South African winter, i.e. 1 or 2 degrees minimum at night during a cold front, it just doesn’t warm up! So, in deep midwinter, it went down to about 10’ at night which is quite manageable but then not above 15’ during the day – for weeks – which makes it seem so much colder than the African winter sun which still warms you a little bit at midday. Even dishes don’t dry when left to drip dry on the rack! And the rainy season is in winter, so we have to run a dehumidifier most of the time and it draws litres of water out of the rooms of the house to help prevent mould and damp. The summer is gorgeous but the sun does bite – it actually prickles if you are not protected. Climate change and the lack of ozone layer are real “down under and over the ditch”!

The Kiwis are an interesting nation (but more about that another day). We have seen the effects of a government that provides “everything” and it is not always pretty, and it is hidden from the rest of the world. There are also parallels with South African Colonial history. So, you may be asking, how we are overall? How would we rank New Zealand? On a sliding scale, probably 8 out of 10 and climbing up. But the unmentionable has added an untenable challenge to our life as parents and a family, and if one more person here says, “it’s horrid for everyone”, I think I will hit them. We KNOW that. Everyone lives their own reality and we empathise with others, we really do. Emigrating from the uMgungundlovu district which is the only place we have ever known for close on 50 years to this little place in New Zealand was always going to be hard; let alone this ridiculous situation in which we are split from our beloved daughter! Without our friends’ support here in New Zealand (new Kiwi mates and other immigrants) and our worldwide close connections, I don’t know where we’d be right now. We are okay – we get up each day and smile and try to find the positives. So please keep in touch, keep the faith and be kind. Things may not always be what they seem. I miss you all very much!

Fida, Humana, Fortis.

Year of 2020

Sally Earl (Bairstow)

Sally Earl (Bairstow, class of 1971)

Epworth in 1968 was a paradise for me. A world of books and laboratories, and wonderful skilled teachers. My short 4 years were a time of accelerated growth.

I had decided before getting there that I was going to be a doctor, this knowledge and the start of gardening happened in my 12th year, and led to a career in Oncology as well as a passion for gardening. Our motto, Fida, Humana, Fortis has resonated through my life after school.

The faith to carry on even when times are really tough, with optimism that it will be worth it in the end. The humanity taught strongly at school, and reinforced by a mother who acknowledged all people as worthy, made me a better doctor. I could always see and appreciate the person and not the disease in my many years as Radiation Oncologist. I knew that to be able to comfort was a great gift.

Courage has been a daily requirement. The courage to face failings even when the consequences are dire. The courage to be calm when imparting bad news, and daily facing mortality.

Epworth also installed a sense of fun. So humour has carried me through many difficult times. Singing and laughing together is one of my strongest memories of school. Our class of 1971 had wonderful voices and even today when we meet we can sing and laugh together as I hope we will be able to do next year, our 50th year after school. Now I am retired and gardening. My passion now is to change the environment around me. Epworth instilled a sense of awe and wonderment for nature that was added to a childhood in the veld. This is now giving so much joy. Click Here for more information.

Year of 2019

Sinenhlanhla Ndlela

Sinenhlanhla Ndlela (Class of 2011), turned a health issue into a business by creating a vegan (Non-dairy) ice-cream. Realising the business potential, the Yo Coco Vegan Ice-cream Brand was born in 2016, and has grown into a small enterprise. Hats off to you, Sine!

Abby Solms (Adie)

N3TC Drak Challenge 2019, Abby Solms (Adie) (Class of 2007) Clinched an 8th Title in the 2019 Drak Canoe Challenge, making her the most successful lady paddler in this race.

Amy Greaves

50th Cap South African Women’s Indoor Hockey Team. Amy Greaves (Class of 2011) played for the South African Team in Prague, Czech Republic.

Year of 2018

Shannon Bennetts

Shannon Bennetts (Class of 2013) studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  She has recently graduated, receiving her Honours Summa Cum Laude in her Bachelor of Arts.  Shannon created a short video game that interprets the mental state of someone suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She has since received positive responses to her practical work, especially when it has been able to help someone understand OCD. Shannon says animation has no limits, and so the potential to do good in a form of storytelling and of art is limitless. Click Here for more information.

Kayleigh Gemmell

Kayleigh Gemmell (Class of 2013) graduated summa cum laude in her Honours year of Bachelor of Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  Her research that looked into notions of hyperrealism, a concept that is actively explored through the animated medium and championed by animation industries such as Walt Disney Studios. She was awarded a UKZN scholarship to complete her postgraduate degree.  This became a motivating factor, pushing her to work incredibly hard and achieve better results.  Kayleigh is currently a Master’s student in Digital Art and is in the process of producing her Master’s thesis. Her advice to other students is “You cannot rely on talent alone, because hard work trumps talent in the long run”.

Andrea Duffin (Murray)

Andrea  (Class of 1990) has recently returned from Nepal where she and four friends summited Island Peak (6189m) below Mount Everest. Andrea says the peak itself was as small as a table, so they were lucky to be able to rope themselves onto it. Their hike took them across the passes and high points of the Solukhumbu, past the infamous Gokyo Lakes and over glaciers. Andrea said it has got to be one of the hardest things she has ever done. What an amazing experience!

Karin Slater

Sisters of the Wilderness, a new South African social impact feature documentary, directed by award-winning filmmaker, Karin Slater (Class of 1987) is set in the iMfolozi wilderness, the oldest game park in South Africa. Sisters of the Wilderness tells the story of five young Zulu women venturing into the wilderness for the first time on a journey of self-discovery, reminding them that we are all intimately linked to nature. Director Karin Slater says, “I was born in Empangeni and spent my early years, close to the iMfolozi wilderness. I have a deep love and connection to this area. I know what the wilderness has done for me over the years.” Sisters of the Wilderness serves as a foundation for an outreach programme that will use multiple platforms to re-connect global audiences with nature.

Kayla de Beer

Kayla de Beer (Class of 2015) was selected for the Senior South African Sprint Canoe team to compete in the first and second International Canoe Federation World Cups.  The first World Cup was in Szeged, Hungary. The main focus of the tour for Kayla was to perform well in the K2 with her new training partner, Esti van Tonder. They competed in the K2 200m and placed 7th in the A final.  The second world cup was held in Duisberg, Germany. Considering that the K2 combination was still very new, they improved on their result in Szeged and placed 6th in the A final of the K2 200m. Kayla and her partner will compete at the World Championships in August with valuable race experience gained and she can’t wait to take on the other nations again.

Zolelwa Sifumba

Zolelwa Sifumba (Class of 2008), originally from East London in the Eastern Cape, has recently completed her medical degree at the University of Cape Town. Zole contracted TB while working at a hospital in the Cape.  Through very trying times, she has followed her dream and still become a doctor.  Zole is on the management committee and a member of “TB Proof” in South Africa.  She is making a big difference in the world by educating people on TB.  We were privileged to have Zole return to Epworth to talk to our aspirant pupils about following their dreams and staying strong through difficult times.


Jordan & Cana Lee Peek

It was an action-packed three day Dusi Canoe Marathon for sisters, Cana Lee Peek (Class of 2016) and Jordan Peek (Class of 2013) who took first place in the ladies race. The race proved to be very exciting.  Day three was transformed into what all paddlers had hoped for, there was enough water for the ladies not to have to run all the way to Durban.  A quote from Jordan to her sister Cana  “What a privilege it was to do Dusi 2018 with you Cana Lee Peek”

Bronwen Findlay

Bronwen (Class of 1971) is a truly wonderful artist.  She works with oil paint where flora and fauna emerges through the layers of colour and texture.  Bronwen’s work will be exhibited at the Everard Read Gallery, entitled ‘Painting Hokusai and other worlds’.

Marlene Steenkamp

Marlene (Class of 2005 and current Staff Member as a Sports Coach) has made us proud!  She plays for the KwaZulu-Natal Inland Ladies’ Cricket team and was also the Captain from 2015 to 2017. She has represented this team since 2006. Marlene was awarded Player of the Season in 2017.  To add to this, she was the U19 Provincial Coach from 2013 to 2017.

Candyce Bongers (Hall)

After matriculating at Epworth, Candyce (Class of 2001) studied Human Kinetics and Ergonomics in Grahamstown.  She then went on to study Exercise Science and Bio kinetics, receiving her Honours from UCT.  Candyce has a thriving business in Hout Bay, Cape Town.  She is featured on the front cover of the February edition of Modern Athlete Magazine.  Being the driving force behind the fast-growing Cape Carbineers Club in Cape Town, she was recently voted Chair of the Western Province Cross-Country Committee.  Candyce was placed second woman in the Nelson Mandela Run for Freedom recently.  Candyce, the Epworthians are so proud of you!

Robyn Owen (Kime)

Robyn (Class of 2007) has done Epworth proud again!  She raced to victory in the World Multisport Championships at the Kathmandu Coast to Coast Race in New Zealand.  Robyn powered her way across the line with a four-minute lead, winning the race which included cycling, kayaking and running.  What an amazing athlete and a wonderful achievement!

Karl Oftebro

Karl (Grade 7 2000) has been representing The Insurance Apprentice.  He has successfully made it to the third round.  Hollard Insurance are the sponsors of The Insurance Apprentice.  They are dedicated to contributing meaningfully to the insurance industry, growing and encouraging young talent and this is the reason for their involvement.  They aim for the next generation of industry talent is to see them smart, prepared and well-informed. Click Here for more information.

Allison King

Allison King (Class of 2015) has successfully obtained her Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) Pilot Licence. Through hard work and dedication, gaining flying hours during weekends and holidays while at boarding school, as well as between studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pretoria, she accomplished her goal. Allison hopes to inspire other young women to embrace their challenges and never give up. Allison says “Epworth gave me the courage to dream and push boundaries. It is indeed a privilege to be considered an Epworthian”.

Thandolwenkosi Mthembu

Urban designer, Thandolwenkosi Mthembu (Class of 2007) is studying for an MSc in city design for developing countries at Oxford Brookes University in England on a prestigious Chevening Scholarship. She would like to see a transformation of spaces in poverty stricken areas.  Previously Thandolwenkosi studied architecture on an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation scholarship.  She has also lectured in architecture at Durban University of Technology.  In 2015, Thandolwenkosi was part of an international workshop on reshaping the socio-ecological landscapes of Kya Sands informal settlement. She is also the founder of Power Generation, a youth organisation empowering disadvantaged people through education, sports and cultural activities.  Thandolwenkosi’s dream is to help change and affect people’s lives positively.

Year of 2017

Vera Scott

Vera Scott (Class of 1987) has been appointed as Extraordinary Associate Professor in Public Health at UWC.  Congratulations for your hard work!

Bev Hancock (Steer)

Bev Hancock (Steer) (Class of 1981) is a conversational catalyst.  She inspires people and companies to use words to create the world that they desire.  Bev has worked with many multinationals and currently plays a leadership role in the Smart City Initiative in Nelson Mandela Bay. Bev says small business growth is in her view the key success factor to economic growth and empowerment.

Kevin Benkenstein

Kevin Benkenstein  (Grade 7 1998) a cyclist trying to make a difference in other lives.  Kevin supports a fund raising event called Qhubeka where funds are raised to purchase bicycles for  families.  Kevin has covered over 3000kms of Australian territory and plans to gain 8,848m of elevation (which is the height of Mr Everest) on the beautiful slopes of South Africa during this year.   Kevin says that he has to do a lot of mental preparation for these challenges and says it’s not the climb he has to conquer but his mind.  We are so proud of you Kevin.

Gabi Kietzka

Gabi Kietzka (Class of 2009) is a researcher, currently doing her PhD in Conservation and Ecology at the University of Stellenbosch. Gabi explains the importance of dragonflies, nature’s messenger, in indicating the health of an ecosystem.

Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki

Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki (Class of 1983) writes a compelling story about Thuli Madonsela and reminds us of Madonsela’s moral compass and dignity, both during her role as Public Protector and in her private life.

Amy Webster

Amy Webster 2007 at the KwaZulu-Natal Young Achievers Wildlands Awards was nominated and WON in the Environment category for her work on the Sustainable Schools Program with Wildlands and the YouthForLions campaign with Blood Lions. Pictured with Ms Simone Dale 1997

Lana Kruger

Lana Kruger 2010 named woman of the month August by Tazzy Untangled (for the modern woman) blog. Lana a passionate entrepreneur who followed her dreams with her love of baking. Her amazing energy and strong will have helped her achieve her dreams of a successful business. Please click here for more information.


Candice Sessions (Mills)

Candice Sessions (Mills) 2002 Marketing Manager recently interviewed on Expresso breakfast show as part of a PR campaign for the launch of Tetley Green Tea.

Mpumelelo Maphumulo

Congratulations to Mpumelelo Maphumulo who was selected for the SA hockey u16 high performance squad at the conclusion of the u16 IPT.

Brittany Petersen

Brittany Petersen 2012 Cyclist and Paddler. She won the KZN Cycling Road Race Time Trials and placed 4th in the KZN Cycling Road Race.

Mbali Matandela

Mbali Matandela 2011 Studied Gender and Transformation at Rhodes University and has been awarded a scholarship by the Rhodes Trust to study at Oxford University.

Robyn Owen (Kime)

Robyn Owen (Kime) 2007 Canoeist and top Trail Runner. She recently completed the 3100m Rhino Peak Challenge in the southern Drakensberg. Robyn has won: 2 K1 & 3 K2 Dusi titles, 1 Drak Challenge title and a K1 & K2 Fish River title.

Julie Lee

Julie Lee 2011 Squash Player and Cyclist. She placed 2nd in the KZN Road Race Time Trials in January and placed 5th in the KZN Cycling Road Race.

Caitlin Peters

Caitlin Peters 2013 Studying Civil Engineering at UCT and is on the Dean’s Merit List for 2016.

Year of 2016

Nonjabulo Ndwandwe

Listen and watch: remember this name Nonjabulo Ndwande Class of 2014.
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Zuki Mzozoyana

Zuki Mzozoyana Epworth Class of 1997 Head of the Young Entrepreneur Foundation. Offering financial literacy and enterprise programmes to children from previously disadvantaged communities and has joined up with Danie Jacobs the Founder of The Young Entrepreneur Foundation

“When you are 7 years old – believe it or not – you can learn how to start and run your own micro-enterprise. You can also learn financial literacy.” Click Here for more information.

Siseko Jafta (Prep School 2004) – new General Manager of the KZN Rugby Union

Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union and the Sharks have announced the appointment of 24-year-old Siseko Jafta as general manager of the KZNRU, effective from January 1, 2017.

There have been some structural changes within the KZNRU as both the amateur and professional bodies at the union have committed to closely aligning themselves to further strengthen and grow the game in KZN.

Jafta takes over the reins from current KZNRU CEO, Pete Smith, 62, who after close-on 25 years of service, is retiring at the end December 2016.

Margie van Zyl Chapman

Margie van Zyl Chapman is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Geratec in Capetown, South Africa. A social worker by profession, she has worked for many years in the field of ageing, with a particular interest in long-term care and partnership development. She is passionate about networking, helping organisations to share their stories, and partnership development for the greater good. Margie has served as on the IAHSA Board of Directors since 2009. She served as IAHSA Board Chair from 2014 through 2015.

Nono Sekhoto

Nono live on BBC Channel 400
Nono Sekhoto (Class of 1999) was identified as one of three interesting young farmers on the African continent and featured on Focus on Africa, BBC Channel 400, on 28 July. The interviewees were a farmer from Ghana, another from Kenya and our Nono, who farms in South Africa. The BBC team flew from London and spent two days with Nono on the farm to do a story on her experience as a young female commercial farmer.

Emma Boreham

Saving Lives

Emma Boreham (2004) is an Advanced Life Support (ALS) paramedic who has been saving lives in PMB for 13 years. Last year, Emma accepted a contract as a paramedic in Afghanistan based at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) airfield. She is now working in Ghana as part of a private clinic group that has a 911 service. Emma’s ultimate dream is to work on the New Zealand northern island rescue helicopter as she enjoys aviation medicine and search and rescue operations.



Brenda Gourley Scholarship for the 2nd ranked undergraduate student on all five campuses. Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for the top ranked Humanities undergraduate proceeding from 2 year to 3 year of study. Townley Williams Scholarship for the best student entering the final year of study in a first degree (excluding Medicine)


Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship for being the 3rd top ranked undergraduate in Humanities.


  • ANELE NGUBANE (2012): SA U19 squash
  • ZIYANDA NGCOBO (2010):  KZN U19 netball
  • NOLWAZI NJILO (2012): KZN U18 netball

The Jarvis Kaplan Cup

The Jarvis Kaplan Cup (adult version of the Interprovincial Squash Tournament) was held in Pietermaritzburg from 11-15 July 2016.

The Midlands team, which came second in the Ladies B section, consisted of one current Epworth pupil, Noël Lee, and four past pupils, namely Maxine Gouweloos (nee Windelberg-2007), Ashton O’Neill (2008), Heather Mullon (O’Neill-2007) and Shannon van Der Merwe (Zwart-2002).

The KZN team consisted of Samantha Kassner (Herbert- 1992) and Kate Rowe (1998).

Nono Sekhoto represented Central Gauteng at this tournament, and sisters Kim (2013) and Jess (2015) McDonald represented Northern Gauteng.

All these ladies have been coached by Sally White.

Well done to all!  You make us so very proud.

Marguerite (Osler) van der Merwe

Marguerite (Osler) van der Merwe, a resident of Kleinmond, near Cape Town, was awarded the prestigious CHANCELLOR’S MEDALLION at a graduation ceremony, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, on Thursday 30 June, 2016, for “Exceptional service to South Africa and the world beyond our borders.” The award is in recognition of her many years of dedicated work in teaching and promoting the F.M. Alexander Technique in this country.

Says Cheryl Herbert, chairperson of SASTAT (South African Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique) “I am so gladdened by the news of Marguerite’s extraordinary achievement in recognition of her work as an Alexander Technique teacher, and how this has met with who she is, how it has been assimilated and then lived out in all that she does as a Tai Chi instructor, poet, retreat and workshop leader, wife and mother, friend, author, walker and more besides.”

Scilla Edmonds Posthumus

Scilla Edmonds Posthumus  1973 writes eco-friendly children’s book click here to view.

Lynn Lillie

Lynn Lillie (Jefferson) 1980 inducted as Epworthian President by Epworth Chaplain Rebecca Schultz (Mills) 1994 assisted by outgoing Epworthian President Cathy Mc Donald (Dicks) 1988.

Honorary Life Membership

Honorary Life Membership bestowed on Pat Korte (Sykes) 1958. Past Parent, Board Member, Epworthian Executive and Museum Volunteer and Freda Waygood (Sports Coach since 1988). Click Here for more information.

Karin Slater

Karin Slater 1987 won the New York Festival International Best TV and Film award for the Al Jazeera documentary “Kenya Water Women”. Click here to view

Jenna Lambert

Jenna Lambert 2012 received her Bachelor of Sport Science degree cum laude.
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Isla Galloway

Isla Galloway 1978 recently interviewed by the Sunday Times Careers.
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Jen Thorpe

Jen Thorpe 2002 novel “The Peculiars” recently published.


Jordan Peek

Jordan Peek 2013 and mother Kim Peek (Epworth Sports Department Canoeing Coach) completed the “Dusi in a day ” gruelling 120 kms canoe marathon! Congratulations !

Yolande Nomoyi

Yolande Nomoyi (Dlamini) 2002 entrepreneur chef click here for more information.

Sarah Jayne Kelly

Sarah Jayne Kelly 2009 look out for this beautifully illustrated article in the March issue of SA Garden and Home.

Zama Memela

Zama Memela 2010 interviewed on Morning Live about her Easy Eating Taste Experience click here to view, she is also recently featured in Mercury supplement.

Eve Poplett

Eve Poplett 1999 Featured on Top Billing early February for planning celebrity weddings.

Year of 2015

Mapaseka Mokwele (Makoti)

Mapaseka Mokwele 1994 Journalist, Television and Radio Host, Entrepreneur and Speech Night Guest speaker.

Former Epworth boys excel

Four former Epworth Prep School boys, Martin Gill, James Patrick, Francis Makkink and Simon Krone, were amongst the top achievers at the 2015 St Charles College Speech Night. Their accomplishments are testimony to both the calibre of boys Epworth attracts and the quality of education it provides. There can’t be much more satisfying for a preparatory school than to see its former pupils featuring among the top scholars at a prestigious high school.

Grade 12 pupil, Martin Gill, was named Dux for 2015 and also received Honours for academics as well as trophies for Maths, Physics and Chemistry. He is also a valuable member of the St Charles first Golf team. Martin plans to study Actuarial Science at the University of Pretoria in 2016.

James Patrick, Francis Makkink and Simon Krone, who are currently in Grade 11, were selected as prefects for 2016. They were all recognised for academic excellence, receiving full academic colours. In addition, James was named Head of Culture Council. Simon Krone’s skills also extend to the sports field and he plays first team basketball and football for St Charles.

Nono Sekhoto

Nono Sekhoto Class of 1999 nominated by African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) to represent them as a board member of the National Farmer’s Co-Operative Bank of South Africa (NAFCOBSA).

Murray Starr

Murray Starr came 11th in the Dusi Canoe marathon

Nosipo Mgojo

Venns Attorneys is proud to announce the appointment of Nosipo Mgojo 1987, the current head of the firm’s Conveyancing Division, as chairperson of the firm from 1 May 2015. She started her career with the firm in 1997 and is a KwaZulu-Natal examiner for the national conveyancing examinations. Nosipo sits on the Epworth School Board and is a member of the Governing Council of the Seth Mokitini Methodist Seminary. She is pictured with out-going Chairman, Guy Smith (right) and Managing Director, Rob Stuart-Hill.

Bianca Haw

Bianca Haw 2013 Cover of Tread Magazine

Sanani Mangisa

Sanani Mangisa 2005 South African Ladies Hockey Team 100th Cap

Amy Greaves & Faye Cooper

Amy Greaves (no. 3) 2011  & Faye Cooper (no.2) 1999
Members of the South African Ladies Indoor Hockey Team

Year of 2014

Andrea Oellermann

Andrea Oellermann 2013 was selected to join the Cape Town City Ballet’s graduate programme. She is pictured with her ballet teacher, Brenda McLachlan.

Robyn Kime

Ladies Dusi Canoe Marathon winner, Robyn Kime 2007, with keen paddlers form Epworth’s Preparatory School.

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