Maritzburg College Old Boys' Association

“The success and survival of our Association, founded in 1897, bears testimony to the commitment and dedication
of all scholars who were educated at this great school and who have had inculcated in them during their time there a
sense of camaraderie and brotherhood.”
DJ Randles (OC 1969) – former President of the MCOBA and Honorary Life Member of the Association

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About the MCOBA

In its nearly 120 years of existence, the College Old Boys’ Association (MCOBA) has played a prominent role in not only fostering an esprit de corps amongst thousands of Old Collegians (OCs), but it has also helped and guided successive headmasters and governing bodies in the making of certain key decisions and the formulating of key policies that affect our great alma mater.

College is quite unique in the loyalty and sometimes out-and-out devotion that it manages to engender in many of the scholars who pass through its venerable buildings. For such men, Maritzburg College is not a school. It’s a way of life.


MCOBA Office:
Sue Buchanan-Clarke –

Phyiscal Address:
59 College Road, Pelham, Pietermaritzburg, 3201

Postal Address:
PO Box 1123, Pietermaritzburg, 3200


Tel: +27 (33) 342 9878
Cell: +27 79 389 8033


Facebook: Maritzburg College Old Boys Association
Twitter: MCOBA1897
Instagram: collegeoldboys

The History of MCOBA

The MCOBA has its origins in 1896. After a highly successful athletics meeting on 30 May 1896, which was held in Alexandra Park in the most glorious weather before a crowd of over 2 000, Mr RD Clark (MA) (Oxon) (Headmaster 1878 – 1902) and a group of Old Boys and friends of the school assembled around the dinner table at College for a congenial evening.

During the course of a lively speech, Mr Clark proposed the setting up on an Old Boys’ Association to foster a spirit of pride and loyalty among past and present members of the school. Mr Clark expressed the aims of the Association in his prize-giving address of 1896 as being “for the purpose of getting all Old Boys who can do so to meet together once a year, and foster, by prizes and otherwise, all the legitimate aims of the school.”

Most of the legwork for getting the Association founded appears to have been done by Ernest Holgate, an Old Boy who was on the staff at that time. His labours bore fruit on 11 January 1897, when a small but enthusiastic group of Old Collegians, responding to several advertisements in the press, braved the inclement weather and attended the inaugural meeting in the Supper Room of the Town Hall.

The meeting was presided over by the Attorney-General, Mr Henry Bale (later Sir Henry Bale), with Holgate as Secretary, but most of the talking was done by Mr Clark. It was decided at this meeting to circularise all the known Old Boys informing them of the new Association, and, by 4 November of the following year the fledgling organisation could boast 30 paid-up members.
From these early beginnings, the MCOBA continued to grow and prosper in its crucial role within the school and the lives of all Old Collegians. The group that once held 30 members now stands as a brotherhood 1500 members strong, with a database of over 12 000 Old Boys.

RD Clark

Sir Henry Bale

The 2018/2019 MCOBA Committee

Chris Luman
Grant Little
Ngcebo Thembela
Immediate Past President
Bruce Lesur
Honorary Treasurer
Grant Sayers
Gary Banfield
Pete Stainbank
Mike Bond
Andrew Clayton
Flynn Dowell
Gregory Lawson
Modise Sefume
Warren Smith
Rob Warr
Brandon Swart

Why Join MCOBA?

There are many challenges facing Maritzburg College today, and as the state provides fewer and fewer resources to the school, so the burden of supplying them, or making provision for them, becomes greater on the Old Collegian community. It is imperative, therefore, that the MCOBA remains strong, both financially and in terms of membership and participation. Only by doing so is the Association able to render the type of assistance to the school that is required.

The MCOBA needs you to join and to pay your member subscription. Only then can we continue to be of service and value to our great school and to deserving young scholars. We couldn’t do what we do without our members. These annual subscriptions are vital to our ongoing efforts; together we can achieve more.

Subs are R410 per annum and pensioners pay R125 per annum. Please contact the MCOBA office if you require further details.

How to Join MCOBA

The Maritzburg College Old Boys’ Association is proud to announce MemberZone – a cloud-based communication system for the use of Maritzburg College Old Boys.

With this system Old Boys are able to:

  • update their personal details directly on the database which is linked to the OC office
  • check for announcements of functions, reunions, golf days and other events
  • advertise their business, service or product or even a vacancy in your firm
  • correspond with other class mates
  • purchase tickets for branch and reunion functions
  • numerous other features

How to access MemberZone:

  • Go to MemberZone
  • Type in your email address, then click on “Forgot password”. If your email is already on the system, then a link will be sent within a couple of minutes to your email address for you to complete the registration process. If your email is not on the system, a message will be sent to the office and we will add your email address and send you a link (possible 12 hour delay).
  • For more information, contact Linda Laubscher in the MCOBA office on

At Your Fingertips 

Old Collegians looking for information and directing their enquiries to the College Archivist & Museum Curator are usually surprised to learn that there is an online College Digital Archive, comprising at present

  • Copies of every College Magazine, from the earliest days, and
  • The College Admission Register, containing the names of all boys enrolled at Maritzburg College over the years.  (Years 2006 to 2018 not yet included.)

Access to this vast store of information is free.