Recent developments in MCOBA
Grant Little shares the latest MCOBA news..
As we move into Spring here in KZN, we are still in the late grips of winter and have pretty much come to terms with the “new normal” that this year has presented us. A number of our farming Old Collegians in KZN were negatively affected by some late season veld fires and we pass our best wishes to them. Please also keep Hayden Driemeyer (Class of 2009) and his family in your thoughts and prayers. While he returned safely to South Africa, he is still struggling in hospital, and the family continue to face challenges.
But as winter passes, the new season has brought the start of excitement within the MCOBA too. Our Vice President, Robin Westley (Class of 1988) stepped down due to personal reasons, and I am excited to let you know that Andrew Clayton (Class of 1991) has accepted the mantle. Andrew hails from Cape Town and this marks a new era with a senior Exec member not being based in central KZN. We also welcome Jesse Clark (Class of 2014) on to the Exec to assist the membership and projects portfolios and Peter Rodseth (Class of 1975) who returns to support the Exec. Pete is a Past President and a Honourary Life Member of the Association and we look forward to his experience on the team. I also congratulate Gary Knapp (Class of 1973) who has won our newsletter competition.
Functions are also starting and we will be kicking off with the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of College’s first rugby match; our Western Cape branch function is taking the form of a family fun day in Camps Bay, and we are excited to welcome over 270 new men into our ranks as we host the annual 6th Form Induction Ceremony later this month. North Coast and Durban will be looking at events before year end. So I encourage you to get some groundswell in your region, and we as an Exec and office will support you to the best of our abilities.
The big news that we are all anxiously awaiting, is the date for Reunion 2021. It is going to be big as we host both the 2020 and 2021 anniversary class groups. However, we are still awaiting the final 2021 term and school dates from the Department of Education here in South Africa – and then we need to find a home fixture. But we are aiming for the latter part of the second term (traditionally in May – but we await final DoE dates). I assure you that we will publish this far and wide as soon as we have them. Class Reunion Convenors will be contacted in November to start the process – so please make sure your contact details are up to date (especially those who completed 6th form in a year ending in a 0, 1, 5 or 6).
I look forward to continuing the dialogue and exchange with you, and my Executive committee, the office and myself remain your servants to deliver an Association that continues to make us proud to be College Old Boys.
Pro Aris et Focis
Grant Little President MCOBA