this is the document that records how the class of 1969 to 1973 of Potch Boys’ High School
began re-connecting. Covers July-2009 to November-2010.
where the “old men” (now all around 55 years old) have submitted to photos, and
where both nostalgic and recent photos of the school are sporadically updated.
so why is it called Part 2 ?
Because Jan Du Preez and Neville Kelly (some stories say it was also attributable to
ther wives) did put together “A Brief Chronicle” - that’s PART 1 which Jan
sent laboriously by e-mail in early 2010, after many years of work by them.
these 2 are at the web
site under /stories/
BUT now (Feb-2011), Jan sent a new PDF file which we will put into the web site in
chunks. It’s an excellent story, do visit.
For most of us it all started when Nick Ife sent something like this (12 June 2009):
If the name Nick Ife rings a bell, hit reply.
If not, I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
Home: +44 1926 813 412
Work: +44 117 230 9760
Mobile: +44 752 698 1669
so since Sep-09, due almost exclusively to Nick Ife and his internet sleuthing, almost the whole
class has been dug up, so to speak. there are even 5 Hags girls now contacted .
Martin Schutte hosts the web address for us; soon a new sponsor will take over otherwise we
must pay a little tiny something because fair is fair.
Laurence Potgieter (the writer here) finds himself as the sort of postmaster, and most e-mails
which started flying around since about September-2009 are collected below.
But now we have a generic e-mail address for everyone: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you send a mail to this, it goes to all 44.
Part 3 starts a new twist: guys are opening up, getting personal, relating stories of their life and
spiritual journeys, telling all who wish to listen about what they have learned. check it out at the
same address, look for a PART 3 name….
which has started something with a dramatic turn. read on ! below see Part 2 e-mails.
Part 1 is “A Brief Chronicle” by Jan and Neville
Part 2 is this document and e-mails of Sep-09 to Nov-10. not all are recorded here.
Part 3 is the current e-mailing, gatherings, e-mail banter, lessons from the gurus;
arrangements for what next ? and other anythings from Dec-10 onwards. Recorded in
“College73 old boys PART 3 e-mails 2011.doc”
Friends no longer with us, we remember them fondly.
Moose Mennigke 1977? killed in action up north
Brian Bendall 2008 Light plane crash (separate obituaries doc)
Gavin Christie 2004? Cancer (date is approximate)(two stories here)
Denys Earp-Jones 2008 heart attack (see white Earp’s 18Oct09 below)
Denrey Biddlecombe - ? pls assist. One story is a car crash. where, when ?
(remember Jan, first up here, gave us Part 1 “A Brief Chronicle”)
Jan du Preez Sep-09
Hi there boys
What an amazing world we live in, with the capability of making contact
after all these years.
Laurence, please send on the photographs you mention in your email. I
had forgotten that you went to Damelin to finish school, but thought
that we went to Heidelberg to start our national service together in
January 1974 -by train? It sounds like you are having a full life,
exactly what I would have expected from the "Pottie" of the old days.
Allan, good to hear from you. I was very pleased to track Nevile down,
and to hear that things are well with him. Do you also live in the
Joburg area? Do you ever get to Klerksdorp, and to see the Lategans? I
also recently made contact with Athol Rice, now living in Cape Town. I
will pass on his email contact if you like.
Maybe at some stage we can have a go at expanding on the "brief
chronicle", as I said in the first edition, we need to record some of
the things we did (and are still doing) as an example to our kids?
Look forward to hearing from you both
Sep-09 Allan Cullinan:
Corners, and Dennis, the shell shocked guy who worked there - stealing Eskimo pies by pushing
them up our Jacket sleeves - I used to get very exited and hyperventilate (girls had the same
effect on me right up to matric) and could never actually take one. I remember Rene being quite
good at it though. Our favourite time was on a Sunday, on the way back to College from the
Catholic church, which was in close to Corners. - remember our railway suits! - remember
Corners jam doughnuts!
Remember Fizzie vd Merwe from Stilfontein, he taught us how to steal from Corners. Fizzie
introduced us all in Buxton to a few vices - smoking, stealing, sex (dagga too - he used to buy
'fingers' from a darkie that worked at Buxton - Jap) His Mom was the lifesaver at the Stillies public
pool. She was a vry kind lady - the now word is Cool. She used to sit, all day long, in a high chair
(like the one they used in tennis) next to the pool. Her skin was like leather and she chain
smoked. Fizzie's Mom, used to keep a large glass jar for all her stompies in her kitchen from
which we used to select the best stubs. We broke them up and made super sized zolls using
brown paper. I think the stompies were meant for her ousie. Fizzie corrupted many Potch okes. I
remember a happening in Fizzie's caravan (he lived in a caravan in his garden and had free
reign) - he invited a few guys home from Potch, for the weekend, to introduce them to sex - The
girls and guys shall remain anon. to protect the innocent. I again was chicken and didn't go. Man!
I lost out - fricking nerves. My nerves once saved me on a fruit raid... but that's another story...
Fizzie commited suicide. He became an onsetter on the mine and always regretted leaving
school after std. 8. He missed the guys.
Sep-09 Rene Lategan
Interesting stories! Makes me feel as if I only left school a couple of
years ago! At least no one is suffering from Alzheimer's! But I definitely cannot remember the
Eskimo Pies/Jacket sleeves Allan is referring to. Must have been another of his "friends"!! Haha.
Yes Laurence it is me. Good to
hear from you Allan and Dave. Visited Rory King in Aus 10 years ago and also saw Tony
Summers. Have added a few more names (see email addresses above) So sad to hear about
Fizzie. He really led us on some adventurous trips in Stilfontein in Std 8. Jan did an outstanding
job on the "Chronicles". I am still in Klerksdorp, hoping to move to Durban soon. Allan where are
you and what are you up to? Cannot believe it has been 36 years! George Bower also passed
away. Had a heart attack while playing squash. Keep well Regards Rene
Sep-09 Laurence Potgieter:
Remember that story about Moosa having a sword-fight with Kas Botha, a woodwork teacher
wasn't he ? who had that nasal problem; hngh, hngh. moosa was a year ahead of us, but what
a cool story, where Kas choons, who wants to challenge me ? And moosa jumps up, me, sir, I'll
challenge you, and they have a sword-fight with T-squares. I vaguely remember that Moosa
allowed him to win ?
There was another Industrial Arts teacher, much younger, big kuif – was it Glock ? who kindly
taught us how to wash a car, using his Anglia as an example.
You know that story Rory King tells about getting 6 from Cornelius ? I have scars to this day
where the cane curled around on my hip. Cornelius shot himself with a .22 rifle, remember,
when he found out he had stomach cancer. His wife’s screams will be remembered by the
Neville Kelly ! could do these huge suicide bombs from the high diving board, tucking in at the
last second. mal Jan was always a pleasure in a group, is there anyone so colourful on the whole
earth ? He and Neville always seemed so happy, ready for another prank. Speaking of which,
what was the name that poor young science teacher, who we fed chillis on the back of his pen
which he was constantly chewing ? Jawbone
And while we were thinking how cunning we were, filling some okes blazer pocket with water in
that same science lab, then someone else was meantime filling our very pocket in the same way !
Those sash windows let in a cool breeze on the hot summers days.
Wab Daniels Jnr. did scuba diving in the deep end using a plastic bag for air and the handrail
from the pool stairs for ballast. Remember how Arthur Fosatie cracked the high diving board
during a gala, he was going to do a one-and-a-half or something, and there was this loud crack
but the board didn’t actually break.
Std. 7 or 8: A bunch of us from Milton came across another group (Granton okes, including
Moose and P-J was it?) on a fruit raid, at 2 in the morning or something equally ridiculous, there
was animosity but not actual fighting, weird; but usually fruit raids went off smoothly. I
remember tucking into some seriously nice grapes hanging in stockings. We were all quite
skittish after a report of someone being shot at with a salt-loaded shotgun. Did that actually
happen? Those water ditches were most useful to lie in, when a car came by.
Graham Grey (B) and I scaled one of the Buxton master's help-my-trap for a few mornings; what
was his name? -he was a young thin oke, about whom there were stories of him bringing a
woman to Buxton for "visits". So with this little 50cc, we scaled the milk which was left in the open
at the corner opposite Corners. But one morning a black man - they were called something else
back then - gave chase, and we only just made it out of there. Graham Grey went to Canada
soon after College, ja ?
Remember how violent the hail storms were ? you could see this wall of water and ice
approaching, run like hell for shelter at Corners, holding your basher so it doesn’t fly off.
That oke who worked in Milton, Japie, he got fired because of me, I fingered him for selling me
dope. Always did regret that. And a lot of other stuff, but we were stupid kids, some more than
others. I should never have given Cynthia Tarr the push, either, especially not so harsh. What
a wanker. Wish I could get hold of her now, give her a HUGE bunch of flowers. Funny how we
remember all the friends just like they were back then. Cynthia (I'm still in love with her) and her
sister Sylvia? Lydia? Sonia? had a younger brother Mostyn at College, ... probably also old and
grey like us now. That town Sannieshof near or in which where they lived, it's not so pleasant
any more. Very near there, 2002, four of us from Kumba Mining were going to a golf day in
Sishen, rolled a Discovery TD5: the three who wore seat belts lived, the one who did not, did not.
Always wear them, back seat also.
Ha ha! I bet you also remember certain things quite emotively, like a girl at Hags, or just falling
asleep in double letterkunde...
I visited college one day one my way to Cape Town, 1988. It was fascinating !!! All the old
memories flooding back, the atmosphere, it was surreal and unreal and guess who was there ?
Squeaky vd Walt. He vaguely remembered me, and us. The kids were all VERY respectful.
Then again visiting recently, 2008, all the kids are black now, but what respect !! They stand up
when you pass, and take great care to greet you. The place looks the same.
i scheme the okes sort of grow up the same kind of ous as they were
then, at school. it's like you have already become who you are, and are gonna be, by the time you
are in matric.
seems like i should have stayed those last 6 months of matric (i went
to Damelin), but i was psychologically so bad that maybe the best
option was to stay away; you okes had a jol all right. what happened to Leon Jacobs, no-one
seems to know. Graham Boy ??
Let's start a web site where we can put photos in, starting with that nice journal. Or does such a
web site exist ? I'm happy to expand www.zeroemission.co.za to have a "college 1973" page,
where okes would log in and can deposit photos and browse those already there. You scheme ?
Dave Doveton has this holiday place down on the south coast, it would be very nice to gather a
few okes there one day. Then, it is more time than just a one-evening event, like the old boys
dinner at wanderers club. I went to one once, it was a FAT jol. 1986-ish. Souti Joannou and
Simon Fourie and Dave Funk were there amongst others, cannot remember now since we drank
such vast quantities of alcohol. Suddenly it was 4 a.m. jislaaik.
Nick Ife talks about a 40th anniversary in 2013. I would put serious time and energy into that if
the okes thought it would be a good idea. What you guys think? Shit we will be old by then: 57
or so. Dave Doveton suggests Phuket: cheap, central. Let’s start saving up ?
Good, Jan du Preez you mal bliksem, from that journal thing (and your photo on facebook) you
still seem like a zany oke, that's good.
Sep-09 Dave Doveton:
Also seem to recall Milton had a sadist called ben schutte--made adolf look tame--not sure who
was in the group but a couple of us got nailed on a fruit raid and he laid into us as if he would be
awarded a medal for pain infliction.
Remember frank canova--history teacher--great story teller.
Koos >>>>Milton house master--used to drive a green beetle-good guy.
Ma van rooyen--a real piece of art--vericose veins and all--remember breaking my collar bone in
rugby and got given a disprin.
Rugby coach was %$#&^%@@adams--remember him.
Dipstick the metal work coach and bus driver on rugby games to joburg.
See a guy called chris georgiades fairly often--his dad owned the roadhouse--also see alan
soloman--remember the vetkoek den.??
Someone needs to write a damn book.
Seem to recall various changes in religion depending on where the hags dolls were going and
which service was least boring--anglican church had a coffee shop under the stage???
Remember denis from the corner kuif--poor guy never stood a chance and not sure how they
ever made a profit--the fruit raids where the best but must admit the quality of home made dop
Think it was great for the guys who all lived in the area--for myself it was difficult as went back to
jhb and then the army in cape town--10AA at youngsfield -that was for 18 months--saw one or 2
guys but then studies and relocation split everyone again.
Think the big mistake was not to get involved with the old boys society.does anyone remember
keith boltler and if so is he still around.
Hey rene--I live in port Edward on the lower south coast--give us a call if you are coming down to
Chat later okes as have some Israeli and german guest--helluva combination--to see off.
Sep-09 Jaimy Watt:
This is absolutely great hearing from all of you. Rene you are right, it feels like we left school only
a few years ago!!!
Cully, I do remember the Corners raids, how they ever managed to make any money is beyond
me. There were also the sports trips where we stopped at Vick's Viking Garage (the one with the
Viscount aircraft on the roof) outside JHB, a few guys used to keep the auntie behind the counter
busy while the rest of the blokes cleaned out the chip rack! So many stories, Ben Pienaar and his
"urban legend" plastic backside, Remember Derek Hill (Sam skivvied for him); he had something
on the go with Ben's daughter! Then there were some others - Henk Venter and the blackboard
compass, what about that mal Kas Botha, Ma Lappies, Jiggs Le Roux and Hitler Smith???
I ended up at Wits Technikon doing Metallurgy and have been in the mining game all my working
life, all across SA and several other countries. Now living in Ozz (Brisbane), still working for a SA
company, just completing a project in Papua New Guinea. Still married, 29 years next month;
have two girls - one married living in my townhouse in Atholl Gardens (JHB) and the younger one
living in London.
I keep contact with a few of the guys via sporadic e-mail and facebook (when I have time). Jan
lives about 120km west of Brisbane and we hook up with Rory & Tubby occasionally.
Will be seeing Ellis in late November when he comes to Ozz, so that will be a great catch up.
Cheers - Jaimy.
Sep-09 Duncan Fourie
Well thanks to all for getting this ball rolling! And a good morning to all!
It was so good to read of all the good things (and ....) we got up to.
Over the years I have not had much contact with Old Boys, my fault. I saw quite a bit of Gavin
Christie before he died of cancer a few years back.
Also saw a bunch of the guys every now and then. Certainly time to catch up!
Personally, Sandey and I have been married for 30 years and our sons Carl
(24) is a Medical Computer Scientist based in Cape Town and Matthew(22) a 3D Cad Designing
Draftsman and Professional Drummer based in Randburg. Sandey and I live in Boskruin
Randburg and spend most of our time running Carl's company, Forx Design, providing web based
marketing solutions to SME's and are about to launch our new e-magazine,
www.africanbushmag.com/ A portal to all things bush.
Between College and now I have enjoyed a great life packed with tons of fun and games. Never
quite settled down to a "normal life". After 12years in the dental game I went into financial
consulting which led to small business consulting and a string of involvements with different
businesses and project that have kept me entertained and supported financially.
The one thing College left me with was the ability to make a plan.....
....or a good excuse!
Elli, Tubby and I spent a few good evenings "studying" in the old band room we turned into our
matric study. The Boss never did find our study Bells!
Pottie, you stay darn close to us. Any on else close by, give me a ring and let's get together soon.
Until we talk again. Do continue to....
.....enjoy the havoc life provides!
Duncan (Farmer) Fourie
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Martin Schutte 28Sep09:
Hi Guys - This Facebook thing, which I am trying to get used to,
eventually got me to react
Duncan - What is this Old Men thing
You guys might be Old but Baldy and I are definitely not
Had a great lunch with Baldy on Saturday and after a few Ale's got into
reminiscing about the old days
Here are some of my memories
Lawrence most of my memories of you are from Std 6 when you slept on my
Left and Baldy on my Right and the whole dorm used to P out of Baldy's
This used to drive him absolutely Nuts
Wilsie Venter - He slept in the bed below my feet - His brother was a
housemaster "Bernard" ( We used to think Bernard and Squeeky had a thing
I don't think Wilsie ever recovered from Baldy squashing his "House
Snake's Head in his locker door and killing it" Wilsie left college soon
Wilsie's most famous comment was " That Jeff Sandler is so fast but I
Cum just behind him " Wilsie was a year ahead of us in Age so her ran
with the under 14's. I can still remember the great races between
Lawrence Potgieter,Leon Jacobs and Julian Eisenhammer until the time
Leon broke his ankle. ( In a Rugby game if I remember correctly ) Last
saw Leon 1976. If I remember correctly, Aulf Pettersen was always third
or forth. ( Any body have contact with Aulf or Julian )
Those Guys were the famous Sprinters till some outsider named Doveton
arrived at College and showed them all what sprinting was all about - No
Insult but Dave those "Bandy Legs" could move.
Another name which comes to mind is "Chommy Johnson" - I cant remember
him after Std 6 - All I can remember is Larry Newstadt P'ing on him -
Cant remember why but it was very funny at the time.
Anybody heard from Nikki ?? van der Westhuizen - His Eye was shot out
with a Pellet Gun - I think we use to call him "Zambia"
Day Boy - Johan Johann van der Merwe - Always amazed me that first and
second name the same till I got to the Army - We had a Skutter Schutte -
And he was not allowed to Shoot as he was classified as a G4K4
??? Peter Hood - Can you remember Kas Botha saying when being threatened
by Peter - " HOOD SIT NEER DAAI CHIZZEL "
Graham Boy - I think he left at the before standard eight.
I also recall a ?? Liebenberg from Stilfontein ?? - He could Pee like 20
Meters - Witnessed this myself ?? Was also a great spin bowler
Danie Mostert and his brother ( Danie was 1 year ahead of us but I
recall him staying back a year and finishing in 1973)- Will never forget
Mostert - Believe he was quite a hero in the Military
Jonathan Bortz - Day Boy
Some guy call "Dale Stacey". He never lasted long - When running away
from College my Day picked him up on the road to Carletonville after
visiting me at College. My Dad phoned his Dad in JHB and he never came
back to College
"Ginger Davis" - Only lasted as few months - Came from CENTRAL - ???
Family in Margate - Altzheimers catching up with me
Earp Jones Brothers - Dennis and Alan ???
I can picture a few other kids from standard six but I just cannot
recall their names
One of had their ear bitten off by Soti Joannou
We All arrived at College for Different Reasons
Looking Back at the 5 years I spent at College I am thankful and
greatfull that I had the opportunity
Oct-09 Billy Neethling:
Hi There Guys,
I agree with Schutts!!! This “Old Men” thing just doesn’t seem right. We may be in our fifties, but
shit man, that is not old!!!
It’s great to see some long lost names, and also to read all the stories and memories. I know Jan
Du Preez has been waiting (patiently, I hope) for me to drop him a line. (Dups, this is still going to
happen – it will be a two pager, I promise!!) Martin and Baldy – I used to see you guys now and
again??!! We must arrange something sometime. I get to see Tubby vd Wath quite often (when
he’s here on business). Tubby, Terry Pike and myself ended up in the same Army Camp in
Bloem. Tubs and I then spent quite a bit of time together after the Army, in and around Jo’burg
and then Bloemfontein. Just the other day we were having dinner at my house and we got onto
some reminiscing about those years. Had some good laughs. Last I heard, Terry Pike was in
Cape Town, and piloting for SAA.
I see someone mentioned the 40 year re-union coming up in 2013. We must start with some
planning and ideas now, and not wait till the last, as we normally do!! The “chronicles” that Jan
did, is something that we can all expand on. The Old Boys’ Dinners at the Wanderers Club are
getting back to the days of old. We possibly need to get a class list and see who we can recruit to
get a record turnout at the 2013 Dinner. We must also get ideas from the guys who are now living
abroad. It seems as if half our class is now overseas somewhere!!!
In the e-mails that are doing the rounds, I saw some mention Graham Boy’s name. He is in
Jo’burg, living in Kyalami, and running a transport business. I also see a lot of our matrics (1969),
like Dave Russel, our C-Dorm prefect in Granton. Also Athol Weddel, Vic Jardim and a couple
others. They (the year of ’69) have a very strong data base of their year. At the Wanderers
Dinners, I have seen some guys from our year there on the odd occasion. About two years ago,
Brain Bendall and I were there from ’73, and sat with Andrew Cole (Fatman) from 1972. Sadly,
Brian died in a light plane crash a couple of weeks later.
Anyway, I see a lot of the guys are living in and around Jo’burg. I live in the Risidale area, (near
Northcliff), and work in Linden. We must see who we can get together, and go for a couple of
Catch up later,
J.H. Neethling (Billy)
Telephone: +27 11 888 1079
Facsimile: +27 11 782 6199
Cell: +27 82 600 0045
Extract from e-mail
Billy's been involved with the Old Boys club and I'm sure he has some stories about waning
interest and encouraging members to participate. Deep down we all enjoy reading this stuff (I do
- good memory Scutts - I can see Dave Doveton and his thin bandy legs) and it's good to be
reminded just how we came through our adolescent years relatively unscathed and balanced. We
had the freedom to be honest with each other. If we didn't fit in, we criticised, mocked
and embarrassed each other until we conformed to our college culture. We were our
own parents, friends, confidantes and fans. Most of us wore the same hairstyle (as long as
possible to pass haircut inspection - must've looked like a ‘mullet’ ), wore Bata Hunters (the older
and dirtier the better), white T shirt and Levi Jeans. If you were lucky to have denims with a red
tag then they were genuine and apparently the orange tag wasn't.
I remember years ago, testing a prefect at a prospective school for my children, to name at least
10 players in his first rugby team. He couldn't and I decided not to send my children there.
Nick Ife 14Oct-09:
Interesting how many of our cohort ended up in Aus and Canada. And I seem to be the only one
that ended up in Europe!!
I do travel to SA probably once per year (my stepson is a firefighter at Lanseria Airport, and my
stepdaughter runs a music promotions company in Cape Town). So I will definitely hook up with
whoever I can, next time.
Dave Doveton has remembered changing religion according to which Hags girl you fancied.
That's a very Doveton reason. This is the guy that got sent a roll call list from Hags, with all the
girls he had dated crossed out. As a reminder of how few he had missed! To this day I suspect
his buggered knees probably started from all the time he got clapped up for a successful "prop
My own motivation for rejecting Catholicism at the time, was that their Mass was earlier. It meant
waking up early, missing breakfast and coming back to eat the cold dregs of the feast that the
Anglicans had enjoyed. Plus the Anglican minister let us decorate the storeroom under the stage
and put a record player there.
I remember Matron had a big brown demijohn of government cough mixture, which I suspect
contained equal measures of morphine, codeine and alcohol. And I knew how to slip the sash
window, and sneak in at night for a dop after lights out. I have always liked a drink!
Much has been spoken of Jigs...
I remember one time (Std 7) walking back from swimming we found an old lampshade. I think it
was Jacobs put the lampshade on his head with grass sticking out like green hair. We went to
Jigs' clas and introduced this as a new boy. Jigs went through the formalities of welcoming him to
the class, writing some invented name in the registered, then someone jumped up saying "Sir, sir,
that's not a new boy, that's Jacobs!" BAF! Jigs smacked him down. I was brand new to the
school and I just couldn't believe the audacity of Jacobs' trick, or the treachery of the class.
I subsequently found this was the routine trick: to wind him up slowly, with a subtle annoyance,
ping-pong or creeping the desks forward. Then as he became aware he was irritated, you had to
misdirect his fury on some unsuspecting innocent. Usually Nowers, who was habitually in the
front row anyway,or preferably on some new boy innocently walking down the corridor.
And that young science teacher that still lived with his mom...
Every lesson we artfully placed the feather duster into the pelvis of the skeleton...and every
lesson he sighed and rolled his eyes, then hung the duster back on the hook. Late on in the
chemistry term, when we got a better understanding of it, we substituted ingredients in the back
room to make his experiments go wrong. Then we faithfully recorded in our books: "Sir said the
indicator would go blue, but it went red", or my favourite "Sir held the spoon of chemicals on the
bunsen burner, it caught fire. Sir put it under the tap, when it exploded and burned a hole in Sir's
And there was one attractive female teacher...
She taught French, so very few of us were blessed to be in her class. But we always walked the
long way round the quad to pass her door. Where she would be leaning on the pole, elegantly
smoking a cigarette. Once she took our class for a free period in the library. I frantically
searched all the books I could, to find a French phrase for her to translate. All so I could brush
my hand on her chest while showing her the book.
The metalwork teacher (early years)...
We were something, I don't remember what, but evidently it was supposed to be round...
"Rond! Rond! Jou dinges is so rond soos 'n jong meisie se ****!!!"
Among my other friends at College who did not stay through to the end was Michael Galbraith.
He was from Blairgowrie, and had been at primary with me. He left after a year. Also two
brothers from Florida, David and Peter Jago. They had smuggled a 50cc Kreidler to school, and
knew the Hell's Angels. They secretly made an elaborate sissy bar in metalwork, under cover of
panel-beating a brass ashtray.
Hags girls...Pottie has mentioned Cynthia Tarr (I thought his girlfriend was called Merryl). I quite
liked a girl called Elaine Kerr but she was red-faced and sporty and a bit intimidating. I don't think
I ever had any success at all with Hags girls. After leaving school I kept in touch with Marion
(Maz) Campbell-Gibson for a year or two...
Enough, enough! I guess you can tell I'm back to "working from home" this week, hey!
All the best,
Dave Funck 15Oct09:
Hey all you old bald and grey Collegiates
The alexia of life is divorce and internet dating. It keeps you young.
It was good to hear from Nick as a start. After reading some of the attachments and add
on’s, the memory started playing tricks on me. I could swear I was never part of the
debauchery and mayhem you guys got up too. Then my ass tingled and reminded me
that myself and “Pottie” were the first to get jacked by McFarlane in Std6, 1969.
Laurence, you had two pairs of undies on and Mac got very cross, so you got it harder.
Hey, the memories.
The one I have not read about in these recalls, is Kas Botha, the woodwork teacher who
invented the interlocking paving brick. I remember Hood chasing him with a chisel.
Anyway, don’t want to fill up your mail boxes with junk, suffice to say I live in Joburg,
Gallo Manor, am engaged for the 8th time in my life and going strong.
Julian Eisenhammer 15Oct-09:
With this barrage of e-mails that has flooded my inbox over the last few weeks, I
feared that if I didn’t get my ass into gear and respond pretty shortly I would be the
recipient of a visit from Ben Schutte.
My sense over the years was that there were only a handful of the class of 73 who
were still resident in SA. Whilst it has been difficult to keep track as to who was in
jail, who had been admitted to an asylum during this time and who had left our shores
for elsewhere, it was a great surprise to hear from Dave Doveton some weeks back –
well done Dave and thank you for going to all the effort to get the ball rolling. As the
responses started coming in, they made for some fascinating reading. I am
embarrassed to admit that some of the names that cropped up I had completely
forgotten about- a sure sign of senility setting in during my reluctant but rapid entry
into the “senior years”.
The memories of various individuals during my two years at college in (72 - 73) came
flooding back – there were certainly some larger than life characters, and its great
to see some of them on the mailing list put together so meticulously by Pottie.
One of the incidents I recall very clearly- like yesterday in fact- was my very first week
in Milton- with the self same Dave Doveton being the instigator of a midnight fruit
raid. Talk about a baptism of fire- I still carry the scars of my first encounter with Ben
Schutte- if not psychically then certainly psychologically as my wife regularly reminds
me. Larry Newstadt and Zambia van der Westhuizen were the other members of that
Dave, Larry and Zambia had commandeered this new boy at 1am on a Saturday
morning with sports bags over their shoulders. Somewhere near Hags, near a corner
café we all used to frequent (the name Makuks or something that sounded like that
rings a bell) a patrolling police van appeared from nowhere, much like a bolt of
lighting from out of the blue. We all made a dash for it - if I recall Larry, Dave and I
landed up under a caravan in someone’s garden where we watched with disbelief as a
constable chased Zambia around a huge old palm tree outside of the café. After at
least 5 times around the tree and unable to corner him, another constable climbed out
of the van and they descended on poor old Zambia like a ton of bricks from both
directions. Securely handcuffed, off he went and we were left contemplating how on
earth we were going to get back to the dormitory safely. The next time we saw
Zambia was in Wally Mac’s study at 4 am that morning- the police had delivered him
personally to Wally and notified old Mac that there were other culprits out on the
same excursion whom they weren’t able to catch. A quick visit had been undertaken
to all the dorms by Ben Schutte on Wally’s instruction to establish who was missing
and our fate was sealed. When we eventually returned to the hostel, but before being
able to slip back into our dorms, Ben Schutte was waiting for us at the front door. He
took us straight to Wally – I remember stuttering to Wally something like “Sir, your
assumptions about where we have been are wrong and in fact as it is athletics season
we have been out training on the athletics track since early morning”. We were
obviously not aware that Zambia had already been forced into confessing to Mac the
full story. Mac barked something at me like “since 1am this morning you’re trying
to tell me-absolute tripe- Mr Schutte, get them out of here and sort them out” which
the bastard duly did before breakfast on that Saturday morning. I had to run around
the athletics track three times rubbing my backside before I could stop and finally
take my place at the breakfast table. And the four of us were completely gated for the
full first term- after less than a week at College. The damage was permanent -
my posterior quivers every time I think of Ben Schutte and that deadly piece of wood
in hand! Great introduction to Milton for me Dave Doveton - I’m indebted to you
Reading the various e-mails over the last two days, I realised how dull and
uninteresting my life has been in the context of the stories of others. Same wife for
thirty years, had spent until recently twenty years with the same investment banking
group, , and the same dog for most of that time too! Three kids, son of 25 doing
articles at KPMG, daughter of 23 doing Honours in Industrial Psychology, and younger
son still at school in standard 9. After completing my articles, I spent 20 years in
investment banking (UAL and Nedcor Investment Bank) and left about 5 years ago to
set up my own business - Catalyst Human Asset Management which specialises in
executive search and selection in the finance, banking and legal arenas.
My spare time is largely taken up by sport, wildlife and gardening. Played club cricket
up until about 10 years ago, when the Achilles tendons and shoulder joints finally said
“enough”. I am a diehard Western Province rugby supporter and a seasoned Arsenal
Football man. In fact I am off to Cape Town this weekend to watch Western Province
against the Bulls in the Currie Cup semi-final- must say that with all the Boks back in
the Bulls side, it could just be an exercise in futility. But then again, if Julius Malema
genuinely passed Std 2, Province must have a chance- albeit it a minimal one!!
I read in the papers a few weeks back that Andries Krogman, who was the national
middle distance champion runner from Potch University and a bit of a legend during
our time and who often visited Ben Schutte, passed away in Paarl recently. He would
always spend time when he visited Ben in Milton chatting to the Milton distance
runners – Earpie (Alan), Martin (Schutt’s), Rob Todd etc. Rob Todd you’re wondering?
Arrived in 72 with me in Milton, great distance runner - in same league as Len Cowan
but left at end of that year.
So many other memories and incidents to share. One last one. Who remembers the
Sunday afternoon in matric when some of us who were keen on soccer organised very
quietly a game against the kitchen and ground staff? We played on the main field,
which we thought was safe as none of the masters could see us – we all probably
assumed that they were too busy catching up on a “Sondag middag knippie” when next
thing a police van arrives (another one ! ) and threatens to lock us all up. One of the
neighbours across the road from the school had seen us playing against the “swartes”,
and on a Sunday afternoon this was worse than treason. Both Sunday sport and playing
anything with the “swartes” were criminal offences in those days. Sex was also banned
on Sundays in case it lead to dancing! Wally was summonsed; he came down and
requested the police not to make any arrests. He assured the cops that he would deal
with the matter. He gave us a very firm talking to but thankfully didn’t hand us over
(again) to Ben Schutte. Could you imagine old Solly (Milton cleaner) and his mates
(Bosluis and others) being caned along with us by Ben Schutte? I suspect that it was
the only reason we never copped it. Is it not unbelievable to think in today’s times,
that the story is absolutely true and that we lived through what was obviously the
norm in those days? How things have changed dramatically over the last 36 years. A
different world completely.
Best wishes to all,
Nick Ife 15Oct09:
Christie ; Ian Johnson ; Zambia vd Westhuizen ? Steinman: Soti: Schutts
; ?? ; Pettersen
Mike Ford ; Ellis ; Farmer ; Black Earp ; Doveton ; ?? ; Ife ; Boardman
Aitchison ; Summers ; King ; Mostert ; Newstadt ; Eisenhammer ; White
Martin Schutte 16Oct09:
Thoughts from the past (James Watt comments in dark red)
In std 6 we had a guy with us who did not stay very long – possibly Jewish – I can recall
he walked with a gait – Anybody remember his name ??? Was this David Heyman ?
All I can recall is that we were outside The History Classroom – just past the Museum
going North - and Graham Boy tripped this guy and he fell very awkwardly breaking his
wrist. I can remember his hand sticking out at a very acute angle and looking rather
painfull. That was Pottie sliding his briefcase into David Heyman’s legs, took him out
solidly. Possibly related to Bill Helyar ?? No.
Kas Botha’s famous sayings “You fink wood grows on trees !!!” & “Hood --- HOOD
SIT NEER DAAI CHISEL !!!!” Kas also told Graham “ek sal jou klap dat jy so n vrot vel op
die grond neerslaan”
The Tall skinny housemaster/teacher who took over from Kas Botha – “DIPSTICK” – We
were rather cruel with our nicknames We called him dipstick because he used half a pot of
brylcreem on his head every day. One thing I recall him saying “who throwed that spats on the
Cannot remember the teachers name – Geography about std 7 – who could not use Y
correctly – Used to say Jellow for Yellow – Billy Neethling putting a drawing pin on his
chair and him sitting on it and jumping up in pain - Billy smiling innocently and saying -
“Gee Sir you nearly went all the way to Yupiter”
Leon Jacobs – Std 6 – When Oom Jerry ran down to the bottom of the classroom with
his notebook - as we were all humming like Bees – saying “ Coke and Chips please Sir “.
Then Leon being physically thrown out the door. Then the normal – Johnny Nowers got
whacked again – Serves him right for sitting in the front row
The Afrikaans teacher in Std 6 – (Also coached 1st team ??) Piet Van Vuuren?? If we did
not feel like the class Graham Boy would ask a Rugby Question and that was sufficient to
take up the rest of the period.
Mr Ferguson – PT Teacher– who had the sexy daughter who appeared naked on the
cover of Scope – and his Vaal Japie ( my Butt still aches ) – and his famous Ford Cortina
Hugo Ackersman’s comment to Ray Boardman after Ray was caught bunking and using
the excuse “I thought it was break” – “Grow up and go pull your wire”
Wally Mac Farlane’s standard “Rightio Put it in a box and bring it to my office” “rightio,
you with the yellow shoes” when you wre copped wearing your Bata Hunter vellies. I
remember Cully being copped one Sunday morning & the Boss flipping because Cully did
not have any socks on! Remember the Boss’s missus’ nickname – SADDLEBAGS!!!
The Young teacher who temporarily gave us guidance, whilst Oom Jerry was ill, who
used to rest her Boobs on the Desk ( meanwhile I think Graham was the guy who slid
along the floor and studied her panties ) Thought she was a Miss Van Vuuren???
Mrs Bird ( rather old blonde bombshell – At 13 anything in a dress was a bombshell –
who was rumored to having an affair with Malcolm Beck) He left college very soon after
the that. He used to pay me 10c per shirt to iron his shirts. I was very sorry when he left
as I only got R 6 pocket money per term and 10c was a small fortune. I thought it Mrs
Labuschagne ? (or Ma Lappies). She thought Joe (Martin) v/d Merwe was wonderful as
he used to bring her roses, until she found out Joe was picking them from her garden!!!!
Anybody remember Mr Donaldson (Fonebone) who took us for English in Std 8. “Mr Watt
& Mr Cowan – I am not amused”. We always thought he had swallowed a Concise
What abour Mr Dome? One time Latin teacher – it was rumored that the Granton guys
used to steal his brandy from his room – Andre Ossthuizen? Jannie – maybe you can
Somewhere I still have my original “Acceptance to Potchefstroom High School for Boys
Letter”. School fees were R 39.10 per term – Will Scan and Post on the New Site – See
Address database coming along – Am Registering www.PotchCollege73 .co.za domain –
We will all then be able to have our own ????@PotchCollege.co.za email addresses –
Not asking you guys for any money as I remember all of you were as mean as Pig???? In
1973 so I must assume nothing has changed. I am still the same ( Mentally but not
physically ) The full 73 list which I am compiling will be available on the site for viewing
early next week.
Please mail me any info that you can on any poor soul who attended college between
1969 and 73 so that I can include it on my Database
That’s all for tonite
Alan Earp-Jones 18Oct09:
Hi Dave ,
Thanks for the reply -just checked out the website -what an awesome place - it must be fabulous
to wake up there every day.
Denys became ill last year with what seemed to be pneumonia - there was concern of an
underlying tumour - before it could be investigated he passed away from a presumed heart attack
.He was living with my parents in Tokai -Cape Town .He had challenges with his health for years
having had surgery to remove his pancreas ,and chronic pain related to that although he never
complained . He was divorced from his wife and has a son, Rowan now 17 who he had a close
relationship with. Denys enjoyed remniscing about Potch and your name often came up (Diesta
Gumba) as did Ife ,potgieter and a whole bunch of the names I recognise on the email list ! I am
very excited to see the plans shaping up .Let the good reunions roll ! Life is too short.
Please feel free to send this to anyone from our lot who would want the news.
In Calder house, Keith Boltler, used to sleep so soundly that we could carry him, with his mattress
and leave him on the B rugby field in the middle of the night. It was particularly difficult getting him
through the doors, because he was quite big and amazingly he never woke up! Keith had a full
beard in std 6.
Clive Peens who didn't want to write an exam decided to break his arm. He and someone (Jaimy
maybe) dropped a rail track on his arm and he sprained his arm badly. Needless to say he wrote
his exam with his arm heavily bandaged. Seem to remember that he also jumped out of a tree,
but hurt his leg..?
I got about 55% for the bowl (picture attached) - my family think it's a work of art! I still use it.
Nick Ife 19Oct09
The Latin teacher was Mr Done, with an n.
During exams he would let you speak to Nowers as long as you promised it was not about the
There were only 6 of us in Latin, and we sat in a straight line, front to back.
As he walked down the line checking homework, John's book passed done the line also.
He thought he had a class of geniuses (genii?).
After mock exams, he told Ackermann he expected 6 distinctions.
And he was very indignant when Hugo toned down his expectations.
I think there was 1 distinction and 5 scrapes?? (it was my worst result)
When I came back to school once, after Matric, he refused to greet me.
But I swear I can recite some Ovid, to this day.
And I know John can
I also speak better Afrikaans now than I did in Matric, and I have been out of the country for 30
I think I suffered from wilful stupidity, and being an immature ass! And I hope I grow out of it one
Ife and Cockroft from a subsequent e-mail about 20Oct09
Regards to all...
Ah Mr Ife, ever the wordsmith:- "I think I suffered from wilful stupidity, and being an
immature ass! And I hope I grow out of it one day." I regret to confess that I identify with
the same affliction!
Jeff Leader 21Oct09:
Of course we are more mature than then. I can’t remember when last I was inebriated. Let’s
see who is sober when we get together. Mature becomes as pissed as a coot.
Remember old Squeaky and he comments about Kas Botha en ‘n Ka swat uit Kiaat gemmak
I recall telling Tim Gane (English teacher) to F%$# off and get out the way the day before the
first day of school. I saw this newboy walking across the rugby field while I was practising
discus. I was afraid he would get hurt. Ooops.
Sots picked Ben Schutte up a bit later and threatened to knock his block off after he told Soti
that he’s “lus vir Soti se vet gat”. I really enjoyed Soti putting him on the spot.
Tubby vd Wath 21Oct09:
Pottie u big poes (this in reply to Pottie asking, who is Johnson?) - chommie johnson arrived in
std 9 in milton - he was also arrested for being drunk on a bicycle in matric. Spoke to Billy today -
reckon sun city could be a go -er. Wives can sloth next to pool boys can play golf and generaly
Julian Eisenhammer 23Oct09:
Back in the saddle and spending my Sunday morning in the office as has become the norm. I
have come to realise that being a relatively newish business owner in the current economic
climate is only for fools and those still paying the price for their indiscretions at High School- in my
case both. I do sense things might be turning in general- slowly and steadily rather than the quick
burst that we all need so desperately , so just got to keep the shoulder to the wheel and keep on
Am glad to see there is another Gooner amongst our contingent-always very classy and
discerning individuals as Gooners tend to be!!! I must say I am quietly confident this season in a
change of fortunes- having said that I just hope I haven’t tempted fate for tonight’s game against
West Ham. Brilliant going forward, play with flair second to none but still lack a very authoritative
midfield dynamo like Patrick Vieira and tend to concede too many unnecessary goals. Having
said that as long as they continue scoring more than they concede- still the biggest net goal
difference by quite a way along with Chelsea, even our most ardent foes will never dispute that
we play the most beautiful football in the Premiership.
In the next month or so when I hopefully start claiming back my weekend time, it would be great
to get together over a game and a beer. I unfortunately have an engagement party tonight not
through choice, but am assured there will be a big screen for some of us who would otherwise
have boycotted and rather watched the soccer.
I remember well the block of flats you lived in at the top of Corlett Drive- was a brown face brick
building then, underwent a huge revamp some twenty years ago and now a very prominent white
set of apartments. After getting married, lived in the street below there- Atherstone Street for a
while in mid eighties and remember thinking of you every time I took our first child (now 25) for a
walk in his pram.
Would never recognize Nick Ife even if I bumped straight into him- same probably applies to you-
that first pic you attached of yourself next to a motorbike- not the guy I remember always
swimming and playing water polo.
Chat shortly Pottie.
John Nowers 25Oct09:
Been inundated with e-mails, so am replying with two-finger typing. This may take a while.
I'm a vet in a private practice in Knysna, been here for twenty years. Prior to that was state vet &
game capture vet with Nature Consternation in Namibia. Have a lovely wife, two pretty daughters
(good bulls throw heifers) & four soppy cats. My wife Janet is an MFA graduate from Rhodes who
does editing part-time & keeps me on the straight & narrow full-time (sigh). Elder daughter has
done BSc, now doing teaching diploma, younger one doing BJourn, both at Rhodes. I'm still as
strong as a buffalo, healthy as a horse & poor as a church mouse (almost). Don't drink like a fish
anymore & try to keep fit by mountain biking, running, swimming & canoeing. Banned from touch
Nick Ife lived in Knysna until recently & married a really great lady, he deserves it. They've moved
to Mauritius & Nick works all over Europe. Another OM in town is Trompie Toerien, now a
financial broker. He drives a Hummer which for us environmentally correct types is the pits.
Now to the good old days. Funny that I can recall things so vividly from then, but don't ask me
what I did yesterday. Must be early-onset Alzmeimers. The nerdy science teacher was Jawbone,
the skeleton was Charlie. The sexy teacher whose broeks everybody wanted to jump into was Ma
Scott & those who were missing their mothers probably eyeballed Ma Labscab. Her bosom was
reckoned to be a rugby field for mice. Have many recollections but will save them for some other
time, just wanted to make contact for now. Hit by cramp in said fingers so am signing off now.
Good to hear from you guys & hope that you will look me up if ever in the area.
Bye for now
John Nowers 7Nov09
Schutts wanted to know if I'd grown at all. Same height as him, five foot eight, slim (65kg) & hairy,
lots of hair everywhere, going grey. Not allowed to braai at social events because of fire hazard!
Problem with Jerry Smith was high expectations of me, so often disappointed. When I did
something wrong he would bellow "I'll tell Mike, I'll tell Mike", Mike being my Dad. Think Jerry's
phenomenal memory was starting to fade because he seemed to have forgotten that my Dad was
the naughtiest little bugger ever to hit Potch. He was like that to his dying day, in fact the
O'Hagens chain went under shortly after his passing.
Now about Old Boys I've bumped into, apart from Nick Ife & Trompie Toerien in Knysna. While a
student I had a braai at the Fountains with Gavin Christie who was with the Recces at the time.
Fancied my underwater swimming ability, took Gavin on & was humiliated, never seen anyone
stay under for so long. Sadly Gavin died some time later during the border war as did Moose.
Clive Hambly was classmate of mine at Onderstepoort, now also a sheep-shagger like Pottie's
boet. Did degree first, then National Service in Grootfontein as State Vet. Fuzz Vorster spent a
few days there while doing his service. Made mistake of inviting him to my house in a dusty little
side street for a braai. He arrived with a few mates & we proceeded to drink everything in site. On
leaving, Fuzz was too far gone to get onto the back of their bakkie, so a pal & I hoisted him up.
Unfortunately we overcooked it & sent Fuzz into low-earth orbit. With limbs flailing he went right
over the bakkie & hit the deck in a cloud of dust. Next morning there was a lonely slip-slop lying in
the middle of the road. Have not seen Fuzz since.
Saw a lot of Alan Cilliers, little boet of Sid, during my years in Etosha, where he was a
conservator. Now on a private reserve adjoining the park. While with Game Capture I often saw
Bushpig Miles who was expelled from Potch. You had to be really bad for that to happen! He was
flying out of Windhoek for Namib Air & was still a wild child. I was careful not to get into an aircraft
with him since I was never to sure about the time from bottle to throttle. A real character, though.
Saw Tony Ellison once in Windhoek while I was still living illegally in the Nurses hostel.
Did the Transbaviaans cycle challenge in August, the most insane event imaginable. 230km over
hectic terrain & 24 hours in which to do it. Took us 17hrs & never been so tired & battered in all
my life, but really stoked to have finished it. How about entering an Old Mooi team next year?
Don't know what Jan/Neville journal is, so fill me in.
Enough of this idle chatter, beer time. Bye
Dave Funck 1Dec09
Hello all you smart folk
I was reading the stories on the link Laurence sent and it did start jogging very fond memories. I
was down in KZN recently and went and visited Dave Doveton. What a great pleasure that was.
We chatted up a storm and Dave really had a lot of stories about some things I had forgotten.
His got a great place down there if any of you are thinking of going that way. (Just created a
hoard of visitors for you Dave)
Some of the stories in the link had guys saying things that made me think I might have lost part
of the grey matter I have, so I’ll check the correctness here. Duncan (Fourie) I’m sure it was you,
me and Tony that studied in the band room upstairs with our Scotch friend, Mr Bell’s. That was
some of the best studying I had done. I remember we took Mr Bell’s to the Matric Farewell as
well and hid him behind the curtains. We made sure we placed our table strategically on the
stage next to a curtain. Picture attached of that farewell. The girl I’m with was Denise Read from
Hags. Duncan knew her from Viljoenskroon. I ended up staying with her in Joburg after matric,
before I went to the army in July. She dumped me after two month’s. How many of you had that
happen to you?
Allan (Cullinan) you did have a girl at the matric dance. Check the photo attached. I also found
an old photo of the Atchison bothers that I bumped into while on holiday just after school. The
older brother was our prefect when we were in 6. I saw him later at a Potch dinner in Potch and
he had not aged a day.
Also some old athletic photo’s attached. They were taken by the Boys High Photo club and
developed behind the tuck shop where they had their “lab”.
Cheers for now
the Aitchison brothers
this wimpy price list which Rory describes below is on our web site:
Rory King 21Dec09
Merry Christmas to you all and your families. Am enclosing a copy of the Wimpy
prices in 1972, a year before we all matriculated. Who can remember these prices?
My favourite was the bacon and eggs @ 0.60c followed by a double thick shake @
0.30c - a total of 0.90c, which was a lot of money in those days!!!
Perhaps one of you guys still in SA might scan a copy of the current menu as
comparison - any volunteers?
Best wishes for a safe and prosperous new year.
Laurence Potgieter 23Dec09
i met Martin and Farmer one evening at an irish pub and Dave Funck, Baldy and Julian yesterday
at a mugg & bean. very nice all round. there is a sort of common thread, the okes get together
easy and relaxed after all the years.
so these small groups that do manage to get together, work well. meantime, everyone seems
to be available for the next old boys dinner at Wanderers in March. is this warming up jols for the
big 2013 jol in Phuket, Plett, Pofadder, Potch, Poland, Perth or Primorsky?
but why i'm writing is this: Baldy warmly invites us to go to his farm; he is quite keen for such a
jol, and so i check this calender (kalendar ? calendar.) here, where's my glasses, no man it's
OK while i try and figure out how this calendar works, the format could be: on a late Sat.
afternoon, we go to Baldy's farm near Ventersdorp (waar die vokken engelse moet oppas, jong),
braai, stay overnight, go home sunday morning. fine food, fine wine, fine company.... could rent
a Merc Vito but i like riding a bike ..
ah here it is, the 23rd Jan is good, or what ? this is now for the local okes Cully, Jeff, Billy, Rene,
Farmer, Martin, Julian, Dave F., who else is local ? Andre Dafel, Graham Boy, Terry Pike ?
who are a bit quiet of e-mails so far... hey man you okes the truth is that we would love to see
you, please add that factor into your scheming about this whole old boys wierd thing.
Sören Schmidt, in cape town many years ago, told me about how the boarding school unhappy
duration of his life is best forgotten and he does not care one wit to meet all the other
dysfunctional assholes who endured that together; but the truth was that we enjoyed
being sociable and talking a bit of kak, including how our philosophy of life and the universe has
evolved since then ... bright fellow, that Schmidt.... Nick, go seek.
so there's no question that it is quite fun to see your old china after 36 years.... it's wierd, yes.
what you reckon ?
084 567 4700
copy Dave Doveton who always likes to be involved / informed, and Sam vdM, who is our
chattiest overseas oke ... and a few other frenz ...
Jeff Leader 23Dec09
Not certain where the attachment went but I shall try to get a menu from Wimpy. From
memory, Bacon and eggs is now about R35 and the double thick over R10.
I remember buying condensed milk at OK Bazaars on the corner for 10c and then it went up to
11c which was exorbitant. We used to buy half a loaf of bread and 10c chips at the cafe on the
way back from HAGS and fill the crust of the bread to overflowing with the chips after eating the
centre. I doubt if R5 would fill half a loaf now. The half loaf is about R5 as well.
My old man went to the green grocer and asked him for sixpence soup greens. The guy looked
at my Dad and said “Pat, you are not making me feel bad about my prices, you are just showing
me how old you are!”. What a bummer.
My first car was a 1600 1973 beetle that I bought in 1976. It cost me R1’500. I paid it off over
two years at R70 per month. It cost me R7 to fill the tank (40l) and my basic pay was R315 per
month. I took about R285 per month home after tax and deductions. I was working in the Assay
lab on Vaal Reefs (Anglo American) at the time. My daughter works at Vaal Reefs and lives in my
first house which she bought from her mother. I gave it away as part of the divorce settlement.
The house cost R21’000 and the bond repayment was R190 per month. Groceries etc were
about R50 per month including meat. After two years, I moved to Buffels (General Mining) for
the princely sum of R465 per month. When I finished the Assayers exam in 1979 my pay went to
R820 per month. That was a massive increase. Conventional wisdom of the time was that if you
could earn more than R1’000 per month before you were 30 than your pension would equal or
exceed your monthly pay at retirement. That one has been shot to hell. My second car was a
1981 Chevair which I bought with R15’000km on the clock and it was less than a year old and
still under guarantee. The guarantee was 1 year or 20’000km. That one cost me R5’200. I got
my first company car in 1988. By then I had changed to metallurgy and worked with Jaimy in
1990 but I digress. I bought a VW Jetta Clx (my third car) and it cost R31’000. In 1990, I bought
a VW Jetta CLi exec for R54’000. Next was a Jetta CLx in 1995 after the other one was scrapped
in an accident. That cost R74’000. In 2000 I bought the Jetta TDi for R156’000 and bought a
second one in 2004 for R205’000. I replaced the first TDi with an Isuzu (Holden) double cab 3l
TD 4x4 when I moved to the Kalahari in 2004 which cost R320’000. I have replaced the other
with a Toyota Fortuner 4x4 (2008) for R340’000. I replaced the Isuzu with the equivalent Toyota
earlier this year for R360’000. The journey has been expensive. I drive about 50’000 business
km per annum.
To All my Friends
We’re almost at the end of a very busy year
And for some of us it’s still not over!
So before you all go running off on leave…..
Just a small note of thanks from my side
To each and every one of you for making
Me smile, encouraging me and thinking of me this year.
For all the quirky emails and phone calls
And all the fun while we’re working…!
Have a very blessed festive season.
Jeff and Yvonne Leader
+27 82 499 8001 (Cell)
+27 53 723 1024 (Landline)
0865370233 (local fax)
Jeff did send the 1972 menu of Wimpy and Dave Funck sent that and the 1983 one, see
Anthony Steinman 24Dec09
The sun is just starting to break on a cold wintry morning here in the US.
However, everything is covered in white as we had a snow storm two days ago.
Everything is so serene, quiet and beautiful.
As life should be.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday and an awesome coming year.
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2009 23:00:14 +0200
You amaze me
My Dad has repeated the following story, to anyone who would listen, for the last 36 years.
It must have been Std 9 as Kevin Beck was in the story. It was a long weekend and we were not
allowed to leave the hostel unless we were signed out. My Dad was rather “easy” about those
kind of things and signed out Nick Ife, Alan Earp Jones, Kevin Beck, Baldy and myself. Looked at
Ben Schutte and said “They are all staying with me this weekend”. Ben was not impressed and
did not believe but had no option but to let us all out for the weekend. When we got to Kerk
Street we dropped off Alan and Kevin. Not sure where they went. Baldy and Nick came back to
Carletonville with us.
At home my dad offered us a drink. Baldy and I opted for a beer and Nick requested a Whiskey.
Nick asked how much we could drink and my Dad replied “As much as you like”. Nick went
ahead and finished a full bottle of Scotch. ( Much Sickness and Vomiting noises were heard
throughout the night )
I am seeing my Dad tomorrow for Christmas lunch ( Now 82 and going strong – Living in Potch
with my sister ) and I will let him read your email. He will be so chuffed that you remembered.
He is getting on in years but fondly relates stories of me and my mates at College. He still asks
me what happened to “that Van der Wath guy”
To all you Guys
Have a Blessed Christmas with your families if are Christian or have a Blessed break if you are
I feel privileged to have a bunch of guys like you in my memories
Lets see if we can get a few of us together at Baldy’s – I am in
All the best for the New Year
Memories, Friends and Family - That is what LIFE is about
Dave Funck 24Dec09
It was nice seeing you, Julian and Raymond yesterday. I must say that each time I meet an old
boy, the vibe and memories always turn out pleasant. We all seem to change very little and still
have the little quirks we developed in our years while becoming informed.
You do not disappoint in that you are still the guy I remember standing up at the end of C dorm
and getting people to get their grey matter working. You have become a little philosophical and
even esoteric if I may say. I like that. In my internet dating stint after I got divorced in 2003, I
met an incredible woman who taught me about life and appreciating all that we have and
gathered around us. She used to own and run a magazine called Namaste. We were together for
a year and a half and she really opened my mind and soul to what we were doing on this planet.
You reminded me of that yesterday when you spoke of what you see around you and what’s
great. I also look around me daily and marvel at the great house I have, the good stuff and great
job I have. I think it all started back in those informative school days and being with the great
characters that we had around us.
Include me in the outing to Raymond’s farm. Is this going to be the boys only? I have a company
Vito I can borrow for the weekend if needs be.
21 to 24 Dec 09
Various other short e-mails of good-wishes from Cully, Wab Daniels, Jeff leader, Alan
Earp-Jones, Rory King.
Julian Eisenhammer 24Dec09
Hi there Schutts,
Next time we get together for a bite of lunch, we expect you there!! I was really hoping that
Farmer and you would join us seeing I couldn’t make the drinks evening some time
back(completely my fault) and missed the opportunity to catch up with the three of you. Great
lunch we had -the four of us, we could have reminisced all afternoon and long into the night- and
we hadn’t even gotten to any of the “vuil” stories yet. Many still to come.
I don’t know where you live/work etc but if you are ever near Daisy Street in Sandown where my
offices are, give me a shout. I would live to catch up again.
Funnily enough you talk about Carletonville in your note- my wife lived in Fochville and went to
school at Carlton Jones before she saw the light!!!
Am copying in Ray/Dave F /Pottie/Martin/Nick/Dave D and others here as well- if you ever bring
your mud covered bakkie to town again Ray, I expect to see you in Sandown for lunch. Same
applies to all of you. It was fantastic that you came up for the lunch - thank you. Hopefully you’ll
forgive me for ignoring you for the first minute that I entered the restaurant- I told my wife the
story and still cant get over the “skraal “ oke who CENSORED BY LP that grew into this grey
bearded giant. But then again I would never have recognized Dave F and Pottie either.
‘N gesieende kersfees en voorspoedige nuwe jaar aan julle ouens en families!! Learnt that one in
the army-not at Boys High - couldn’t pass the taal or much else at school. To this day I still wake
up at times in the middle of the night in a cold sweat worrying about that matric Afrikaans paper.
All the very best for 2010.May it be a far better year in every respect than the current one- this
was certainly the toughest year in a long long time.
Best Wishes guys,
Billy Neethling 9Jan10
It seems that not everyone goes away in December!! The e-mails have been going hell for
leather, while I’ve been having a restful holiday. A prosperous New Year to all, and may we all
make shitloads of money this year. I now just need to catch up with all the happenings over the
Firstly, this night over at Baldy’s farm sounds like a great idea, but damn dangerous if
you ask me!!(Raymond, you got insurance I hope!!??) The weekend of the 22nd I am in
Umhlanga Rocks, so I am going to give this one a rain check.
L P, seems like you’ve been busy on the internet over the festive season. You are at least
keeping everyone informed of who’s doing what and who’s not!! You know what I
The Old Boys Dinner at the Wanderers is on the 5th March,2010. This is a Friday night,
and as I have mentioned before, these dinners are getting back to the great dinners we
remember from years back. Rodney Hartmann is now the M.C., and he does a great job.
I am not sure who the guest speaker will be, but this should appear on the O. B. web site
The dinner is still two months away, so this will give all ample time to book this date. I
am definitely going to be there, and I suggest we see how many of our class can make it
on that night. The way the Dinner’s work now days are that only pre-paid bookings are
accepted. The Wanderers Club contract the catering out, and these people require a
deposit, with final numbers needed about a week before the dinner. That is why you
won’t be able to just pitch up at the door!! You need to book and pay before the cut-off
date. I can also help with accommodation, for the out of town guys. The cost per person
is roughly R 250.00. The beers are as cold as a whore’s heart, and the Johnny Blacks’ as
smooth as a bucket of snot!!
Hope we can get a solid turnout for the dinner.
John Nowers 10Jan10
Hi & happy new year to you all
May the Eagle of Happiness crap on us all every day, that includes you, Nick. Cheer up, economy
is turning, guts are churning, what more could one want?
Thanks for all your efforts Laurence, hope the Baldy farm thing works out. Nice living at the
southern tip of Africa, but difficult to get to dinners, etc.
Interesting thing from Jeff re vehicle prices. First wheels after varsity was a Toyota Hilux 4x4 with
canopy for R7500, now the canopy alone costs that. Present vehicle is a Nissan X-trail diesel 4x4
valued at over R300 000. Eish! Makes me feel like one of the seven dwarfs, ie I owe, I owe, it's off
to work I go.
Talking of dinners, remember Malcolm Armstrong as the MC? Had an incident with him in Etosha
when still with the Game Capture Unit. Malcolm was visiting the Etosha biologist, Hugh Berry, an
ex-pupil of his. During a braai I invited them to come along the next day since I was due to
immobilise some elephants for a researcher named Malan Lindeque, a highly strung type to put it
mildly. Game capture people don't normally like spectators because the greater the number of
people around, the bigger the ensuing cock-up is likely to be. Darting of elephants should be fairly
routine, what could possibly go wrong? Hah. Next morning I darted a large bull from the chopper,
directed the vehicles to the recumbent fella, landed & walked to where Malan was already doing
what scientists do. Malcolm & entourage were enjoying every minute, all with cameras clicking
away. Once Malan was done I had to administer the antidote. Because game capture involves
dealing with hazardous chemicals & dangerous animals I was safety-bedonnerd, & warned
everybody to get to vehicles, watching them go before injecting the snoring bull. Elephants
respond very quickly to antidote & this one was no exception. Unfortunately I was focused in the
ellie & backing off to a vehicle as he staggered to his feet, forgetting what the humans were up to
behind me. Without warning there was a shout of "Berry!!!" & the crash of a rifle bolt.
My scalp lifted as I spun round to see Hugh out of his SUV without even having started the
engine, Malcolm sitting pop-eyed & ashen-faced in the passenger seat as the groggy elephant
lurched towards them. Malan was running about with a large calibre rifle trying to decide whether
to shoot Hugh or the ellie. In an instant endorphine-induced well-being
was transformed to adrenalin-charged terror. I yelled & frantically waved arms in front of the ellie
like a white version of a voodoo practisioner, frightened out of my bracket. This gave everyone
time to get wheels under their arses & clear out of there, without me of course. Good thing I
played wing at school & varsity as the exit was fast & undignified. Once the dust settled & we had
gathered ourselves, the comedy of the situation struck me, aided by a touch of hysteria probably,
& I split my sides laughing, which did nothing for Malan's mood. Imagine providing Malcolm
Armstrong with so much entertainment.
Another incident at school which still has me rocking in the aisles involved P-J Anderson typically
behaving like a little Jack Russell, baiting the Granton matron, yap yap yap, winding her up. She
always carried a large bunch of keys like a Bastille jailer. Finally she lost her cool & hoicked the
keys at P-J's head with real venom. He ducked & the keys went on to hit Little Plug Tindall on the
ear. Plug squealed like a wounded pig. "Why me, matron? What did I do, matron? wee wee wee",
milking the situation for all it was worth. Needless to say he scored some tea & cookies out of
contrite matron. Anyone know what has happened to Plug?
Arse getting sore from sitting, not something I do well.
Bye now, be happy
Nick Ife 18Jan09
I am still around, and my email address hasn't changed in 10 years!
Had to drop off Facebook (it wasn't working having certain people knowing my whereabouts,
actions and lifestyle!).
But that was a family (in-laws) issue, and did not for one minute dampen my high spirits.
Mylene and I had a wonderful Christmas, enjoying each others company immensely.
Only light and undemanding interaction with family (my side) and friends.
We packed up and moved to the beautiful Scottish highlands (Inverness) on the 9th of January.
CNN-watchers will know this came in the middle of the worst weather UK has seen since God
was a boy.
We had to load our car up with camping gear and head off into the blizzards.
I can't explain it meteorologically (or any other logically), but we had clear black tarmac, blue
skies, and no traffic all the way.
Our furniture truck a few hours behind us had ice, traffic jams, a jack-knifed lorry and overturned
trailer blocking the road.
All good fun, but it has taken my attention off you old buggers for a while!
Plus the company finally gave me a Blackberry.
So now I can receive incoming support calls promptly, without being tied to my screen.,
Which means less idle time at my desk, more time doing better things.
I won't make SA for a while, as soon as our boxes are unpacked here, we are going home to
Mauritius for seven weeks.
Basically Feb and March.
It's not holiday, I'll be working from home!!
Anyway, I am drinking excellent Scotch for all of you.
Come visit in Scotland...we have plenty spare rooms.
All the best!
Mike Ford 12Apr10
It seems that I never got to thank you enough for your superb hospitality the other day when you
entertained me to all those wonderful memories of those school days at College. The
photographs have really been an inspiration to me and every time I look at them, another name
from the past springs to mind.
What ever happened to George Kleynhans? We shared 5 up in standard 9. I know that he always
slept on his back and stayed rigid in the same position the entire night. Its amazing what one can
remember about little characteristics and mannerisms about different guys. I remember Trevor
Armstrong asking to borrow my toothpaste one day but I also had a tube of shaving cream in my
locker the same size. He accidentally squeezed shaving cream onto his toothbrush and got the
shock of his life when he started foaming at the mouth.
There was also a time when Trevor had made some Moonshine (Peach Brandy ) and had
stashed his famous brew on the top of his locker in corked bottles. One fine morning, about 3 am
these bottles decided to uncork themselves and the sound of machine gun fire broke the silence
of 5 up. We all woke up and stood to attention. We scared shitless but soon we were all rolling on
the floor with laughter
Anyway on another topic, how was your ride down to the Cape? I hope you had a great ride with
Take care and I will write again soon.
Wits Business School
Tel: (011) 717-3650
Fax: (011) 717-3514 or 086 528 5491
E Mail: Michael.Ford@wits.ac.za
P-J Anderson 19Jul10
Sorry guys … wish I could be there!!! I’m sure Soti would love to come!!
Attached are some photo’s of Soti and I when we recently met in Vereeniging in May this year.
Please excuse me if I had sent these on to some of you already! Unfortunately Soti does not have
an email address – can someone print and mail these photos from SA to his address at:
Cell: +27 0789649192
26 Zambezi St, Vereeniging, Gauteng (not sure of the zip code … 1930?)
Laurence Potgieter 22Jul10
agreed the young-looking P-J ... see the photo on
http://www.potchcollege73.co.za/LP/Photos/recent/ ... more on this subject below* ...
this is quite mal, this whole suddenly-get-together thing by e-mail after 37 years. but then who
would have schemed about e-mail, cell phones, the internet, or even computers back then ?
but its very nice.
there seems to be a bit of jol coming later in the year, when Nick Ife, P-J, Jaimy all want to visit
here. could they make it coincidental ?
or, who's rich ? this refers to the ability to jump on an aeroplane from Canada or Oz, or in the
case of Anthony Steinman, from the big apple, and your business will look after itself, or at least
you can afford to take the time off.... Looks like white Earp is from California. Wab and Sam vd
Merwe are from Vancouver, at least at the moment.
we are all gonna die ! and some of us have already ! so let's live while we are alive.
November is Old Boys at the school. Jaimy reckons he will be around then, Nick sez he will be
here later in the year, but when ? Jonathan, where are you actually ? Far away physically,
perhaps, but maybe closer than Graham Boy, who is here but silent - i know you are reading this,
you vuil vark, and smiling at these sentimental old men from a dysfunctional institution many
years ago. good point. Graham was way ahead of many of us: he was reading Lobsang
Rampa, the Third Eye, in 1972 (71?), and only now am i reading "The Tibetan Book of Living and
Dying". slowly. i see there is other good stuff at http://www.lobsangrampa.net/
what are you reading or practising? if you're standing still, you're going backwards.
anyway sorry i'm such a sentimental philosophical old fool, back to the subject: so we don't have
to follow the school's agenda, we can do our own thing. *it would be nice to get a photo of many
of us to share with the overseas okes... i'm thinking Sader, Graham, Johnny N., Neville Kelly,
Neville van Jaarsveld, Soti, Jeff, Leon, John K, Terry, who else is in SA who we haven't met up
with yet ? it's fun, okes, i promise. i've probably left okes out, this vrot old dope-rotted brain; pls
send photos of yourself upon receipt of this right now, you horrible dog.
i'll wait for replies and also go to that ruckby (thanks Geoff Smailes (and Wilsie Venter) for the
correct pronunciation, there), then will phone you again on this same number.
Leon van Kraayenburg 22Jul10
Hi Guys, this is Leon reaching out from Houston Texas. I left SA in 1979, lived in
Antwerp for a while then headed to the US and have been living in Houston since 1980. I
landed in Ann Arbor Michigan and froze my arse off that first winter of 79 and headed as
far south as the US offered, Houston was it.
The event sounds great however I will not be able to join other than in the spirit of things,
so please have a cold larger beer for me - do miss that SA beer.
I have been following the writings of all and it has been a hoot hearing about everyone. I
spent five months in SA last year looking after my dad, got some travels in seeing the
much changed but still a beautiful country - Eastern Tvl was always my favorite. I tried
hard to relocate to SA for a while but jeepers creepers you guys live in prisons, so to
speak. I have never had to consciously lock my house or car in Houston in all the time I
have lived here.
LP I join you on the philosophical side of things, though I refer to myself as being
metaphysically inclined, and young at heart :). I have studied Tibetan and
Eastern philosophies since the 80's. I moved out from being a corporate junkie to follow
my passion late 08 and have been teaching and practicing Holistic Wellness and Divine
Metaphysics for about 4 years now in Houston and around the country at various
gatherings of like minded folk. It sure is great to finally practice what I have been
teaching my children for years - to follow your heart and passion.
In looking at the email list I have not seen Nick van der Westhuisen listed - does anyone
know of his status?
Heres to wishing you all a great gathering and a toast for a stupendous event
Nick Ife and Julian Eisenhammer 17 and 18Aug10
Ja Oom Nick,
Very interesting interview with the old fella who certainly had a presence and stature
in more ways than one. One of my recollections of Ackers was his unique way of
engaging with some of our Milton colleagues who enjoyed the odd puff of the old
green stuff from time to time. Instead of reprimanding or imposing corporal
punishment as was the custom, he would invite the “offender” to go over to his study
at home, sit him down and to jointly indulge in the stuff with him, thereby giving him
an accurate sense as to what the stuff was made of, its effects etc and better able
therefore to provide some “professional guidance”. You might disagree with my
recollection, I unfortunately never cracked an invite, but certainly heard the story
more than once- you were a lot closer to the family than the rest of us imbeciles,
cretins and ignoramuses. His unconventional approach was unquestionably light years
ahead of his time in addressing “issues”
Your last note if I recall correctly indicated that you were planning on returning to
these sunny climes in due course to live - look forward to catching up with you in
Knysna or your old stomping ground Kensington- take your pick!
From: Nick Ife [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 17 August 2010 09:44 AM
To: PJ Anderson; Raymond :Baldy: Boardman; Jonathan Bortz; Graham Boy;
Lennard Cowan; Lennard Cowan; Allan Cullinan; Andre Dafel; Wab Daniels;
Dave Doveton; Jan du Preez; Alan :White: Earp-Jones; Julian Eisenhammer;
Anthony Ellison; Duncan Fourie; David Funck; Nick Ife; John Kearns;
Neville Kelly; Rory King; Rene Lategan; Jeff Leader; Billy Neethling;
John Nowers; Andre Oosthuizen; Terry Pike; Laurence :Pottie: Potgieter;
Martin Schutte; Martin Schutte; Brian Southwood; Anthony Steinman; Sam
van der Merwe; Leon van Kraayenburg; Tubby vd.Wath; Jaimy Watt
Subject: Hugo Ackermann
You may find this interesting... (LP NOTE – do not click on this link
the text is copied below)
I was in regular contact with Hugo and Ann until about ten years ago.
Unfortunately I lost contact, mainly because I haven't been to Jo'burg
And for those who don't do Facebook, Frank Canova is on there, and seems
all of us January - November 2010
small e-mails from Rene, Julian, Rory, Mike Ford, Nick Ife, Jeff Leader, Ray
Boardman, Tony Ellison, Allan Cullinan, more Rory, Nick, Jan du Preez, Lennard,
a beauty from Jamie Watt about an oke having a coloscopy (included somewhere
above) and of course we had the Soccer World Cup in June / July.
Tubby, Rory, Sam and Tony Ellison visited. Dafty appeared with a fantastic story
about his bypass op, it doesn’t get funnier. Mike Ford appeared, so the group is
getting strong. The Hags girls have started now, similar to our start-up last year.
this pic from 1973 from Sam:
and e.g. from Billy
Good to see we are getting a string of “visitors” flying in. (All two of them)
Believe it or not, but both those dates, (Rory 12th and Ellis 26th ), I have something on. I am in
Plett from 11/11 to 14/11, and on the 26th is my wife’s 40th Birthday Party. If I miss that one I
may as well also move overseas somewhere!!! (on my own of course!!!). So I suggest the Boys
go drinking as planned, and enjoy as always.
I would like to see Rory and Ellis again (been some years – “many moons”). If Rory and Tony can
let me know if they will be in JHB at any other time, then maybe I can catch a beer with them
then, and whoever else can make it. I will wait to hear from you two on this one.
Thanks and cheers,
Pottie, Lennard, Cully Oct-2010
it's a very big pleasure and now you make it all worth while. but Billy actually organised the last
let's get a big crowd together for Rory (Fri. nite 12th November) and then for Tony Ellison (Fri.
nite 26th Nov. although he may be pretty jet-lagged, it's his first day here). so our social calendar
is working well, you could say. Tony may have time between trips other than this, so a game of
golf or equivalent is a possibility. Ellis have you got a bike licence ?
how do we get our previous attendees who seem to be losing interest, back ? Martin, Farmer,
Dave F., Julian, etc. ?
but if they know Rory and Tony are visiting they will pitch. like you, everyone enjoys these
i may go to old boys 6-Nov-10 at the school to take some photos, not sure.
Thanks Lp I must say I had such fun that last meeting at billy house. I live in such a serious
world and to just laugh like that was a tonic for me . thanks for getting these gettogethers going.
Much appreciated.. Len
thanks Cully you're right and you're right.
Lennard, sorry. I'm a wanker. now you also missed Nick Ife's reply as follows:
I'm fine! I put a facebook status saying I was sick, but it's just a cough and cold!
Just been pretty busy with family stuff.
It's looking like my plans to come to SA might be on hold for the foreseeable future.
We just realized that having put the pets through quarantine getting them out of SA a few
years back, we completely negate that if we take them back.
So the whole family will be staying between Mauritius & UK (SA will be strictly short-
term visits only).
I am totally happy with that, though the chance to have one more extended visit in SA
would have been nice.
All the best,
sweet ! and i won't forget you again. Can you help administer a bank account for us ?
Ellis, very big hallo indeed.
we don't always include you overseas okes in all our little gatherings e-mails and stuff because
that would be a lot of superfluous e-mailing; although at least one instance will go to "all", each
time, just so that you know what we are up to, so to speak. you can be fairly sure of seeing me,
Cully, Billy, Baldy, Martin, Farmer, Dafty, Dave Funck, Julian E, maybe Soti, maybe Ore van
Jaarsveld; then Rene has moved to Durban and Dave Doveton is in port Shepstone area, if they
can make it for a gathering they surely will. your dual dates will help a lot.
it's 37 years. quite something, all this sudden flurry of renewed contact. Our little gatherings
have been very nice without exception. i can't remember much of the last one, still so juvenile
and backward that i go out of control after a few, what fun. Fortunately, most of the others have
grown up a bit and are no longer like stupid teenagers with alcohol.
ja we have a photo of you visiting oz and also you doing some watersports or other, ski-ing if i
remember correctly. Tubby reckons you're in particularly good shape. seems like most of the
okes have kept contact with at least a couple of the peers of 1973.
i'm a bit worried about Nick Ife, who apparently was not so well, but it must be bad for him to stop
communicating. can you phone him ? let's copy some oz okes here for them to try also. he
said he was gonna be here later this year; then went quiet.
Tubby has been here twice this year, what a pleasure. have you seen all the photos ? our little
site www.potchcollege73.co.za is down temporarily, hey Martin wake up there my china, he
knows about it and will sort out soon... then besides these little gatherings photos, there was old
boys dinner in march and rugby in July. last November was big old boys (40th) for our matrics;
Llewellyn de Villiers, Kingston, Rodda, Smailes and those okes, . they gathered very strongly at
the school but my boet did not make it; photo attached. the attached foto of firsts cricket is also
at that web site - actually it's not a site, it is a web address.
You're gonna be a bit shocked when you go into Tzaneen. it's not a pretty little town, anymore.
i'm sure the farms and that kind of lifestyle is just fine, but many dorpies are now completely
overrun by population explosion and look the same as the average town in Tanzania, Kenya,
Nigeria. not pretty. but not dangerous or anything like that.
Ok the short answer is yes we have a gathering both on your in- leg and the out- one, that way
we'll fit everyone available in. it would be nice if Nick Ife could make one of those, and the
chances of one or two of the oz okes being around definitely exist.
thanks for the heads up; let's keep comms going, you confirm closer to the time. there's a nice
train from the airport to Sandton, now, called Gautrain, and one ( or all !!!) of us can fetch you
there if you like.
what do you think of this idea of gathering at Sun city in march 2013 for a 40th celebration ?
From: Anthony Ellison [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 10 October 2010 07:11 PM
To: Laurence Potgieter
Subject: SA Visit.
I have been following your communications with some interest. You seem to be very well
connected with old boys of our year. I have myself over the past few years been able to
make contact and visit with some of the guys I was more familiar with.
I am planning to visit SA later in the year to visit my aging mother who resides close to
my sister in Tzaneen. I will be in JHB (if that is what it is still called?) November 25,26,
27 and 28th on the way in and then later December 10,11 and 12th on the way out.
Would love to meet with you for a few drinks. It must be more than thirty years at least
since I last saw you.
37 years actually: We did meet 26Nov10: here’s Tony and a few of the gang
Laurence, Shona and Phyllis Fisher October - November 2010
Well between you and Phyllis my week has definitely been different – bringing up all these old
times…………………… Great to hear a bit about everyone – did have a quick look at the Link you
sent (College 73)
Not McKenzie tartan (unfortunately) - they hired the kilts (lovely surprise for me – recognizing
their Scottish heritage) Incidentally my hubby is from England – Liverpool, needless to say he did
not wear a kilt Ha Ha!!!!
Hopefully we (Hags 73’) will soon be emailing all in a short while (once we have all the addresses
together. ) Sorry for dumping that one on you Phyllis – but at this rate I will have to make Aspen
my secondary past time. Enjoying this email thing much more than work.
Just chatted to Rusty (Moira Russell ) forwarded the link (College”73) onto her – she also did not
recognize anyone. She does however get some news as her brother also goes to Old Boys
dinners (he was a prefect in 1969 when you all started – Dave Russell)
Chat soon - enjoy your catch up with everyone on Friday – don’t forget the picture (with names
ha ha )
Going to look for the picture we had taken at a trip to a Potch Old Girls thing a couple of years
back (think it was 5 years ago) There were a few girls there from our year. Will send once I have
From: Laurence P [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 09 November 2010 09:58 PM
To: Shona Williams
Cc: Tony Summers; 'Merryl Hammond'
Subject: RE: hags 1973
well now. no, cannot even remember what Shona McKenzie from std. 7 looked like, so i guess
we would not recognize you, either. but you're looking good, ma'am.
i tried dumbing down the picture to reduce file size but it pixellates readily; still, Tony Summers
gets it herewith, at least a bit smaller, no other touching-up done except small change in
so ! you've started a good thing now since there is news and a first photo - actually second,
Merryl did send but i'm not sure whether we can use that ? Merryl ? to start up the Hags 1973
section of our www.potchcollege73.co.za ... it's attached, no BCC's here, we are careful with
each other's personal info. now that's a small file, just 83Kb.
ja, interesting: nobody minds the college 73 e-mails no matter how many i / we send. did you
see the flurry of e-mails starting in 2009 on that site ? i'll start naming the photos with all the
names of the okes in them, see one example there already.
yes, very colourful life, more so than anyone i know... and there's a lot more in all those years ...
i am the luckiest person on the planet. more about this over coffee.
is that the McKenzie tartan - there are 2 there.
From: Shona Williams [mailto:SWilliams@aspenpharma.com]
Sent: 09 November 2010 08:07 AM
To: Laurence P
Cc: Merryl Hammond; Martin Schutte; Phyllis Fisher; Billy Neethling
Subject: RE: hags 1973
Now I am starting to look forward to opening my mail to see what “news “ from the “73 crowd”
(is this normal – ha ha) . Have taken the plunge and sent a pic (taken last year at my eldest son’s
wedding in Knysna. (My 3 sons and myself) Now I wont be able to put on my disguise for Friday
Colourful life Mr Potgieter……………………. I have lived in JHB forever (not sure why just worked
out that way.) Boys went to KES - when they were playing (rugby and cricket) against Potch
(College) my heart was always in 2 minds who I was to support. Never admitted that to them as
they are real KES boys. My daughter the youngest went to St Marys and finished school only last
year – she took a “gap” year this year and went to London - worked @ Lillywhites (sports shop
in middle of London - Picadilly Circus) She has now started travelling so will be home soon (Dec)
Then it is off to Stellenbosch for her for 4 years of university. Then that is us done with
educating our kids at long last (that has been a lifetime – maybe I had too many kids – lol) Eldest
son lives in SA ; second in London and the third son in Phuket .
Please name the people in the photo or at least send Friday’s photo with names……………………..
really tried to work out everyone but to no avail. Either the memory has gone or just not good at
imagining how we have “matured” over the years. Just been thinking about the “propping” and
“pushing” omg that is so different to the kids now – all so easy now to keep in contact and there
we were waiting patiently for the “daybugs” to bring us a letter (bushpost) (I used to go out with
Tony Summers in Matric and he was the worst for writing letters – never seemed to bother Ha
Phyllis , Meryl – what news from your side?
This is so good to catch up – imagine us being out of school for 38
Keep in touch and lets start adding names to the list.
From: Laurence P [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 08 November 2010 06:56 PM
To: Shona Williams
Cc: 'Merryl Hammond'; Martin Schutte; 'Phyllis Fisher'; Billy Neethling
Subject: hags 1973
is this fun or what ? OK who do you know from college back then, let's get such a photo for
i checked your reply below before including it to a few here, OK ?
are you kidding ? Merryl sent a photo and i recognised her instantly (with the appropriate demise
of my pacemaker; panic button, emergency phone numbers, ambulances, sirens, hospital, nurse,
wink wink, dirty old man gets a new pacemaker and scores yet again) (sorry get a bit carried
away at the keyboard here); then we started corresponding with such vigour that we had to
stop! like she says, it's a part-time job !
ja i'm in Joburg but stayed in Lesotho 2 years, Cape Town 2 years, Nairobi 4 years, Taipei 3
years. got more stories than an estate agent. 2 boys are 24 (Frankfort Uni, germany) and 21
so send their e-mail addresses, we will take care with them. yes Sader Southwood was with us,
he's just moved to cape town, e-mails always get bounced back out-of-office since he travels
such a lot like Jeff leader does.
we'll take a photo of us lot with Rory on Friday evening .... meantime you are 5 not 4, Alison
Mayoss is at firstname.lastname@example.org which i'd briefly forgotten so yes add the 3 you are talking
about there ...
and how about starting a stories thing.
phone if you like, 084 567 4700 or home 011-888-3581; and send a photo, yes. can you gather
such material from your lot or is your time a bit limited ?
copying Merryl since she may be willing to lend a hand - that is, if you guys actually want to put
together a little info-centre: you are welcome to use our web site (thanks Martin also copied) , we
will make a hags link you can click on, and we will teach you how to upload stuff onto it. get a
school badge as a JPG file, otherwise we use the Macbeth 3 witches, the hags.
you wanna have some real fun ? go to McGinty's the pub at Brightwater commons on friday
evening, disguise yourself in case someone does recognise you, and sit close enough to the
crowd of college 1973 to hear their conversation. but you'd better have someone with you so
that you can pretend to burst out laughing at their joke, otherwise it may look a bit suspicious ...
this much fun is illegal but what the heck ...
From: Shona Williams [mailto:SWilliams@aspenpharma.com]
Sent: 08 November 2010 11:17 AM
To: Laurence P
Subject: RE: 1. drinx with Rory, 2. e-mail address list
Well what a fantastic surprise – now you tell me (I became a granny this year maybe you would
rethink your “forgotten love” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ha Ha !!!!!!!!!)
I am fine with having my email on the list - just clicked on the link you sent and do not recognize
anyone????? Just shows how we have all changed – I am sure you would not recognize any of us
Had a chat to Phyllis on email and have contacted a few of the people from Facebook who I have
become ”friends” with from our year. I am sure a few of the girls have now contacted Phyllis so
maybe our list will be longer before much longer.
This was definitely a blast from the past. So tell me your news : are you in JHB? ……………………
(not asking for the whole 38 years LOL)
In short – I am married – (4 kids) 31; 30; 25; 19. One son married. (one grandchild) (scary when
you write all this down – 1973 seems a lifetime away – and it is when you think of it!!!!!)
I work for Aspen (Laboratory Manager) - been here for a lifetime as well (30 years
mmmmmmmm – part of the furniture)
Still in contact with Moira Rey (Russell); Lorette van Vuuren (Schutte) and Gill Owen(Smith).
Actually meeting up with Leigh Southwood (think her brother was in your year at College) end of
November. She was a year below us at “Hags” - have not even thought/written that name for
absolutely ages - now since Phyllis’ email have been thinking/writing it so much.
Well great to hear from you - maybe we need to get in contact on FB - then all the pictures will
be revealed – “omg is she sooooo old”.
Thanks for getting in touch.
From: Laurence P [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 08 November 2010 07:42 AM
To: Laurence P
Subject: 1. drinx with Rory, 2. e-mail address list
Phyl, in answer to your question: we gather at a pub occasionally and have a cold one or two.
we will so gather at Brightwater commons, Randburg, this coming Friday late afternoon because
Rory King is visiting from Oz. This is great fun; Tubby vd Wath has also so visited, also Sam vd
Merwe did, and Tony Ellison will late in November. recent photo attached.
but, also, our group was at the 2009 old boys dinner at Wanderers, see
snoop around that site to see other fun stuff especially the recent e-mails in the "stories" folder.
There are also old boys jols at the school annually and also old boys rugby day every July.
2. <<...>> here is a fun new addition to the newly-sprung correspondence of the crazy old coots:
Hags girls contact list from that same year. only 4 names so far but that's how we started, and
now we are only missing 11 to make up a full complement. You go, girls.
I've blind-copied everyone because the girls may not like their e-mail addresses splashed around,
but we college 1973 group normally DO allow each other to view all our addresses; i think we are
all literate and aware, and do not sell the address list to Reader's Digest. so the complete list
we have so far is attached.
but .... I'm a bit reluctant to invite the Hags girls to the 40th jol we are planning at Sun City
(2013).... The wives may not think this is such a good idea... nor the husbands, come to think of
it. Just for example, i am still in love with Shona because of a brief encounter (we were learning
how to kiss) in 1970 or so. And Cynthia Tarr, and Merryl Hammond. What fun !!
084 567 4700
home 011-888-3581 has an answering machine
also Billy Neethling is actually the main organiser of such jols: Cell: +27 82 600 0045