Newsletter – June 2019
As most of the Senior and Young Old Boys are aware of the current transactions of the AGM held on May 11th 2019. As time has come and gone and the need to move into a New Era has been insight since November 2018.
We wish Basil Kletz Chairman, Sechaba Motaung Vice Chairman, Don Collins Vice Chairman (Education), Rorisang Matsiela Secretary, Muzi Sithebe Treasurer, Cyril McKechnie Granton, John Brotherton and Sihle Grootboom Members without portfolio all the best in their newly appointed positions in the Potchefstroom Old Boys Society. We believe the passion shown by them will be beneficial for the Education of Potchefstroom High School for Boys.
Inkazimulo The Shining Light Trust would like to share with our Old Boys the journey we have been part of since December 2018. Tracy had a call from Sechaba to meet with him and Rorisang to discuss with her their unhappiness with the School. Tracy shared with me and said, Wally where there is a passion I want to be involved.
Several meetings were held in the first quarter of 2019. Our Young Old Boys were going to make a difference.
Their ideas are great, and we are delighted to share and shine a light in the direction we wish to take, once again for the better of College. A meeting was held on the 27th February 2019 at Kirsh Industries. In attendance, Natie Kirsh, George Lys, Geoff Peck, Tracy Gaisford, Sechaba Motaung, Rorisang Matsiela and Sihle Grootboom. A meeting with a difference, where the young Old Boys had the opportunity to discuss with Natie and George their Passion for College.
On the 13th March Sechaba Motaung, Sihle Grootboom, Tracy Gaisford and Wally Hopton met with Prof Babu and An-Li Theron of The University of Johannesburg
Insert below by Sihle Grootboom
Good Afternoon Gentlemen,
I trust this email finds you well. I would like to give you a brief update on our productive meeting with
the University of Johannesburg yesterday.
The university was very impressed by our presentation and proposal to partner with them on our Artificial Intelligence initiative.
They are willing to invest their knowledge and resources in order to get this programme off the ground.
We discussed various options of programmes the boys could do, like Afrobotics, App development and Coding.
Prof Babu suggested we start with Afrobotics – which is a basic AI programme which requires the boys to build their own robots.
He outlined that it would compromise of a 20 week programme and the University of Johannesburg would provide the staff to start the project but also train the school staff, to continue with it in future. This was very valuable to us, as it empowers the school and creates an on-going learning project for the boys.
The University of Johannesburg committed to sharing a presentation/proposal with us that outlines the requirements for this programme to be successful.
This includes the financial and infrastructure aspect, which we as a committee can then approach the Potch Old Boys, Inkazimulo the Shining Light Trust to raise funds.
NB: This below event did not take place as time did not permit.
In addition, Prof Sinha had offered to be a guest speaker at our proposed event which would’ve been hosted by Natie Kirsh. This would’ve been a good opportunity for us to promote this initiative but also showcase our intentions as a Young Old boys, as we have the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg on board.
The above email is one of the initiatives, the Young Old Boys are interested in promoting. In addition, we have the Class of 2007 which has managed to raise over R60 000 on their own accord. Their intention is to donate the money to the trust and ensure the funds are used to the benefit of the school.
As Young Old Boys we would like to bridge the gap and ensure the Old Boys Society is rejuvenated from a membership & and participation perspective.
Artificial Intelligence programmes, Fund Raisers, Corporate Social Initiatives, and Bursary Schemes are some of the ideas the Young Old Boys would like to propose. As we believe that our role within the Trust & Society is of great importance to the future of College and the inheritance of traditions and culture from one Old Boy to another.
Our vision as Young Old Boys includes the input & recognition of Tracy Gaisford, as we believe we could use her experience and advice as Young Old Boys regarding achieving our goals with Inkazimulo the Shining Light Trust, in association with the Old Boys Society Committee.
We believe there is a great opportunity for both to co-exist as we share the same passion of preserving and nurturing College and it’s traditions. This is only possible if we are committed to working together as Collegians.
Newsletter by Wally Hopton, Sihle Grootboom & Tracy Gaisford.
Potchefstroom College Old Boys Society