Boys’ College Class of 1990 – Generosity abounds

September 11, 2023 | Campus | Author: Julia Phipps, Advancement Office

At times, generosity and kindness emanate from the most unforeseen sources, and the Matric class of 1990 have consistently showcased their eagerness to contribute and support both the St Stithians College community and the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy. Three members of this class have selflessly offered their time, expertise, and resources, embodying the spirit of generosity that is synonymous with our Saints values-based education.

Chris Dykes

Chris runs a training company called Infinity Learning.  After visiting the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy he partnered with Thandulwazi to facilitate a programme aimed at assisting students to improve their academic performance.  The program is based on experiential learning and includes learning strategies that are aimed at helping students to think and learn more effectively. Twenty-two students in various leadership positions in their respective schools voluntarily signed up with the program and sessions were conducted virtually using MS Teams.

Chris offered this programme free of charge to the Thandulwazi students and we are delighted with the results.  The students grew in confidence, self-belief, and pride in themselves. After the success of this programme in 2022, it is being offered again in 2023.

Thank you, Chris, you are making a world of difference.


Our Thandulwazi beneficiaries of the training received from Infinity Training.

Nesh Turanjanin

Nesh is a current parent at St Stithians and loyal supporter of the school.  Nesh heard about the Teacher Intern programme that assists student teachers by giving them practical employment at St Stithians while they study, and covers their university fees and provides a monthly stipend. There are currently 63 intern teachers working at St Stithians College across the five schools, the cost of which is 100% donor funded (there is no cost to current parents).  Thandulwazi recognises that South Africa is going to experience a dire shortage of teachers in the future and is working to fill this gap with high quality teachers, especially in the areas of Maths and Science across all ages.

Nesh, through his own network, secured stipends for five of these teachers to assist the Thandulwazi Academy’s fundraising for these individuals.  Thank you Nesh, your generosity is appreciated.


One of our inspiring Intern Teachers in the classroom.

Peter Anderson

Peter is also a current St Stithians parent and was the Head Boy of St Stithians Boys’ College in 1990.  He is a medical doctor by profession.  At the end of 2022 one of our Saturday school top performing students (raised alone by her Granny) was delighted to be accepted into medicine at UKZN. She applied for NSFAS funding and it was granted, however while her university fees were being paid she had no additional funding to support her.  Medical students need a wide range of equipment, textbooks and money to assist them to live and study.  In desperation, she reached out to the Thandulwazi Academy to see if we knew of anyone who could assist her.

We approached Pete to see if he or a company he knew could assist.  He immediately sent the email to First Care Solutions who interviewed Mamohau and enrolled her on their medical student support programme.  Six months later, we are delighted to report that this deserving young woman has her own stethoscope, lab coat, textbooks, and sphygmomanometer. They have also provided her with a monthly stipend to assist with her daily living costs. This is all thanks to Peter’s contacts and Angela from First Care Solutions. We acknowledge your generosity with gratitude.


Mamohau is now able to follow her dream to be a Medical Doctor.

We are truly blessed within our Community to have so many generous Saints that give of their time, talent and treasure to make a World of Difference in the lives of others. We thank them wholeheartedly for their contributions.


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Julia Phipps

Director of Stakeholder Relations

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