- Freshly Ground Insights are backing Mambo Mkhize -

Freshly Ground Insights are backing Mambo Mkhize

Freshly Ground Insights are backing Mambo Mkhize

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark”. WBHS Grade 11 pupil Mambo Mkhize has set his aim high. “My main goal is to play Springboks by the age of 21, get more than 100 caps, eventually captain the team and win world cups for my country. I also want to be a successful businessman, firstly to give everything back to the people that had a contribution in my life, especially my mother. I want to leave a legacy, I want to change people’s lives”. Brad Aigner and Graeme Pitt, through their company, Freshly Ground Insights, are backing Mambo’s high aim through the Westville Boys’ High School Foundation. “WBHS has been very good in developing the four sons from our respective families. The school has been played a significant role in building our sons’ characters, and most importantly, their confidence. We wanted to give a young man who has been less privileged than our sons, the same opportunity,” said Brad Aigner.  Mambo’s roots lie in the township of Inanda. “Growing up in Inanda taught me many things in life and gave me many lessons. I grew up with gangsters in my community, so all I knew growing up was everything gangsters do. I thank the Lord and my parents for teaching me the right way of living. Now, instead of doing what everyone around me is doing, I do the total opposite, which is good”. This tough upbringing, coupled with a determined young talented rugby player, was the...
Keal Property Group helping the development of our next generation

Keal Property Group helping the development of our next generation

“Take an interest in the future, because whether you like it or not, you have to live in it”. It might seem like a motivational quote for our current Generation Z, but in fact it is taken from an address by guest of honour, Mr RP Rees, at the WBHS Matric Speech Day address in 1976.  And WBHS Headboy in that year, Dave Keal, was listening. Founder and Managing Director of Keal Property Group, Dave is taking an interest in the future of WBHS current pupil, Tiaan Kriek.  “It is my pleasure to sponsor Tiaan who is a very talented, respected young man at Westville Boys, my Alma Mater. The Sponsorship initiative offers old boys an excellent opportunity to give back to the School by assisting worthy, deserving pupils in a meaningful way”. “Tiaan is well respected by his peers and teachers for his humble nature, his determination and self motivation. He is a perfect gentleman who is passionate about his school,” said WBHS Foundation Manager, Pam Hayward. Despite only being in Grade 10, Tiaan is a multi-talented sportsman. He currently plays U16A Cricket and Rugby, is a KZN athlete, plays Sevens Rugby and 3rd team golf. Dave himself was an all-rounder at WBHS, receiving half colours for his 1st XV representation, 3rd team cricket, Athletics, and was involved in his house squash, tennis and swimming teams. “Tiaan has a vision of becoming an International Rugby Player and with the attitude and talent that he is blessed with, we are certainly backing his dream”. *The Keal Property Group is a privately-owned property investment company, founded by old boy Dave...
The story of Nzuzo Mthethwa

The story of Nzuzo Mthethwa

60km past Vryheid there is a small town called Paulpietersburg. This is where Nzuzo Mthethwa grew up. From Grade 6 his dream had been to attend Westville Boys’ High School. A small boy with big dreams. In the Top 3 academically at the local primary school, Nzuzo studied hard but also trained hard for his selection to the KZN U12 and U13 Rugby sides, and was a natural choice for our WBHS Scholarship and Foundation Programmes in 2018. “Nzuzo is a natural leader..always punctual, neat, respectful and well liked by his peers,” said Director of Marketing, Wian du Plessis. And as we come to the end of his Grade 8 year he can look back and reflect on a year of success. He is on track to realize his dream of becoming a professional rugby player and to a career path in pharmaceuticals which will fulfil his wish to give back and support his family in Paulpietersburg. Take it back 27 years, and Gareth Cole was as fortunate to attend Westville Boys’ High School, matriculating in 1991. And he is paying it forward. The Westville Boys’ High School Foundation appeal to old boys and businesses to support worthy pupils has seen the likes of Gareth support boys like Nzuzo. Through his company Powafix, Gareth has afforded Nzuzo the opportunies he had growing up. “To quote one of South Africa’s great leaders, “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a...
History & Traditions: The School Houses

History & Traditions: The School Houses

Westville Boys’ High School (WBHS) has eight houses into which the pupils are divided for internal school sports and cultural competitions, and for delineating pupils into form classes in each grade. The number of houses has increased as the enrollment of pupils has grown through the history of WBHS and its predecessors. The first two houses, Carr and Wandsbeck, were created in 1947.  This was during the days of the Westville Government School, which was a junior school on the site where WBHS stands today.  It catered for all grades up to Standard V, and formed the basis for the formation of the Westville High School, which opened its doors for the first time in 1955.  By 1961 all the infant and primary classes were moved offsite and accommodated in separate educational institutions.   Carr House is named after Miss Gladys Carr, the founder of the first school from which WBHS can directly trace its roots. Miss Carr, who was 21 years old at the time, opened a private school on 1 March 1935 in a church hall. Initially the school was regarded as a ‘farm school’, but became ‘government-aided’ by 1938. The school moved to Bernard’s House in 1941, the site of WBHS today. Miss Carr’s school grew substantially until 1944, when it was decided by the provincial administration to turn the school into a provincial school. The colour of Carr House is green.   Wandsbeck House is named after the original farm on which WBHS stands today. The farm itself covers much of what is today called the suburb of Westville. Among the first inhabitants of the...