About the
DHS Foundation

Durban High School is the oldest school in Durban with an illustrious history that has produced leaders in all areas of endeavour from academics to sport and politics. We have, for long periods rested on our past, but today, our boys continue to bring esteem to the school, and we intend on maintaining our rank as one of the top boys’ high schools in the country.

The DHS Foundation Trust was originally known as the Durban High School and Old Boys’ Memorial Trust. The DHS Foundation Trust was established shortly after the Second World War, and its purpose is to develop and uplift the Durban High School through partnership with the school community of Old Boys, parents, staff, and learners.

This Trust was originally constituted on the 20th of June 1946.

On the 14th of November 2012 the Trust Deed of 1946 was amended and substituted with an entirely new Trust Deed and the DHS Foundation Trust as it is referred today was formed.
Durban High School is the oldest school in Durban with an illustrious history that has produced leaders in all areas of endeavours from academics to sport and politics. We have, for long periods rested on our past, but today, our boys continue to bring esteem to the school, and we intend on maintaining our rank as one of the top boys’ high schools in the country.

Part of the Foundation’s mission is to generate financial support for DHS, and to ensure that the strategic objectives of the Durban High School are met, now and in the future. Those objectives bear repeating:

“Our driving ambition is to maximize the potential of every learner to be the best that he can be in the classroom, on the sporting field, and in all cultural activities. The key focus is to produce a well-balanced learner who can enter tertiary education with confidence, a strong value system, and the ability to interact with all cultures locally and abroad.”

The DHS Foundation Trust is committed to the development and upliftment of Durban High School. The DHS Foundation Trust is a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and also enjoys Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) status. It is managed by a Board of Trustees and is subject to an annual audit.
The DHS Foundation Trust provides opportunities to pledge support, whether it be financial or in the form of sharing expertise, in order to ensure that the strategic objectives of Durban High School are met now and in the future. We aim to ensure the continued growth of DHS as a center of excellence, learning and opportunity.

The DHS Foundation Trust also enjoys PBO status with the result that donations to the trust are tax deductible for the donors. It is managed by a Board of Trustees and is subject to an annual audit. In addition, a partner of a major legal firm in Durban is the Protector of the Trust and annually certifies to the Trustees and AGM that the activities of the Trust in the reporting period were fully compliant with the trust deed.’’

 

Our Mission

We live in a country in which access to quality education, and the opportunity to attend a school such as Durban High School is an honour and a privilege.

Our informative years will no doubt always stir memories for us. Each one of us that attended school at 255 St Thomas Road will have carried experiences, and the privileged education we received, into our adulthood. In a modern world where the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” has continually widened globally over the past three decades, the relevance of an exceptional state school in Africa has never been greater. Most of the school’s old boys went into a world, which post the Great War, gave more equal opportunities across the classes – and prospered. It is just as important a century later for young people with the potential to be given an opportunity to achieve their potential.

The Foundation has been instrumental in maintaining and improving the school facilities, and in establishing bursaries to enable deserving learners to attend DHS who would otherwise not have had the means to do so. As a result of these efforts, DHS maintains its preeminent position as one of the top schools in the country, based on its academic, sporting, extra mural, cultural and other accomplishments.

DHS now offers the Cambridge learning system, as well as an extension learning programme, nonpareil. This makes DHS unique amongst the other leading government schools and private schools is Kwa-Zulu Natal & South Africa.

Among the improvements made to the school by various Old Boys and the Foundation:

• the refurbishment of Blackmore House,
• a world class music centre which is Trinity Internationally accredited,
• the revamping of the Seabrooke Theatre,
• the establishment of the Victor Daitz Mathematics and Science facility,
• the upgrade of our Media Centre as well as the DHS Museum,
• the Cambridge Academy, and
• the Indoor Cricket Centre.

Future projects include:

• a hockey AstroTurf,
• an Old Boys Pavilion, and
• an extension of the Cambridge Academy.

There has probably been no time in South Africa’s history when the kind of individual that DHS produces can make a greater contribution to the country, in the fields of politics, government service, education, the professions, business, and society generally. Indeed, the very viability of democracy in South Africa may depend on it.

DHS and the Foundation need your help to achieve our mission.

Trust Commitment
DHS Foundation

The DHS Foundation Trust and its Board of Trustees welcome the support and involvement of the DHS Old Boys Community, parents, staff, and learners.

Our main purpose is to maintain and strengthen the heritage, tradition, and legacy of Durban High School and provide boys the opportunity to enhance these beliefs, by providing them with a sound education and schooling.

Trustees

Chairman DHS Trust

SIZWE NXEDLANA

Sizwe matriculated in 1999 and was a member of Blackmore House. He was a keen sportsman who participated in Athletics, Rugby and Basketball. Sizwe represented KZN at U16 and U18 School Rugby levels.

Chairman at Fincom

DAMIAN JUDGE CA (SA)

Damian Judge CA (SA) (Fincom) matriculated in 2001. He was Head Boy of Blackmore House, a School Prefect, a member of the Learner Representative Council and played 1st team Waterpolo.

LINDA ZONDI

Linda is the current Chairman of the South African cricket selectors.

DR FAISAL SULIMAN

Dr Suliman holds a MBBCh degree from WITS, Diploma in Anaesthesia from the College of Medicine and a MBA cum laude from UKZN(UDW). He is in private medical practice in Durban.

DAVID VLCEK

David is a DHS Old Boy and matriculated form DHS in 2001.
After school David studied at the University of Kwa – Zulu Natal where he obtained a LL. B (summa cum laude) and was admitted as an attorney, Notary, and conveyancer in 2007
David is a partner of the law firm Cox Yeats Attorneys. He specializes in Insurance Litigation, Construction, Law and Administrative (Tender) Law.
Stemming from his involvement in the construction industry, David has also dealt with collapses of various kinds and the subsequent Formal Inquiries under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
David has advised the Construction Industry Development Board’s Risk Committee on issues of risk facing the construction industry.
He also deals extensively with a wide range of tender related disputes. David conducts contractual risk assessments and reviews tenders prior to submission to ensure compliance. David’s tender experience has led to him being appointed by organs of state to review and amend tenders prior to their publication in the market.
David serves as a member of:
• the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa)
• the Legal Practice Council of South Africa’s Disputes and Complaints Tribunal
• the Municipal Bid Appeal Tribunal (appointed by KZN Treasury) – KwaZulu Natal

ADRIAN HANSEN

Adrian is a DHS Old Boy who matriculated in 1989. After school Adrian studied a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Kwa- Zulu Natal.
After a rewarding 15-year professional squash career, where he was based in Europe for over 10 years, he returned to South Africa and joined his brother Christian, in starting 3PM Investments (Pty) Ltd.
Achievements during his illustrious squash career include:
• captained KZN to 7 Jarvis Cup titles
• won over 50 European Tournaments
• won 14 PSA World Tour Titles
• was SA No 1 ranked player for 14 years
• was named SA Player of the Year for four times and won the SA Title on three occasions.
• Won 29 of 31 Matches for South Africa at 5 World Team Championships
• All Africa Games Silver Medalist
3PM Investments (Pty) Ltd company is a private listed property investment consultancy, offering individual clients personalized services in the South African REIT sector.
Over the past 14 years 3PM Investments has grown to include over 250 private client portfolios, with funds under management of approximately R2 billion.
In 2006, the School unveiled The Adrian Hansen Squash Courts in recognition of Adrian’s achievements in Squash.
Adrian is still very actively involved in Squash and is the current SA National and SA u19 coach.
“With my business acumen, sporting background, and the contacts I have forged through both, I feel I would add value to the DHS Trust and its objectives. As a DHS old boy, I would consider it an honour to be a trustee on the DHS Trust”. – Adrian Hansen

JONATHAN HOTZ

Jono was born and bred in Durban and was educated at Kearsney College.
After school he studied at the University of Cape Town obtaining a Bachelor of Business Science degree with Honours in Finance in 2006 and Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting. Jono enrolled as an article clerk at PwC Durban in 2008 and qualified as a Charted Accountant in 2011.
Jono is a partner at a medium – sized audit practice, Nexia Levitt Kirson based in Westville. The firm has an entrepreneurial client base across numerous industries, exposing him to new challenges and obstacles. Jono enjoys meeting new people in both social and business environment and expanding his network in the greater Durban area. He is always interested to listen to how clients have built their businesses and the challenges they face every day and the various and different industries they operate in.
Jono is married to Susan and has three sons. He is an avid rugby fan and has completed 7 Comrades Marathons.

MICHAEL SPEIRS

Mike is a DHS Old Boy who matriculated in 1999. Mike’s father, Don, and his brother Chris are also both DHS Old Boys. Don also served of the DHS Foundation Trust.
Mike started working at Conrite Walls in 2000 whilste he obtained a Marketing and Management Diploma (IMM).
He currently holds the position of Managing Director of Conrite Projects Pty LTD and Fenceline Pty LTD
Mike’s experience in the construction management sector has included project managing multi million rand projects an installing perimeter and internal fencing at large companies and businesses such as ACSA’s, Transnet and Eskom.
Mike also currently serves on the CDMA (Cotswold Downs) Board

MALCOLM WALLIS

Malcolm is a DHS Old Boy and matriculated from DHS in 1967.

He graduated with a B Comm, LLB (cum laude) from the University of Natal in 1972 and won both the Abel Torf prize for the top law student and the Ellie Newman Moot Competition,

Admitted to the Bar in 1973, he took silk in 1985 and was the chair of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa (GCB) from 1994 to 1997. He is an Honorary President of the GCB as well as an honorary member of the Australian Bar and an honorary bencher of the Honorable Society of Kings’ Inns in Dublin.

As an advocate he appeared as counsel in more than 100 cases in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) and the Constitutional Court and over 300 cases leading to reported judgments in various courts.

Malcolm published a book on labour and employment law in 1992 and advised on the drafting of the Labour Relations Act, 1995. He completed a Ph D in maritime law at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) in 2010 and that was published in 2011.

Appointed a judge of the High Court in January 2009, of the Labour and Competition Appeal Courts in 2010; and the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in 2011 (having first acted on that court six months after his appointment to the bench). His was one of the most rapid elevations to the Appeal Court in South African legal history.

He is an honorary professor in the School of Law at UKZN where he lectures in the LLM programme in maritime law and has given guest lectures and seminars on various legal topics at UKZN and other universities. He instituted and ran a clerking programme for selected senior students. A number of those students have gone on to post-graduate study at overseas universities and some have been clerks in the Constitutional Court.

He was appointed as a Professor Extraordinary in the Department of Mercantile Law in the University of the Free State in 2014

To date, Malcolm is still a judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa.

BARRY WILSON

Barry is an extremely proud DHS and DPHS Old Boy and matriculated from DHS in 1978.
After school Barry studied at Edgewood Teachers College and after qualifying to become a teacher, he started his teaching career in 1985, with his first post being at DPHS.
Barry taught at DPHS for 19 years where he was HOD and lead the Grade 7 phase. During this time, he also coached the 1st XV and 1st XI.
In 2003, Barry was promoted to Deputy Principal at Northlands Primary and became the Headmaster in 2011 and served as Headmaster for 7 years.
In 2017 he was appointed Headmaster at DPHS where he has currently served for the past five years.
Barry has coached many sports during his teaching career with rugby being his main passion. Amongst the teams he has coached include:
• DHS 1st XV
• DHS Old Boys 1st XV and u/20
• Jaguars Club 1st XV
• Natal U19 coach
• Coached Sharks Craven Week Primary Schools XV
Over and above his coaching accomplishments Barry was also a KZN Society Referee.
He presently serves on the SA Schools Rugby Committee and KZNRU Council. For many years Barry has been the Sharks Primary Schools Rugby Chairman.

GREG HAMILTON

Greg is a DHS Old who matriculated from DHS 1978. At school he was a school prefect and played both 1st team rugby and cricket.
Greg played 27 games of rugby at center for Natal from 1983 – 1987. He was a member of the Natal Team, who played in the Currie Cup final against Western Province in 1984.
Both Greg’s sons attended DHS during which time Greg also served on the SGB from 2013 – 2016.
Greg is self-employed and is the owner of a waterless car wash business with a national footprint linked to Job Creation and Water Conservation

ATHABILE JOJO

Athabile Jojo attended Kokstad Junior School and in 1998 he was Headboy and played for Kwa Zulu Natal Craven Week U13A. In 1999 he enrolled at DHS.

In 2001 Athabile played in the 1st XV and went onto play 56 games for the 1st XV. During this time, he represented SA u16 Nike All Start team as well as playing for the Kwa Zulu Natal Craven Week U18A.

In 2003 he was appointed Headboy of both the School and Blackmore, making his the first Black African to do so, a legacy which will ever be entrenched DHS.
After School Athabile attended Varsity College and studied Business Administration and in 2005 was elected Chairman of the Student Representative Council.

Athabile is the CEO of Diversity Empowerment. He leads a team that provides turnkey transformation and broad-based black economic empowerment solutions to South African businesses with a specific focus on Skills Development,

He has a passion for facilitating relationships between businesses, social enterprises, and communities with the aim of empowering previously disadvantaged people and people living with disabilities.

 

The Team

CEO

Andrew Shedlock

Andrew “Shedders” Shedlock, the Director of Cricket at Durban High School, is a University of Stellenbosch sports science graduate and internationally respected coach and cricket-specific fitness and conditioning consultant, with the CV to prove it. Andrew is a DHS Old Boy (Class of 1981) and was a top international sportsman in his day, captaining the SA Schools Water Polo team and representing South Africa in Men’s Water Polo. His name can be found on the honours’ board in the Hall foyer.

In April 2019 “Shedders” came on board as the new CEO of the DHS Foundation Trust. With his experience and as an Old Boys himself, he was the perfect candidate to take over from his predecessor Louis Arde. Andrew has made incredible progress in increasing support structures through his relationships with Old Boys who are in a position to help DHS financially.

Foundation Office Manager

Liezl Basson

Liezl Basson completed her National Executive Secretarial Diploma at the Technikon Pretoria and has an open and clear communication style. She has 25 years experience in the corporate world!

Liezl started at the DHS Foundation as Office Manager in January 2020 and is looking forward to this exciting challenge and is making a difference!

She hopes to bring renewed energy to the Foundation along with her colleague and CEO of the Foundation, Andrew Shedlock where they intend to make great strides in the betterment of the foundation and support of the DHS School.