Langeberg Lunch - 11th August

ODU Langeberg Branch Secretary, Patrick Henderson (1958G) writes that he will greatly appreciate indications of interest from those who would like to attend the event outline below – to either his cell phone 083 413 5413 or by e-mail to [email protected]

A get-together is being arranged of all Langeberg Branch member OD’s and their families at a lunch party on Saturday 11th August 2018 at Nuy Valley Guesthouse, near Worcester.

This Branch covers a wide area encompassing Ashton, Bonnievale, Robertson, Worcester, Wolseley, Ceres and Tulbagh, as well as Riverdale and Swellendam.
The venue has been chosen as being an approximate mid-point for members of the area.

The programme will consist of
  • from 12h00 for welcoming drinks, and Wine Tasting presentation of Conradie and Penhill Artisanal wines @R25. A full cash bar will operate during to whole event;
  • at 13h30, seated at tables, with a log fire burning in the hearth, a hearty “winter warming” buffet lunch with wines from vineyards of the OD’s living in the area;
  • addresses (not speeches!) will be presented by Adam Pike our ODU Chairman, our manager W P van Zyl. A distinguished guest speaker is also planned.
  • Thereafter, an afternoon of relaxation.
Finally, for those wishing to party on, and wishing to (or needing to) sleepover, a snack supper will be offered from around 19h00, as well as Music suitable for dancing

Limited accommodation will be available (by advance booking) at the Nuy Valley Guesthouse complex
(https://www.safarinow.com/go/nuyvalleiguestfarm/),which insummary comprises self-catering:
  • Luxury rooms 2 people sharing @R500 per night
  • Luxury room 3 / 4 people sharing @R700 per night
  • No meals included.
Catering costs will depend on numbers attending, but are not expected to exceed the following:
Buffet meal and venue hire R260, Kiddies meal R65,
Snack Supper R100 (soup, breads, cheeses)

Please contact Patrick: 083 413 5413 or by e-mail to
[email protected]

Heavy Chef and The OD Union in partnership with Sable International presents:

Techpreneurship at The Mitre! - with Mark Forrester (1999G) & Annette Muller
August 14 2018, 6 pm for 6:30 pm

Founder of Heavy Chef, Fred Roed (1991G) reports: "Heavy Chef creates learning experiences for entrepreneurs. We offer events, workshops and tours featuring some of the most inspiring people on the planet. The name 'Heavy Chef' actually has nothing to do with cooking, and comes from the saying never trust a skinny chef. In a world of talkers, Heavy Chef believe it’s the doers that are going to change it. Heavy Chef's aim is to inspire people to start things, and then empower them to succeed.

We have invited two of South Africa’s most dynamic tech entrepreneurs, Mark Forrester (1999G) and Annette Muller. Mark, who matriculated in 1999 from Bishops, is the founder of WooThemes and WooCommerce, which has been downloaded over 47 million times and powers almost a third of all the world’s e-commerce stores. Annette Muller is a sought-after international speaker, founder of Flexyforce, an innovative new startup in the Future of Work sector, and has been recognised by Forbes International as one of the ‘top 10 female tech founders to watch In Africa’.

This event is for Bishops ODs, parents, pupils, and aspiring entrepreneurs who are curious about the brave new world of South African entrepreneurship."


The Old Diocesan
Find out about ODs shaking up the world in economics, investing, the South African wine industry, mezcal-making and more, click HERE!
To order a free hard copy, please fill out the link HERE!

UK July Newsletter
UK Branch secretary, Nicky Bicket (1973F) reports: "What a month it's been. The Football World Cup is not going according to plan (not Russia's plan anyway), the British Cabinet has some unexpected vacancies and snow has fallen in the Cape...." To read the July UK Newsletter, click HERE!

Nicky Bicket (1973F) reports: "The ODU Mentoring Programme continues to flourish. ODs are regularly putting themselves forward as mentors and monthly, younger ones are benefiting.
Sometimes the chemistry doesn't work and the mentor-mentee relationship doesn't progress. This is natural and when this happens, mentors and mentees are urged to write to me so I can remedy the situation.
The mentoring relationship on average lasts about three months, but some longer and some for only one meeting/conversation. Mentors are encouraged to stay in contact with their mentees and mentees shouldn't lose touch with their mentors. These are relationships which should be nurtured and cherished. It's what ODs do for each other.
Last month, I had a senior OD living in North America volunteer himself as a mentor saying, "At almost 80 I suppose it's a bit late, but I do have experience and insight".
I bet he does and such giving back to young ODs is truly appreciated and hopefully will soon he will be called into service.
So - to volunteer as a mentor or request a mentor, please click


Project Director of the MeerKAT Launch: Dr Rob Adam (1972F)

In an article published on News24: "South Africa has officially unveiled its MeerKAT radio telescope with the clearest image yet taken of the super massive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy. Deputy president David Mabuza officially unveiled the 64-dish radio telescope array in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape on Friday. Astronomers showed off the best radio image yet taken of the centre of the Milky Way galaxy as a demonstration of the capability of the instrument that will eventually form part of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)." OD, Dr Rob Adam (1972F) is the project director for this incredible feat that will go down in history for South Africa and the world. To read more, click HERE

David Grier (1977S) Does it Again!
In October 2006 School House OD David Grier (1977) took 98 days to run the entire length of the Great Wall of China in one attempt.
Last week Thursday (05 July), David and his teammate Andrew Stuart, successfully completed a run across the Great Wall of China from East to West - the hardest route to take! It took these incredible men just 79 days to complete the 4031km journey. David has done some remarkable adventures to raise funds for much needed medical causes. He truly embodies the spirit of Bishops by sacrificing so much of himself, for the betterment of others. We are truly inspired by your actions, David! Congratulations and well done, a thousand times!
Please see some more pictures under 'ODs in the news' under 'Photos'.
For a background of other adventures and more on David, please visit his website at:


Craven Week 2018
The 33rd Coca-Cola Under 18 Craven & Academy Weeks kicked off at Paarl on Monday 9 July 2018. Paarl Boys' High, celebrating their 150th year in 2018, is playing host to this prestigious tournament.
Many rugby-loving ODs were seen at Paarl on the opening day, including: Martin Versfeld (1977S), Dillyn Leyds (2010S), Nizaam Carr (2009M), Anton Taylor (2005B), and Gus Allen (1982F).
White House ODs will be especially impressed with the Bishops representatives in the WP sides:
DHL Western Province:
- Justin Muller (W)
- William Rose (S)

DHL Western Province XV:
- Luca Liebenberg (W)
DHL Western Province Academy:
- David Courie (W)
- Liam Kloosman (W)

On the opening day the Western Province Academy side beat the Pumas 57-28; and in the final game on the the main field Western Province (Craven Week side) beat the Pumas 72-10.
Please see some more photos


Naming of the Piley Rees Field
The Piley Rees Field at Bishops remains a special place on the estate. From 2014 -2016 it was voted 'Best School Sport Arena in South Africa' on www.saschoolsports.co.za.
This year marks the 35 year anniversary of the naming of the field, which was first reported on in the June 1983 version of The Diocesan College Magazine:
"On Saturday morning, 23 April 1983, Mrs Peggy Rees, widow of Mr D.W. (Piley) Rees, was introduced to the members of the Bishops and President High School First XVs at a ceremony to mark the naming of the 1st XV field in memory of her late husband...read more


George Hermann Heye (1950F)

It is with great saadness that we report the passing of Georg Hermann Heye (1946 – 1950F), passed away on 4th July 2018, after a long-suffering illness. He leaves his wife, 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

His brother, Theodore (1952F) wrote: "George and I spent our early childhood on our parents’ farm in Namibia. Our schooling started at St. Georges’ School in Windhoek. When it came to College time George was enrolled at Bishops and I followed in 1948 when George was burdened with the task of helping me on our 3-day steam train trip to Cape Town. He was most helpful and upon arrival at Bishops we were heartily welcomed by Wilki in Founders House who had a soft spot for George. He earned his name of ‘crazy George’ being always ready for fun for instance at Rugby practice when supposed to tackle he would try to pull down the pants of his opponent, much to the consternation of his trainer. Another instance he was caught smoking in the swimming pool change room for which he was condemned to a caning by Piley Rees. George removed the foam Rubber inserts from his takkies, placed them in his underpants and when being caned cried out in pain after each stroke, the noise being heard by all in the quad at evening Study time. He spent most of his life in Windhoek in the motor business and was once even selected ‘Carneval Prince’ at annual the Windhoek Carneval. During his time in Windhoek he regularly helped our elderly parents on the farm. When the farm was sold he moved to Cape Town where he became involved in cancer treatment based on Chinese technology. With failing health in later years, he fell heavily and this resulted on him being bedridden for a long time. His faithful wife stood by him day and night under great duress. He has now passed on, relieved of his earthly suffering."


Owing to so much OD related news, it is often challenging to report on the wide range of Bishops activities.
For ease of use, we thus include links to the
Bishops Website, the Principal’s Newsletters, and also the UK OD Newsletter
Please enjoy spending some time reading these, as they are the best means of keeping up to date with Bishops.
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This week's quote is taken from "The Heavy Chef Guide to Starting a Business in South Africa" by OD, Fred Roed (1991G), and is on sale at The ODU Library in The Mitre:

"If you feel that the path you've chosen is incorrect even after travelling some distance, be aware of where it's taking you - and be strong enough to change course..."

Warm regards