- Tsholo Kubheka (Clayton 1996)
Congratulations to Tsholo Kubheka on his recent appointment by SARU as their new General Manager: Commercial.
- Melvyn Lubega (Hodgson 2007)
Lubega on running a global company at the age of 26:
As the director and co-founder of GO1, Melvyn Lubega heads up a team of 52 employees across seven countries.Lubega co-founded GO1.com in 2014 with the aim of forming a company with the leading tool for professional learning.GO1 is a training solution that brings together training content which is accessed through an easy-to-use online platform.There are over 60,000 courses available for businesses, individuals and training providers.
- Jerome Loveland (Nash 1990)
The care at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital has improved dramatically in the paediatric surgery department since OJ Jerome Loveland and his colleagues set up a charity dedicated to saving the lives of sick children, improving their care and modernising the facilities.
- Frank Thomas (Nash 1958)
Frank Thomas has recently published a book “Banshee”, about his personal sailing journey and would like to share it with the OJ community.
Frank writes: I am sure that there are many OJ’s who have a similar philosophy to ours of; “Go not where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” R. W. Emerson.
Here is a brief overview of my book:
“Banshee” is a true story of an incredible adventure. It was written to help inspire people, young and old, to follow their dreams and never give up.
In 1962, two young men with a big dream to sail around the world left Durban, South Africa in their 25-foot sailboat called ‘Banshee’, the smallest boat to have attempted this journey.
This story charts the adventures of Frank Thomas and Malcolm Maidwell as they attempt to navigate — without assistance from today’s modern technology — the treacherous waters around the tip of Africa (aptly named, as they would find out, “The Cape of Storms”) and make their way across the Atlantic Ocean. This was an ambitious plan, bearing in mind their only previous sailing experience was on the small, landlocked Cinderella Dam near Johannesburg.
The book is available on Amazon under “Banshee” by Frank Thomas, or on Kindle at the following link http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DAR1T8Q.
For those living in the USA it is also available through Frank’s website http://www.FranklyGolf.com
For more information on Frank’s background visit: www.franklygolf.com/about-us.aspx.
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- Nicholas Parkin (Hill 2008)
The question of a South African, and more specifically St John’s College education being relevant in the world today is often raised. This prompted Nick’s mother, Veronique, to write and tell us about Nick Parkin who matriculated from SJC in 2008:
Nick studied B Com Information Systems and then completed Information Systems Honours (cum laude), both at Wits University.
Three well respected consulting firms offered him his first formal employment and he chose to join KPMG in Management Consulting in January 2014.
He felt he should further his studies and following a rigorous process, was accepted to study a one year Master in Management degree at IE Business School in Madrid, one of the top ranked business schools in the world.
In addition he was awarded the IE Africa and Middle East talent scholarship.
Nick thrived during his year at IE in Madrid, achieved the Dean’s list and was accepted for membership of Beta Gamma Sigma in recognition of his high scholastic achievement.
After evaluating several options Nick then decided to join Amazon’s subsidiary Audible and since 1 January this year has been working in Business Analytics based at Audible’s European head office in Berlin.
Nick speaks highly of his schooling at St Johns College and gave a TEDx talk in Madrid entitled ‘Schooling Future Leaders’ where he spoke positively of the St John’s system of creating leaders by enabling scholars to work towards prefect-ship. I have no doubt that Nick’s primary school years at The Ridge, senior school years at St John’s College and tertiary education at Wits University, gave him the strong platform needed to launch his global studies and career.
- Mohamed Bulbulia (Thomson 2009)
Mohamed was invited to attend The United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in Ahmedabad, India. Here is a link to an article he wrote on the UN page, entitled: ‘Reflections of a youth leader: On a journey towards Sustainable Development’. http://mgiep.unesco.org/blog/reflections-of-a-youth-leader-on-a-journey-towards-sustainable-development/
- Christopher Honey (Nash 1999)
Christopher is a neuroscientist currently working at the University of Toronto. He was recently announced as one of the winners of the 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Click here to view the list of winners.
These winners represent the most promising scientific researchers working today. Their achievements and potential place them among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada. Since 1955, Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to win 43 Nobel Prizes, 16 Fields Medals, 68 National Medals of Science, 15 John Bates Clark Medals, and numerous other distinguished awards.
Click here to read more about Christopher Honey.
For more information on the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and about the fellowship, visit: