Old Boys’ News – December 2018
James Mitchell (Clayton 2015) – ROWING
28 July 2018 – James Mitchell became World Champion in the U23 Men’s Pair in Poznan, Poland.
Khaya Gobodo (Alston 1996) – FINANCE
Nov 2018 – Khaya Gobodo has been appointed to head Old Mutual’s wealth and investments division in 2019.
Numan Koor (Fleming 2017), Chris Ching (Thomson 2017), William Kerr-Phillips (Alston 2017) and Pierre Gildenhuys (Thomson 2017)
Nov 2018 – Numan Koor, Chris Ching (OJ regional rep for Hong Kong and Asia), William Kerr-Phillips and Pierre Gildenhuys attended the Model United Nations in Munich representing Hong Kong City University. The topic was: “Focusing on the principle of Equality and its meaning in relation to the structure of democratic values in the 21st century”.
Congratulations to William Kerr-Phillips who won the prize for best position paper on the Human Rights Committee, and to Chris Ching who served as the head delegate for the City University Delegation.
Omphile Ramela (Hodgson 2006) – CRICKET
Nov 2018 – Omphile Ramela has been appointed President of the South African Cricketer’s Association.
Janesh Ganda (Clarke 2006) – SPORTS MEDICINE
Janesh was appointed as the Springbok Women’s Doctor in February 2018.
Rivo Mhlari (Hodgson 2012), Melvyn Lubega (Hodgson 2007) and Ben Myres (Nash 2011) – TECHNOLOGY
All three OJs made it onto the ‘Forbes Africa’s Top 30 Under 30’ list for Technology 2018: #1 – Rivo Mhlari (Hodgson 2012) – Founder: Rikatec, #22 – Melvyn Lubega (Hodgson 2007) Founder: GO1, #24 – Ben Myres (Nash 2011) – co-founder: Nyamakop Games.
Chris Soal (Fleming 2012) – ART
April 2018 – At a gala event held at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery on the evening of 4 April, emerging visual artist Chris Soal was announced as the overall winner of the PPC Imaginarium Awards 2018.
Prof John Gear (Thomson 1960) – MEDICINE
Professor Gear received this year’s St John’s College Golden Eagle Award in recognition of his supreme efforts in championing the health needs of under-served and poor communities.
The Golden Eagle Award honours Johannians who have made a truly significant contribution to South African society.
The ethos of serving others, encapsulated in the College motto, Lux Vita Caritas, is evident in Prof Gear’s selfless commitment and leadership in the field of medicine, especially in public health.