Posted 11 November 2009
The annual Sydney Dinner was held on Tuesday, 10 November 2009 at the
A list of Attendees:
- Andrew Cohen
- Graeme Reid
- Howard Davy
- ustin O'Sullivan
- Jack Stoch
- Brian Lavine
- Harry Luchtenstein
- Deon Shapiro
- Graham Liebenberg
- Mark Liebenberg
- Grant Price
- Mark Zimmerman
- Peter Venter
- Wilf Millin
- Wayne Spanner
- David McMaster
- Neil Ludwig
- Rainier Kruisinga
- Diedrick Kruisinga
- David Penkin
- Russell Klugman
- Grant Katz
- Lance Rosenberg
- Anton Rosenberg
- Michael Elamrye
- Ian Fullerton
- Andrew Thompson
- Dan Ryan
- Robert Hall
- Lyle Abel
- Colin Davidson
- Ernie Kirtsen
- Warwick Staples
- Don Espey
- Chris Kevin
- David Goldberg
- John Lake
- Kevin Lilly
- Richard Willis
- Peter Willis
- Richard Hugo-Hamman
Posted 29 October 2009
1959 – 50 Year Class Reunion, March
by John Maconachie – Vice President
Planning for this event started a year prior to this event.
The 1959 matric class was the last in the Old School and numbered only
70 pupils. We could not trace 10 and 10 had passed away which
reduced us to 50 possibilities, of which 20 live overseas.
Considering that we had 32 attending, this was no mean
achievement. They were :-
- Heinrich Asch - Local
- Peter Auld -
- John Badenhorst - East
- Mike Bennett (Vice President, OBU) -
- John Bradshaw (Head Boy) - Sasolburg
- Alan Bryant -
- Geoff Chait - Local
- Melvyn Cohen - Local
- Wilfred Gohring - Local
- Robin Henry - USA
- Pat Hill - Local
- Alan Ipp - Local
- Buller Jensen - Local
- Alan Kaimowitz - Local
- Brain Kantor - Local
- Ivan Kapelus - UK
- Noel Lipshitz - Local
- Des Lord -
- John Maconachie - Local
- Andy McPherson - Local
- Robin Merrifield - Canada
- Charles Moon -
- John Morgan (Dep Head Boy) - Local
- Herbert Sacks - Canada
- Leonard Solomon - Local
- George Strachan - Local
- Billy van der Westhuizen -
- Dave van der Meulen - Pretoria
- Clive Wolff -
Dave Griffiths, from Klerksdorp, could not attend
due to illness. Ralph Lang, from Namibia, missed his flight and
Jim Nesbitt could not make it from Japan.
The reunion kicked off with a cocktail party
in the Brodie Room, OBU Pavilion. We were accompanied by our
wives, invited guests, Past Masters and the two Headmasters.
Cliff Alexander, who was a pupil at Michaelis House when I was a
Housemaster, very kindly agreed to cover the whole event
photographically and produced an excellent CD.
Thursday morning saw us all gather at the Junior
School with Francois Nel (Headmaster). All were very impressed
with the facilities compared to what it was like in our day at Wandel
Street. Thursday afternoon 12 of us played golf at Mowbray Golf
Club, sponsored by Ivan Kapelus and Brian Kantor. Thursday
evening was the date for our stag dinner at the Wild Fig restaurant in
Mowbray. Past Master Doug Brown entertained us with recollections
of dealing (not all pleasant) he had with us while we were boys.
Dave van der Meulen very kindly sponsored the wine.
Friday saw some of us at the High School Assembly,
followed by breakfast and a tour of the dorms at Michaelis House.
We were then taken on a conducted tour of the High School by historian,
Neil Veitch. The High School is a magnificent set up and
incomparable with the facilities we had in Orange Street, those 50
Our last port of call was Orange Steet itself,
which has not changed much. The Rosedalians in our midst were
fascinated by being able to recollect their time there and in
particular the manner in which the “Boss” conducted
In closing I wish to thank John Ince, Sandy
Edwards, my colleagues, both Headmasters and their staff for their
co-operation and assistance in making this event the success that it
was. We look forward to September 2012 for our next reunion.
Posted 15 October 2009
by Kenny Penkin ('49)
The class of ’49 held the reunion of its
members to celebrate 60 years since they matriculated in 1949
commencing with a gathering in Fransch Hoek of 8 couples and 2
unattached over the weekend of 12th September, 2009 amidst
beautiful surroundings with great food where bonding after all these
years took place. On Monday 14th, a Memorial service attended by
wives and partners was held at noon in the Brodie room conducted by
Gordon Battaliou who read some beautiful prayers of thanks for our
survival and the parts played by our parents and teachers and then
brought back many memories of our school days. We also respectfully
remembered some 16 members who had passed on. Kenny Penkin delivered a
prayer of thanks in both English and Hebrew. Neil Veitch who had
written the book on the 170 years kindly took us round the old
boys’ quad in the new school.
Lunch at Forries followed and on the Tuesday
night some 16 class members (of the original 55 in 1949) attended the
School Annual Old Boys dinner. The following night a successful
braai, organised by Norman Snitcher, was held at the Brodie room. Wynne
Rigal, (Edmonton), Mervyn Immerman, (Sydney) and Gordon Battaliou,
(Torquay) came from overseas for the celebrations as did members
from throughout South Africa e.g. Andrew Nesbitt, (Natal0, Jolyon King,
(Pretoria), Godfrey Beattie, (Port Elizabeth), Pretoria and Arthur
Hawthorne (after 60 years), (Kimberley, now Western Cape). A
photo of those attending the braai is appended with names.
The gatherings were enjoyed in a wonderful spirit
of camaraderie and joy with lots of memories being discussed and
updating of where we have been and what we have done over those 60
years. The planning of the get together was greatly assisted by
the excellent secretarial services of Johann Botha and the committee of
Ben Rabinowitz, Kenny Penkin, Lionel Blumenthal and Norman Snitcher. We
are looking forward to some overseas members who could not attend from
overseas joining us for further smaller gatherings in December 2009 and
in January 2010 – and then on to ‘planning our 65th!’
Back row: Benny Rabinowitz, Natie Wapnick,
Gordon Botalliou, Kenny Penkin, Wynne Rigal, Johann Botha, Leon
Front Row: Eric Damsell, Andrew Nesbitt, Norman Snitcher, Godfrey
Beattie, Harold Scher, Lionel Blumenthal, Mervyn Immerman.
Others who attended, but were not present at the taking of the
Photograph are Ralph Lee, Arthur "Hootie" Hawthorne, Jolyon King,
Llewellyn du Toit, and Cyril Fisher.
Posted 11 June 2009
A Blast from the Past - SACS Old Boys Reunion in
by Jeff Lederer ('63)
As the familiar strains of the school song "The
SAC is the College for me" echoed through the clean Spring night, I
wondered to myself what on earth the neighbours were thinking ? I doubt
very much whether they could have guessed that this simple gathering
was a reunion of some 40 or so S.A.C.S. Old Boys in Israel, who were
meeting in the house of Mr and Mrs Abe Jaffe in Ramat Hasharon.
This unforgettable occasion took place on the 15th
May 1989 on the 41st Anniversary of the founding of the State and was
the brainchild of a few, who managed to provide a memorable evening for
Most of the gathering had emigrated to Israel
after the founding of the State and came from all walks of life from
lawyers, doctors, architects, engineers, and accountants, to
kibbutznikim and moshavnikim. The oldest matriculated in 1919 and the
youngest in 1970, a difference that mirrored the various age groups,
spanning half a century.
Master of Ceremonies was Jack Rabin. who managed
to limit the speakers to a minimum of anecdotes, kept the ball rolling
from year to year and with plenty of humorous asides.
DR KRIKLER matriculated in 1919 (!) was the
initial speaker and told of how his family had moved to Muizenberg
because of his mother's ill health. He attended S.A.C.S. at the time of
Billy Baxter (the only one present me thinks who studied under this
Headmaster) and was lucky enough to study Hebrew under the watchful eye
of a teacher from "Palestine". He recalled the Spanish 'Flu Epidemic of
1918 which laid low pupils and teachers alike.
NORMAN SPIRU (1941) a great sportsman (boxing)
described how he gave a lift that very evening to Dr Krikler and how to
his amazement had discovered that this very same physician had operated
on his toes when he was a child in South Africa. He had not set eyes on
him since that fateful day in Muizenberg some fifty years previously.
Some 50% of his class failed the 1941 matriculation because of the
difficult war situation.
MARCUS GELB (1931) who seemed to be one of the
more elderly members present, told of his days as a star S.A.C.S.
cricketer and captain of the Rugby team. He later played with great
Springboks such as George Van Renen and the like.
ARNIE FRIEDMAN (1950) told of the influence of the
Jewish Youth Movements on their lives and the fact that so many of his
class came on Aliya. He mentioned Hans Freund, the teacher in German
who took the Jewish pupils for "prayers" and where subjects from
Israel, music and South African politics were discussed.
PHILLIP SIVE (1948) one of five of his class
present at the meeting (rivalled only by the class of `52) recalled the
ladies of ill repute who frequented the upper end of Long Street. There
was a heated dispute as to whether brief encounters of a dubious nature
were held in the Rosedale Cricket Pavilion or in the Little Theatre
GEORGE BEROLD (1933) mentioned that ALL his
matriculation class had been Jewish. Their Afrikaans master (Mr Van
Niekerk) had been better known by his nickname.
ABE JAFFE (1948) related how he, as a Prefect in
Rosedale, had been an innocent party to the theft of the September 1948
examination papers. The guilty parties were eventually exonerated and
disqualified from writing the final exams.
JONATHAN SHIFRIN (1970) told of the retirement of
"The Boss" Whiteford and the initial period of Mr Paddison.
HESTON JACKSON who was at SACS during 1937-38 was
at Dryfe House but left because life was difficult at that time.
HAROLD KAUFMAN (1951) reminded the gathering of
the days when the boys dashed from St Michael's Rugby, ground to Cheder
in Hope Street.
JACK RABIN(OWITZ) (1948), the M.C. noted that many
of those present were active bowlers and some had even represented
Israel at the recent seven-nation tournament in Guernsey. There
was a suggestion that a SACS Old Boys Bowling Team be formed and
international tours organised.
The different periods under the various
headmasters were discussed viz Billy Baxter, Jock Allan and "Boss"
MEIR JAFFE (1948) described how he had used a
pamphlet issued by Kibbutz Afikim in a School debate (This was in 1948,
OCKEY RABINOWITZ (1943} related how Mr Van Niekerk
had told their matriculation class that they should all further their
studies at the Eisenberg Agricultural College, for all they were good
for was for manure. There was laughter when he told of the antics of
their cricket coach, Jack Newman and his brush with Thompson a
KALLY SACHS (1946) today President of the Israeli
Bowling Association, mentioned that only two of their class of 28
passed the final examination. The reason was simple : the lads used to
stay up all night watching the female soldiers showering in the
adjacent W.A.C.'S barracks.
TEDDY KAPLAN (1952) a Springbok and later Israeli
International sportsman, recalled how Raymond Sive had been edged out
of certain victory in the mile at the 1952 triangular meeting with
Bishops and Rondebosch.
He remembered that SONNY SOLOMON had gotten six of
the best when his Whiskey flask broke on the final day in the Matric
Class. As an active sportsman still today, he urged his fellow
ex-scholars to participate in keep-fit programmes.
ARTHUR SCHIFF (1943) the Springbok marksman,
reminisced about the mathematics master, R.H. Dick who supervised the
marking of the annual athletics championships;.
WOLFIE KANTOR (1941) described various activities,
including his brush with Laurie Karstadt, the Boxing Coach. He voiced
everyone’s feelings when he summed up : “I had a wonderful
time at school, but the best time of my life is now, when I can be here
under a clear sky. Let us be thankful to all those who made it
The Only Sabra present was HYMIE LIDSKY (1940) who
was born in Tel Aviv - Jaffa, but left in 1930 for South Africa after
the Arab riots.
Finally, HENRY GILD (1957) recalled his Ez days
with Impy Stierlin and Isaac Nurock (1952) related an embarrassing
encounter with "Boss" Whiteford. The formal part of the evening ended
with a heart-rendering version of the school song and war-cry.
Many familiar sounds, some long forgotten, were
heard once more - sounds like "Nancy" , Japie Irvine, Rosedale, Willie
Westall, Dryfe House, Hoër Taalbond Examination - words that long
since had disappeared from our vocabulary.
ALL IN ALL, it was an enjoyable reunion, but not a
very deep or intellectual exercise. It seems that most of those present
remember sporting events more than academic escapades, and more
especially the mischief after hours, more than the classroom routine.
Someone asked whether there was anybody present
who had created anything, perhaps a bustling business or an
enterprising factory ... there was a long silence.
For me personally, there was something which stood
out, the strong representation of those who matriculated between 1935 -
1956 and the fewer members of later years. Perhaps this is in
accordance with the development of Herzlia School, which attracted many
would-be SACS scholars following its establishment in the 1950's.
if any positive step is taken as a result of this
meeting, perhaps it should take the form of some sort of a
commemoration for those SACS Old Boys who fell in the line of duty.
A special thanks is due to Mr and Mrs Abe Jaffe
for their warm hospitality.
ALSO PRESENT WERE:
RUSSEL ABEL 1968
BILLY ELLERT 1968
HAROLD JOFFE 1965
RONNY KAUFMAN 1960
ISAAC MOFSOVITZ (?) 1953
LENNY ROME 1953
HYMIE POGRUND (?) 1952
HENRY BRAUDE 1935
MAURICE AGINSKY 1943
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