Hylton Garriock firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Tony Ive put a few gigabytes of ancient Beehives, School Magazines, Honeycombs, Military Spectrums, programs, etc from the 1970's on the internet at:-
Phil Heyns email@example.com
I Just feel thet it is about time that I added my name to the Old Boy's list.
I am living in Benoni, have been since 1984.Too old to move.
My Name is Phil Heyns and I attended Tech from 1949 until 1955, having to write Maths and Science a second time to obtain Matric.
I see my older brother Alec is already on the list.
Grant Bruce firstname.lastname@example.org
Great to see you are still maintaining the Gifford website.
Could you update my email address to email@example.com.
Gerhard/Gerry Nel firstname.lastname@example.org
I came across the Gifford Technical High site on facebook and would like to give you my info as I attended Gifford from 1968 to 1973.
I went to the University of Pretoria after passing my 'a' levels where I obtained a BSc Agric (1977), BSc Agric (Hons) and a MSc Agric.
I am presently living in Te Awamutu, New Zealand.
I was known as "Frik/Frikkie" while at school and had been a boarder in Newman house and Russel house.
I was also prefect and head boy of the hostel at the time.
If you need more info please let me know.
Dino Androuliakos email@example.com
Please change my E-mail address.
Adrian Boland firstname.lastname@example.org
I was very pleased to find this website, I attended from 1978 t0 1983. I currently live in Durban.
Michael Van Rooyen email@example.com
This is Michael Van Rooyen.
I was in Gifford from 1980 to 1984.
I am in Cape Town at the moment.
Leon Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
Please can you alter my address and email details as follows:-
Address = Johannesburg South Africa
E- mail = email@example.com
Rod Parry-Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
I am currently trying to contact my cousin Tony Parry Hughes and found his name and the link to your web site.
I believe this is the same person who lived in Bulawayo and Durban, Father Ken and mother Collette.
Does anyone have a contact address?
Carlos Christodoulo email@example.com
Hi , my name is Carlos Christodoulo. I was at Gifford from 1981 to 1984 and I live in Johannesburg South Africa.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clifton Dube email@example.com
My name is Clifton Dube , went to Gifford High class 4D from 1994 – 1997 .
I did athletics 1500m, used to be called the bus driver because of the way I used to run.
I’m currently living in Johannesburg working as a Telecoms Engineer.
I can be reached my email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jose Freitas email@example.com
I recently mailed one of my former classmates and he helped with other names you can add to our class make-up. They are:
Mark Seymour;Trevor Makings;Tim Rudnick;Dion Steyn;Rod Dring; Martin Newlands;George Barbaressos. Keep well Yours Jose Freitas
Colin Hardie firstname.lastname@example.org
Please can you update my detail?
Mike Newman email@example.com
Can you please add my name to the list.
I am Michael William Newman and attended Bulawayo Technical High School from January 1957 to December 1960.
I am married with two sons and living in Surrey in England.
I left Bulawayo at the end of 1963 and moved to Johannesburg where I got married and lived for 24 years.
We have been living in the UK since April 1987.
I have just read the page on class makeup for 1957 to 1961 with information supplied by Mark Rhodes and would like to add a few more names.
Peter Tusch, Johan Pieterse, Michael van Rensburg, John Boyce, Jack Allan, Henry Jacobs and Dino Androuliakos
I see that Dino is in your Head Boy listings.
It would be very interesting to know where they all are now.
Thanks for the site and the memories.
André de Kock firstname.lastname@example.org
Please change email address to email@example.com
André de Kock
Bruce Sayers firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, attended Gifford 1994 -1999.
Then taught Art from 2004- 2008 before joining Petra High school.
I would like to challenge people out there to remember their school and come up with projects that can revive our once great school.
Allan Walkden-Davis email@example.com
I tried in 1981 whilst on a short visit to Bulawayo to make contact but without success. Was delighted to see that there is now an Old Boy’s net. I was at the school 1957/58 and then left to go to school in the Cape. Have been living in Namibia since 1967.
Does anyone have information on the whereabouts of Raymond Senior, Norman Cook, “Lucky” Logan?
I remember much of the old days and have quite a collection of photographs of the school and Russell House where my brother, John, (died of cancer in 2009 in Durban) and I were. This was during the time that Creepy de Wet was house master and we had Jack Goosen as head boy.
I can remember how we were plunged into great sadness by the sudden death of one of our House Prefects, Donald Mackie, who died on the operating table in Johannesburg whilst undergoing brain surgery.
I noticed very few names from the 1955 to 1960 era. Our maths teacher had the improbable name of Trigedjo.
I remember too when we were thrown out of the cinema by the “ducktails at the matinee of the Elvis Presley film “Loving You” and this was followed about an hour later be an influx of Heany soldiers who cleaned up Bulawayo such that you dared not wear a ducktail hairstyle for the rest of that year.
Well done with your setting up of these lines of communication!
Scott Hatfield firstname.lastname@example.org
The web site is amazing. You are a wizzard - in OZ! and thank you for the work you are doing to keep the site going.
My name is Scott Hatfield, Gifford H.S. 1949-53. Bulawayo Tech. College 1954-56. Served apprenticeship as an auto mechanic in Bulawayo until June 1957. Left to travel Europe and worked in England to earn fare to Canada. Lived in Shabani until 1946, went to Selukwe Public School in 1947 and one year at Milton Jr. in 1948.
Did my National Service from May to Sept. 1956 in 'C' company. Member of Gymnastic Team.
Would love to hear from anyone from that era.
In April 1958, I arrived in Canada, worked my way through college and found a job as a business writer in Toronto.
I have two children and five grandsons living in Ottawa. My wife, Marie and me live in Smiths Falls, ON. where I am writing an autobiography in short story format entitled "Wambula" about my wonderful life in Rhodesia.
Let me know if you are interested in a few photos. I will dig them up and Marie will scan them and send them. She goes by her middle name Bianca on the WWW.
John Charles Young email@example.com
I would like to add my name to the list
John Charles Young 1966-1968
Presently Randburg South Africa
Les Booyse firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for maintaining the school website. It is a sad commentary on our “modern” lifestyles that we seldom have time to look up old friends, and it has been a few years since I last had a look.
I noticed this morning that my contact e-mail address is out of date. Please could you change it to email@example.com?
Malvin O'Donovan firstname.lastname@example.org
I was a boarder and stayed in Johnson House 1952-1957
Would very much like to contact the likes of D.W. (Dirk) (Wolfie) Botha who moved to the USA???.
Also LCT (Les) James, JGW ( Doots)DU Toit. D.J. (Popo) Hall, Buddy Smithdorf, all somewhere in South Africa???
Also Keith Hulley, Karel Viljoen, M.J. (Mike) Collin ex Gwanda, Mervyn Kluckow, just to name a few of the many more.
Should anyone be interested I also know where to get hold of Robbie Harris.
Whenever I bump into an ex-Milton, I still get great joy out of mocking them with “Enoch, Enoch aye, we are the Jew-boys of the day”.
GOOD OLD DAYS
Please contact me direct if you can help email@example.com
I wish I could spell it, then I would write the Tech war-cry.
Jose Freitas firstname.lastname@example.org
I attended gifford from 1976 - 1979.I was placed in 1b1 for the first two or three terms and then moved to 1a towards the end of 1976.
In 1977 in 2a I remember classmates by the names of :
Evans,Hannigan,Tarr,Burford, Jones,Williams,Burroughs J. and Burroughs D. (twins) and I think there was also a De Jager in my class.
I remember Jeremy Jones, Burroughs David & John and Burford best because we took French class with Tod.
Any info on any classmates , whereabouts would be appreciated.
Lance Laughton email@example.com
My name is Lance Laughton.
I attended Gifford from 1979-1984.
I am residing in Johannesburg, South Africa
Clive Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you add my name to your list (that I have just come across).
Clive Armstrong 1965-68 Washington DC USA
Thank you very much.
Ian Mercer email@example.com
IAN MERCER 61-64
Nice to be in touch.
Checked out your class make up lists and recognised a few names.Think I should be among the 61-64 intake,knocked around with Edley (we were good mates) and a guy by the name of Roberts,he seems to be missing also.I also remember a Karel Roos he was friends with Owens.
My parents saw the writing on the wall and returned to the UK in early 64 ,taking Stephen(Northlea) and Howard my brothers and I with.
Upon returning to the UK I engaged in further education but academia was definitely not my forte so Dad organised for me to serve a boilermaking apprenticeship.
Met a girl in 69, we married in 71 and she gave me two kids as special as her not long after.We all moved to Western Australia in 81. We all live in Mandurah a town about 70 odd kays south of Perth,our capitol.
My son and I help with the maintenance at a near by Alumina refinery (he 6 years me 30 years).I am 64 now so thinking about winding down. Terribly saddened by the photos of the old school taken not so long ago,a crying shame.
I started at the old brick school in town before moving to the buildings shown in the photographs but still remember Mr Webb (english lit), Mr Ness(form master and I think Tech drawing or was it English lang?), Mr Duggan(Music and Woodwork?) also Mr Higham (Chemistry Physics Mechanics) nearly forgot but did Mr Sandham take us for Maths.
Not sure my memory is serving me that well but one fact I am sure of and I dont see his name in the deceased list but we lost Neil Edley soon after 1996. Gill, my wife, and I met up with him in Queensland Australia in 96, downed a few beers with him and talked about the old days. He died in a car smash not long after, will get the date off my brother Steve, he saw a bit of Neil as he lives in Brisbane. On that sad note I better close,taken up enough of your time.
Wishing all the Boys health and happiness wherever they are.
Thomas Chongo firstname.lastname@example.org
I was at Gifford from 1992 to 1997, my full details are as follows:
Name: Thomas Chongo
Current location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Email add: email@example.com
Could you kindly add me to the contact list.
Trevor Makoni Tmakoni@realpeople.co.za
Name is Trevor Makoni, was at,Gifford 1994-1999, am now staying in benoni south africa. I would very much like to be added to the contact list.
Brian Ford firstname.lastname@example.org
Just going through the site again for the first time in a long while.
I was there from 1965 to 1969. Best years of my life in all honesty.
Attached is a Photo of a few of us having to work in the quadrangle at Newman House as punishment for various misdeeds. I am the good looking little fella in the front with the bandaged knee!!!
Great site, keep it going.
Gavin Robinson email@example.com
I was at Gifford from 1977 to 1981.
Name: Gavin Robinson
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class: 1B2 - 5B2
Boarder: Newman House 1980/81
Ward Jones email@example.com
Please will you change my Skype name on your Old Tech’s site to theoakseed ?
Thanks for keeping us old boys in touch.
Chris Collingwood firstname.lastname@example.org
Still a great site to catch up on.
I just wanted to drop you a line to update my address/location. I returned to Australia after an absence of 44 years, in August 2011.
New address details are:
and new email address;
email@example.com (old one still works - the good side of being your own provider :-) )
Daniso Jack firstname.lastname@example.org
1980 to 1984.
Currently living in Gaborone Botswana
Daryl Sahli email@example.com
I was at Gifford from 1973 to 1978 and I would like to be included on your website.
I live in Brisbane Australia. I was a prefect 1976 - 1978, 1st Team Hockey 1975 - 1978, Toastmaster of the Year 1976. House Captain Davy House 1978 (Winners of the Gifford Trophy).
I have also written a book A Skirmish in Africa, 2011, MyStory Publishing.
The book has been reviewed by Andre Van Heerden my history teacher at Gifford from 1973 - 1978 and by my Headmaster Harry Fincham 1974 - 1978.
I look forward to being back in the Gifford fold.
Eric Lilford firstname.lastname@example.org
Please change my email address on Gifford’s site to my personal address, being:
Bill Mauseth email@example.com
could you please update my email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
the rest of the int has not changed
regards to all
Lloyd Edwards email@example.com
My name is Lloyd Edwards, and I attended Gifford from 1975 to 1980.
My Wife, Linda and I, live in British Columbia, Canada, and have done since 1999.
I was a border, and Head of House in Russel House in 1979 and 1980.
Let me know if you need any other info.
Goodman Chipangura firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Goodman Chipangura and I attend the school from 1985/1989.
I would like to say I am proud to be associated with the OLD TECHNICIANS, for I became one and still carrying the the banner/flag up high.
Not sure if Menne is still there, but had an excellent time.
Rob Hodes email@example.com
Hi Tony,please adjust my contact details:
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
I now live in Norman Park,Queensland
PS attached some pics from my recent trip to Africa,the first three with Rick Schwim at Gifford, the last with Gary van der Heever in Joburg.
Pic 1 , Pic 2 , Pic 3 and Pic 4
Donald Hargrove email@example.com
Please add my name to this list. Donald Hargrove 74-77.
Using my e mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently of glasgow Scotland
Thank you, Donald
André van Zyl email@example.com
Hi, please add my details to the old boys list.
André van Zyl, Bloemfontein - South Africa, 1974-1979, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Chuzu email@example.com
Hey I am currently at Gifford joined 2007 when I was in form 1.
Old boys we need your help. The school is dying.
Please help in the best way you can.
John Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
Just to let you know that I have new e mail address which is email@example.com.
Please update my records.
Many thanks John Murphy
Rob Ecob firstname.lastname@example.org
Please change my email address in the Gifford website from email@example.com to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks and Kind Regards.
Wayne Harris email@example.com
Please can you update my e-mail addresses to;
John Trueman JohnT@nfp.nedbank.co.za
I happened to be surfing the web and came across the Gifford site ! I am so pleased I did.
It brings back a flood of wonderful memories. Maybe you can add me to the class of 1955/1960 ?
My schooling was second to none and rivals that of any private school. My son went to Treverton in Mooi River so I speak from experience.
My e-mail details are above.
I work for Nedbank at Balfour Park in Highlands North , Johannesburg.
Roger Bramford firstname.lastname@example.org
I attended Gifford High School from 1964 to 1967 as a day-scholar. I was in Faraday House.
The headmaster when I joined was "Boss" White but he was succeded by a Mr McLachlan. Some of the teachers I remember are "Fuzzy" Hotz ; "Stinky" Ness ; John Finlayson ; Mrs Rabinowitz ; Mev duPreez ; Mrs Clelland ; "Pair-O'-Shoes" Mr Parry-Hughes ; "Frenchy" Mr laFrench ; Sydney Higham ; Terry McCormick and "Battle-Axe" Mrs Clarke.
It was due the fanntastic teaching of Mrs Clelland (maths) - Mev duPreez (afrikaans) and Mrs Clarke (english) that I passed these subjects at 'O-Level' standard - at the end of Form 3!! Special mention for Mrs Clelland - Until she became my maths teacher, I really battled with this subject - often getting 4%. In my first term with her I passed my mid-year exams with 105% --- 100% for the paper, and 5 marks for neatness! I have NEVER forgotten it!
I played U-15 rugby until I was "banned" due to a spinal injury. I still have memories of school Cadets - some of my happiest days at school.
I now live in Haddenham, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
Please can you add me to the contact list? Thanks a lot.
Nqobizitha Mabhena email@example.com
I need to have my details added to the Gifford Boys Website.
I was at the school from 1996 to 1997 for A’ level. Full name being Nqobizitha Mabhena and my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let me know of further details you might require.
Will Macadam email@example.com
Please change my details.
I am contactable now at firstname.lastname@example.org based in Singapore ex-Australia.
I was in 2B1 1977 please add me to the list.
Will (dog-breath) Macadam
PS I was advised on facebook by Karen, the sister of Mark Marriott, ex-Mangula, of his demise.
I think mark died in 2003-4. Sorry but no further details.
Mike Garden email@example.com
Trust you are keeping well – just came across the Gifford web site! – well done for setting it up – how do I place my name on there?
I live in Harare still but come across to Brisbane twice a year to see my kids – have my own payroll software company – Softrite – with about 500 clients around Zim
Do lots of running, swimming and golf
Ciao for now
PS Just browsing through the names on your Gifford Tech web site
- Arnie Howard is now living in Harare and Pete Wittstock died flying a plane in Joburg a few years ago
Grant Glover firstname.lastname@example.org
Gifford old boy 1973 - 1978 to add
Now living in Hunsworth Village, ENGLAND
Michael Falconer email@example.com
Please can you update my email address on the web site to
Ronald Borges firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald Borges 1983 to 1987
Allan Gavronsky email@example.com
Has anyone any photos or articles from 1969, 1968 under 13 cricket, rugby and tennis.
Texas , usa
Geoff Border firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a little more information for you:
My brother went to Byo Tech from 1955 to 1958 and his name was John Border. He was a day boy. After leaving school he joined F. Issels in Bulawayo as an apprentice boilermaker. Sadly, whilst in his second year he died in a car accident whilst driving from Gwelo to Byo. That was May 1960.
The school at that time was mainly in Rhodes Street.
Kelvin Skews email@example.com
Just found your page. I was at Gifford from 1977-1982. My father, Harry, also taught at the school and was Newman House Master for a while. Sadly he has passed away. The names bring back a lot of memories.
I am still in Byo.
Neil Cave firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's two GOBs for you, Neil Cave and Mike Collington , Christmas Day 2011, Berkshire.
Please update my details to now living in Woolhampton, Berkshire and email email@example.com
Thanks and best regards,
Geoff Border firstname.lastname@example.org
First off, thanks for a well presented Old Boy web site. I have read the whole site and there are some very interesting reads. I do remember you Tony.
I am Geoff Border and attended Gifford as a boarder in Newman house from 1962 through to 1965. I recall most of the names listed, particularly the ones from the hostel. In the 1962-1966 class make up you have me listed as Geoff Porter. Can you correct this?
My email address is email@example.com
After leaving school I joined Rhodesia Railways in 1966 as an apprentice electrician along with Dave Evans (fitter and turner). I continued to work in Zim (then Rhodesia) until 1978 when I left to emigrate to SA with my family. We lived generally on the highveld (8 years) and then migrated to UK (my origins) and lived and worked in London for the next 15 years. After moving to London I went part time to University and obtained an honours degree in electrical engineering and then went on the overseas expat network working in places such as Hong Kong, Egypt, Greece, Middle East. During this time we decided to move back to SA and ended up in Cape Town. My wife (Eileen nee Mutton) is South African. We met and married in Bulawayo. I am presently in Abu Dhabi on a single basis with my wife living back at home in Cape Town.
I have many memories of Newman House-some good and some not so good. Life is not always a bed of roses.
Kevin Law firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Tony Whatt
my brothers email is in "email-errors"
his email is email@example.com
hope this helps
Graham Jardine firstname.lastname@example.org
I am sending you an update of my new e mail address, it is amazing how many ex Gifford Buddies have made contact with me since registering with you.
My name is Graham Jardine.
I attended Fairbridge Junior School as I grew up at Lewellin Barracks, my Father, Arthur Jardine whom many of you will remember from your 9 month days was an Instructer there. Then went to Gifford from 65 to 69. We were bussed in from Lewellin every day.
I married Avril Kloke, ex Townsend School in 1975, we have 3 children, now 3 Grand Children.
I’m still living in Bulawayo, I was cattle Ranching, until our honourable leader decided to take my Ranch .
Would any of you know the whereabouts of Nigel Towers? When he left Gifford he went into the Air Force!
I am still on my old e mail number email@example.com as well, but my direct contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
It would be great to hear from ex buddies.
Many thanks and Regards
Des Kilalea email@example.com
Trying to get hold of Taffy Tucker; probably about 58 years old and went to Gifford I think
Gary Russel-Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
My details for the contacts list:
Gary Russel-Smith 1977-1980 now living: Wollongong NSW Australia
I was at Gifford in 1977 when the 50th jubilee magazine came out and when Mr Fincham was the Headmaster.
Mr McGeoch was my English Teacher for my first year and our Form Master.
I have so many memories of Gifford and am very exited about finding my old class mates and my teachers.
I am also keen to find out if any of the magazines, the 50th and any of ‘The Bee Hive’ are in circulation and available. I would like to purchase these for keep sakes.
Many thanks, and thanks so much for this site. I would like to contribute in any way, even if it is just my memories.
You see, I didn’t mention, I am not just and ‘Old Boy’ but also the boy of an ‘Old Boy’ Les Russel-Smith (deceased) who was at Gifford Tech back in the 50’s sometime. As were some of my Uncles, and then some cousins and my Brother, Victor Russel-Smith, who is already listed on the ‘Class Makeup’ page (Form 1A1 1973)
Looking forward to finding and possibly contacting old friends, classmates teaches and mentors. (So sorry to hear of the passing of Chris Heuer, Head Boy, 1978. I remember Chris and his very positive and respectful contribution to Gifford).
Gary Duplessis email@example.com
im an old boy my name is gary duplessis,
i was at gifford from 76-79 harry fincham was the headmaster,
i have never been back ilive in pietermaritzburg sa and when i look at pics of the school that ran like a well oild clock it is realy heart breaking.
my teachers were erny lafrentz,ron pate ,brian [tin balls],mev duplessis,mrs jordaan,mrs pinterriech,mr mc geoch,mr boyce [bo bo] mrs jacobs,mr viljoen,mr davies,there were more but not bad for nearly 30 years ago.
mr ferber was depedy head.mr web and mr menne were house masters.
i was in c2 for the 4 years i had a ball.
i stayed in montrose and cycled to school every day,it is so sad to see the cycle shed along the workshops just filled with desks.please add me to the list.
my father also went to the then called tech in rhods street.
Dave Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Jackson (1974-1978) here to update contact information ..
Now living in Portland, Oregon working for Rockwell Collins Head Up Guidance Systems as a Senior Program Manager, managing aircraft Head Up Displays (HUDs) for Rockwell Collins military platforms.
E-mail is now: email@example.com
Jeff Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Brown here , just to let you know that my e mail address has changed from email@example.com to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please could I ask you to amend accordingly , many thanks and keep up the good work.
Regards Jeff Brown......
Andrew McGibbon email@example.com
Please add my email address to the ex Gifford list:
Johannesburg South Africa,
Eddie van der Heiden firstname.lastname@example.org
Please change my email address to
Eddie van der Heiden
Bernie Kruger email@example.com
I recreated the GOB's FB page as the older ones are due to be archived.
Can you send an email or post to your site about this.
The page covers 1965-1985 basically to keep it the way we remember it. Use your discretion.
The page links are:
University or School: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gifford-Technical-High-School-1965-1985/160362030726346
Discussion Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/296930670331701/
Kevin Snake Kevin.firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Kevin Snake. I was at Gifford High School from 1998 to 2002.
I was vice captaining the rugby team and my headmaster was Mr A .Mennen.
I am currently in South Africa and my email is Kevin.email@example.com
Ashley Konson firstname.lastname@example.org
Please update my email to :
Reg Bernstein email@example.com
I am a Gifford old boy. I left Gifford after completing my M Levels in 1971.
Went on to Univ of Natal and UCT where I qualified as a CA(SA).
Currently running Dainfern golf Estate in JHb.
Married with 2 girls.
Mike Falconer firstname.lastname@example.org.AU
Hi please can you add the following to the Gifford web site:
1967 to 1972
email address email@example.com.AU
and currently residing in Perth Western Australia.
Dennis Shepherd Dennis.Shepherd@goldfields.co.za
I managed to get in to the Gifford website just now.
Can you add me to the e-mail list please. I was at Gifford from 1960-66 and was in Newman House.
I now live in Krugersdorp, just outside Johannesburg in South Africa.
I am working for the Gold Fields mining group.
Ian Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org
What a wonderful site. Thank you for all the hard work that you and your team have put into this project.
It was great to some of the names of those that I went to school with.
Please include me in the Emails Contact List. My information is as follows:
Name: Ian Robertson
Currently of: Cape Town South Africa
Email address: email@example.com
Vikile ncube firstname.lastname@example.org
Form 4D (1995)
Roy Chirinda, Wayne Chinonzura, Wilned Hara, Hlalani Ndlovu, Sabelo Ncube, Vikile ncube, Mgcini Nyathi, Langford Ndlovu, Brian Mirimi, Thulani Dube, Innocent Ngwenya, Siphathamandla Mabhena, Stableford Mangena, Andrew Moyo (Bhelebana), Gresham Moyo, Nkosilathi Tshuma, Lucky Gombe, Ignatius Gombarume, Ian Williams, Ryan McKop, Gareth Wilson, Ederico Dias, Gary Domingo, Peter Lolen, Alone Chirwa, Xolani Mthunzi, Charles Mundzengerere, Nhlanganiso Dube, Takura Zunga
Patrick Stone email@example.com
I’m Patrick Stone of the class of 67-71.
I want to advise all who knew him that my brother Chris (Rocky) Stone (Gifford 1964-1968) passed away in Sunderland England on 25th August 2011 after a long and difficult struggle.
The funeral service was held at Sunderland Crematorium on 7/9/2011; apologies to anyone who may have known Chris for letting you all know so late.
Regards, Patrick Stone
Bernie Kruger firstname.lastname@example.org
I admin a FB page for Bulawayo and have started collecting pics of the Byo and schools.
As you probably know google does not help much and i am looking for pics of the buildings.
Some of the other FB ex Rhodie pages have pics of the empty swimming pools but that hardly brings back any fond memories.
If you have anything like that or links to articles with decent size images, I would appreciate it Thanks in advance
Michael Marriott email@example.com
Dear Gifford Old boys
I attended Gifford from 1968 to 1972.
Having lived and travelled somewhat since then I am now a resident of Perth in Western Australia.
I so look forward to making contact again with some really good old mates
Michael Marriott , yes M P Marriott
Bryan Wordsworth firstname.lastname@example.org
I was a former pupil from about 1975 to 1981...
Please can you include me in your register of old-boys.
Bryan Roy Wordsworth (Photo)
There would be some entries for awards for my art.. My then art teacher was a Mss Hardy. My then headmaster was a Mr. Fincham... Favorite teacher was a Mss Hatton I believe (English 6th form)... If I remember the spellings correctly??
PS I was formerly an engineering designer, but now in my master's program in ecotourism/psychology with the London university CCPE
Mike Collington email@example.com
Thank you for the continued maintenance of the Gifford site. Trust you are well.
Please will you change my e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org
I relocated from Stellenbosch in SA to the UK in May 2008 and am living on a little farm outside Baughurst, North Hampshire.
If you visit the UK & are in the area please give me a shout!
Kind regards - Mike.
Ian Shaw email@example.com
I chanced upon a look, purely by accident at the Gifford website today. I haven't visited for a few years. Great to see that it is still around and well done to you for keeping it alive.
In the lost and found, I was looking for Barry, Reg and Alec Bernstein. I have found them and will be happy for you to update the site accordingly. I have also located Andy Pitsillis,and Raymond Will, neither of which I believe is on the site.
Happy to pass on details to anyone who may like to contact them.
Another update you may like to make is that Mr Reeves Johnson, Physics master (I am not sure of his first name) passed away in Rugby England a few years ago. I was in contact with his widow and will look up some dates etc and pass them on to you.
Best regards and thanks for keeping us ex-Giffordians going.
Bill Radloff firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Bill Radloff. I was at Tech 1942-44. In my stupid old age, I don’t know why I didn’t try this before!
I would love to hear from my – living – contemporaries.
Bob Todd email@example.com
I am an ex Gifford boy registered on the site forever. My name is Robert Todd and I was a student from '79-83.
I was hoping you could help in getting me an email address of jack Menne. Just want to say hello and wish him well.
Brian Ford firstname.lastname@example.org
Please may I gain access to the site.
I was there from 1965 to 1969 as a boarder at Newman House while Bryan Molyneaux was hostel master & also as a dayskie.
Now resident in Perth WA
Mike Becker (formerly Gjertsen) email@example.com
Great to see that you have made an old boys website for Gifford.
My name is Mike Jonny Becker (Gjertsen) and I was a pupil at Gifford from 1976-1981. I did my A-Levels in 1981, the year I was one of prefects.
My parents emigrated from Norway in 1972 and spent the next 10 years of my life in Zimbabwe. Since 1985 I have resided in Norway and its great to be able to keep in touch with a couple of my old school mates, thanks to the internet. :)
Thanks for making the website. I hope that I can contribute in a small way by registering my details on the site.
Mike Becker (formerly Gjertsen)
Michael Falconer firstname.lastname@example.org
Please update my email contact address as follows.:-
Grant Smith email@example.com
My contact email is now firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still living in Melbourne
Grant Smith 1977-1982
Tommy O'Connor email@example.com
Sorry I have been amiss here is my e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Keith email@example.com
Please change my contact e-mail address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please change my location to Amanzimtoti, South Africa.
Roy Pitchford email@example.com
Please amend my details to;
Thanks and regards,
Nigel Biffen firstname.lastname@example.org
Please add me to the contact list - email@example.com.
Does anyone have an e-mail address for Gary Smith, also from class of 1968 to 1973?
Ken MacLachlan firstname.lastname@example.org
I was at Gifford from 1947 to 1951. My brother Nigel, (now deceased) was Head Boy in 1955.
I now live in Madeira, having spent 33 years previously in South Africa, having left Rhodesia as it was then, in December 1975.
I have just “discovered” the Gifford website as well as the Gwebi Agricultural College site, and am surprised at how few “Old Timers” there are on either of these sites. I suppose many have passed on.
Many years ago I remember Keith Pinchen running the Old Boys Association.
Strength to your arm.
Roy Snell email@example.com
I wish to update my email address and location on the Gifford Technical High School website.
My current details are:-
Location: Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Many thanks for keeping this wonderful site going.
George (Jody) Walton firstname.lastname@example.org
George (Jody) Walton email@example.com
Please could you change my email address to the one above.
All other details remain the same.
Blessed Chiduku firstname.lastname@example.org
Please can you add me to the Old boys contact list.
I attended Gifford High School from 1981 to 1985 my email adress is email@example.com
Would like to be in touch with my old school mates and any events going on about Gifford.
I am currently living in the United Kingdom based in Birmingham.
Eric Lilford firstname.lastname@example.org
From 1979 - 1982 Ex-Russell House, brothers ex-Gifford too. Regards Eric
Clarence Mpofu email@example.com
Please add me on the list:
1985 to 1990
Thanks a lot
Declan Sean Brannigan firstname.lastname@example.org
Please change the e mail address for Declan to:
Doug Wesson email@example.com
Just had a quick browse of the website.
Good to see it is still ticking over and new people keep adding there names.
Jimmy Hynes firstname.lastname@example.org
Change of Contact Info
City: Santa Clarita, California.
E Mail: email@example.com
Richard Steward firstname.lastname@example.org
Please alter my email to
Photogra@ntl.sympatico, no longer exists.
Herbert Mudzamba email@example.com
Please add my name and contacts below to the Old Boys' Contact List.
I was at Gifford from 1986 to 1991
Mario Panico firstname.lastname@example.org
I was at Gifford 1977 -1979, before immigrating to Johannesburg South Africa, where I am currently residing.
Nqabutho Tshuma Victor@infotools.co.za
Tony Please add me to the old boys contact pages
Current Location: South Africa
Years At Gifford: 1995-1998
Email Add: Victor@infotools.co.za
Stuart Sanderson email@example.com
Tony, please add me to the old boys contact pages
Name: Stuart Sanderson
Current Location: Calgary, Canada
Years at Gifford: 1976-1981
Email Adrress: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian MacLaren Brian@ruashi.com
Please add my name to the Gifford list
Was there from 1978 to 1979
Your kind regards
Steven Sanderson email@example.com
My name is Steven Sanderson.
I was at Russell house.
Left at the end of 81.
Please add me onto the mailing list.
Bryan Devine firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Make Up 1973-78
Bryan Devine was in this class.
Arnie Kotze email@example.com
This is Arnie Kotze, I was at Gifford 1959-1964
Was in Russell House. Hostel and school prefect.
Now living in Port Elizabeth South Africa.
Married with two sons and also have two grandsons.
Would love to hear from the guys who were there with me.
Brian Austin firstname.lastname@example.org
Change of details
Brian Austin, schooled 1970-1974 currently in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
New email address email@example.com
Frank Urquhart firstname.lastname@example.org
I attended Gifford from 1972 to 1977 starting in 1b2, going to 2b1 and then on to 3a2.
I Left Gifford after my M levels (1977), and I did national service (signed on for 3 years with Intaf).
I left Zim for SA in Dec 2001 and SA for London in July 2009.
I am now one of the many Zimbabweans spread worldwide as my e-mail address infers.
Please add my e-mail address to the website.
Alistair Croll Alistair.email@example.com
Change of details
Alistair Croll – Alistair.firstname.lastname@example.org
Walter Nhliziyo NHLIZIYO@YAHOO.COM
Please add my details: WALTER NHLIZIYO
JAN 1981-DEC 1983
CONTACT E-MAIL NHLIZIYO@YAHOO.COM
CURRENT RESIDENCE SCOTLAND,UK
Mike Griffen email@example.com
Hi just to let you know that Bradly Smith passed away earlier this year as a result of cancer.
Ronald Luckson Chikwava firstname.lastname@example.org
Please my you add me on the former Gifford High website.
My name; Ronald Luckson Chikwava
Period at Gifford: 1987 to 1990
I was at Gifford High School from 1987 to 1990. I used to enjoy playing chess and I was in the 1st Team as a Captain.
During my period I was honoured with Merit with Honors for Chess as I was the best player.
Currently I am based is RSA
My email address is email@example.com
Faith Dyson firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact old friend - Kenneth S Harper
Whilst living in London in 1963/1964 I met an ex-pupil from Gifford High School.
I think it was called Bulawayo Technical College then. I have no idea where in the world he is living now.
If possible I would like his contact details, or alternatively will you pass this message on to him.
My name is Faith Dyson (nee Brooking). I live in France now.
Webmaster's Note: If anyone knows the whereabouts of Kenneth S Harper please contact Faith directly.
Jeremy Hughes Jeremy.Hughes@cmegroup.com
Jeremy Hughes, 1978-83
Hi Tony – great job with the website!
I’d be grateful to be included on the contacts list.
After living and working in London for nearly 20 years I’m about to relocate to Singapore and want to be able to stay in touch with old friends around the world.
My email address is above – it’s work but hopefully they won’t mind!
Many thanks and keep up the good work.
David Roy Williams email@example.com
David Roy Williams
currently in: bulawayo, zimbabwe
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Lambert email@example.com
Please note that my email address has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Wright Chris.Wright@vrn.co.za
I attended Gifford 1971 to 1975
Colin John Wright email@example.com
My name is Colin John Wright and I attended Gifford from 1970 to 1974.
I now live and work in Houston, Texas, USA.
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
My website is http://colinwright.org
Michael Clifton email@example.com
My father, Alan Clifton, was a student at Gifford, then Bulawayo Tech, in the mid-1940’s. He was an evacuee to Nkana at age 12 from England during WWII, graduated from the school and returned to Nkana to work before returning a few years later to England. My father has recently published his memoirs.
The book, titled “From Cockney to Colonial (and Back Again)” primarily chronicles those years in Africa. It includes his memories from Bulawayo Tech.
I would be very interested in ensuring anyone from that period, or with an interest in it, is aware of the book. Currently, I am promoting it through a page on Facebook called, “From Cockney to Colonial”.
The folowing are a few short bits from the book, starting at p. 129 over to 131. The whole chapter on his years at Bulawayo Tech is about 32 pages in which he talks about a few teachers, trips, pets, cadets, prefects, friends and, of course, rugby (a game he continued playing in Canada, later helping to found a rugby club in the City of Sarnia, Ontario, which is still active today):
"As I remember it, there were four boarding schools in Bulawayo: the Bulawayo Technical School,
Milton, Evelyn High School and the Dominican Convent High School. The latter two were both for girls only; Tech and Milton were boys only.
"...We were taken to the houses we would call home for a while. The Tech dormitory buildings were located in different parts of town. Mine was called Heyman House, and after seeing the other houses I soon knew that I was in the nicest. Heyman House was a one-story group of buildings that probably held 50-60 people; it had three dormitories, a dining hall and so one - about the same as a Codrington School. It also had a very nice garden area and a hug vine-covered tree in front of the main entrance. ...The school itself was about a 20-minute walk from our dormitory. There were no buses or cars to take us, although some stretches of the road were tarmac.
"...All the boys were lined up and he [the sports master] walked along the line asking each of us what sport we preferred. Most of us, of course, replied "Rugby"...He seemed very pleased with our choice until he got to the last boy, Sokolich, a nice guy who also lived at Heyman House. Sokolich volunteered that he would rather play soccer. The sports master looked at him for a moment and then very deliberately said, "Get out." ...That little episode was just the sports master's way of encouraging the choice of rugby.
"...Mr. Gifford was the headmaster, and he was nicknamed Chaka by the students. The original Chaka was a ferocious Zulu chief considered one of the greatest generals of all time - right up there with Alexander the Great. In my opinion, Mr. Gifford suited the name well. Mr. Sotheby [I believe this is Mr. Sutherby, but that Alan had remembered the name incorrectly] was our engineering drawing master. He was a bit pompous and insisted that we knew full well that we called him Chaka. In actual fact, the students called him Chaza, a very different nickname...I believe the word translates to something like warthog.
...I quickly made a number of new friends at Tech. One in particular, Ronnie Brassington, stuck with me until I left Africa in 1949. We didn't have much free time between our schooling, prep and sports, but we did find time now and again to climb a nice big tree near the fence surrounding the property... Of course, it was against school rules to climb that particular tree, and if caught we were punished. On Saturday mornings we had free time to go into the shopping area of town, and our punishment was a lose an hour or two of that time; instead we had to climb the big tree in front of the dormitory with an axe or small saw in hand and hack the vines away. Can you imagine the horror of such a punishment for a bunch of 15- and 16-year olds? [Alan is being sarcastic, of course]
Some of the senior boys were made prefects. Their job was to help the housemaster keep law and order. Unfortunately, their power often went to their heads! Sometimes they could be very mean and sneaky. For instance, on occasion they would corner one of us, force us to take a puff of a cigarette (that they provided) and then immediately accuse us of breaking the school's no-smoking rule so they could administer a couple of strokes with a cane. Of course, if they were short of money (as often happened), they had no trouble demanding a cigarette from those of us who actually did smoke. They used their status to run a kind of protection racket!"
Anyone from that period, or with an interest in it can contact Alan's son, Michael, by E-Mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tjiyapo Velempini email@example.com
I recently visited the school and found that the infrastructure has deteriorated but in state were it could be revived.
I would like to call upon all interested Old Boys to get in contact so that we can assist the school in the short term but also put in place a plan to run the school as a semi private institute since the Government is not funding these schools anymore.
All ideas and thoughts on how the Old Boys can assist will be most welcome.
Tjiyapo Velempini (1981 to 1987)
+263912403413 or +263712422184
Alan Snyman firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Alan Snyman.
I attended Gifford from 1976-1980
I am currently living in Secunda RSA.
Carsten Christensen email@example.com
Hi my name is Carsten Christensen and I attended Gifford from 70 to 76.
I met Barry Skinner last night who mentioned that there was a web site.
Just out of interest sake I am making contact.
Stan Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
Update details - Stan Wilson
My new email is email@example.com
Ian Corder firstname.lastname@example.org
Please can you update my details on the site
Ian Corder – 79 – 83
Alan Stewart email@example.com
Please update my contact, Newman House 1960 – 1964, Hazyview – South Africa
Clive Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org
Great job as usual.
Could you update the site a couple of new details please?
1) My email has changed to email@example.com
2) Attached is a pic of me (left) at 50 and Paul Smith (right) soon to be 50. As spotty teenagers Paul and I used to cycle to and from school regularly, from Woodlands - through Ilanda and Malindela down the Hillside Rd to Gifford. Helen and I drove up to see him and his wife Carrie from my house in Kenilworth to his house in Bourne near Spalding in the UK recently. Happy days . . .
PS: suggestion - how about a search facility, i guess people would mostly want to search for surnames.
Also - are there any links/a Gifford page at e.g. friends reunited or other such sites?
David Archer firstname.lastname@example.org
Could you please add me as a new addition?
David Archer. I started in 1A1 in 1974 & finally leaving in 1977 to go to SA. I am currently living & working in the UK.
Never really got on at the school, just grinned & bared it. I have fond memories of Bulawayo but not many of the school – maybe because I wasn’t a keen sportsman. Always got on well with the technical staff in the engineering, tin bashing & wood butchery departments.
My contact e-mail is email@example.com
Best wishes & thanks for the website.
Rob Holly firstname.lastname@example.org
My email address has changed to email@example.com I would appreciate it if you could do the update.
Thanks and keep up the good work.
David Richardson firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently caught up with a couple of Gifford “old boys”, and they sent me the link to your website.
I would appreciate it if you could publish my contact details on the site.
David Richardson, now living in Perth, Australia (I attended Gifford from 1974/9).
Email address email@example.com
Have just found your website for former Gifford students. Great job that has been done with the site.
Please add my contact details:
Attended from 1965 - 1970
Now resident Perth, Western Australia
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Doreen Tod email@example.com
I taught French and English there from 74-86.Much longer at Girls College, but my happiest and funniest memories are of the boys, 3 of whom contacted me a couple of years ago.
Dennis Gray firstname.lastname@example.org
Just found out about the web site. Excellent. Lovely to read the messages from ex school mates.
I was a boarder during 1949-1953 at Russel House and went to classes at the Technical College in town. My last year classes were at the new school building along side the railway line.
I have retired from normal duties but running my own cosulting business. I am now 74 years old and still grafting. Keeps me out of mischief. Married with children all over the world. South Africa, New Zealand and England. We lived in Wankie. Have not been back except when my Dad died in Wankie.
I now live in Pretoria-SA
Thanks again for keeping the web site active.
Dennis the menace (freckles)
Alison Tod email@example.com
I've found your website on facebook and wondered if you'd be interested in letting people know that my mom, Doreen Tod is living in the UK.
She's not on fb but would be happy to get emails on :
I will also be happpy to pass on any messages to her via my own fb.
I can't recall the years she taught there was it late 70's up to late 80's.
Many thanks and well done on getting a co-ordinated webpage going.
Murray Des Fontaine firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Tony,V The following is update information.
Personal: Murray Des Fontaine (1960- 1965). Head Boy 1965, captained 1st team rugby (colours), basketball & scout leader. Commissioned into Rhodesia Army, played Rhodesia Rugby.
Resident in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. Practices as an Estate Agent, Auctioneer & Valuer. Single with two sons.
See attached photo
Murray Des Fontaine.
Greg Goodes Greg@mdm-engineering.com
Is there anyone out there who was a classmate of Leon Cloete?
Ian Mckenzie email@example.com
I would like to become part of the membership.
Tommy O’Connor firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is my new e-mail address
Bill Hosie email@example.com
I was at Gifford 64 to 68.
I would like to list on your site please.
Bill Mauseth firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Mauseth here, please update my emailaddress to
Thanks, your doing a great job with the website
Tony Beardwell email@example.com
My name is Tony Beardwell and I attended Gifford from 1960 to 1965.
I was a border at Newman House. Please add me to your contact list. I live in La Lucia in Durban South Africa, and for many years have been trying to find a copy of our 1965 school magazine, initially to show to my daughter and now hopefully one day my grandchildren.
It was interesting to visit the school in 2001 in the hope of securing a copy, but to my surprise, the office staff did not know what I was looking for, and they appeared to be using the same typewriters our staff used in 1965!!!!
You can imagine my delight when I stumbled across your web sight and looked up some of the photo's from 1965. It certainly brings back the good times having read the comments from Laurence Wright posted on the 31/03/08. Although I don't remember him personally, the mention of Fuzz Hotz, Mnr Souter, Ian MacIntosh and the like got the memories flowing back. Mr Mc Laughlan was our Head of Newman House and he and I ran the Golf Clinic at Bulawayo Golf Club for those interested pupils.
With kind regards,
Greatjoy N Mazibuko firstname.lastname@example.org
Please add my contact details on the Gifford High School webpage.
I attended my A levels at this prestigious school from 1997 to 1998 before I went to the University of Zimbabwe.
Greatjoy N Mazibuko
Here is a photo of Newman House in 1998.
Dean Da Costa Dean.daCosta@mondigroup.co.za
Would you kindly amend my email address to the following:
Thank you for your continued efforts in running the website, they are most appreciated.
Dean Da Costa (Gifford scholar: 1976 – 1981).
Mike Botha email@example.com
Mike Botha here, my new E Mail is
Thanx so much for what you do to keep all us Gifford OLD!!!!! Boys in touch.
Kevin Clarke firstname.lastname@example.org
Please add me to this list.
Keep up the good work !
Graham Jardine email@example.com
Just came across Your GOB Site, good to see some of the old boys names.
My name is Graham Jardine
went to Gifford 1965 to 69 before going into the army. Anthony Webb, Nigel Towers, Mike Botha, Andy Pitsillis, Tom Basset, Patric Keates, Rob Du Preez, all names that are fondly remembered.
I still live in Byo, and can be contacted on any of the following e mail no.
Keep the good work up.
Regs Graham Jardine
Alex Polzi firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi my name is Alex Polzi, attended Gifford from 1967 to 1971 Currently living in Brisbane, QLD Australia.
Email is email@example.com
Please add me on your contacts list.
Cheers Alex Polzi
Clive Bolton firstname.lastname@example.org
Please can you alter the dates that I was at Gifford to ;
1969 to 1974.
May I ask if you have any contact details for Chris Trautman he was a year or two later than me.
Many thanks’ for your assistance.
Michael Britton email@example.com
Howzit to the webmaster and his goblins
Michael Britton's email address and location have changed. They are now:
and currently living in Cape Town.
Another two updates for you, of a sadder kind, are that Tony Liddell died in 2001 in Johannesburg.
Tony and I were best friends for many years. Another death is that of my brother, Dave Britton,
who never registered on the site as he died well before email was available. He died in Ghramstown in 1981.
Years he was at Gifford were 1966 to 1970.
Michael Britton (64 - 68)
Brian Bright Kagoro Brian.Kagoro@actionaid.org
Name: Brian Bright Kagoro
Full colours, Athletics
Merit with Honours, Rugby, Athletics ,Debate, Toastmasters
First Team Rugby: 1989-1991
Best Academic Results-1991
Profession: Lawyer, business consultant and development practitioner
Ken Clough firstname.lastname@example.org
Each time I look at the website I am appreciative of your efforts. Well done.
I have retired from Securency so please update my email address to;
Thanks and regards,
Walter Schwim email@example.com
New email address for Walter Schwim
Bruce Gordon-Cumming firstname.lastname@example.org
Just letting you know that my email address has changed to
Keith Ott email@example.com
Please could anyone give me the e-mail address of Mike Harlen - ex teacher at Gifford (ex Class mate at Hamilton High Bulawayo) or any other method of contacting him.
It would marvellous of you to put this up on the Gifford Old Boys web pages to see if any one can assist. I tried the e-mail at the site to no avail.
The other email address that I have not had any luck with is firstname.lastname@example.org,au
Once again thank you for all your trouble and efforts
John (budgie) Mathiesen email@example.com
My first visit to the Gifford Old Boys site and thought I should add my name
John (budgie) Mathiesen
Durban South Africa
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clive Bolton email@example.com
Have just seen the web site , and would like to add my details to your list.
1969 to 1974
Now living in Durban RSA
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Ness email@example.com
I stumbled across your website after finding Margaret Friel's sight.
I'ts been a long time, with my dear dad, Mr W M Ness,a long time teacher at Gifford, moving on to greener pastures in 1992.
This serves only as an initial contact, but I would like to add to your sight should you see fit. I would appreciate using the email firstname.lastname@example.org should you see fit.
My website, www.africanwords.co.uk may also be of interest to old Giffordians, although it speaks mainly of Africa in general.
Very best wishes
Andy Weston email@example.com
I would like to be added to the list of Gifford old-boys.
I was there between 1968 - 1973. I am now in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Oswald Ngwenya firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a former student and would like my name to be added onto the list.
Name: Oswald Ngwenya
Currently of: London, England
Email address: email@example.com
Rob Hodes firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached a pic taken 1st July 2009,the boys together for the first time since 1974 - Mike Winter,Rob Hodes,Kerry Hughes
Brisbane Reunion 2009
thanks muchly - Rob Hodes
Brian Tobias email@example.com
Please would you add me to your list.
My name is Brian Tobias and I attended Gifford between 1970 and 1975.
Looking forward to your reply
Peter Baum firstname.lastname@example.org
My new details are:
Mackay, QLD Australia
e-mail is : email@example.com
Keith Brackenbury firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put me on the contact list. My e-mail address at work may also be used
We had an old boys association going here in Durban for several years which was quite successful. I was one of the founding members.
We held some really good and well attended functions then things sort of faded.
I'm still in contact with a fair number of Gifford old boys.
Best regards, Keith.
Mike Stockton email@example.com
I wonder if you could update my email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks a lot. You are doing a great job.
Gary shelton email@example.com
Pls update my details as follows:
Graham Bates Graham@lincolnsa.com
Hi Tony Also found the site by accident. Wonderful to see some of the old names and will make e mail contact.
My name is Graham Bates – 1961 – 1966. Have been resident in Johannesburg for the last 9 years.
Has anyone heard from Chris Dickinson and Glen Anderson (ex Malawi – who Sam Carver will remember)
What a marvelous job you’re doing
Peter Hutchings firstname.lastname@example.org
As promised school photos from 1963. I hope these bring back memories of good times in the 'olden days'.
Headmaster and Prefects 1963
The Staff 1963
Rugby 1st XV 1963
Rugby 2nd XV 1963
Rugby Tour 1963
Cricket 1st XI 1963
Hockey 1st XI 1963
Swimming Team 1963
Athletics Team 1963
Judo Team 1963
Water Polo 1963
Senior Victor Ludorum 1963
Junior High Jump 1963
Mev Phillips email@example.com
Could you please list my name again under 'Contacts'
Michael Howard firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings, everyone. PLease place me on your old boys list. I am Michael Howard (1967-71), elder brother to Julian Howard. My e mail address is email@example.com
I am a missionary, preacher and educator having worked in the war zones of Africa including Mozambique (Machel days), Rwanda (genocide days), Uganda (Amin days, and Southern Sudan for ten years.
I currently OWN and run a large modern and fully developed secondary school IGCSE & A Level in Blantyre, Malawi. It is the most progressive school in Malawi.
I am looking for a headmaster with valuable experience. Any old boys out there who are currently headmastering or in education or know somebody who fits the bill, please let me know via my personal e mail address.
John Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony could you please update my mail to email@example.com
I retired in March 09 so previous mail has died. I am still in Joburg.
I have looked at many school sites and still feel this is one that stands out as the best. I see a few mails from old class mates like Sam Carver.
I should be in Oz around Sep/Oct to visit my son in Sydney.
Njabulo Ndlovu firstname.lastname@example.org
I was at Gifford from 1991 to 1996.
My athletics team was Dalton.
I am still in Bulawayo employed by Kango Products as an IT Manager.
I'll be turning 31 on the 10th of June 2009.
You can use email@example.com as my personal email address.
Colin Grieve firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you kindly include my contact details on the Gifford web site.
Johannesburg, South Africa
1972 - 1977
John Taylor email@example.com
Can you update my entry for the contacts list.
My location has changed from Scotland to Dubai, UAE and my email address is now firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for the great job and glad to see that this is still going after all these years.
John Taylor (1978-83)
Peter Hutchings email@example.com
More magazine photographs for inclusion on the old boys network. The pictures are a bit grainy, but one can recognise the faces. When I look at these I realise how young the teachers were and how old the boys look!
Headmaster and Prefects 1962
Rugby 1st XV 1962
Cricket 1st XI 1962
Hockey 1st XI 1962
Swimming Team 1962
Athletics Team 1962
Judo Team 1962
Russel House 1962
Newman House 1962
Enjoy the memories, there are more to come, so watch this space.
Zane Swanepoel firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Zane Swanepoel – 1973 to 1979
Please could you change my country of residence to Arusha, Tanzania and email address to email@example.com
Thanks and regards
Graham Biffen firstname.lastname@example.org
Please change e-mail address to
Peter Hutchings email@example.com
I attach for the delight of some old boys copies of some of the photographs in the school magazine 1961.
I am also featured in one of the attached photographs, front row athletics right hand side.
I hope that you will post them on your website.
Headmaster and Prefects 1961
Rugby 1st XV 1961
Rugby 2nd XV 1961
Cricket 1st XI 1961
Water Polo Team 1961
Athletics Team 1961
Peter Hutchings 61 - 66
Gerald Finniss firstname.lastname@example.org
I though this may be of interest to you guys. A friend of mine sent me some photos of the school grounds as they are now (2009)
Gifford Athletics Field
Milton Cycle Path along Townshend Road Suburbs
Werner (Fritz) Neumann Fritz.Neumann@riotinto.com
please note new email address
Frank Ellison email@example.com
Old photo of Johnson House 1960.
I don't remember all the names, can any one help? If so contact.
Barry Swynnerton firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Tony My name is Barry van Rensburg (I was Barry Swynnerton). I was adopted by my stepfather in the late 70's so hence the difference in name (I would more than likley be remembered as Barry Swynnerton.)
I was a student at Gifford 1979 and 1980 and stayed in Russell House for those two years.
The story about my finding this site is rather unique (for me anyway). I own a Spur in Mauritius (a year now) and a customer came in for lunch today and we got chatting. To cut a long story short it turned out that he was a student at Gifford in about 1978 or so and he told me about G.O.B.... I am, to say the least thrilled..... I went into the site immediately and found this wonderful "past"..... WOW - I happened to go into a few pictures and so on of the school (mmmmm...... very sad about what has happened at that school).
By the way do you know if Mr Menne still at the school.... we used to call him Jack Menne - he was our hostel master in those days.... gave me a few jacks in my time.... ha! ha!
Anyway Tony, I would love to become involved in GOB and open to helping or getting involved in any way possible. Please contact me and let me know what I should do to get involved or how I can assist in any way.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Barry van Rensburg - ne' Swynnerton
Karen McEwan email@example.com
I regret to inform you that Andrew McEwan formerly at Gifford, passed away, aged 43, on the 27th of January 2009 of a sudden and very unexpected Heart Attack.
If anyone would like to contact me about Andrew they can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen McEwan (wife)
Norman "Spunky" Moore email@example.com
I went to Gifford in 1973 (1A2 & then 1A3), and boarded in Newman House.
My brother (Doug) also attended same year in 1A1. Thereafter we both went to Allan Wilson school in Salisbury.
Please could you include my details onto your website.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I live in Johannesburg, South Africa yet am currently working in the UK (Reading).
Cheers & many thanks.
Norman "Spunky" Moore
Brian Davidson email@example.com
Maybe you could add my name to the Gifford old boys list
Brian Davidson presently living in Floreal Mauritius email address firstname.lastname@example.org
From Web master:
You the same Brian Davidson who was a prefect when I was with Dino Androuliakos and Martin Meinie?
Also played cricket for Tasmania?
No that was Brian Davison. I knew him quite well. But I'm the better looking one with nearly the same name.
I was there from 1960 - 1964. Was a prefect in 1964 with "Wappy' Watson, Brian Logan, Peter Lishman, Rory Sudding, Gavin Connelly etc. all in the same class.
I played rugby with Dino & Martin but they were a year behind me I think.
Barry Johnson email@example.com
Tony, Thanks for getting back to me. An unusal thing happened a few days ago. I realised that Mike had changed his last name thanks to your website, so I went on the Norwegian white pages and I found him. I spoke with him the very next day. I am so thrilled to have found him after almost 15years of searching.
Thank you for at least responding.
You have a blessed day.
Barry Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
I came across you Gifford High School address and list of names. noticed the name Mike Gertsen on the list. I have been looking for Mike for over 13 years now. We were once best friends and we both lived in Bulawayo although I did not go to Gifford High. We first met at the Bulawayo Royal Academy Of Music.
Do you have an updated email adress for Mike? His email on your list does not appear to be current. Can you help in anyway? I really need to make contact with him. Can you help?
He moved back to Norway around about 1991 and I moved to America around 1992. We kept in touch up until his wedding, he sent me photographs and then he and his wife moved and we lost contact.
Alan Palmer-Jones email@example.com
Change of E-Mail
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony Sam Carver email@example.com
Hi Tony, The name rings a bell but I cannot put a face to it yet, I have an idea, but we are all getting old these days.
I migrated to Newcastle, Australia May 1980 and haven’t regretted it,
have been back to Zim/SA 1991, 2002 & 2004 for holidays and to catch up on Relatives.
Things certainly have change with time especially Zim. You have done a tremendous job with the Web Page and is always interesting to see where everyone is these days.
I see that you are in Perth and if you see Steve Coakley please tell him I said Hi, Steve and I were in the Army together 9th Batt. Last I heard from Steve he was passing through Sydney and gave me a call.
I checked out the Gifford Graduation site and managed to see the school and grounds with a comment that it was now in ruins can do you know if this is true or not.
Can you please change my details to:- Anthony Sam Carver, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Miller email@example.com
Please change my email address to
Thanks again for you great efforts on this web
Bill Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Gifford Tech Old Boy and I would like my name added to your contacts list with the following
William (Billy) Phillips
1975 to 1979
Further, an update to page 'Class Make Up', '1975 Form 2B1' where Martin Murdoch added Wayne Brummer and Billy (the Glaswegean) on 22/12/2008.
I am Billy (the Glaswegean) and Thank you goes to Martin for even remembering me...
Kind regards Bill...
David Caddick email@example.com
Please add my name and E-mail address to the List.
Name: David John Caddick
Years: 1970 – 1975
Currently living in Yateley, Hampshire UK
Alan Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org
That takes me back a few years, was at Gifford Newman House from 59 to 63.
Is that darn Marula tree still standing, had many a bruise whilst lined up as target practise for the seniors behind Newman House.
Still cannot eat saga pudding.
Graeme Campbell email@example.com
I attended Gifford from 1966 through to 1970, ending up what was then know Form 6M.
Left Zimbabwe in 1978 and started a career in the South African Army.
With the amalgamation of the SADF with the liberation armies was offered and accepted early retirement. Took up a post as a journalist for a community newspaper in what is now my home town Bronkhorstspruit. In my second career I rose through the ranks and am now the Editor.
Have met one Gifford boy since leaving Zimbabwe, Alistair Croll (spelling very dodgy). Alistair was several years behind me but has a successful career with the Anglo-American Group or De Beers. The two are separate these days but still have links.
Was a Newman House border for my last year and feature in the one pic together with Cliff Bromfield and Kim Brackenbury et al.
“Served” under Jannie Neser, Carl Coetzee and their ilk. Headmasters were Chalky White and Mr McChlachlan (spelling??) Buddies were Steven Allen, Wade McCullum and Michael Botha. Got on well with the late Ken Broster, Mr Pate the Woodwork master and had great respect for Messrs “Fuzzy” Hotz and LaFrench?? (metalwork).
Played rugby but never bloomed, Paul Semple was the rugby great at that time and water polo coached by John Finlayson.
Married to the same girl for 25 years and have two grown up children.
E Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheers and go well
Snowy Swart email@example.com
I was at Gifford from 1957 to 1962.
Four brother also at Gifford think last one left end 1974. We where all know as Pik. We where all in Russell House.
I am trying to find Derik Mierring who was at Gifford at the same time and then went with me to the College to do Learner Mine Official coarse.
I now live in Kadoma working for Maranatha Ferrochrome as Manager Mining .
Keep up the good work
Taffy Tucker Ian.Tucker@LEWISHAM.AC.UK
Thanks for keeping up this great website for us old boys.
I am organising a get together for ex Gifford boys and ex TTC people in London on 14th February.
It is also the day of Wales v England rugby.
I am attaching a flyer CLICK HERE
to give the time and venue.
Please could it be displayed on your website?
Taffy Tucker (’66-’71)
Dirk Baillie firstname.lastname@example.org
Never knew this existed till some one told me about it ,
please add my details attended from 1980 to 1983 was at Russell House and yip that photo “80’ brought back memories ,
now live in Durban , is “ Jack “ Menne as we knew him still around ?
My email address is email@example.com
Keith Blanshard firstname.lastname@example.org
my name Keith Blanshard
I was at Gifford from 1973-1978
Kerry Hughes email@example.com
I was thinking about some of my old friends from the Gifford days and then did a search by the school's name. Thank you for the excellent site.
What details do you need from me in order to place me in the role call?
I started Gifford in 1970 and left 1975. Made prefect in '75.
I tried to contact Shawn Fitz Gerald but his e-mail bounced so I am not sure if he is still with DPG. I also tried to contact Brian Tobias but his mail server returned the mail. Not sure where he is now
There are several people active on the site that may have known my brother.
I'd like to put his name on the "deceased" list as he passed away about 12 years ago.
His name was Bryn Hughes and I think he started at Gifford in 1974, 4 years after me.
I'll get the exact date of his passing and let you have it for the website.
Francis(Frank)Ellison ffellison@telkomsa net
I have just stumbled upon this site, which got the grey matter working, my details are as follows and I would like to hear from anyone out there.
Francis(Frank)Ellison, nicknamed effie (F.E.),from Mashaba,
at Gifford 1960/61.
Boarder at Johnson house initially, then Newman.
Remember the old school in town and the one by the showgrounds.
I am 61 years old, live in Durban R.S.A., and work as a Control Systems engineer.
My e-mail address as follows, ffellison@telkomsa net.
Bill Nortje firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Nortje new E-Mail Address
Well done on this website
Andy Bint email@example.com
My name is Andy Bint and I would like to be added to your contacts list.
I attended Gifford from 1978 to 1983. I still live in Bulawayo and I am on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wayne Harris email@example.com
Please can you amend my e-mail address on the Gifford Site to
Will Berry firstname.lastname@example.org
Talking about guys who were in my class........
At the beginning of 1974 when I went into my second year of high shool
we welcomed a skinny blonde haired guy called John Kennerly into 2a2.
He had come from 1a1 and his Dad was a Bulawayo Cop.
(A Superintendent, which was altogether not too shabby as far
as Police rank goes...) anyway John went through all the neccessary bits
of our "outstanding" education along side his class mates at least until "O"s at the end of 1977.
I think he went into printing..... at the Chronical Newspaper in Bullies...
What knocked me flat was that in 1979, all across the front pages of the Herald, the Chronical, RBC and RTV was that John had been abducted by "gooks"somewhere between West Nicholson and Beitbridge. While hitch-hiking to South Africa he had caught a lift on a tanker that was stopped, burnt-out and the driver let loose to pass on messages about what had happened. Held hostage and schlepped at gun point, over more than 300 kilometers on foot by the "gooks", who were all the time probably not too happy about being persued by Rhodesians forces, he was marched cross country, through areas controlled by JOC Operation Repulse, into Mocambique and eventually held in Mugabe's prison camps. We were told via the news that he was moved sporadically from place to place, along with four or five ESCOM and Forrestry Commision abductees nicked in the Eastern highlands. Just before the cease fire the Rhodesian Security Forces managed to find where they were being held and freed the abductees.
Where is John? Why did we never hear about his experience? What about the ESCOM and Forrestry commission guys? Where are these men? Straight up! John ..... I would like to hear your story!
Anthony (Tony) Abrahall email@example.com
I was at Gifford from 1978-1981.
Please can you add me to the website with the following details:
Anthony (Tony) Abrahall 1978 - 1981.
Now living in Cape Town, South Africa
Please also add me to the Form 2A Class List of 1979.
Roy Barnett Sailbatten@aol.com
I was at Gifford from 1961 to 1967.
I moved to the UK in 1987 and live in London.
Martin Murdoch firstname.lastname@example.org
1975 Form 2B1
Wayne Brummer and Billy (the Glaswegean)
Gary Booyse email@example.com
Class form 1 1968
Please add Gary Booyse
Andy Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
Please update Andy Roberts' email address to email@example.com
Gary van den Heever firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much for all the effort you have and are putting into the website.
My details have changed so is it at all possible that you can update them and also add in my skype name?
Email - email@example.com
Skype - garyaps
Thanks a lot – have a great week further
Gary van den Heever
Douglas Bowl firstname.lastname@example.org
Please add me to your Gifford list. Came across it quite by accident! Cannot believe how many of the people that I know are actually on the list.
I was there in 1979 (form 1) and first term 1980 (form 2).
Tried to contact a number of people.
These two e-mail addresses had errors.
Wayne Harris and Merv Tyrer
Derek Hird email@example.com
Please change my e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for all your continued efforts with the website. They are much appreciated.
Alison Thompson Alison.Thompson@jhg.com.au
I am looking for Ian Hardy, who appears to have been at Gifford in Bulawayo.
I was at uni with him 82 to 86 at WITS.
We have lost contact since he moved to Melbourne in about 2005.
Does anyone have his correct email address, because the one on these pages doesn't work?
Ian has obviously not updated his e-mail address.
Can anyone help Alison out?
Mark Sasman email@example.com
Hi there Tony – new e-mail = firstname.lastname@example.org
Just got 2 ties from Tom O’Conner – Eishhhh – brought back memories – think he may have a few left. Tom is currently off line ie.has no working e-mail. Contact me for his phone number.
Saw the pic of Reggie at the reunion in JHB – Immediate remembrance of bending for six with Hugh Fry (deceased) – I think it was for smoking on the bus during a careers outing to the air force base ! From what I remember Hugh had strapped on a padded contraption to lesson the sting but got caught and had to go back for a second round the next day – It’s a vague memory – anyone remember such??
Must take my zincJ - Also Van Heerden who was a masochist with a cane but I regret not one of those corrections!
The web site is really a great trip down memory lane and evokes many a picture although some are in mist except for Boobs Sue Cole - who can forget!
I’ll toast the memory with a good glass of red later.
Have a great day - well done again
Chris Hodder Chris.Hodder@auspost.com.au
Can you change contact details for CHRIS HODDER please?
They now are
E mail Chris.Hodder@auspost.com.au
David Mouat email@example.com
Please put me on your data base
I was Gifford 1971 to 1978
still in Bulawayo
Colin Hacking firstname.lastname@example.org
I would appreciate if you would change my address as follows:
C A Hacking & Associates
Palo Alto CA 94301
David Field email@example.com
Found this site while web browsing on a quiet Friday.
I left Gifford Tech in 1965 and must have been there since 63.
I was a boarder in Newman?house and Remember Jannie Neser who was a prefect . Also Dennis Shepherd and I worked with him in Customs.
Talk about Nostalgia.
Have lived in England for 20 years or so and work for a company supplying equipment to the Water industry.
Private email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Scott (Scotty) email@example.com
Paul Scott (Scotty)
Perth, WA Australia
Dale Boxshall-Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi my name is Dale Boxshall-Smith and I attended Gifford 1971 to 1975.
Current Address: Boksburg South Africa since 1981
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Please add me to your list so that I can catch up with some old buddies.
John Kidson firstname.lastname@example.org
Please could you include me on the Contacts List
1969 – 1974
Thanks for the work you put in to keep the website going.
John "JJ" Smith email@example.com
Can you update my email contact address to
Your website is a great service to ex Gifford staff and pupils.
John "JJ" Smith
Paul Sutcliffe firstname.lastname@example.org
Trust you are well. I recall communicating with you some 5 years back now about Gifford.
I was there from 1981 to 1983 and wanted to ask if you could trace a French teacher at the same time - an English lady with the unusual surname of Tod with first initial D.
I am busy preparing a joint venture company and one of the staff has the surname Tod. I cannot for the life of me recall the teachers first name but apparently if this girl knows the name, it might be the start of a new family tree...
Any help would be appreciated and also if you could you update my Email address to this one
and I am now based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Thanks and regards
Mike Waterhouse email@example.com
I haven't looked at the sight for a very long time but my e-mail address has since changed.
Still living in Dubai.
Roddy van Rooyen firstname.lastname@example.org
Please can you amend my email address to:
Roddy van Rooyen (1973-78)
Brandon Crosby email@example.com
HI EVERYONE OUR EMAIL IS CHANGING IN A FEW DAYS
THANX KEEP WELL
Graeme Renaud firstname.lastname@example.org
It's Graeme Renaud here. I am a Gifford old boy, (1978-83).
I was in Bulawayo around the end of May this year and paid a visit to our old school. I have attached a number of photos which I took on the visit, which I am hoping you could upload to the 'Photographs' section of the website.
I have minimised the file size so as not to take up too much space on your server.
The general condition of things is pretty shocking as you can see from the photos. I did not get to see any staff as I did not spend a lot of time in Bulawayo, (was en route to Vic Falls), and was at the school late in the afternoon. Most boys I saw were not wearing any kind of uniform and many of the ones on the playing fields only had their shorts on! How things have changed.
Back Entrance Sign
Classroom Door 1
Classroom Door 2
Classroom Interior 1
Classroom Interior 2
Polo Pool 1
Polo Pool 2
Pool Changing Rooms
Quad From Above
Technical Drawing Block
Thanks for keeping the website up and running for all these years - it is greatly appreciated!
Barrie Lloyd email@example.com
Please would you change my E mail address on the contacts list
Thanks and best wishes.
Malcolm Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Tony, hope this finds you and yours well.
Years at Gifford 1963 - 1966
email address - email@example.com
Now working at Walter Sisulu University (East London, EC, SA) as a lecturer in the School of Tourism & Hospitality
God bless you and yours.
Damien Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi There, My name is Damien Scott and I attended Gifford High from 1987 to 1990. Could you please update my details, my current location is Christchurch New Zealand and my e-mail adress is email@example.com.
Ian Friend firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi. Hope you're strong. Would you update my details on the Contacts page as follows:
North Somerset, UK
Ian Friend email@example.com
Was cruising the web when I came across your site and would love to be added to your contact list (Which for some reason would not download)
So here goes -:
Ian Friend 1965 to 1970. Now living in the big sandpit of Dubai. My contact address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks and well done on a great site. Very sad whats going on in a great country.
Michael Nyoni email@example.com
Please amend my email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Barrie Lloyd Barrie@leeon.freeserve.co.uk
Please would you add my current address as Lee-on-Solent, England to my name on the contact list.
Burt Old email@example.com
My name is Burton Old and I attended when it was Bulawayo Technical School. 1951 to 1956.
I have not heard of many of my old school mates for years.I remember Mike Fox, Gordon West, Brian Benson, Dave Hutchings, Reg O'Leary,Billy James, Johnny Evans just to name a few.
The Headmaster at that time was "Dogs" Hart. Others were Jack Sandham (Eng) Bill Ness (Woodwork/Tech Draw), Dennis Carlaw(English) Souter(Afrikaans), "Boop" Bailey (PT), ? Popjoy (Tech Draw) "Bucky" Buchanan (Rugby) "Tinker" Bell (Geog).
They were good days and we seemed to be happy with our lot then.
If any one remembers me or knows of the others whereabouts, please get in touch.
Chris Collingwood firstname.lastname@example.org
Please amend my ( Chris Collingwood) email address. I leave Hewlett-Packard on 30th July 2008, to start my own consultancy.
New email address is email@example.com.
Richard Francis firstname.lastname@example.org
Has anyone been in touch with you regarding getting all the pics of the great reunion held in Johannesburg on the 3rd May? I was the organizer but pics were taken by others.
Robert Urquhart was meant to get in touch with you I think. In any event here are a few samples that you can put on the website.
Richard Francis the Reunion Organiser
Guest of Honour Reg Furber
The Old Boys
In the Bar
Attached also is a list of the people that attended the party held at the Eagle Canyon golf club.
List of Attendees
There were over 65 people there and a great time had by all.
Reg Furber also attended and gave an outstanding speech when called upon to say a few words. His wife and ex-librarian Amanda, accompanied him.
There were GOBs from the 1978, 1979 and 1980 classes. Some chaps have changed a great deal and others are more or less the same as they were, just older! I have already had many folk request that a 35th anniversary be organized!
Tony Whatt email@example.com
Sorry that the site has not been updated for a while but I have been away on leave in Europe for the last two months.
Back on board again now and the site is right up-to-date.
Brian Chigariro firstname.lastname@example.org
MY NAME IS BRIAN NYASHA CHIGARIRO HEADBOY IN 1992.
ATTENDED GIFFORD 1987 TO 1992.
JUNIOR TOWN CLERK BJCC 1991
FULL COLOURS RUGBY AND ATHELETICS
MERIT WITH HONOURS X2
GIFFORD LEADERSHIP AWARD
SCRIPTURE UNION LEADER AND MEMBER
WENT TO STUDY BUSINESS IN THE UK AND CURRENTLY RUNNING MY LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT COMPANY.
live in wallington london
the website is lekker man and hopefully many oldboys will get involved well done and thank you.
BRIAN NYASHA CHIGARIRO
Brad Smith email@example.com
My email address has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you please update the contact list with this information. Also do you have other sites where old boys get in touch?
Laurence Wright L.Wright@ru.ac.za
I was browsing through the list of Head Boys, and a name that came to mind was Carl Coetzee. Maybe my memory is playing tricks, but I thought he was Head Boy at some time around 1967 or 68, perhaps after Jannie Neser?
Can someone else fill in the gaps?
Ian Raine email@example.com
Please can you update my email address on the Old Boy's Contact List to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graham Mouat email@example.com
Hi, Please add: Graham Mouat (Mo) 1969-1974- email firstname.lastname@example.org. I live in Brisbane
Brought back great memories going through the site. Took my sons to the school in December 2006- roof of gym blown off, no water in pool but still wonderful grounds.
Have maintained contact with Andy Brown who lives in SA and Sandy Wallace who lives in Melbourne.
Have also been in contact with Errol Rudnick(UK) and Jay Howard( Harare).
Sad to hear about Phil Whitehead - great chap.
Robson Arufandika email@example.com
Thumbs up for keeping us connected,
the name is Robson Arufandika was at Gifford from 1995 and completed my A- Level in 2000.
Was part of the historical 1st XV that kicked Milton in 1999.
Am in Botswana with a couple of other old boys v.i.z Eddie Rukwava, Martin Dube....
My mail add is firstname.lastname@example.org, pliz add it to the contact list.thanks!
Sean Daly email@example.com
Hi Tony I went to Gifford from 1970 to 1975, please can you add my name to the list.
I live in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Davison Mutinhiri email@example.com
I'm a former Gifford High School Student,
I found your site and of all Gifford related website yours is the most informative,
just got a social students site running, I used dome of the photos from your site, ild like you guys to checkit out and spread the word, let me know what you think.
I graduated from Gifford in 2001.
Eddmore Rukwava firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Eddie and I stumbled through the Gifford website while searching for something on the Net. I was at Gifford from 1994 to 2000.
We currently have a small Old boys group here in Botswana and are actively involved in the sports aspect back at school, in particular rugby that we still sponsor to go on tours, the latest being in March 2008 when the boys toured Botswana and actually won a tourney that had been organised.
Please get in touch with me so that I can give plenty of information on the current state of affairs and a lot of other stuff.
Rob Urquhart email@example.com
Please add to contact list,
Rob Urquhart, Randfontein South Africa, 1974/79 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 78/79 old boys held a reunion recently in Jhb, a great evening, joined by Reg & Amanda Furber. Should I forward pics/video of the way cry when organised ?
Until then, didn't know there was a website, did open a site on Facebook, Gifford Tech High, have put a few photos from 78 & 79 on there, maybe you'd like to pass the message on ?
Ian Phillips email@example.com
Please change my email address to
Ian Phillips (57-62).
Terrance Dixon firstname.lastname@example.org
Am trying to organize a reunion of army boys from E Company 2RR Bulawayo.
Please contact me via e mail.
Mike Eltringham email@example.com
Hi, just found this site.
Please place me on the contact list, my details as follows:-
I attended Gifford from 1968-1972
Currently of Dubai, U.A.E
David Thomas Clifton firstname.lastname@example.org
With reference published list of ex/past school members I should like to add mine. Only difference being is that I attended the fore-runner of Gifford namely Bulawayo Technical High School - from Jan 1954 to Dec 1956 then went onto the College whilst working as we did. People may remember my father of that period - Fire Chief Tom Clifton. I'm a life member of the Old Techs.old boys assoc.? Kind regards
David Thomas Clifton
Laurence Wright L.Wright@ru.ac.za
My name is Laurence Wright. I was at Gifford from 1963-1968. I was a dayski, in Faraday House. It has been a pleasure browsing through the site, which brings back good memories - some of them a bit faded. I was sorry to hear of the passing of Ken Broster. He was a great guy. I was also pleased to see the citation for Charles Cowan. The main field was named in memory of him. I was a buddy of his son, Bill, and the three of us used to go Black Eagle counting in the Matopos. Bill is working in energy research at UCT.
I have been director of the Institute for the Study of English in Africa at Rhodes University in Grahamstown since 1990. I went to Rhodes as a student, thanks in part to advice from Ken Broster. There I caught the academic bug in a big way, and went to Warwick University in the UK as a Commonwealth Scholar and later to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar to do a doctorate.
Some of my memories are of the famous production of HMS Pinafore put on by Harry Knowles in my first year (1963) at the Hall on the Fife Street site (the Technical College, wasn't it?). A lot of us (whose voices hadn't broken) were dragooned by Harry into wearing stiff petticoats, and he roped in members of the Municipal Orchestra to accompany the production. I think Tjaart Steenkamp was Sir Joseph Porter KCB. Ron Pate played the French Horn in the orchestra and also built the set (which was very good).
There was also a good production of Twelve Angry Men.
Anyone remember the radio-controlled model hovercraft, which kept crashing into things, and then the full-size one powered by a bike engine which, to the best of my memory, never got off the ground?
The teachers I remember were Edgar Lafrentz (I was lousy at 'metalwork'), Mr Ness ( I was equally lousy at woodwork) and Mr Hotz (a terrifying guy with a heart of gold), Mr Souter (Afrikaans), Jack Sandham (technical drawing) and Brian Webb ('Tammy', who taught me in Form I Faraday); Mrs Clelland (English?) and Mev Delport (Afrikaans). And Ian Macintosh and "Finny". The heads while I was there were Don White and Ian McLaughlin.The latter had a passion for buying up clapped-out old vehicles, painting them up in maroon and silver, and sending the sports teams off in them. I guess the school didn't have much money, even then.
I was especially lousy at sport. I think I played for some B hockey sides and then for a pretty awful First Tennis Team.I have an idea I worked on the Beehive, or wrote for it. It was a grotty roneod and folded A5 production, I seem to remember.
Anyway, it would be good to hear from anyone who remembers those days.
Ken Corder email@example.com
Please be advised that my e-mail address is no longer firstname.lastname@example.org but is now email@example.com
Keep up the good work.
Trevor Payne firstname.lastname@example.org
Today was the first time I ever even got onto the website… a bit shoddy I have to admit.
My father was also with me – Dennis Payne, who attended “The Tech” from 1947 to 1951 in which year he was deputy head boy to Chris Dams… we both had quite a good laugh I must say.
Please include my contact details as follows:
Trevor G. Payne
Rich Francis (deputy head boy 1979) Craig Cowgill and myself have organised a (30 year) old boys
reunion for the M-Level years of 1977, 1978 and 1979 to be held at the Eagle Canyon Country Club in Johannesburg
on May 3rd 2008. We are already expecting over 50 guys (plus partners) and expect to have Reg Furber and other teachers
of the era to also attend. Harry Fincham has been contacted as well, and while unable to travel personally,
we hope to have a video clip to screen on the night. Anyone from those years should get in contact with any one of us
by email for the details.
Kind regards and keep up the good work.
Luciano Saretto email@example.com
If you were there in 1965 and remember the Bernstein twins starting in the same year, then you gonna have to add me into the same class.
By the way , do you have any photos of intake 143 ?
Frank Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org
I was at Gifford between 72 and 74 I think!!!
My name is Frank Hamilton. I was a wee Scots lad with red hair
I have vague memories of Gifford
If you can put my email on the site to see who can remember me ( as I remember there was not a lot of red hair Scotsmen there
) I always remember mostly the whole class getting 6 of the best for failing a test in English. Funny how that bit sticks!
Perhaps you can put a section on the site for former pupils to reminisce.
I am now a marine Engineer and live in Scotland
Tendai Madziwa email@example.com
Please add my contacts to Gifford Old Boys
My name is Tendai Madziwa i was at Gifford High School from 1993-1999, am based in South Africa now in Johannesburg my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Tafara Bare email@example.com
My updated email address is firstname.lastname@example.org My name is Tafara Bare. Please delete the entry “manchico manchico” as its I who made the entry. Sorry about that.
Colin Hardie email@example.com
My mail has changed, some time ago, so please update.
Colin Woollacott firstname.lastname@example.org
Please change my email address from email@example.com to firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks, and thanks for the great website
PS. Richard Francis is organizing a Gifford reunion in Johannesburg, probably in early May 2008. I know that you are in Oz but if you know of anyone who’d be interested in attending please let me know
Zane Welensky email@example.com
Growing up an army brat in Llewellin Barracks, I attended Fairbridge Primary school outside Cement siding, then in 1969 - 1971, I was a pupil at Gifford Tech.
The remainder of my education was with Allan Wilson then onto a university degree at 1RLI barracks.
Please include me in the next Gifford get together as I wish to thank Mr. Reg Furber for putting me on the straight and narrow path of enlightenment. (6 of the best in his office.) This traumatic event ensured I remained under the radar as far as bad behaviour went.
Regards Everyone, Zane Welensky
Terence Henegan firstname.lastname@example.org
Change of email
Please update my email address from Henegan@bright.net to email@example.com
Michael Andraos firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Andraos Email Address
Richard Francis email@example.com
Can you please include the following text at the reunions page:
Did you leave Gifford in 1978, 1979 or 1980?
If so and you would like to meet your old school colleagues, then contact Richard Francis firstname.lastname@example.org.
He is wanting to organize a school reunion, probably in South Africa, sometime in 2008.
Jeremy Butts email@example.com
Big thanks for the hard work.
My details have changed. Address now Brisbane Australia, email as per this.
Neil Cave firstname.lastname@example.org
Please change my email to email@example.com.
Richard Francis firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, I was at Gifford from 1974-79. I thought that I had included my details on this website more than a year ago but I don’t see my name on the list.
Please would you add it? My details are:
currently of Cape Town, South Africa,
I am quite keen to organize a reunion of guys that were in the classes of 1978, 1979 and 1980.
Besides sending an email to each chap on the list in these years, is there another way that I could get the message out more effectively? Please advise.
Thanks and regards
From WEBMASTER: Anyone who reads this and is interested in a possible Capetown Reunion contact Richard direct.
Spencer Rowley email@example.com
Hi! Would you please add my web-site to your list of links: www.spencerrowley.com
Furthermore, email change as well:
New email is firstname.lastname@example.org
1971 - 1977
Lawrence Blackbeard email@example.com
please update email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nigel Ferriman Nigel.Ferriman@virgin.net
Please add my name to the contact list. I was at Gifford between 1970 – 1974
Email address is Nigel.Ferriman@virgin.net
Robert Todd email@example.com
A really informative trip down memory lane your site is.
I am on the list but please could you update my email address.It is listed as firstname.lastname@example.org. Please can you change it to email@example.com
I attended Gifford 1979-1983 & move to Perth in 1992.
I went back on business in 2005 & drove through the school grounds, what struck me most was the rugby posts were at 20 degrees as the ground was collapsing. Sad really.
Please can I be included in the email list.
Russell Cockerton firstname.lastname@example.org
Please update my details on the wesbite
Kloof (Durban) South Africa
Thanks and regards
William Maroleng William.Maroleng@dawnltd.co.za
William Maroleng, attended at Gifford 1982 to 1985 (Moray before that). I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. Regards
Carl Browning email@example.com
Hi Tony, In reply to Mr Mene passing away, my mother told me over a year ago that he had been ill and died. I'm not sure when though.
Also I have tried to contact Ian Hardy using the e-mail supplied on this website also using the emaill address
on the Rhodesians Worldwide site to no avail.
Does anyone have any contact with him, if so could they please pass on my e-mail address, It would be great to hear from him
William Hunter Hosie firstname.lastname@example.org
New E-Mail Address
Tinashe Mutsungi Shoko email@example.com
Bright Kagoro was headboy in 1991
Now a Human Rights Lawyer in Zimbabwe
Carl Browning firstname.lastname@example.org
Please would you add my name to the old boys list.
Carl (browneye) Browning
Russell House boarder 79-81
Now in the UK
James Boyle email@example.com
I was educated at Gifford between 1972 & 1976
Please add me to your list
Garry Archer firstname.lastname@example.org
I discovered this site from the RWW site I really love it keep up the good work.
How are all you guys. Graeme Herbert was in my class and runs a computer business in JHB I will contact him or let him know about this site and hopefully contact you. Philip Whitehead was in my class as well.
Anyway have a good weekend chat again sometime.
John West email@example.com
Please add my name to the contact list:
Name : John West
Currently of : Mauritius
Years : 1976 - 1981
Carlos Porter Carlos.Porter@eu.weatherford.com
I was at Gifford from 1996 to 1999, I was a boarder with Mr Menne.
Just a quick question, someone mentioned to me that he passed away?
Do you know if that is true?
Does Anyone have any information in this regard?... Tony Whatt firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Hodes email@example.com
Have finally arrived in God's country,where the sun shines all day and I haven't worn a jumper for five weeks........
live in Eagleby,Qld.......
please update my details on the contacts pages........
Peter Hutchings firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Tony Whilst I very infrequently visit your web site, I logged in today and found my email address is out of date.
It is email@example.com
I was at Gifford 61-67, just incase there is anybody trying to make contact.
Gareth Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org
Was just looking through the site for the first time in years and saw that my info is way out of date.
This is my current address,
and I am currently living in Dublin, Ireland. Please update my info,
Owen Maroleng email@example.com
Owen Maroleng Witbank, South Africa attended Gifford 1980 to 1982
Please include me in your list and keep up the good work
Vernon and Norman Bassett Ruth@bassett3.wanadoo.co.uk
Can you please change the contact e.mail address for Vernon and Norman Bassett to Ruth@bassett3.wanadoo.co.uk
Andy Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi my address changed if you could update Andy Roberts
Neville Gibson email@example.com
My Name is Neville Gibson and I am currently registered with the website under an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org.
My new email address is email@example.com
If you could amend your records accordingly.
Clive Puttock firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly add my name to your website – I was at Gifford from 1963-1968.
Currently living in the UK – Somerset
Pedro Machado (Match) email@example.com
I would like you to add my details to the contacts list.
I attended Gifford from 1975 to 1976 (was in form 2A of '76). I have been living in Lisbon, Portugal since leaving in December 1976. I am currently working at the Visa representative in Portugal as a fraud analyst.
Pedro Machado (Match)
Walter Green firstname.lastname@example.org
Please can you change my email address to
Have had to close my ozemail account.
Keep up the good work.
All the best for Christmas and 2008
Doug Thomson email@example.com
Well done on the site.
An addition to the 1979 form 2a class: me : Doug Thomson
Michael Schofield firstname.lastname@example.org
would like to add my name for Gifford High plz, detail below
Michael Schofield, Suffolk, England, 1980 - 1986
Martin Newlands email@example.com
Please change my email address to this one.
Gary Booyse firstname.lastname@example.org
Would like to update my info.
should be attended gifford from 1968 to 1972. I was in class with gavronsky raymond noble and fred beaver etc.
New email address is email@example.com
many thanks, anh latest pics of the school/ As I heard the roof had blown off a section of the school.
Heard about any reyunions?
Dave Rees Dave@hydra-xcel.co.za
Could you please add my details to the contact list. I attended Gifford from 1975 to 1981 and was a 5b mielie as Ashley King called us.
Now living in Joburg and working with long time friend Derrick Andraos.
Alan McCoy firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Headmatser / your Sir / your can i call yu Tony anyway i hope yu are well and in good health, and the school is still well respect for its education and sports as i played alot of sport for the school, rugby hockey cricket , track and field events, Well I am younger McCoy Alan i went to Gifford years Jan 1976 to Nov 1979 Headmaster Mr Old Harry he was not a bad man. As yu no the older we get , we look unpon the school days, and yes i got a bit of stick, because i was Tony McCoy younger brother so it might ring a bell with because i no yu form many years ago your surname , does ring a bell. If look at old school reports yu will see that i was below avaerg yes spelling is still a problem and english, but i have worked on it. in the long run i have done well. I set on a board of governors to a Hospital whitch is called The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. yu can read about it on the net then yu have a fare look into and what we do for local areas. email address is email@example.com looking forward to here form yu , all the best for now and also past and present,
Mike Winter firstname.lastname@example.org
John Montgomery email@example.com
Please could you update:
John Montgomery Johannesburg, South Africa 1973/78 firstname.lastname@example.org
To John Montgomery Auckland, New Zealand 1973/78 email@example.com
Thanks for keeping the site going,
John Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again so very many thanks for maintaining this Gifford site. It is great to have a read through the message board and see the names of so many guys I used to know. Incredible to see how far and wide everyone is spread.
The photographs posted by Vusa Moyo (11.12.06) are such a sad indictment of what is happening to a great Country and a very special school.
Please update my email address email@example.com
Wishing you everything of the best.
Eliot Muradzikwa Elliot.Muradzikwa@bchtgroup.org
Hi there my name is Eliot Muradzikwa and I was at Gifford from 1997 to 2000 and I just want to know how I can be part of the web??
John Mackay firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi update for the Gifford Page :
Wagga Wagga - New South Wales - Australia
Alan Derek Clifton email@example.com
I am writing on behalf of my father, Alan Derek Clifton, whom I believe was a student at Gifford before it was called Gifford. That is, if it is the same school that was called Bulawayo Tech in the 1940’s. My father told me his headmaster’s name was Gifford. I expect that is Philip Henry Gifford.
My dad was an evacuee from England in 1940, at 12 years old, along with his nephew, Michael Elson.
He now lives in Ontario, Canada and is turning 80 next year. He is working on memoirs of his evacuation and life in Africa.
Any information or pictures or other contacts from his time period at the school would be welcome.
Kindly contact me at this email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and my more regular email (email@example.com).
Beric Boxall firstname.lastname@example.org
I am not sure how but would like you to update my email address to this one. My name is Beric Boxall and I was at Gifford from 1988 to 1992. My mother was also the school Librarian for the last two years of my education there.
Also I was looking through the site photos and there was a message about shortage of space on your server. If there is anyway I can help with this as I have unlimited space on my servers hosted in the states please let me know. I currently building a site for Zimbabweans and Rhodesians living abroad and in Zims in hope we can contact eachother. I would be happy to stick your site in the advertising section. Hopefully will remind a few people.
Lastly back in 1999 you were advertising the old school boys ties. Do you still have these and or can you get them?
Anyways let me know about the site and if you need any further information with regards to my details.
Allan Gavronsky Algavronsky@stuebing.com
Please add my name to gifford list.
I was at Gifford Tech Bulawayo Russell House from 1968.
Please add my name and e-mail to class of 1968.
Brownsville, Texas USA
Warren Garner email@example.com
I cant believe I have not been on this site for nearly four years now.
As you know I started the Johannesburg old boys. Went ok for about a year and then venues became a problem and regrettably it just died.
My e mail address has now changed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pse change for me.
Steve Holmes email@example.com
I am Stephen Holmes. 1973-1977 border student from Wankie. Have just met up with a bunch of old pupils in Perth. Great to see you all—Richard Perrett, Roddy van Rooyen, Mike Harrold and Vaughn Hattingh! Thanks for getting the get together organized, I really enjoyed to chance to catch up with you all. Since leaving Gifford in July 1977 I did not ever think I would get to meet up with so many of you again.
A brief synopsis of my story: First day of sixth form college in Worthing, W. Sussex I meet Steven Luff! Gifford day boy (intake year of 1974). In 1978 I reunited with Kemal Darbaz in Norwich, but have not kept in touch. In 1980 at Twickenham chance meetings with David Geddes, Brendan Beaumont and Eric Trouw whilst getting very drunk and watching Zimbabwes first rugby game in England. Kevin Schlachter was playing and we had a chat after the game.
I guess the Gifford teachers must have had a positive impact on me as I trained in teaching at Exeter University (1980-1984) and found myself at the International School of Lusaka from 1986 to 1990 as a Physical Education teacher. During these years we: that´s my wife Kim and I, traveled extensively in Southern Africa and bumped into more Gifford Old Boys. Stevie Schlachter on more than one occasion in Harare (shocked and saddened to now learn of Stevie´s fairly recent death) and Chris Botha in the Cape.
For the past 16 years we have lived and worked in Mexico City where Kim is the Head of Intermediate School and I am Deputy Head of Senior School. I can joke that I started out as a Fred Wilson and evolved into a Reginald Furber!!
We are set to stay in Mexico a while longer so if any GOBs are passing through do get in touch. It is a fantastic country to come and visit. I am particularly interested if anyone has had contact with Peter Jordan, Derek Viljoen, Gordon Hogan, Andrew Atkinson—actually anyone who knew me from Gifford in the 1970s!!
So Tony, thank you for operating this website, please post me on the list. 1A2 in 1973, up to 2A1 during 1974…left 6M1 midway through 1977.
Photo of a few ex-Gifford Boys taken Perth 2007
George Du Plooy GeorgeD@Angloplat.com
Please include my name to your contact list, I attended Gifford from 1978 to 1982, my e-mail address is GeorgeD@Angloplat.com.
George Du Plooy
Steve Lambert firstname.lastname@example.org
I have moved back to South Africa after spending two interesting years in Dubai.
Please change my email address email@example.com
John H. Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org
I am an old Gifford boy. Started at the Rhodes street buildings before going over to the showgrounds. I played football for the first year until this was stopped. Represented the school in most of the 2nd teams. Our class with the help of Mr. Pate started the foundations of the cricket pavilion. We got as far a window height before leaving.
Ken Clough has added many of the names during this period. Please add mine
and Johan Botha, Ronald Hewson. I left in 1965 to work for Mike Appel only
to be laid off at 10:00 am on 11 Nov 1965. Then did my apprenticeship at
Puzey & Payne. I left Rhodesia in 1974 to work in France, Then moved into
Switzerland. In 1975 joined Caterpillar. I am now in Joburg as a Mining
Equipment Rep. Been here 4 years.
The proud form 1 boy
Thamsanqa Ncube email@example.com
My Name is Thamsanqa Ncube. I am brother to Kwanele Ncube (headboy 1997).
I attended Gifford from 1995 and completed my A’level in 2000.
I glad to see that there is place where you can find old friends.
I hope I can help with class lists as my home is not far from the school and have maintained good ties with some of the teachers. I will try and email you anything that I can get my hands on and if you are interested I can send photos of the school and anything that might be of interest.
Ps: you are doing a wonderful job with the site! Am so impressed!
Jan Goosen firstname.lastname@example.org
I am John (Jack) Goosen's son.
I have up-to-date information on Jack if this is useful to you for the head boys page. I live in Canberra
John (Jack) Morgan Goosen attended Gifford Tech between 1952-1957;
Head boy in his Final Year.
Jack played 1st Team Rugby and toured South Africa with the Rhodesian School Boys team. On leaving school,
Jack did a fitter and turner apprenticeship with Rhodesia Chrome Mines. He eventually rose to be Foreman of the Mechanical Workshops at Shurugwi (Selukwe) Peak Mine. He married Jannie Tamm in 1960 and had 2 children, a boy and a girl. Jack was an active golfer, squash player and in the earlier years played rugby with a local team. He enjoyed caravanning and recreational fishing.
Jack did his National Service in 1958 and from 1970 did increasing numbers of call-ups as the war developed. He eventually rose to the rank of Company Sergeant Major with 10th Battalion Rhodesia Regiment, based in Gweru (Gwelo). It was during a call-up in 1977, that Jack developed a debilitating chest condition that made it impossible for him to perform his military duties.
On recovery to hospital, Jack was diagnosed with a virulent form of lung cancer. The disease took him from active soldier to his deathbed in less than 6 months.
Jack Goosen died on 11 November 1977 aged just 39 - a good man always missed.
Here is his picture.
Ken Clough email@example.com
Your website is terrific. The listed names under 1961 only started in 1962 and they have pinched Dennis Sheppard, unless they also had one.
The memory is a bit shoddy after 43 years, however listed below are some class mates I remember from form 1 in 1961 to form 4 in 1964
Freddie Adlam, Glen Anderson, Anthony Baker, Chris Bam, Graeme Bates, ? Barnett, Pat Bester, Robbie Bird, Stephen Coakley, Steven Cooper, Gordon Clarke, Ken Clough- obviously, Chris Dickinson, Neil Edley, ? Eldridge, Malcolm Ellis, Greg Gardiner, Hilton Grainger, Oliver Haig, Rene Havekes, John Hawxby, Tony Hayzen, Peter Hutchings, Robert Holly, ? Kloke? , Barry Matthews, Budgie Mathieson, Bill Mauseth, Jannie Neser, Owen ? or ? Owens, Peter Richards, Basil Sappucci, Dennis Sheppard, Doc Surgeon, ? Van der Merver, ? Van Heerden, Ralph Warren, Glen Wilson and Shaun ?.
Ken Clough firstname.lastname@example.org
Please add my details as.
I was a pupil from 1961 to 65 and got the website address from a long standing friend, Arnie Howard, who is also an ex pupil.
I am working on a class list which I notice is missing, and will forward it on the next communication.
My address is Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Regards, Ken
Welcome Ndlovu email@example.com
Johannesburg South Africa
and my e-mail add is firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Mauseth email@example.com
I was at Gifford from 1961 to the end of 1964.
My name is Bill Mauseth and I'm currently living in St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape in South Africa.
Bill Dixon firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi please update my e-mail address.
It is now email@example.com
Alan Kuspert firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you update my email to email@example.com
Nicholas Wynn firstname.lastname@example.org
Im an old Gifford boy from 1968-70.
I moved from Alan Wilson Tech to Gifford in 68.
Please could you add me to your contact list and see if any one can help me find an email adress for Kevin Barry.
There was also a message posted looking to contact my brother Garry or myself posted on the Gifford website but the message has been archived and have not been able to see who it was posted by, would be grateful for any assistance,
Bernie Kruger email@example.com
Here are the two photos of me and Alan Raaff from the young scientists’ exhibition held at the trade fair grounds.
Bernie Kruger and Alan Raaff - Young Scientists Exibitition- Pic 1 ,
Bernie Kruger and Alan Raaff - Young Scientists Exibitition- Pic 2 ,
Regards... Bernie Kruger
Bernie Kruger firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Tony Add me to the list
Bernard Kruger 1971-1975
Kriel South Africa
Thanks for the site; I have managed to get more old classmates e-mails.
Head boy Chris Heuer Passed away ±Dec 1990, I don’t have the exact date but can get it if you require it. His parents recently moved to SA and were friends of my parents.
I have two photos of me and Alan Raaff from the young scientists’ exhibition held at the trade fair grounds, must have been 1974 thereabouts, could you use something like that?
I spent the whole afternoon perusing the website and reading the various topics. Thank you for a fine effort.
Admittedly I am not a traditional one for a trip down memory lane, however much of what is published took me back to my roots.
I came across the site via Rhodesia.com and was amazed to see the number of classmates registered there. It’s been some 32+ years and through this site and the Rhodesia.com have made contacts.
What really amazes me is the diverse scattering of the GOBs and their success stories. It’s a pity that we were not able to help with the growth of Rhodesia as most of us who could took the gap 1978 onwards. Even more amazing is the number of ex-black pupils post my era now residing overseas, never forgot the war cry in all these years.
Gifford definitely had a measurable add to the forming of our value systems over and above that of merely being ex Rhodesians/Zimbabweans. After leaving in ’81 I have never been back regrettably. I viewed the pics of the school submitted by a GOB and must say it was moving.
People do not know how fortunate they are to be able to take a walk down memory lane in countries where this is still possible physically. As with Rhodies worldwide, the GOBs are also scattered. I was saddened by that apparent lack of support of GOBs in JHB and CT. I am just sorry to discover so late in the day that organizations like this existed in SA or else I would have definitely participated.
As a bungie ditch frequenter, I remember the days of Headmaster McLaughlin and Finch and how they beat the crap out of us, still smoke unfortunately so that didn’t seem to help. I remember in ’75, the 3rd XV were all smokers, and played curtain raisers for the 1st team, don’t think we won any matches that year as we were all so buggered just after running onto the field.
Messer’s Brian, Finch and Pate were the workshop teachers in my day. I guess they have all passed on by now. They did however teach us some skills I still use even today.
After school, when you were turned 18, you were drafted. That probably made a huge difference to what might have been. I was 3 months out of school before I was parading and drilling at Llewellyn Barracks. One grew up too soon and lost much of one’s youth never mind the schoolmates you read about in the obituaries.
Its been nice to reminisce over the old days. It is sad this Internet technology wasn’t available in the ‘80’s. Also it is sad to think in the next 20 years many of the old veterans will not be there anymore. Even on the Rhodesia.com website, the majority seem to be from my vintage and were almost in our 50’s.
Even after all these years, I still have my black school blazer 3 bees and all and it still fits (just).
Once again thank you for the web site, you obviously do this out of a passion and not for financial gain.
PS there is an alumni site for Gifford at http://www.graduates.com/ss.asp?id=171789&su=1 com’on gusy take the time to register.
Alan Raaff email@example.com
Greetings Mr Tony Whatt
I'm a Gifford old boy and I'd like to be included on your Name Listings. My details are as follows:
NAME: Alan Raaff
ATTENDANCE : 1971 - 1975
RESIDENCE: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
EMPLOYMENT: National Railways of Zimbabwe
Thanks and my regards - Alan Raaff
Babusi Sibanda firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone know what happened to a (then) hoity-totty young lad Barry Knight ( now Lord Barry , surely!).
Had lots of interesting conversations in 1984. If anyone knows ,please ask him to drop me a line on
Jimmy Hynes JHynes@HRTEXTRON.TEXTRON.COM
Please could you change my ‘e’ mail address. Thank you.
Sr. Test Engineer
Edgar Kangambeu email@example.com
Gifford Old Boy Info
Attended 1990 -1995
Louis De Villiers firstname.lastname@example.org
Please can you change my e-mail address on the Gifford Old Boys Contact list to:
I'm still in Boksburg SA
Athol Estment email@example.com
Please change my email address
new email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Clive Sutton email@example.com
Due to our ISP [Biscit Internet] going out of business recently, we’ve had to change our primary email address to:
Please update your records accordingly.
Roddy van Rooyen firstname.lastname@example.org
Good to catch up with you in King’s Park in December. Please can you put my details in the contact list.
Roddy van Rooyen
Babusi Sibanda email@example.com
Hi there Not that it matters much but you might want want to add these to my head boy profile
Bulawayo Junior Councillor 1985
Head of Sixth Form Forum 1985
Captain of Whitworth House 1985
Currently Human Resources Development professional, freelance writer/journalist (www.safrea.co.za) and Chef/resterateur.
Terance Hayden firstname.lastname@example.org
Terance Hayden - 1B1 1973 - 2B2 1974
New email address -- email@example.com
KEEP THE FAITH..........
Love ' n Peace
I been reading through old school reports, very amusing. Started at Gifford in January 1973 in 1B1, dropped to 1B2 in second term, then failed the year, and had to repeat, left for RSA in July 1974. Went to a school in Joburg, then off to the UK.
Huh, repeated my first year at high school, but does not mean everything, went on to do degree and masters, so there is hope for everyone.
Brett Yeatman firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett Yeatman from Gifford's email address changed to email@example.com some time ago - the old one no longer valid.
Ken Markham firstname.lastname@example.org
I have finally moved over to Broadband (brag... brag.... brag...).
My email address has therefore changed. Feel free to contact me on this one from now, and it is a PRIVATE email address at HOME.
Any and all emails MUST be sent to me here from now on. Please delete and discontinue any other email address I may have given you recently.
This email is being sent to a spectrum of people I know, and if you need to change my email address on any list or website, feel free to use this one too.
Feel free to unsubscribe my old email address too. Give me some time to reply to any replies in this transitional period.
New Email Address:
Cheers - Ken Markham....
Brian McCulloch email@example.com
Thanks for the Gifford Old Boys site, it must be a lot of work, but it is very welcome.
Please add my name to the contact list
Brian McCulloch, currently living in France, years hard labour at Gifford 1975-80 (Class 2a to Upper 6th 1980) and contact address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skype name mccduck.
All the best
A quick update to this which may amuse some
Etiennne Nel is now a Doctor with a Phd in Geography and teaching at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
Brian McCulloch (a former Drone) is a freelance reporter and living in SW France.
I have just come back from an 8 day trip to Byo. It did not seem to me that much else had changed at the school since my last visit two years ago.
I did notice that part of the roof near the squash court area had blown off in a storm, right over what used to be the art class and printing club.
Extra-mural activities were a minimum, but I saw for once, half a dozen kids playing cricket in the net area. The playing fields don't get watered any more, and for many years now.
There is now a guard at the main gates. I think most other entrances are closed off for cars.
The 'O' level results, etc., have a very high pass rate. Maybe all the Dompfkoppens have left, and only the Clever Dudes remain. Or maybe no-one can afford to fail.
Water rationing was at 450L/day/household, which wasn't a problem since we were without water half the time I was there.
Broken water pipes are a fairly common occurrence.
The water is often and for long periods of time, not treated.
It is pumped straight from the dam to the tap.
People use these special filter jugs to clean out the tap water.
They keep a set of thermo flasks for spare backup drinking water.
They also keep several other items for backup in case of the many other interruptions of supplies. A two plate gas stove always ready in the kitchen. A 12V car battery with 220V charger in the kitchen. The 12V car battery is used for several things, one being for a 12V fluorescent light for when the power goes off. Cell phones can also be charged via the 12V car kit, which is handy since many people find it difficult to get replacement batteries.
I went up on 'Ma Bark', and had pre-arranged 100L of petrol in Byo. Most amazing stuff this petrol. I don't think it is still the 'Blend' that used to be available years ago. I think it is the 'normal' petrol the rest of RSA or Botswana uses. But I reaaally think it is the Zimbabwe Blend, full of additives. A lot of goods are almost completely imported via taxi or car with trailer. I think this chunky fuel is probably from Botswana, and the tanks it is being brought in on, must be seriously dirty. Now when I say dirty, I mean like chunky dirty. It is literally full of big black chunks anywhere between 1-10mm in size, maybe additives?? I strongly suggest to filter the fuel before putting it in your tank. (In my case, crush it first, then filter it!!!) Ma Bark doesn't have a fuel filter, but I did make a siphon/filter and took it up with me. Make sure you take something though, and that it is effective. Even a tea strainer will help. A pity I didn't take a photo of it. Also, be careful elsewhere, because some BM fuel is mixed with water and diesel too.
I would also take my own air pump for tyres. God alone knows where any body ever pumps a tire between towns.
Maybe they don't.
And for a bike, take the small metal pressurized bottles of air. Two bottles will inflate one tire easily, they come is a set of two or four bottles.
I understand that you have to pay to inflate a tire in Byo, and not all petrol stations have air.
Eskimo Hut still has ice-cream, but melts quickly. I had -ONE- small cup of ice-cream there even though I am diabetic, he he he.
There was Coke for a change, but no Coke Light. One litre bottles were scarce. There was not enough Coke here in RSA either, BTW, and was all imported over Xmas. You get the Zim version of Coke Light now, if you didn't know. Don't tell anyone in Zims I said this, but cold drink is really quite cheap. You can drink it until it comes out of your left lug-hole. When travelling through most smaller towns, you won't be allowed to take the bottle away, you will have to drink the cold drink there.
There was no milk for quite a few days or cheese. Well, there was cheese here and there, but it looked like it had been thrown away, and then put back on the shelves again. There is only one place to go for cheese and milk - 'Sedgemoors'. Sedgemoors sold a decent piece of very fresh cheese for ZIM$4500. The '''exact''' same cheese elsewhere was going for ZIM$15100 !!! The exact same piece of cheese !!! I bought three pieces of cheese, but wasn't allowed one of them when we got home.
I have been up to Byo about 12 times since 2000, mainly for family issues, three members who have now passed on.
The Byo Crematorium unit was stuffed. I think they had put in new elements which at some point blew up, destroying
to old ones too.
So Mama went on quite a trip before she finally got nuked. I can't recall the exact set of events, but it went something like this:
We agreed they could send her body to Gwelo/Umtali?, but they she got there, God rest her Soul, they had run out of the diesel they used for burner there. I think she went to Harare, got nuked, and then her ashes returned to Byo. But by this time 2-3 weeks had passed, and we couldn't stay any longer, and had already returned back to our homes.
Beit-Bridge is a true den of iniquity. I get the squits every time I think about this place. The Beit Bridge Border Post is open 24 hours a day now too. If you are going at night, I would go through just before 03h00. It starts picking up about 04h00. Never ever ever ever bother to just before or after Xmas. The correct charges at the border are about R50 to cross the bridge, R30 carbon tax for bike, R60 for a car, and about R100-150 for other things. In fact, I don't even want to comment much further.
Toll fees from Jhb to BB is about R120 one way. From Jhb to Byo return, it will cost you, without including petrol costs, but for toll and border fees, about R600 easily !!! But the toll road and full freeway goes all the way to Messina now. It is really nice to travel day or night. There are many ultra-cities along the way too. It is a nice road to travel.
Beware!!! Zim has radar cameras now too, even at the smaller towns. They are usually manned within 5kms of a town.
They might be found as you leave Byo on the Jhb road, near Essexvale, and West Nicholson.
But I feel that if you did make a duck, they would run out of gas before they caught you,
let me know if this works for you too!!
Many police in Byo have mountain bicycles now. So when they are called for an emergency, give 'em about an hour to peddle to your house.
Death Certificates!!! Oh my goodness me!!! The queues!!! When you get to the front, they will walk right up to you, and tell you they have just closed. Well, once again, good luck to you all.
The bank rate was about ZIM$100 for R1.
The BM bank rate is now about ZIM$500 for R1.
There was a serious noticeable difference in the thickness of bank notes once money was changed.
Only 50 ZIM$10 000 notes for every R1000 changed BM.
When my mom croaked, I changed about 10 inches of notes. Wads of notes.
The money was now quite manageable, although 1 more zeros would have been fine.
I gave most of the cash to the people I stayed with, and then R2500 to them before I left,
which reduced everyone into tears.
With all the stories one might hear, I can say that been going up there so much since 2000, that it was really the first time that I could honestly notice some serious problems. That is to say, in between all the serious problems one might notice.
Businesses were on absolute minimum staff, and can say that even my cousins there might last 2 years more outside, and then I have absolutely no idea what they are going to do.
I think that many people have now left it too late to leave '''by their own means'''. I don't think many can earn a salary quick enough to pay a transport fee with inflation as it is.
RSA is VERY quickly going the same way too, but obviously no-one will admit it. No petrol last year, no electricity, and water going off and on the whole time.
On several trips to the Matopas, I usually always go to the Worlds View, and the Maleme Dam areas. I remember the days when you could just drive on the usual route to the Maleme dam, and see rhino, giraffe, zebras, all the different buck, etc. In the last six years, without going to any specific location in the Matopas, i.e., specific spots where say rhino are kept, you just don't see much at all. There were only monkeys and baboons, and other than that, I only saw one small set of eland when just about out of the park. Nothing else. Nothing at all. When I was at the Wankie Game Reserve two years ago, I noticed just how young many of the animals were. They were many animals all around. There was the most humongous herd of buffalo, I reckon several hundred all in one group.
The other thing that severely hacked me off, was the sheer number of animals being hit by vehicles on the roads.
I think it would be true to say that you will NEVER travel the Beit Bridge Byo road without ever seeing a freshly dead animal.
And not just one, but anything from say 6 to 14 carcasses.
The truck drivers try to '''knock''' the cattle to get them off the roads.
My second last trip, the bakkie in front of me hit a cow, chopped all four legs right off, the rest of the animal hit the windscreen.
The occupants got out, and then ran in three different directions.
The poor animal was still very much alive, having landed about 8m away just off into the bush.
The donkeys are a real problem. They lie in the roads at night.
They also just don't move out of the way no matter how big the truck is.
In fact, a friend of mine came down here just a few weeks ago by bus.
The bus travelled at night, and passed a car that had hit a donkey.
The car burst into flames, and all the people were burnt alive.
The donkey quite dead, had given birth to a baby donkey.
Where do you go and get help on the 322kms stretch between Byo and BB?? How do you phone anyone on MTN or Vodakom?? How do you get police, AA, or a vet?? Cattle, donkeys, goats, sheep, baboons, guinea fowl, and warthog are all targets.
The warthog is one to watch out for, especially if the grass along the road is not very very short. The problem is that they blend in so well, and you only see them when they step out into the road. If the grass is a foot high, just go slowly.
If you go to the Vic Falls, nearly every single person in or around the town trying to change money with you. Most are police in plain cloths. So don't be fooled. They are very sticky there with money changing. In fact, they even have special uniformed police just for this alone. They are easily recognisable. I think you have to pay US$10 or US$20 to go inside the main falls area. Must be in US dollars I think it is. There are big full length signs all over the place telling you to change money at the bank only. The plain clothed cops are really easy to tell, simply because they ask right in front of the big sign, with the other cops just over the road waiting for you to take the bait. Remember this, if you still have your old metal Zim ID, you can use it to get in to most places if they don't see your RSA number plates, etc. But if you now have an accent, either too South African, Ozzie, or English, it might be difficult to fool even Gus.
But I have decided that I must leave Zim trips for a while now. I think I might only return again once fuel is more easily obtainable so I can travel the country, and when Beit Bridge changes some of its policies. You know, Messina means something like an entrance to a Paradise. But when you pass Messina, now Musina, you are almost sure it is not Heaven, but Hades.
But still, home is where the heart is.
Old age pensioners are no longer able to support themselves now, even on the lowest of tariffs at old age homes. I would encourage you all to make a monthly contribution to groups like SOAP.
I do not see things getting better. If you have an RSA number plate, never leave a car unattended to in town. Byo was hot and dry. It has the legacy of always threatening to rain.
Over and out....
Ignatious Masukusa email@example.com
My new email address firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
IGNATIOUS MASUKUSA (1980-1983)
DUBLIN , IRELAND
Vusa Moyo firstname.lastname@example.org
This is still from my Dec 2006 visit.
Just thought you might want to add these.
December 2006 Pic 12 ,
December 2006 Pic 13 ,
December 2006 Pic 14 ,
December 2006 Pic 15
Kevin Harvey KevinHarvey@Cox.net
Please note that the site is listing an old email for me. I no longer use email@example.com - could you please modify it to be KevinHarvey@Cox.net
Mike "pommie" Ackroyd firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi just an update finished out in Dubai and now retired back in England.
Could you please update my e-mail address to email@example.com
Would love to hear from any one who remembers 1963 - 1966 at the school
Mike "pommie" Ackroyd
Ken Markham firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Markham's January 2007 visit to Gifford High School
The pictures were taken last week by myself.
Feel free to use on the Gifford High School Website
Apparently the wind blew the roof off.
Cheers - Ken
January 2007 Pic 1 ,
January 2007 Pic 2
Adolph David Prinsloo email@example.com
New E-Mail Address for Adolph David Prinsloo is
now living in Bristol, UK
Lance Cox firstname.lastname@example.org
Please update my email details to email@example.com
Graham Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Saw your site last night and would like to be registered on the site. I went to Gifford from 1972 and then leaving December 1975.
name: Graham Williams.
I am now living in Hinckley in the United Kingdom. Left Zimbabwe in 1983 to immigrate to South Africa living in Empangeni till 1999 when I imigrated to the UK.
Have very fond memories of the school and even looked at in on google earth the otherday.
Please register me
All correspondence to email@example.com
Ina van der Walt firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm seeking contact with Dirk Botha with whom I have lost contact (I used to be married to his cousin) and I see you only have his old email address. Would you mind sending me that address just in case I can raise him on it? Do you have any other contact details such as physical address or telephone number or anything else?
Thank you very much in advance.
Jason Wepener email@example.com
I was a student at Gifford from 87-91 and was a border in Russell House.
Please would you be able to tell me what/where MR A Menne is at presant. If you have any info I would be gratfull, or the phone number of the school, as they may know.
Terry Dixon firstname.lastname@example.org
Trying to locate old school friend and army buddy Harry (Herman) Smith
Born 27/12 not sure of the year but betwee53 and 58
He had a brother in Johannesburg
He was E Company 2RR army days from 73 to 79
I was not at Gifford but my mates were, Archie Meth and Harry. They must have left school 1973 0r 1974
Vusa Moyo email@example.com
Vusa Moyo's December 2006 visit to Gifford High School
You will not believe the state of the school, when I went for a visit 1 week ago..
I have pics for you.
The pool really stunk..
I couldn't believe it.
Leaking Sewage pipes.
No Roof at Art Block.
Please post them on your website... If u'd like more, please let me know..
I attended 1993-1999.
December 2006 Pic 1 ,
December 2006 Pic 2 ,
December 2006 Pic 3 ,
December 2006 Pic 4 ,
December 2006 Pic 5 ,
December 2006 Pic 6 ,
December 2006 Pic 7 ,
December 2006 Pic 8 ,
December 2006 Pic 9 ,
December 2006 Pic 10 ,
December 2006 Pic 11
Michael Nyoni Michael.Nyoni@netcare.co.za
This is Michael Nyoni who was Headboy at Gifford High School in 1994. My details are as follows:
Positions of Authority Held @ School: Headboy, Prefect, Games House-Captain, Cadet Leader & 6th Form Forum Executive Committee member.
School Activities: 2nd Team Rugby, Librarian, First Aid, Debate and Athletics.
School Awards: Abrahamson Leadership Trophy (1994), Merit with Honours Award for First Aid (1993) & Merit Award for Drama (1994).
Hobbies: Fishing, golf, ten pin bowling, snooker, outdoor life and attending gym.
Personality Profile: Tenacious, leader, vibrant, confident, gregarious and highly ambitious
Relocated to South Africa in 2000, married with 2 children and currently a Business Development Manager within a Sales & Marketing environment. I'll send you my photo as soon as I get a head shot photo of myself.
Vaughan Hattingh firstname.lastname@example.org
Great to catch up with you yesterday. Had a couple of late arrivals who missed out on the photo but all in all a pretty good turn-out.
Anyway the list of suspects is as follows.
From left to right looking at the pic are:
Alistair Croll; Leo Mullins; Michael Harrold; Vaughan Hattingh; Richard Perrett; Kevin Williams; Ian Raine; A.J. (Alan) Erasmus; David Sones; Gary Hickey; Roddy van Rooyen;
And the guy in the front I think you know!
Late arrivals but present where Steve Oborne and Wayne Murray.
Note from Webmaster: Perth Reunion of Old Boys - Official Photo
and families held in Kings Park on Sunday 26/11/06.
Family Pic 1 , Family Pic 2 , Family Pic 3 A good time was had by all.
Tony McCoy email@example.com
Please add me to the contacts list
Tony McCoy 1966-72 firstname.lastname@example.org
I live in Bournemouth (south coast) of England
Babusi Sibanda email@example.com
My new/correct email add is firstname.lastname@example.org
Xolani Ndlovu email@example.com
Would like to add my details to the old boys contact list.
name: Xolani Ndlovu
I can get the info you need on the missing head boys by next week Tuesday
Jack Ralph Jack.Ralph@wrsa.com.au
Here are the boxing photos. Sorry the scan did not prove to be very good will try and get better results later when I go home at Xmas
Best Regards Jack Ralph
Attached two photos of Boxing Team 1953 and Boxing Team 1954
Mike Botha firstname.lastname@example.org
As Mr Webb was my 1st teacher at Gifford and I noticed in Mr Mennes page mention of him being in SA, I would dearly like to contact him or his son Anthony who was in my class 1966-1969.
Anthony was my best man at my wedding in 1976 and we simply lost touch after I moved to SA in 1981.
Here's hoping? Mike Botha
Alan Kuspert email@example.com
Can I ask for my email to be updated to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Potts email@example.com
Please can you change my e-mail address to
Thanks very much and great work on the web site.
Michael Dutton firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, My name is MICHAEL DUTTON.
WOW!!! It's GREAT to see a Web site like this.
I attended Gifford Tech from 1971 - 1975.
I'm living in KEMPTON PARK, GAUTENG.
My E-mail address is:- email@example.com
It would really be great to catch up with a few old buddies.
Thanx for the opportunity,
Geoff Oborne firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony....Please change my email to email@example.com many thanks
Mike Botha firstname.lastname@example.org
Being an internet/computer virgin my explorations led me to this site and I wish to have my name added.
My name is Mike Botha & I was in Form 1 Dalton with Mr BP Webb as Form Master. I was at Gifford from 1965 to December 1970. Guys in my class incl Ant Webb, Andy Pitsillis, Pee Wee Blundell, Rob DuPreez, Tom Bassett, Graham Jardine.
I spent time in Pietermaritzburg from 1982-1998, I then moved to New Zealand until 2005, & am now in Toowoomba,Qld,Australia.
Dion de Villiers Dion.DeVilliers@edmund-nuttall.co.uk
Attched is a list of pupils 1968 form one made up from lists from the Gifford High School web page and those that I can recall. This would be about half of the intake for the year.
Dion de Villiers
Pupil 1968 to 1972
de Villiers Dion
Neville Rutherfoord-Jones email@example.com
I was visiting your web site and looking through the names.
I am an old Gifford Boy (1971 to 1977).
I see you have me listed as living in Durban South Africa.
I now live in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, and my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn Shannon email@example.com
Email address for glenn shannon is
David White firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m an old boy – I was at Giffford from 1978 to 82 and currently live in Auckland New Zealand. Please add my name and email address to your contacts list.
Paul Wedlake email@example.com
Please could you amend my details to
firstname.lastname@example.org – Sunninghill, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Bruce Greetham email@example.com
Durban, South Africa
Rob Holly firstname.lastname@example.org
Please change my e-mail address to
Werner (Fritz) Neumann email@example.com
Please add me to the list, I was at Gifford from about 75-80 if my memory serves me correctly. Currently in Australia working at a diamond mine.
Werner (Fritz) Neumann
Andre de Kock firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Andre de Kock, and I attended Gifford from 1963 to 1968. I was a boarder in Russell House.
I have been resident in Hobart, Tasmania for two years, and before leaving RSA, Boere Kotze gave me your email address. At the time he told me about a Gifford website, but I have not been able to find it. Does it still exist, and if so could you please let me have the address?
Andre de Kock
Jack Ralph Jack.Ralph@wrsa.com.au
My name is Jack Ralph. I was at Tech 1951 to 1954, first a border at Johnston House, headmaster " Dogs" Hart and then from 1952 a border at Newman house Head " Brassie " Bacon, Head boy Ken Ackerman. When I arrived in 1951 Chris Dames was head boy and "gussa" (not sure of that spelling ) Southerby was Headmaster, He was then followed by Dogs Hart as headmaster.
I notice that in the list of Head boys M "Gumpole" Lukan is not listed I seem to remember he was head boy of the school 1954.
I have some Tech boxing team Pics 1953 and 1954 if you are interested, I will email them to you.
OK thats all for now see if you get this mail
Bill Berry email@example.com
Please change the e-mail detail on the contact list to:
I live in a town called: Woerth am Rhein in Germany
Best regards / mit freundlichen Grüssen
Mike Harrold firstname.lastname@example.org
Trust you are well.
I was at dinner with Kevin Williams and the crew on Wednesday evening here in Perth.
Was at Gifford 1973 to 1978 – spent time in both 1A2 and 1A1 – you can add me to the contact list.
Found the website interesting – will try contact a couple of old friends – well done!
Kevin Williams Kevin.Williams@corevision.com.au
I was at Gifford from 1972 until the end of 1975 when I dragged off to London by my parents before I could enjoy my best years the school? Please add me to the contact list.
I was in the A1 class (I saw the list of 1A1) on the web site. Does anyone know what happened to Neville Bins-ward?
I played one year of First XV Rugby whilst in Form 4.
I am currently resident in Perth Australia after spending 23 years in South Africa.
I ran into Alistair Croll in Perth and we spend quite a bit of time together socially. Last night we met up with 5 other ex Giffordians including David Sones and Vaughn Hattingh who gave me the web site address.
Well done on the web site.
Dean Da Costa Dean.email@example.com
My name is Dean Da Costa. I was at Gifford from 1976 - 1981.
Just to let you know that my email address has changed to
I have lived in Pietermaritzburg, RSA for the last 16 years and have run into Ralph Russell and Dwight Foster Jones, both also old Gifford boys.
Your efforts in running the website are most appreciated.
Dean da Costa
Les Booyse firstname.lastname@example.org
Please could you change my e-mail address to email@example.com.
It is currently shown as firstname.lastname@example.org, but I have recently shut that down.
Also, my brother Bill in Durban has changed his address to email@example.com.
Denis de Klerk firstname.lastname@example.org
Could you please add and change my e-mail to read :-
Denis de Klerk
Oceanside California USA
Tony, thanks a million for all your hard work which is greatly appreciated.
Denis Meyer email@example.com
Please can you change my listed email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Denis Meyer (1978/1980)
Nigel Chinyerere email@example.com
Please add these details to my contact page:
Graham de Klerk firstname.lastname@example.org
Please add my e-mail to your site. I was at Gifford from 1959 to 1965
Currently residing at Wilro Park, Roodepoort (two block away from Johnny Murphy)
e-mail address : email@example.com
If at all possible - I would like to have the e-mails for guys in my school year that you have archived.
Graham de Klerk
Nigel Chinyerere firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Nigel Chinyerere
Student from 1994- 1997
Email - email@example.com
Gifford High School
Please can you add my name on the contact list.
Norman Pringle firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Day Tony
I would like to be placed as a new contact on your list. My details are-
Name Norman Pringle
Years Attending Gifford 1960 -1965
Boarder at Russell House
Sports Houses Whitworth (Russell House)
Then Dalton when boarders were mixed with Day scholars
Currently Residing Margate, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.
I can vaguely remember you, but you know what time does to one.
Thanks for a great web site. My son was thrilled to receive the photo of me in the 1st Team Cricket 1965. Keep up the excellent site.
Ronald Burgess email@example.com
My name is Ronald Burgess
I attended Gifford High from 1974 - 1978.
I am currently resident in Johannesburg - RSA.
Don Keith firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Please add my contact details to your Gifford web site. I was contacted the other day by one of the listed old boys - Paul Wedlake.
I attended Gifford from 1975 to 1979 and played 1st XI cricket under the captaincy of Dave Clark, 3rd XV Rugby and was a Toastmaster in 1979.
Although I probably shouldn’t tell you this (!!!) but I was actually "The Drone" for the Bee Hive in 1978 under the strict censorship of Mrs Farrell!!!
Presently living in Germiston South Africa, am a qualified Labour Law Attorney with my own small practice, as well as being a Part-Time CCMA Commissioner in the CCMA Gauteng.
Don Keith (was known as Donald)
Paul Martin email@example.com
My new contact details as below.
No longer in Francistown Botswana.
Now resident in Cape Town South Africa.
Peter Collingwood firstname.lastname@example.org
My new e-mail is:
Bill Berry email@example.com
I was going through the class list and two brothers who were at Gifford in 1973 need to be added:
Norman "Spunky" Moore was in form 1A3 with Vaughan Hattingh and co
Douglas Moore was in 1A1 for the year
They left for Salisbury at the end of the year
Bill Berry 1A2 1973
Tony Hayzen Hayzen@msn.com
Please could you list my website www.hayzen.com
Simisani Kupe firstname.lastname@example.org
Change of e-mail address
Tony Hayzen Hayzen@msn.com
I am a Gifford Old Boy; graduated in 1966, now resident in Tennessee, USA.
Please can you add my name to the contact list:
Anthony J (Tony) Hayzen
Ivan Barnard email@example.com
It is with deep regret that I inform you of the sudden death of a Gifford old boy.
Steven Schlacter aged 33 died at the weekend from a heart attack. He was watching a rugby match at the Vic Falls and suffered the attack in the grandstands.
Our condolences to his brothers Kevin and Clive, also old boys.
Grant Bruce firstname.lastname@example.org
After many years having never been back to Zim, even more away from the old school, and having never ventured down memory lane in any nostalgic websites, it was quite weird seeing the names of so many guys I knew in a different time and world.
Anyway, I just wanted to add my details to the contact list.
I was at Gifford between 1973-79. They were amazing years in Rhodesia as it was then, the likes of which, despite the stuffed up politics, we will never see again.
There were some real arseholes at the school at the time, and I was one of them, but the school remains a great part of my life, and I often wonder where everyone is, who is still alive (I saw that Stuart Newlands had died), and what they’re up to.
Thanks for keeping the flame alive.
All the best
John Evans email@example.com
Would be grateful if you would update my email address
New address firstname.lastname@example.org
We moved to Adelaide in October 2003.
In December 2002 we visited Bulawayo and I took my family to see my old school. The visit brought back many wonderful memories. I had the opportunity to chat briefly with Anthony Menne who was packing up his home in Russell house, having just days before had his final assembly. I could not believe that after all those years he was leaving. He had retired and bought a home in Hillside. I trust he and his family are really well. Life in Zim is not easy.
The photographs attached to Dave Riggs email are just as we found the school in 2003.
Thanks for your work on this site. It is very much appreciated.
Regards and very best wishes
Anthony Roy Boniwell "Tony" email@example.com
Seeking Dennis Arthur George Shepherd "DAG","DAGWOOD"
From Anthony Roy Boniwell "Tony" 1960-1966
PS Have traced Micheal Thuenissen of the same dates.
Les Meyer firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you please attach me to the Old Boys E Mail List.
My address is email@example.com.
I was at Gifford from 1963 to 1969.
Ian Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org
In the class makeup please add:
Ian (Graham) Shaw
Gavin Hannigan Gavhannigan@hotmail.com
From : Gavin Hannigan
New email address : Gavhannigan@hotmail.com
Now in : Maputo, Mozambique
Rob Watt email@example.com
Rob Watt Algarve, Portugal, 74-78
Tom O'Connor firstname.lastname@example.org
My new e-mail address is email@example.com
I still have a few Gifford old boy ties left about 8 or 9
If anyone wants a tie contact Tom by E-Mail direct. .... Tony
Andy Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
regards please add my name to the e-mail lists
Mthokozisi Ngozo Chiyangwa email@example.com
my name is mthokozisi ngozo chiyangwa and was at gifford high school from 1989 to 1992 and reside in calgary canada and will very much like to be on the old boys list
Ward Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Please will you amend my email address on the contact list to
my Skype chatline name is papaoakseed
Thank you for keeping the site going.
Steve Lambert email@example.com
I now have an email address in Dubai, UAE; please update your mailing list.
Jeffery Matthews firstname.lastname@example.org
I was a teacher of Geography at Gifford for most of 1979.
It was the school that made the biggest impression on me and I still have the fondest memories of being a boarding master at Newman House and teaching Geography to those marvelously motivated boys.
As a young teacher I was sent off assembly by Harry Fincham to put a jacket on! So it was not just pupils who were subject to discipline then.
I have lived in Australia since then but often wonder what happened to some of the staff such as Harry, Tony Mene, Andre Van Heerden, Max Carew and Mike Clarence. A quick scan of your site did not reveal any news of ex staff, but maybe I missed a link.
TONY's NOTE: We even let teachers on the contact lists. Harry is there under "F"
Carl Coetzee email@example.com
I have recently made contact with John Murphy who informed me about your website.
I would like to add my contact details to your lists:
CONTACT: CARL COETZEE 1963 - 1968
Thank you and best wishes for the festive season to you and your family.
Craig Yeatman firstname.lastname@example.org
When you get a moment, would you update my e-mail address from email@example.com to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks very much
Edward Scott email@example.com
Please change my e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Collingwood email@example.com
My new e-mail (actually it’s about 3 years old…) is listed below
David Rigg firstname.lastname@example.org
I am an ex Giffford pupil 1963-1968. Have logged on to your web site from time to time over the last 12 months, and as I have just returned from Zim thought that I would drop you a line to tell you how I found it there on my visit and attach a few photos of the school that may be of interest to you and other ex pupils.
My first time back in Zim was 1999 after leaving in 1968, we were on holiday at the falls from the UK and had arranged to catch the overnight train to Bulawayo on the Sunday night and spend the day there and then catch the train Monday night train back to the falls.On the Saturday night on my way up to get ready for dinner I asked reception for the phone directory and managed to find someone I knew, and gave him a ring and he picked us up at the station and we have kept in touch ever since. In fact this holiday we did Capetown and the Garden route and then flew up to the Falls for a few days then Charlie came up to the falls Thursday morning and we travelled back down to Byo on Friday pm. At the falls we went to the Sprayview hotel for a drink Thursday afternoon, then again in the evening after we had been to the Cattleman's for dinner and the price of the drinks had gone up, and then on Friday lunchtime before we headed down to Byo, and to exchange some £ for Zim dollars on the black market (they call it the parallel market) the drinks had gone up again, that's what I call inflation. Official rate when we were there 45276 zim $ to £, black-market 90000. One beer Vic Falls Hotel 135,000 4 beers Sprayview 105,000. Charlie could not believe the prices up at the falls, he was taking the bar and meal bills to show everyone back in Byo.
The town (Byo) is a bit worse than when we were there in 1999, some litter town centre, a few pot holes in the roads in the suburbs, and the council apparently cannot afford to replace the street light bulbs when they go so about 20% of street lights are out, not too bad really.
All imported goods have 65% tax duty on them. Plenty of petrol stations but none with any petrol when we were there. The Caltex petrol station at Bradfield (just up from the school) had petrol if you had coupons which have to be bought with foreign currency (which you are not supposed to have as a Zim resident)
Best buy to me was bread @18,000 worst buy a bottle of imported whisky @1.5million. Vegetables and fresh fruit are expensive, eating out is cheap compared to England , well at the 90000 rate anyway. In Byo we went out to the Monkey, a restaurant, it has been built just down from Bradfield on the opposite side of the road. Anyway dinner with drinks for 5 of us was 2.5 million so at black-market rates £28, but I did notice that the veg and potato portions were small, but not the meat. The largest denomination currency note in Zim is 20,000 so you can imagine the time spent at the supermarket tills taking the customers money. Oh and the 20,000 is only printed on one side.
Minimum wage there is 900,000 Zim$ a month and a factory worker is on about 3 million a month. It is the people on pension who are the worst off for company pensions in Zim are not inflation linked or not for the level of inflation they are experiencing. In 2000 the exchange rate was 62 Zim$ to £. For an example Charles mothers pension is 900 Zim $ per month. (yes it would buy a loaf of bread every 20 months) There are organisations from the UK and elsewhere that are trying to help these pensioners that are left.Talking about inflation, went into Ramjies on Grey Street( next to the cinema ) that used to sell all the ' cool in gear' back in the 60's well it is still there and I went in to buy a shirt for a present and when I complained about the price 4 million Zim$ and said items like this were much cheaper in the UK, Ramjie himself (son of ) said it was imported and that inflation in Zim was 2% a day so hence the price , like 2% a day was an achievement.
Went to the motor race track on the Saturday afternoon. The Byo Motor club was having drag racing down the main straight after the hairpin, basically street cars, a nice old souped up Ford Anglia was showing some of this modern stuff the way home. Reminded me of the old days and Grey Street.
Photos,CLICK HERE, you should recognise them but to remind you,the field one is the one we all planted, Russell House(looks like a bit of a fire in the boiler house black smoke on the wall and the canopy is missing it was there in 1999 must have been one of those pupils having a smoke),Newman House,Gym and main field, admin block,lab block with new extension,class rooms opposite Russell House. Behind these classrooms is a second swimming pool not there in our day.It was empty and when I mentioned it to Charlie he said it was most probably because they could not afford the chemicals to run it. (imported products) Went into the Admin block saw a, senior master, I said I was here in the 60s and left Xmas 1968, to which he replied he was in form 2 then. I told him about the planting of the field, the school web site and what was new build since our day he seemed interested, and he wandered to the lab block with me and said that the extension you can see on the photo is also labs.He also told me they have 1200 pupils now, I think it was 500 to 600 in my day.
I will sign off now as someone keeps saying am I writing War & Peace. Hope I can attach these photos.
Finally just to say thanks for the web site I have found it both interesting and useful.
George Schermuly Jogeorge1977@aol.com
I was at Gifford Tech Bulawayo from 1968 to 1972. Please add my name to the 1968 class. Best regards,
Rob Heavens email@example.com
Correct email for Rob Heavens is firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Hepple email@example.com
Hi Just saw the web site
Went to Gifford 1971 -1975
Had a Gifford reunion here in Adelaide this year and it was attended by:
John Evans (ex Swaziland)
Will send a photo when my computer is fixed as it is down at the moment
Cheers Mike Hepple
Phil Whitehead firstname.lastname@example.org
Passing of Phil Whitehead on 29 Oct 2005
My Dearest Family and Friends It is with a heavy heart, I have to tell you that Phil passed away this morning. We were out in the Matopos and he was running in the Amalinda 21 km half marathon and really enjoying the race. Without warning after 9 kms he collapsed. I am so grateful that his fellow runners were immediately with him. He was brought to town by ambulance but he was not able to be resuscitated.
How blessed he was to die whilst doing something he loved so much.
We, his family, rest in the full knowledge that today Phil is in the presence of His Lord Jesus Christ whom he loved, honoured and served.
Last night at a dinner he told the people present that his prayer was "Lord make my life count." We believe that his prayer has been answered.
Please hold us up in your prayers.
Sandy, Wendy, Mark, Lauren and Kristin and Joan (Phil's Mum)
Tony Whatt - "The Gifford Site Webmaster" email@example.com
After 28 years of living in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, NSW, Australia, Liz and I have retired and relocated to Perth in Western Australia. I will still continue to maintain the site and look forward to your contributions at the same e-mail address. Cheers.... Hinc Orior.
Johnny Bryan firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi there, I am Johnny Bryan and have just browsed the Gifford site and have found some wonderful memories and photos of myself which were quite scarey to say the least.
I was at Gifford during 65 and 66. Proud to be an old boy.
I hope that this is the way to be added to the list.
Kwanele Ncube Kwanele.Ncube@ey.com
Hi....I am Kwanele Ncube
Head Boy: 1996 BJCC Junior Mayor: 1995/1996 BJCC Alderman: 1997- Toastmasters: Public Relations Officer Sixth Form Forum: Exec Committee Member Head Librarian: 1995-1996 Rugby: First Team - Left Winger 1996 Full Academic Colours: Best ZJC and Olevel results overall Merit Award: Athletics 1995 Leadership award: 1996
Selected to join Coopers & Lybrand in 1997 Coopers taken over by Ernst&Young in 1998 With Ernst & Young Zimbabwe till 2004 Left for Ernst& Young Botswana June 2004 after a two year secondment to Botswana
Now in Atlanta, Georgia at Ernst & Young LLP
Attached two photos of me in Dallas. Found some Zimbabweans who had formed shadow soccer teams of Dynamos, Highlanders/ Bosso. Played soccer withem during my stay. They are in the football league so look them up if you are ever in Dallas, Texas
Derek Hird email@example.com
I have returned to Boksburg SA, from Bahrain in the Middle East.
Please change my contact e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and regards
Rath Wilson email@example.com
My e-mail address has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please would you update this info.
Thanks and kind regards
Neil Griffin email@example.com
Please could you amend my details:-
Neil Griffin, Brisbane, Australia, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 1997 to June 2005 Messages now Archived.
If you want to go back and have a look let me know and I will dig them out for you.