Alumni Newsletter 2020/03

Black Lives Matter and the Legacy of Kamhlaba

Aligning fearlessly with the values of Kamhlaba, the students were the first to join the global outcry against the long history of injustice and use of excessive force against people of colour in the US. In doing that, the students also raised some concerns about racism within the College itself.  We have been humbled and inspired by the courage and conviction of the students, and we thank them for reminding us of who we are, and our duty to fight against racism because it is insidious and unrelenting in the face of complacency. We applaud the students and the management of the College for opening the space for dialogue about racism. In a statement to the community, the Governing Council said that the students’ indignation and activism are a living reflection of Waterford’s unique history and its core value of social justice. It also thanked the school management for its willingness to admit shortcomings when they occur, to apologize, and to seek a way to work together to address problems. Lastly, the GC challenged all of us as members of the WK family to remember our duty as Kamhlaba to always fight against racism.

WK Student Demonstrating Leadership

Shreya Semnarayan, a WK student from South Africa, is taking up this challenge by getting involved in leadership in her country. She was recently invited to speak at the South African Youth Parliament! The South African Parliament had convened its first Youth Parliament of the Sixth Dispensation under the theme, “Youth Power: Growing the Economy together in a time of COVID-19.” Shreya is part of The Youth's Truth - a group of South African youth that organized a march on 16th June in Johannesburg to protest against systemic racism in light of the global outcry against racism. Her efforts are consistent with our mission as Waterford Kamhlaba. As we build leaders for Africa and the world, we are encouraged when our students demonstrate a high level of responsibility and leadership in the society.

The Alumni Speaker Series

With the whole world on one kind of lock-down or another, it can be easy to feel disconnected. However, these special times have allowed us to connect as the WK family through the Alumni Speaker Series - not just as alumni but the entire Waterford community. The Speaker Series is an initiative of the Advancement Office that takes place twice a month. We invite alumni to share the story of their journey after Waterford with the community, and especially our current students. It is a platform for alumni engage the larger Kamhlaba community through the interrogation of a variety of subjects. We would like to take this opportunity to appreciate the alumni who have been part of the Speaker Series this quarter; a big thank you Welile Ndlela (Eswatini, WK 06-07,) Senele Mdluli (Eswatini, WK 01-04), Daliso Chaponda (Malawi, WK 91-97), and Conrad Hughes (UK, WK 87-93).   We appreciate you for sharing your time with the WK community.

If you would like to listen to our past Speaker Series, you can find the playlist here. If you would like to be part of future series as a guest, please email Nosimilo.

Kamhlaba Connect

The Alumni Speaker Series has reminded us how rich in diversity we are as a community, as each of our speakers has given us the opportunity to see, to remember, Waterford Kamhlaba through their eyes; and this has been an experience that has created a deeper sense of community. As the Advancement Office we wanted to create a way that we can share the wonderful stories in one place that is dynamic and interesting but also useful. Thanks to our Alumni Engagement Officer, Nosimilo Khumalo (Eswatini, WK 06-11) we give you Kamhlaba Connect, a portal to the Kamhlaba community far and wide. The purpose is to give you access to all alumni resources, and easy access to things like the Alumni Speaker Series or our past newsletters. There will be updates on what is happening on the hill, alumni news, and upcoming events. We have many active alumni who support the College in many ways and we will share their activities and the ways that you can get involved. Our goal is to keep connect you to the College and to each other through Kamhlaba Connect. Please have a look at the video below.
Welcome to Kamhlaba Connect Video

New Principal

On Wednesday 3rd June the College made an announcement to members of the WK family, including alumni regarding the appointment of Ms. Patricia Angoy as the next principal beginning in January 2021. Patricia is taking over from Stephen Lowry who will leave Waterford in December 2020 after 7 years. When making the announcement, WK’s chair of the Governing Council (GC) Dr. Mark Mills said:
“I am extremely pleased to announce that Patricia Angoy has been appointed as the College’s next Principal. Patricia offers a wonderful mix of leadership, collaboration, warmth and directly relevant experience and the Governing Council overwhelmingly believes that she is the candidate who best matches the college’s needs going forward.”
Thank you to all who have sent messages of congratulations to Patricia. For more information about Patricia, please go to her website.

Upcoming Events

Virtual Kamhlaba Day
Saturday 11th July 2020

WK alumni are kindly invited to Virtual Kamhlaba Day Arts Festival which is taking place on Saturday 11th July to raise funds for our ComServe programme. It is going to be a virtual experience, full of exciting performances, all in celebration of the Waterford Kamhlaba community and the various talents in the school. Kamhlaba Day is a platform to showcase the talent and hard work that the Music, Drama and Arts departments at our school put in. If you want to participate please contact CAS Coordinator  Nsika

Virtual Annual Careers Fair
Wednesday 29th July 2020

Alumni are invited to WK's 13th Annual Careers Fair for high school students which will be hosted online on Wednesday July 29th

The Careers Fair team has been asking companies, professions, organizations and institutions of higher education to send a video outlining what it takes to be successful in a profession/organization/vocation. If you would like to know more about the event or to support it, please contact John Storer
Virtual UWC Africa Week
3-6 August 2020
Alumni are invited to Virtual UWC Africa Week 2020 event on 3rd - 6th August under the theme: Africa Untold. Unexpected. Unbreakable. This theme will attempt to uncover unseen, unrecounted and overlooked stories of Africa. The theme urges a contextualised understanding of Africa, the cradle of human civilization, its legacy and unique geopolitical position. The event's website has more details. Please have a look at the promotional video below. 
UWC Africa Week 2020 Promotional Video


Trevor (right) inside Eswatini TV studio
Trevor Dougherty (US, WK 09-10)

"I think, more importantly, Waterford showed me that there was a world outside my career path choice." Read more

Fond Memories of WK

Do you have fond memories of WK or major announcements like marriage or job appointments that you would like to share with us? Please send an email and share those; we will publish them in our next edition.
The Advancement Office is here to serve you and answer any questions you may have. You can get in touch with any of us and we'll be happy to help:

Banele Nkambule Donor Relations Manager:
Nosimilo Khumalo Engagement Officer: 
Nonkululeko Msweli M&E Officer: 
Mancoba Mabuza Communications & PR: 
Lizz Mhangami Advancement Director: 

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