Alumni Newsletter 2019/05

Thank you!

We would like to end the year by thanking you, our alumni in every corner of the world, for your immense contribution to Waterford. This year we have had so many of you supporting the school through your participation in various events that included: UWC dayAnnual Careers Fair24 Hour RunUWC Africa WeekNyatsela – a 21-day walk around Eswatini for our Form 3 students, the PSA Golf Day, the 10thanniversary celebration of our partnership with the Higherlife Foundation as well as form 5 and IB2 graduation ceremonies. We would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for your continued support to WK. The UWC Pledge campaign encourages alumni to give back to the movement in: Time, Talent, and Treasure. We are proud to say that this concept is second nature to WK Alumni, you always show up in numerous and meaningful ways. Below is a slide showing the different ways which WK alumni gave back in Time, Talent, and Treasure. Once again, thank you!
Thank you!

Ekukhuleni Residence Updates

The refurbishment of Ekukhuleni hostel is already underway and taking place in stages
The renovation is underway now, and we would like to thank you for your generous contributions towards the campaign for the renovation of the residence. The refurbishment of the building is taking place in stages and the students are housed in temporary dorms at each stage.  So far the temporary dorms were built and completed and now we have commenced with the renovation beginning with the annexe. This hostel was built in the 1960s, and has seen many students pass through it. This refurbishment was long overdue. Without the support of the WK Alumni community, we would not have been able to achieve this milestone. We will keep you updated on progress regarding the renovations.


Eli (second from left) during Waterford's UWC Day in 2011. 
Eli Medvescek 
(USA, WK 11-12)
“I was really fascinated by the human physiology component of biology, and remember making huge life-sized diagrams of the human body with annotations across important systems. Ms Willmot, while stern, was an incredible teacher - she was very instrumental in inspiring me towards my path today.” Read more

WKFSA New Chair

Sandile Hlophe (South Africa, WK 84 – 89) is the new chair of the Waterford Kamhlaba Foundation of South Africa (WKFSA). Congratulations to Sandile on his new role with the WKFSA. You can read more about him here.


We welcome the class of 2019 to the alumni family. IB graduates, you are officially IB3s! You are forever a Waterfordian, because we are Kamhlaba! The Advancement Office is here to support you, and to help connect you to opportunities and resources that will move you closer to your personal and educational goals. Through your Alumni Avenue donations, we are 14% of the way funded for a scholarship for a future Waterfordian! Thank you! As you start your alumni journey, look out for the University preparatory workshop in July 2020. We also have University Ambassadors waiting to connect with you as you start your college career. Here are some ways to stay connected:
  • Please update your information here to stay informed on alumni events and gatherings.
  • The UWC Hub allows you to connect with the larger UWC community as well as to find mentors in your field of study. If you need help signing up, don’t hesitate to contact us.
  • Work alongside your NCs. Local NCs are always looking to get volunteers to assist in their operations.
  • Follow our social media pages to stay updated. Like the Facebook page, join the WKUWCSA family group, follow us on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube
  • Become your year group ambassador. Your 10th anniversary will be coming up sooner than you think. Help us keep your year group updated on that.
  • Mentorship: If you are willing to mentor current students do let us know.
Again, welcome to the alumni community! While we will miss seeing your faces around campus, we wish you only the best as you move on to the next chapter!

Alumni Events

IB Class of 1993, 1994 and 1995 Reunion

It has already been 25 years since you left Waterford and we would like to celebrate that with you! You and your family are invited to the Quarter Century Reunion scheduled for April 24 – 26 2020. Organised by members of the IB2 Class of 1994, this reunion aims to celebrate the journey post your time at WK. If you wish to help in organizing and facilitating the reunion, please email Nosimilo or Duncan McPherson. For registration, please email Nosimilo.
F5 and IB2 Classes of 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 Reunion

The year 2020 is a milestone year for your graduating classes and we would like to welcome you back on the hill! We want to catch up with you and other classmates and find out what's been happening in your life over all these years.

If you would like to be part of the organizing committee, please email Nosimilo.

We can’t wait to welcome you home!


For the first time, Concordia Africa will be holiding a summit in Kigali, Rwanda in March 2020. Concordia is a non-profit organization attempting to convene world leaders across the public, non-profit, and private sectors so as to create more collaboration on projects for social impact. At this year's Summit in New York Concodia hosted leaders like Roberta Annan, Managing Partner of Impact Fund for African Creatives, H.E. Mme Bineta Diop, Chairperson of the African Union Commission as Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, H.E. Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe, H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Republic of Nigeria, Madame Monica Geingos, First Lady, Republic of Namibia, H.E. Toyin Saraki, Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation, Mr. Tein T.S. Jack-Rich, President and Founder of Belemaoil, to name a few.

New Principal Search

You may have already received the email regarding the search for a new principal at Waterford Kamhlaba. The position announcement has been since been published, and we are asking all our stakeholders to spread the world far wide. We believe that our next Principal is out there among your networks, please help spread the word. Read more about this on the school website

Support Waterford

Thank you to all the alumni who have given towards WK’s many initiatives, your contributions no matter how great or small make a significance difference in the loves of all our students. Every year the school tries to increase the number of students who receive a scholarship. Our overall goal is to go from 25% students on scholarship to 40% and we can only do this with your continued support. Please consider making a gift to the WK Scholarship Fund this year.  Our scholarships help enrich our diversity because #WeAreKamhlaba.
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 Alumni Coordinator
Nosimilo Khumalo Engagement Officer 
Nonkululeko Msweli Database Assistant 
Mancoba Mabuza Communications & PR 
Lizz Mhangami Advancement Director 

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