Three KCOBs Young Mandelas of the Future

On Nelson Mandela’s birthday, 28 July 2019, 100 young South Africans were chosen for their remarkable drive to succeed in their personal lives and to make a difference in the lives of others and who embody the true spirit of Madiba.

Kearsney College is delighted that three of the 100 achievers – Mpumelelo Mhlongo (25), Zain Bana (24) and Phoka Mchunu (19) are Kearsney Old Boys.

An exceptionally talented all-rounder and leader, Mpumi Mhlongo is a three-time Sportsperson of the Year at the University of Cape Town.  He was awarded the trophy for “perseverance, displaying courage in overcoming difficulties, scholastic achievement, success in sport and leadership” at Kearsney.

He has been recognized as a Young Mandela for his lobbying of the International Paralympic Committee to revise their classification rules and separate blade runners and jumpers from people with lower limb deficiencies. He competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in two events, and at the 2015 and 2017 World Champs in four events.  He speaks six languages – English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, isiZulu, French and Portuguese.

Two weeks after presenting his chemical engineering PhD proposal on converting recycled plastic to diesel, Mhlongo, a T44 Paralympian, was again setting world records on the athletic field.

Zain Bana, who co-founded the NGO Black Young and Gifted (BYG), is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives through leading a variety of business and project-based interactions.

BYG supports South African students of colour who are entering postgraduate studies through funding and mentoring within the Civil Engineering discipline.  Bana was instrumental in it received a million-rand worth of funding from Gautrain, which also resulted in his recognition by UCT.

Phoka Mchunu, Headboy in 2018, founded the Generation We movement.

Taking to heart Madiba’s comment that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, Mchunu established a small but dynamic group of KZN high school pupils from different and diverse backgrounds, from independent and government schools, who strived to inspire and empower one another through sharing their stories.

“We, the youth of South Africa, need to find a common thread that binds us together, which will assist in identifying our role in building a united and prosperous country,” he says.

Initiated by News24, the Young Mandelas were chosen from hundreds of nominations to remind South Africans that the characteristics Nelson Mandela embodied – compassion, creativity, leadership, vision and resilience – are still thriving today.

The judges’ message is that, in a country often overwhelmed by daily struggles against crime, corruption, unemployment and abuse, those selected as the 100 Young Mandelas of the Future remind us that there is always a reason to believe in our great nation.


July 2019

Kearsney Tennis Festival 2019

The annual Kearsney Tennis Festival, sponsored by Growthpoint, finished in an epic battle between Grey College and Paul Roos – probably the most exciting final in the 24 years of the festival. The winner was eventually only decided by the final doubles match.

Grey and Paul Roos had each won three singles and a doubles match, before the final doubles game went on court. Grey beat Paul Roos by 5 matches to 4.

Play on Saturday was unfortunately rained out. The results from Friday’s fixtures were considered, resulting in the final placing on pool positions remaining unchanged, but no cross play-offs could take place.

Finals: Grey College beat Paul Roos by 5 matches to 4

3/4 playoff: Selborne beat Affies by 6 matches to 3

5/6 playoff: Kearsney beat Pretoria Boys 5 matches to 4

7/8 playoff: Clifton beat Rondebosch 7 matches to 2

Kade Mindry (Grade 12) and Shail Chetty (Grade 10) from Kearsney were unbeaten for the duration of the festival, winning all their singles matches. Finishing in fifth position, Kearsney’s games included a win over Rondebosch 5-4, a loss to Affies 2-7 and a win over Pretoria Boys 5-4.

Kearsney is grateful to Growthpoint for their generous sponsorship and to Sportsmans Warehouse and Wilson for their continued support of this event.

May 2019


KCOB Top MBA student at Stanford

We were proud to learn of the fantastic achievements by Monde Nkosi, Kearsney’s headboy of 2007. He graduated in June 2017 as one of the top students in his MBA Class at Stanford University in the USA. This meant he was designated an Arjay Miller Scholar, becoming one of the first black South Africans to achieve this prestigious award.

Monde also completed his Masters in Education at Stanford during this time.

Monde epitomised balance and all-round excellence at Kearsney. Monde came 9th in SA in the National English Olympiad in 2006. He earned Academic Honours Cum Laude in 2007 and matriculated with six distinctions.

Monde represented KZN Athletics in 2005, played 1st team rugby, 1st team basketball (Captain) and 1st team soccer. He was awarded the coveted “Best All-rounder Award ” and the “Ambassador’s Trophy” in Grade 12.

Pictured above: Monde Nkosi with mother Nomsa, wife Nyaki, daughter Nkanyezi and father Phillip

September 2017

Above: Tyson Andrews has been selected for the SA U16 Water Polo team that will tour to New Zealand for the 15th Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival from 07 to 17 July. He also represents the KZN U18 Currie Cup team.

National honours for U16 water polo players 2018

Congratulations to Tyson Andrews and Wesley Marshall on their SA selections.  Tyson has been selected for the SA U16 water polo team that will be touring to New Zealand. He also played in the starting team for the KZN U18 Currie Cup team.

Wesley Marshall has been selected as the non-travelling reserve for the SA U16 Squad. Wesley recently took part in a tournament where he played against the SAU17 team and an international fixture against Zimbabwe U18.

Above: Wesley Marshall has been selected as a non-travelling reserve for the SA U16 Water Polo squad what will tour New Zealand later this year.