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STAFF

PRINCIPAL

Botes Gresse

Botes Gresse  graduated Cum Laude at Stellenbosch University with honours in Music and Music Pedagogy. He  has worked for the last seven years as  Principal of McLachlin High School in the Eastern Cape where his  matriculants have received a 100% pass rate year on year. Prior to that he did two stints at Drakensberg Boys Choir School , initially as Associate Director of Music from 1990-1995, and then he was asked to return as Rector (overall in charge of music and academics ) from 2009 – 2011.

Botes was also the founder of the Lady Grey Arts Academy and co-founder of the Lady Grey Passion Play. He has written several publications for MUSICUS, the Journal of the Department of Music for UNISA, been a former winner of the  SA Championships for the Performing Arts Choir Section,  and is generally acclaimed as an authority on the training of youth choirs.

ADMIN & SUPPORT

STAFF

Wendy Clarke (C.E.O.)

ACADEMICS

May Bokwe

SECRETARY

Zenda Liebenberg

HOSTEL MANAGER

Penny Mallon

Kathrine Jackson

Lee Mortonson

Tanya Gordon

Norman Curry

James Gordon

Nontokozo Mweli

ISIZULU

SPORTS

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Botes Gresse

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Matthew Hoffman

ACCOMPANIST

Don Clarke

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

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Tanya Gordon

VISUAL ARTS

Kate Thornton-Dibbs

THE

FOUNDERS

John Tungay

Patron / Mentor

At the age of 23 John Tungay was appointed Editor of the Regional News Service of the SABC at Head Office and a year later he was promoted to Senior News Editor of the SABC in Cape Town responsible for broadcasting “Today in Parliament.” During 1960 he was instructed by the Board of the SABC and the government to research and prepare the initial memorandum for the introduction of television in South Africa.

Later he accepted an invitation by the Directors of Lever Brothers (SA) Pty Ltd to become the company’s National Public Relations Manager. During this 5-year period he was a founder of the Natal Branch of the Public Relations Institute of South Africa and regularly lectured to students on this developing young profession during evening sessions at the Natal College for Advanced Technical Education.

In 1966 John resigned from Lever Brothers to create, finance and build his Drakensberg Boys Choir School. Ten years later he received the Marketing Award of the Year from the S.A. Institute of Marketing Management for promoting South Africa’s music to the world in cooperation with Gideon Roos of SAMRO, the country’s newly formed music rights organisation. Gideon Roos was John’s former Director General at the SABC.

John has lived in the Howick area for 20 years.  More recently he conducted  the Thembelihle Children’s Choir and the Howick Choristers in addition to the Drakondale Girls Choir.  He regularly puts on concerts and performances in the local community and at his own church.

Wendy Clarke

Development Manager / CEO

Wendy Clarke has been involved in the music industry for 16 years and is a director of Monkeyshine Music Publishing. She is well versed in the mechanisms of the music and record industries and has worked with many of the top record companies in this country. Wendy is married to Don Clarke, one of the countries most prolific songwriters, who has been in the industry for 40 years.

Wendy has also been involved in Development Management for children’s homes and the opening of several after-school care centres in Mamelodi & Soweto. She also established and ran a children’s adventure holiday camp in the ‘berg which facilitated up to 70 children.

In addition to this, Wendy has spent many years of her life in the newspaper industry. In the early nineties she started a newspaper called Schooligans which catered for all the schools in the greater Durban area.

In 2009 she established and ran a popular local tabloid, The Drakonteur, covering the Midlands and Drakensberg areas.

DIRECTORS & SHAREHOLDERS

Wendy Clarke 

Director

Paula Tungay

Director

Terence James

Director

Koji Takeuchi

Peter Marriot-Lodge

Rosa Doran

PATRONS & SPONSORS