Skonk - A tribute

2011-04-02 00:00

“A FAVOURITE rallying call of his great friend, the famous College groundsman Kwela, was: “Liya shoni langa, College” (the sun is setting, College), which he would shout out if College was battling towards the end of a match. A short while later, he might cry out “Ekhaya!” meaning “It’s home-time!” Well, the sun has now set on Skonk’s great life, and he has returned home.

How lucky we as College people were that old Mr John-Willie Hudson, all the way back in 1944, simply would not let Skonk return to DHS. For over 60 years, Skonk was a much-loved presence in the College staffroom, in its classrooms, on its sports fields, and at prize-givings, reunion days and countless old boys’ functions. He touched the lives of thousands of College boys, many of whom will revere his memory until they themselves are turned into dust.

While Alan Paton’s old poem, Old Walls, beseeches College’s venerable buildings to “preserve the echo of our names about your stones”, one knows that, as long as Clark House looms proudly across the terraces; as long as there are College boarders to swing an oval ball around on Barns, the fame, honour and legend of James Mervyn Nicholson will live on.

God bless you, Skonkwaan — Hamba Kahle.”

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