Meet our Mentors
David was born in Mthatha in 1957 but spent most of his youth, and his early adulthood, in Gqeberha. He attended Alexander Road High, where he was Head Boy, before obtaining his BA and HDE qualifications at the then University of Port Elizabeth. He later obtained B Ed and M Ed degrees at UNISA and Rhodes University respectively, and a National Higher Diploma in Management Practice from Technikon SA.
He taught Mathematics and served as a teacher counsellor at Westering High before moving to Victoria Park High as Head of Department. He immersed himself in the co-curricular programmes of the two schools and served in various leadership roles, including Deputy Head. Dave and his wife, Venita, and their two sons moved to Pinelands High in the Western Cape in 1994. In 1997, he was appointed Principal. His appointment six years later to the role of College Head at Kingswood in Makhanda marked his transition from public to independent education. His third and final tenure as principal was at St Anne’s Diocesan College in Hilton, KwaZulu Natal. He retired at the end of 2020 having had the privilege of leading schools for 24 years.
During his career, Dave served in various roles on many professional bodies, including SATA, SAHISA, ISASA and the IEB. His community involvement was extensive, and he continues to serve on various boards and committees.
Dave and Venita have returned to Gqeberha where they have embraced many opportunities associated with retirement. They are particularly enjoying their relatively new status as grandparents. Overlanding, camping, birding, game viewing and reading are a few of their many shared interests, while Dave, a keen sportsman, continues to take on the challenges associated with playing golf in windy, coastal conditions.