The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 7



CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE
The Bishops Museum. Contact
Dr Paul Murray for more information
at pmurray@bishops.org.za
Giving thanks
A message from our chairman, Adam Pike
PHOTOGRAPHS FREDDIE CHILD-VILLIERS, JEREMY RYALL
O
n 2 November 2019, Siya
Kolisi hoisted the Webb
Ellis Cup above his head.
I will neither confirm nor deny
that I wept. I instantly regretted
that I had not yet bought a replica
Springbok jersey, because at that
moment I was intensely proud to
be a South African. There are other
ODs better placed to comment
on the fall and rise of Springbok
rugby (see p38), but what was
evident to me – although only in
hindsight – was the Springboks’
vision, unity of purpose and
willingness to expose themselves
to failure in the most public way,
all in pursuit of success.
Closer to home, other men have
been working tirelessly to ensure
the success not only of the Union,
but also of Bishops. These men
embody Bishops values and the
values of the Union.
Chris Haw, Simon Peile, David
Burton and Moshe Apleni serve
on the Council. If you’ve ever
had the opportunity to consider
the minutes of a Council meeting,
you’d appreciate the amount of
work done, the attention to detail,
and the commitment to excellence
and the wellbeing of Bishops.
The Bishops Trust, now ably
chaired by Jan Newman, benefits
from the passion and dedication
of Bruce Jack and Paul Burton.
They are responsible for guiding
the activities of the Trust, and for
pursuing its purpose to raise
funds to ensure that Bishops
remains a centre of excellence.
Craig Howie (see p46) and
his Standing Committee – Alan
Davidson, Tim Lamprechts,
Brendan Jenman, Peter Farlam,
Kevin Lennett and Lukhanyo Neer
– volunteer their time to ensure
that the governance of the Union
is fortified, and to bring about
reconciliation, unity and healing.
On the committee, Anton Taylor,
Nick Durrant, Jonathan Carter,
John Macey, Jasper van Heesch,
Unathi Diniso, Arthur Mngxekeza,
Michael Mynhardt, Ricci Gerstner
and Mnotho Makhoba, along with
observers Wilbur van Niekerk,
Dave MacGregor and Jonathan
Shaw, have worked hard to
ensure that the Union is what
its members expect it to be. It has
been my privilege to interact with
these men over the past year, all
of them experienced and expertly
qualified in their respective fields.
Any listed company would be
lucky to have them on its board;
the Union gets them for free.
So I pay tribute to all the men
who work tirelessly behind the
scenes, without expectation of
reward or recognition, to ensure
that Bishops and the Union remain
resilient and relevant. When next
you bump into any of them, have
a word and say thank you. When
I wear my OD jacket, I’m as proud
of their service and sacrifice as
I am of the Springboks’ victory.
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