Community of DGC Old Girls
"Ensuring the continued well-being of our school"
The Durban Girls’ College Old Girls’ Guild exists to facilitate and actively encourage the continued involvement of all Old Girls in the DGC community, with a view to ensuring the continued well-being of our school and its Old Girls. The Guild works to build relationships with the girls while they are at school to encourage them to remain connected with DGC when they leave. Old Girls host various networking events throughout the year in order to create a brand for the Guild and identify fundraising opportunities.
One of the main projects of the Old Girls’ Guild is its ongoing involvement in the upliftment of the Enkuliso and Ekujabuleni nursery schools, which the Old Girls have supported for over 70 years.
Khanyi Dhlomo – Class of 1990
Khanyi Dhlomo is a South African TV Host and the founder and CEO of Ndalo Media and Ndalo Luxury Ventures. Khanyi is the daughter of Oscar Dhlomo. While she was at Durban Girls' College, she won the Thandi Face Cover Girl competition which sparked her interest in media.
At the age of 22, Khanyi was appointed as editor of True Love magazine. Within a year of her appointment, the magazine's circulation doubled from 70,000 to 140,000 and the magazine became the most widely read women's magazine in the country. After eight years at True Love, she stepped down as editor and relocated to France where she worked as manager of South Africa's Tourism Board in Paris. In 2007 she graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA which is where she met her husband Chinezi Chijioke.
In 2007 she returned home to South Africa at which time she founded Ndalo Media in
partnership with Naspers and successfully published the Destiny Magazine. In 2013, Khanyi launched Luminance, a high-end boutique department store.
Khanyi was awarded the AdVantage Magazine Editor of the Year in 2001 and the Most
Influential Woman in South African Media in 2003.
Caroline Juby- Class of 2012
After matriculating in 2012, Caroline spent the next few years studying a Bachelor of Business Administration in Brand Building and Management, coaching netball and soccer at DGC part time, and travelling abroad. With a deep love of human stories, Caroline is focused on building a career in the film industry as a writer-producer. She is currently working as the marketing manager for "Sides of a Horn" - the first film to tell the story of Africa's poaching war from both sides of the fence.
This narrative short drama is executive produced by Sir Richard Branson, and will be released through a global activation campaign later this year. She is also the marketing director and production assistant for Part of the Pack - a short documentary about South African wild dogs. With an aim to develop other projects and her career further, Caroline will be in Los Angeles for the remainder of 2019.
Class of 2016
In Inessa Rajah’s Grade 12 year she was chosen as the 2016 winner of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. Inessa wrote a remarkable short story exploring the difficulty of holding an entitled position in the face of poverty and conflict-induced resettlement. Her piece grapples with the reconciliation and embarrassment of social status and the co-existence of privilege and poverty, and forces us to interrogate our own humanity Inessa’s essay, titled ‘Dr Congo-Man’, resonates on a visceral level with all South Africans affected by the uncomfortable in the face of the suffering of others. In recognition of her achievement, Inessa has been invited to London to participate in a series of educational and cultural events. She will be presented with her certificate by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at Buckingham Palace during Commonwealth Week in March 2017. We congratulate Inessa on her outstanding achievement!
Class of 2016
In July 2016, Grade 12 pupil Cassidy Williamson travelled to Poland as a member of the South African Junior Athletics team to compete at the World Junior Championships in the 100m sprint and 4x100m relay. Cassidy acquitted herself well in the heats and gained valuable international experience that will stand her in good stead for her future athletic career. DGC is proud of the determination this talented young athlete has shown to succeed in her chosen sport.
Class of 1994
Dr Anuschka Coovadia is currently Head of Healthcare for Africa at KPMG, a member of the Global KPMG Center for Universal Health Coverage and an Executive Director for Ayurveda Investments. She is also a Non-executive director at Dischem, a director for the Africa Health Federation, a trustee for the Kendra Educational Trust and sits on the Innovation Board for the North West University. We are very proud of Anuschka’s success and feel privileged that she is ‘one of our own’.
Class of 1992
Kirsten studied at the University of Stellenbosch where she obtained a Fine Arts degree in jewelry design. She then travelled to London where she worked and designed for leading fashion jeweler house, Erickson Beamon, before breaking away to start her eponymous label in in 2002. After opening her flagship store in London in 2005, she returned to South Africa to open 3 more stores in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Kirsten has been recognized both locally and internationally for her jewelry, and we could not be more proud that she is a DGC Old Girl!