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.

Inessa Rajah
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!

Cassidy Williamson
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.

Anuschka Coovadia
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’.

Kirsten Goss
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!