Mondale owes it to Oliphant and Fester

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The Mondale post, Mondale is tops, garnered 1666 likes collectively and 284 shares to date on Athletics Clipboard’s very popular Facebook page – by far the top post since Athletics Clipboard’s launch in June last year.

Two individuals also did exceptionally well over the last year:

Wayde van Niekerk, the son of Odessa Swarts, collected 1575 and 116 shares

And Shaun Vester collected 1131 likes and 153 shares.

Mondale High School
Mondale High School in Portland, Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, dominated the top athletics section, the A Section for five years and won the Champion of Champions six years in a row.

Below is a short paragraph about the two masterminds who created the Mondale brand:

FEW of you might know or even remember that the Mondale athletics machine was brought about by the Herculean efforts of one Abraham Oliphant, the first deputy principal of the school.

Oliphant had the full backing of his principal Herman Fester who was his colleague at Zonnebloem, District Six, and Rocklands High School in Mitchell’s Plain.

Together they sowed the seeds of success and put in place an ethos that to the day is being maintained by the young teachers of the time who have now rooted themselves in the senior structures of the school.

Fester and Oliphant put together a staff who had the attributes fit for purpose.

In a controlled and calculated manner, they gave the young staff the freedom to run with the different duties and expectations of the school.

In many ways the school lived by its motto Monte Dessus, Soar Upwards.

Oliphant passed away about two years ago at the age of 81.

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