Kamhlaba Publications Publishes 'Phoenix Rising'
The 3rd February marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Waterford School, the first multiracial school in Southern Africa and now consistently one of the best schools on the continent. On the 2nd of February, His Excellency Lt. Gen. Ian Khama, President of Botswana and Waterford alumnus, will join past and present students, staff, governors and supporters in a ceremony which will kick-start the year's celebrations.
The event will focus upon the life and work of one of Waterford's best remembered teachers (and President Khama's former Housemaster), Tony Hatton. Hatton was one of the founding members of the school, teaching a variety of subjects, supervising many community service projects and serving as both the initial school bursar and, most notably, the founding school librarian. The ceremony will dedicate the school library to Tony Hatton for his tireless service towards its development in the school's infancy.
President Khama has also contributed the Preface to Tony Hatton's memoirs, recalling the founding and the early days of the School. "Phoenix Rising" will be released on the 2nd of February and will serve as a poignant reminder to all connected with Waterford today of where the school has come from and what it has achieved.
"Phoenix Rising" is a unique, eye-witness account of one of the most improbable, most heartening and most significant adventures in the history of modern Southern Africa. One to which Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Tutu have declared their personal debt.
Written with verve and humour, Tony Hatton recalls how, lead by their visionary headmaster, Michael Stern, a motley band of friends founded Waterford-Kamhlaba School in Swaziland with the aim of being the best school in Africa and a beacon for the future.
"A World in Miniature", its Swazi name given by King Sobhuza II, this multi-racial school lived the future during the times of Apartheid, and saw its values triumph. "Phoenix Rising" is a stirring tale of how, for once, decency and kindness prevailed in dark times.