Bandile Shazi is at King Edward School on a scholarship from the Lloyd Rowley Foundation. It was decided towards the end of last year to ask the TAG Foundation to take him under our organisational wing, so we are thrilled to welcome him to our group of special boys.
He hails from Randfontein on the West Rand and it was while playing rugby for Westgold Primary School that he was spotted and asked to apply for King Edward.
“I knew nothing about the school, but we were told about it, and we saw some pictures and my mother, especially, said this is where I should go. I’m not sorry,” he said.
Bandile is a good all-round sportsman. He is currently part of the team competing in the 1st term athletics programme, and he is hard at work in pre-season training with the under-15 rugby squad.
He came third in the hurdles at last year’s interhigh, and he shone at rugby last year as a flanker in the under 14-A team. “I played in every game and we had a very good season,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to carrying on this year.”
He is a boarder at Gordon House and is loving it there. “The friends I made last year at School House have all come across with me, and I have made a few more,” he said. “And the meals I get here are better than what I would be getting at home.”
Bandile’s dreams for the next four years are to make the Reds team by the time he gets to matric, and to make the Top 10 Academics in his grade. “I have some way to go in that,” he confesses, “my marks are average at the moment, but I am determined to improve on that and am getting help in the hostel and from my teachers.”