Durban High School is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of one of our long-standing members of staff, Mr Steven Mtshali.

In 1987 Mr Mtshali joined DHS, initially as a staff member of Blackmore House. He then later moved across to ‘School’ in July 1994 as a General Assistant/ Groundsman. In October 2005, Mr Mtshali was elected as the ground staff leader and thus replaced Mr Joseph Ngcongo as the ‘Induna’.

Mr Mtshali was a huge supporter of DHS Rugby, and many will remember him for the role he played in the build up to the 1st XV games at Founders, entertaining the crowd in the traditional Zulu outfit which was bought for by the School and presented to him by Head Master at the time, Mr Dave Magner, and his fellow workmen.

“Stephen was a quiet but strong man. I never saw him angry or speak poorly to anyone. He was completely trustworthy and reliable. He was a special man.”
– Dave Magner

Steven was also passionate about football; an avid supporter of African Wanderers Football Club during the 1980s, but later decided to support Kaizer Chiefs. The walls of his quarters were covered with photographs of his favourite players and teams.

The entire DHS Staff and Boys will miss having Steven the ‘Induna’ patrolling around the grounds of ‘School’ quietly going about his duties, staying late to lock up, singlehandedly lifting and carrying heavy items with his incredible strength – our very own Superman!

Our deepest sympathies go to all his loved ones.

Lala kahle, Mnumzane Mtshali.

Deo Fretus!