Thulani Mnguni - Deputy Broodmare Manager
(Photo : Leigh Willson)
International Scholarship Programme Graduate
Summerhill has always prided itself on the educational and upliftment opportunities it offers its staff, particularly those from the previously disadvantaged community. That doesn’t mean that when we lose top-class staff in whom we’ve made a long-term investment, that we have to like it, but it also doesn’t detract from the fact that we take great pride in the achievements of people who’ve passed this way, and who are making it elsewhere.
Yesterday, we were greeted with the news that our Deputy Broodmare Manager, Thulani Mnguni, who has spent fourteen years with us, was taking up a position as the senior manager on a mixed farming operation in the Umngeni River catchment. Thulani Mnguni has been a stalwart in our broodmare division, he knows every mare on this farm intimately, and has been extensively involved in many of the veterinary issues revolving around our mares over the years, and he will leave a substantial hole in our ranks.
However, this is a big step up in his responsibilities, and it’s an opportunity he cannot afford to loose. As a graduate of our international scholarship programme, and having served two seasons at Derrinstown Stud in Ireland, he will be an enormous asset to whoever he works for in future, and while we will miss him, he leaves with our blessing.
Meanwhile, news from the “headmistress”, Heather Morkel, at our new School Of Excellence, is deeply encouraging. We recently sent out a circular to breeders around the country, encouraging them to consider sending students to the school. The response has been overwhelming, and comes from as far a field as Hong Kong, Turkey, the New Hebrides, etc, and locally, from several farms in the Western Cape. Just yesterday, Maine Chance, the Graham and Rhona Beck Development Trust, Netherfield and Sandown Studs put up their hands, while Mike de Kock has also indicated that he has a top quality candidate. Earlier, Drakenstein Stud signified their wish to submit a candidate, and so the momentum continues. For those who are interested, may we encourage you to visit the School while you are on the site, and find out more about it. If you wish to pursue your interest after that, please contact Heather on 082 871 6915.