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Cedric Parker

Profile Updated: February 13, 2019
Residing In:
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
Run small business: Cornerstone Couriers
Candice, born 1971; grandson Matthew 2004
Katherine, born 1981; grandson James 2012; grandson Benjamin More…2014; granddaughter Hannah 2016
Michael, born 1984
Military Service:
Not balloted

I dropped out of school in standard 9, thinking I'd get a job with the Union Castle line as a cabin steward, see a bit of the world, and then come back and finish my schooling. This fantasy eventually led me to spending a number of years on the streets as a homeless petty thief.

In 1969 Christ intervened and helped me to pull myself together. I worked as a furniture salesman, then managed shoe stores, and then worked for Burlington Hosiery Mills as National Sales Manager.

After this I joined the Unilever group - looking after exports - and then became General Sales Manager at Lever Brothers. My colleagues with degrees were being posted overseas for further development - and so in an effort to get ahead I enrolled to do an MBA at UCT. We had to sell our house and cash my pension to fund this - as Unilever didn't approve of MBA's at that time. I was the first person without a matric to get an MBA at UCT.

I joined Appletiser as Export Manager after the MBA - spending a year in Melbourne with them before moving on. I subsequently worked for an engineering plastics company in Cape Town - helping them to internationalize their business. I left them in 1997 to work with a friend in the courier industry with Supaswift (now Fedex). After a contractual dispute I resigned and started Cornerstone Couriers in 2000. I now have 3 franchisees operating as Cornerstone Couriers in Cape Town, Durban and East London.

My life has been characterised by many highs and lows. I have been divorced twice (both times due to my misconduct), and have made some poor choices in life. The most important aspect of my life is my faith in Jesus Christ. It is His grace that has carried me through. I am now very happily married to Felicity who is an anaesthetist.

School Story:

I have many fond memories of my time at DHS. It was a difficult time for our family, and this impacted significantly on my decision to drop out in early 1965.

Denzil Andrews reminded me of an occasion when Wilfred Norisken asked class members to tell him where they were born (we were quite harsh in trying to take the Micky out of Wolfie). I piped up that I was born in the States - and when he responded with surprised interest I said "Yes - the Orange Free State".

On another occasion he asked the class for suggestions on objects that could be used for a game of charades. I said "How about a wolf? Or maybe even a little wolfie?" Amazing how puerile some of us were at that time!

Which teacher made the greatest impact on you in your time at DHS, and why do you say this?

Geoff Chater was a man who really loved history, and his passion for it was infectious. He was always kind and respectful to the boys in his class.

I believe that he is still alive and living in Durban North. He was an outstanding teacher.

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

I've been in touch with Geoff Caruth for most of the time since I left DHS. He was incredibly supportive to me when I was on the streets.

Famous or interesting people you've met?

I've met Nelson Mandela when part of a Trade Mission to London. What an amazing man! My favourite memory of that trip was watching him jive with the Queen at a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

How do you relax?

Felicity and I love music and the theatre. We took up bridge a few years ago - and we now play at clubs twice a week. We also play golf together every week.

We love the bush - and Felicity encouraged me to scuba dive and snow ski - which are really exciting. I'm a member of the worship team at our church - Life Christian Church in Ulverstone, Tasmania

I'm a passionate Sharks and Bok supporter, and we often go to watch them at Kings Park. We're hoping to get tickets for the World Cup final in the UK next year. I also love cricket - and we may get to Melbourne on the way to New Zealand in time for that World Cup final at the end of March 2015.

What are some of your favourite inspirational verses or quotes?

James 1 vs 2 - 3:
Helps me appreciate the benefit of adversity

Success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal (Earl Nightingale)

Failure can be the engine room of success - if you can own the mistakes you've made

There must be a better way! (Geddes Bain)

Romans 8 vs 28
Helps me appreciate God's love when challenged by life's travails

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Posted on: Aug 27, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Happy birthday for next Sunday Cedric. I trust that the Tassie winter hasn't been too cold for you guys!!

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May 26, 2018 at 7:51 AM

To all the 1966’ers.

Hi and best wishes from your reunion organising team. We hope you’re keeping well wherever you are and looking forward to our next get together - ? 2026 ? Can you believe it’s already two years since we met !?

We’ve just received a request from the DHS Foundation to try and elicit support for their Scholarship Fund. As you probably know, many bright and talented students at DHS today come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and wouldn’t be able to attend DHS were it not for some form of financial support. Thankfully we (the School and its old boys) have some amazingly generous benefactors who have donated sizeable sums to this Scholarship Fund but it still needs more support.

Please would you therefore consider lending your support to this initiative, even if it is in a seemingly small way – every Rand helps. We have attached the Foundation’s Scholarship Appeal brochure which sets out very clearly the Foundation’s objectives and motivation to try and help answer any questions you may have. As we have already donated the small balance which was left in our account after our reunion to the DHS Foundation, please make any gifts/donations you feel motivated to give directly to the Foundation as per the details in the Brochure.

With best wishes to you all,

Mike Mun-Gavin
On behalf of your reunion organising committee mates

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Posted on: May 22, 2018 at 3:01 AM

Happy birthday my friend. I hope Jan spoils you rotten!!

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Posted on: May 21, 2018 at 2:19 AM

DHS has just beaten College 45-30. Great win on the home field. Memories of 1961 (Info supplied by 1964 site)

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Posted on: May 16, 2018 at 11:23 AM

I was recently contacted by a lady in Somerset West who was looking after a 94 year old gentleman who had 32 of Allan Turton's original paintings. He was a friend of Allan's - and he had bought them from Allan in the 60s and 70s. The old gentleman has since died and Ingrid sent me a catalogue of the paintings and I forwarded this to Graham Bell (Class of 1964). The upshot is that DHS Old Boys purchased all of them. I have bought his portrait of a Basotho boy, as my father wrote a bestseller (Blanket Boys Moon) under the pseudonym Peter Lanham in 1953 - and this is a tribute to him in a way - as it will always remind our family of this achievement..

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Posted on: Feb 23, 2018 at 11:10 AM

Further to my earlier appeal for more information on Allan Turton, Ian Robertson (Class of 1961) has tracked down an article on Allan published in the InClarens magazine in 2012. Here is a link to the magazine. The article appears on pages 6 & 7:

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Posted on: Feb 22, 2018 at 8:44 AM

I have just received the following email through our website. Can anyone help Ingrid with her enquiry?
From:    Ingrid van der Merwe
Email:    ingrideva57@telkomsa.net

I wonder if you can assist me. I am helping a 94 year old gentleman with his belongings and art collection of which he has 11 paintings of AW Turton. We have had them valued but wondered if there was anyone who would be able to give more information into them or history. I am based in Somerset West, Western Cape Thank you and regards

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Posted on: Feb 22, 2018 at 8:19 AM

This impressive video has just been produced and released by the school. Click on the icon below to watch

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Posted on: Feb 19, 2018 at 4:15 AM

For the benefit of Classmates who now reside overseas, this is an article by Susan Booysen published in the Daily Maverick - which neatly summarises the rise and fall of Zupta:

In the Ruins of the House of Zupta
The House of Zupta is in ruins. Two of its last vestiges tumbled this week. As Jacob Zuma was forced into resignation from the Presidency of South Africa, the Brothers Gupta and a host of associates were arrested, charged and brought before court.

The events brought to an end an unprecedented and embarrassing era in South African politics. Even as questions remain about exactly how pristine the new holders of political power in South Africa are, it is a certainty: the House of Zupta has fallen.

Nothing about the cracking and crumbling of the Zupta edifice was easy, fast or guaranteed.

It was to have been the heart of a kingdom that would prosper off the riches of the South African state. The Zuptas inhabited this house with abandon. Jacob Z constructed an elaborate safety net to cover the network’s operations of siphoning state funds into private coffers, linked directly and indirectly to the joint Gupta-Zuma political dynasty. Zuma ensured that core investigative and prosecutorial institutions were infiltrated – their task was to forestall and stall complaints, investigations and charges. To back this up, endless streams of public funds provided access to expert legal representation.

Zuma’s construction of his bastion of hijacked state funds started early, taking shape in his first term in office (2009-2014), flourished and then spun out of control from as early as 2012. By the time of the ANC’s 2012 Mangaung conference the Guptas knew the result of the ANC elections well in advance of any formalisation. The Guptas aided Zuma in every aspect of the project, including in guiding the appointment of puppet Cabinet ministers who would service the grand Zupta project of pilfering and banal enrichment in exchange for sidekicks’ small-fry benefits such as trips to Dubai.

The Zupta alliance, extending deep into the South African state, had become brazen. All their actions signalled that they knew they had the power. It was a parallel system of government.

They controlled the king of the castle, who, in the arguments of Ronnie Kasrils, was an expert seeking out potential benefactors to help him realise the life that he thought he was entitled to. In the Guptas, Zuma had found the perfect match. Of course, the Zuma clan’s pursuit of riches was not limited to tapping into the Gupta networks exclusively. There were (or are) other families too, besides multiple underworld links that have surfaced.

This kingdom of political and financial extravagance was supposed to have lasted forever; Zuma’s ANC – a faction that was cultivated into political dominance – was supposed to have endured until “Jesus comes again”.

The cracks widened, most tangibly in December 2015 when Zuma plunged into the replacement of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene with Des van Rooyen, all on the Guptas’ instigation if not prescription. The landscape started changing and a story unfolded of growing public scrutiny, investigative journalists’ relentless pursuit of leads and then, the #GuptaLeaks. The tide was changing, even if for the time being the activities of pilferage and looting with the Zuptas as beneficiaries continued.

Further turning points that helped destroy the House of Zupta included Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report and the Constitutional Court’s “breach of the Constitution” ruling on Zuma and his Nkandla bastion. Opposition parties’ and civic organisations’ use of the courts of South Africa to force accountability, which the factional Zumaist ANC could not muster, helped to consolidate the gains. Next, structures in the ANC started dissenting, foremost among them the veterans. Gradually, ANC members and branches also started rebelling across provinces beyond the Premier League and KwaZulu-Natal.

A Cyril Ramaphosa team had started working on building an intra-ANC defeat-Zuma alliance soon after Ramaphosa’s serendipitous ascension into the ANC deputy presidency in 2012. Kgalema Motlanthe stood on the verge of defeat in the ANC presidential race and refused to enter as a compromise deputy presidential candidate on the Zuma slate. As contentious and complicit in many respects as this Ramaphosa move was (and will remain for the foreseeable future), he accepted the ANC and South African deputy presidencies. This was the beachhead to defeat the Zupta regime.

The House of Zupta had become entrenched so firmly that defeat appeared close to impossible. Zuma had envisaged it as the empire on which the sun would never set. The Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma candidacy for the ANC’s Nasrec 2017 elections was supposed to be the warrantee of never-ending control. To win power, the Ramaphosa alliance would need the support of many of the Zumaists. Compromise with the compromised became one of the rules of the game to collapse pillars of Zuptaism.

Foundations started collapsing under the “weight” of the slim 179-vote majority in the Nasrec presidential elections. This was the turning point that might so easily not have materialised. There was the over-confidence that made a substantive batch of North West and Free State branches and regions overstep the boundaries of legitimate conference preparations. Court rulings disqualified these delegates from Nasrec participation. A 3,000-strong NDZ caucus meeting as Nasrec took off made the NDZ disciples believe that they could sacrifice the contested branches; these were “a drop in the ocean”, they argued. Even more, victory was certain, they prophesised. The DD Mabuza-Mpumalanga “unity” ticket might have helped, to some unknown extent, but might not even have been definitive.

Despite this milestone of Ramaphosa’s Nasrec victory, the House of Zupta was standing. The Zumaists reckoned they could still safeguard power until 2019. It would, they thought, give enough time to secure the family silver of nuclear deals, and milking the economy generally through the last of the acolytes in state-owned entities and sycophantic deployees in state departments.

Yet, power shifted phenomenally in the six weeks from early January to mid-February 2018, reaching a crescendo in the 10 days from 4 to 14 February.

One after the other the ANC’s internal structures first shifted tentatively in favour of Ramaphosa. Next the shifts became definitive. Zumaist support in the National Executive Committee (NEC) grew markedly as he emerged as the successor-in-rapid-making. The Ramaphosa side gained a sufficient majority in the National Working Committee (NWC) to make it clear that there was no going back to the Zuma order. The ANC parliamentary caucus (generally taking its lead from the NEC) was confirmed as up to 80% pro-Ramaphosa. That meant that they would be able and prepared to carry out a motion of no confidence. The days of August 2017 with its narrow parliamentary defeat of an anti-Zuma motion were over.

A final Zupta pillar was pulled down under the threat from opposition parties plus the ANC to bring on such a motion of no confidence in Parliament, or impeachment proceedings once those rules would be in place by mid-March (as per the Constitutional Court instruction of late 2017). Zuma was being smoked out of his lair. He had nowhere to go ... Neither had his Gupta associates.

Under the new political umbrella of anti-corruption action, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Hawks found their previously immobilised feet. Action started. Ramaphosa had gained traction through his Davos World Economic Forum visit. He returned later in January with the message that the precondition for investment was decisive action on corruption. The Guptas, with their Vrede-Estina dairy as laundering veil for personal gain and glorious wedding parties, were trapped.

The rug of power was pulled further from underneath Zuma’s feat when the half-new ANC postponed the State of the Nation address, so that Zuma would not be the messenger of ANC government plans in a pre-election year. The eclipse of Zuma’s state power was extended when he was deprived of power to conduct his own Cabinet meetings. He agreed to effective co-governance with Ramaphosa; his every move was watched.

The largely unspoken trump card in the turn against Zuma was the inconvenient but incontrovertible truth (proven in multiple, credible public opinion polls) that Zuma’s ongoing presence in leading government would in all probability lose the 2019 elections for the ANC. Even Zuma acknowledged this indirectly in his yelps of victimhood. The circle closed when Zuma was forced into resignation on 14 February, and Ramaphosa took the oath of presidential office a mere 16 hours later.

Among the ruins of the House of Zupta stands a lonely former president, crying: What are the reasons? What have I done?

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Feb 19, 2018 at 10:12 PM

Posted on: Feb 16, 2018 at 2:37 PM

Happy birthday Larry - and please give our love to Marlyn too.

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Posted on: Nov 04, 2017 at 7:43 AM

Thanks Cedric. Change of email address is noted. Hope all is going well for you guys and life down under is good?!

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