HOER TEGNIESE SKOOL VEREENIGING
We profile Hoër Tegniese Skool Vereeniging.An historic treaty was signed in Vereeniging on 31 May 1902, signifying the end of the Second South African War, but that is not how the town on the Vaal River got its name. It was founded in 1892 and named from owners of the property on which it was founded – De Zuid-Afrikaanse en Oranje Vrijstaatsche Kolen- en Mineralen Mijn Vereeniging. So Vereeniging means Business Association, Company!
Sammy Marks’s coal mine, its position on the river and on the border and the railway line from the Cape promoted the development of the town.
It is an industrial town with fun on the Vaal.
In 1926 in the old Selbourne Hall, teaching was done in technical and commercial subjects. In 1935 building started on a Technical and Commercial School in Beaconsfield Avenue. Jan Hofmeyr, the Minister of Education, opened the school in 1935.
The first head of the new school, WG Daly, opened the doors to 17 pupils in 1937. The fifth head, C Oosthuizen moved the school to its new home in Beethoven Street at the end of 1978.
From 1979 the school was solely a technical school and the old school in Beaconsfield Avenue became a Technical College. In 1996 the current principal, Dries van Heerden, took over from MJ Dippenaar. Van Heerden has played a leading role in schools’ rugby in South Africa and is presently the chairman of the national body.
Name: Hoër Tegniese Skool Vereeniging
Motto: Worstel en oorwin (Struggle and conquer)
Number of pupils: 850 (655 boys)
Address: Private Bag X1, Vereeniging 1930
Rugby at HTS Vereeniging
From 1994 onwards the school began to stand up to the top rugby schools in South Africa. Since then 96 of the school’s players have been to Craven Week and seven have played for SA Schools and SA Under-19.
Since 1994 HTS Vereeniging, known as the Tekkies, have won the Falcons League seven times – in 1994-95, 1997-2000 and 2002.
They have consistently been amongst the top 20 school teams in South Africa and have done well in cup competitions north of the Vaal, reaching the final in 1999.
Tradition plays a big role in the school’s success. The excellent 1st XV changerooms are an incentive for the whole school. The 1st XV players are capped each year, a great rugby tradition.
The school believes that the pillars on which its rugby stands are pride, tradition, discipline and the striving for excellence.
Old Boy rugby players
By far the most notable is Bakkies Botha. He captained his school, the Falcons Craven Week side and SA Schools. He then played for SA Under-19, SA Under-21, the SA A team and eventually for South Africa, a certain choice at lock for the Springboks.
Other players who have done well are flank Ettiene Barnard (Lions and Cats), lock Stefan Britz (Blue Bulls), scrumhalf Rudi Dames (SA Under-19 and Wildebeest), flank Frank Louw (SA Under-19 and the Leopards), and scrumhalf Jano Vermaak (SA Under-19).