Wed 11 Aug 2004 | 12:00


Wed 11 Aug 2004 | 12:00

School profile


We profile Klein Nederburg, the school on the northern side of Paarl.

The famous wine estate Nederburg is on the northern side of Paarl, between Paarl Mountain and the Hawequa Mountains, and, it seems, it is a misnomer!

Nederburg was named after the Dutch East India Company commissioner, Sebastiaan, Cornelis Nederburgh.

For many years it was believed that Nederburg had been personally granted to its first owner on 01 November 1792 by the visiting Dutch East India Company commissioner, Sebastiaan Cornelis Nederburgh, and was consequently named in his honour. 

This makes a good story, but research has proved unequivocally that the date is incorrect and that
the story of the favour to Philippus Bernardus Wolvaart is, alas, no more than a myth.

The original title deed granting ownership of the farm Nederburg to Philippus Bernardus Wolvaart. It is clearly dated 1 November 1791 and bears the signature of Acting Governor of the Cape Johannes Isaac Rhehnius.

The farm could have had a different name – and then so would the school.


The school was founded in 1977 with Mr E Sampson as its first head and from the start developed a strong culture of learning, producing exceptional matric results and qualification for tertiary education. It is coed with some 1430 pupils and 50 staff members.

It offers a variety of games – rugby, netball, cricket, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, chess, hockey, table tennis, swimming, golf, baseball and darts.

School information

Name: Klein Nederburg Senior Sekondêre Skool
Foundation date: 1977
Motto: Ex educatione fructus (Education bears fruit)
School numbers: 1430 boys and girls
Rugby teams: 5


Like all Paarl Schools rugby is important. The school plays in the Boland. In 2004 flyhalf Burton Francis and the eighthman Redowhan Anderson played for the Boland Academy side.

Rivals include the Paarl Schools – Paul Joubert, Charleston Hill, Noorder-Paarl and, above all, New Orleans. Klein Nederburg and New Orleans have been playing since 1984 but in a formalised Interschools since 1997. Klein Nederburg have beaten New Orleans only twice – in 1997 and 2002.

Famous rugby Old Boys

The schools most famous rugby Old Boy by far is the great Springbok Chester Williams  who played in 27 Tests and 47 matches overall for South Africa, scoring 14 Test tries including four against Western Samoa, which was a record at the time. He played for the Springboks from 1993 to 2000, including the Wold Cup Final of 1995. He then turned his hand to coaching, coaching the Springbok Sevens team and the Cats in the Super 12.

The school holds an annual Chester Williams Sevens Rugby Day.

Other well known players include Eugene Francis, the Springbok Sevens player, and Jearus Nicolas.

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