DHS out of rugby festival
MENINGITIS: Death of promising player devastates school, community
DURBAN High School ( DHS) has pulled out of the Maritzburg College 150th Winter Sports Festival that gets underway today following the death of one of their pupils, a promising young rugby player.
Madodandile Mavaleliso (formerly known as Soyiki) died on Thursday. He took ill after playing rugby and was taken to Entabeni Hospital, where his condition deteriorated and he later died.
Weekend Witness learned yesterday the pupil may have died from meningitis. DHS deputy school principal Alan Norton would, however, only confirm that they had pulled out of the tournament.
“That is all we will be commenting on, thank you,” he said before putting down the phone.
The school’s website states that based on medical advice received from Entabeni Hospital, the school has decided to withdraw the U14, U15 and U16 rugby teams from the Glenwood Festival and the first XV from the Maritzburg College 150th Festival.
It said preliminary investigations into the death do not indicate any rugby injury and precautionary measures have been taken to treat anyone in direct contact with Madoda with prophylactic antibiotics. The school also put out an alert that anyone who had come into contact with Madoda since March 25, and has not been communicated with, should contact the school.
Festival organiser Matthew Marwick would also not be drawn on why DHS had pulled out of the festival. “We had informal discussions, but those were confidential. Right now our thoughts are with our old friends DHS and the boy’s family,” he said. He added that the tournament would continue.
Last year, Madoda received an award at DHS for best Forward of the Season.
In its website tribute to Madoda, DHS said: “His death has devastated the DHS community as Madoda was a young man dearly loved by his fellow learners, staff and parents. He arrived at School from a township in Port Elizabeth, a determined young man, high motivated, courteous and respectful.
“Madoda’s death is a huge loss to the school.”
Marc Adam, head of sport/ U14A rugby coach wrote: “I met Madoda in the Ezee Fana Academy in September 2011, when he was a Grade 7 boy playing sevens rugby on a rock hard, dusty township field in PE.
“He was obviously an extremely gifted rugby player … it was evident immediately that he had ‘something special’.
“As I got to know him over the next two years at DHS, that ‘something special’ became clearer and clearer and people fortunate enough to have known him would have seen the same thing. That desire, commitment, never-say-die attitude and joyful disposition that he had on the rugby field, transferred into his life.
“He took the opportunity he was given with two hands and committed 110% to everything he did in life.
“Madoda, may you Rest in Peace. You will continue to be an inspiration to me and many boys at DHS.
“I will never forget the brightest smile I have ever seen.”
Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said he was saddened by the death of the pupil.
DHS pupil Madodandile Mavaleliso (known as Soyiki) who died on Thursday.