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Om deel te wees van Simonsberg Manskoshuis is 'n eer en 'n voorreg wat min mense gegun word. Slegs die beste uit die beste word gekies om te verseker dat Simonsberg die voorloper op die Stellenbosch kampus bly.

Daar word jaarliks ongeveer 100 eerstejaars studente gekies om in Simonsberg te bly. Elke eerstejaar Simonsberger deel 'n kamer met 'n ander eerstejaar.

Tydens die eerste paar weke van die jaar word 'n verwelkomings tydperk aangebied waardeur eerstejaar Simonsbergers vergewis word met al die koshuis se waardes en tradisies. Die waardes en etos waarmee elke Simonsberger homself handel lui:
"Respek vir die fisiese gebou van Simonsberg"
"Respek vir die naam van Simonsberg"
"Respek vir elke mede-Simonsberger"
Die etos van Simonsberg: "Noblesse Oblige" - Die adeldom stel verpligtinge

'n Eerstejaars rugby toernooi word ook deur Maties rugbyklub gehou waarin jaarliks deelgeneem word. Seniors van die koshuis is ook gereeld daar om die eerstejaars van die kantlyn af te ondersteun. Daar word ook 'n atletiek byeenkoms gehou waar eerstejaar atlete meeding teen atlete van die ander koshuise. Die wat nie deelneem nie neem deel aan die sogenaamde "Gees-beker" wat Simonsberg al menigte kere gewen het in die afgelope paar jaar. Simonsberg se seniors kom ook na hierdie byeenkoms toe om te ondersteun en is die enigste koshuis op kampus wat dit doen.


Vir die twee weke voordat klas begin word daar aan MAD2 deelgeneem. MAD2 staan vir "Making A Decision to Make A Difference", en dit is waar studente aan die gemeenskap iets teruggee vir die voorreg om op Matieland te kan studeer. Daar is verskeie aktiwiteite waaraan deelgeneem word, maar die grootste hiervan is "Vensters". Dit is altyd groot pret en 'n belangrike aspek van die verwelkomingsprogram waar studente hulle mede-Simonsbergers, sowel as ander studente op kampus leer ken.

Een van die hoogtepunte van elke Simonsberger se jaar is die Simonsberg Metropolitan. Dit is die oudste koshuis tradisie op Stellenbosch. Dit word egter nie beperk tot Simonsbergers nie en mense van die hele Stellenbosch omgewing woon die funksie by.

Ter afsluiting van die verwelkomingstydperk is daar die tradisie dat elke eerstejaar student Simonsberg uitklim. Om daar bo te wees met 100 ander Simonsbergers, wat intussen al goeie vriende is, is 'n belewenis wat vir ewig by 'n Simonsberger bly.

Chief Elliot Molefe

Adorning the back wall of Simonsberg’s Eetsaal is a photo of Elliot Molefe, a man who worked as a steward in Simonsberg and served in the kitchens from 1961 until his retirement in 1996.

“Chief”, as he was nicknamed by Simonsbergers of old, knew Simonsberg like few others did. Always actively involved in res activities (such as the Met), he had a lot of love and respect for Die Withuis and those within it. He made his love and his pride known by wearing his Simonsberg tie every day and, on special occasions, a red sash adorning the fleur de lis. He exemplified the principles of excellence and respect, showing a capacity for love that at times exceeded that of the residents.

“Chief” was a jovial character, full of laughter and prone to the occasional prank. One classic example was in 1978 when, as a prank, a few Simonsbergers convinced “Chief” to pretend to be Idi Amin, the President of Uganda. They went off to D. F. Malan airport and prepared to welcome the “foreign dignitary”. This was not a haphazardly planned crusade – “Chief” was kitted out in military guard, medals gleaming and his obligatory fleur de lis, and he was greeted with surprise and bemusement. Suffice it to say, the university was not amused at all, but the bond between Simonsberg and the Chief was as strong as ever.

He had high standards that were not always met but through it all he stood firm in his belief in Simonsberg as the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be. It is rare to see such lifelong dedication, his duties transcending that of mere work or a paycheck. He was a guiding hand to those both old and new, showing first years the right path forward and reminding seniors who might have strayed. Though the current generation never met him, by reading accounts of his worth and standing it is easy to see what a great man he was.

“Chief” passed away in 2003, and it was decided by that year’s HK to commemorate his death by naming the Eetsaal in his honour – a decision all the more touching in lieu of the fact that this was only the second Stellenbosch residence dining hall to be named in honour of a past server or steward.

He is sorely missed but he will never be forgotten. The Molefe Eetsaal stands testament to this fact, a bastion and memorial to his name and legacy. So the next time you have a meal in the Eetsaal, or perhaps simply pass through it, take some time to acknowledge the significance of his name. Although he may have left us far too soon, in the memories of those who knew him and the hearts of those who only now realise his significance, his presence remains with us always.

Robert F Kennedy

The story of Simonsberg cannot be told without mentioning Robert F Kennedy and his indelible legacy. His visit to the Withuis on 7 June 1966 remains one of the most important events in the history of this residence, and to this day it is a source of pride for many Simonsbergers.


Senator Kennedy came to South Africa in June 1966 during the height of Apartheid. It was an unprecedented trip that included visits to Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Johannesburg and Durban — significantly, he also visited the Soweto township and met with Chief Luthuli. His first speech of the trip, delivered at the University of Cape Town, is widely considered to be his best speech and contains the famous "Ripple of Hope" paragraph that is often quoted in American politics:
"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

It was the day after delivering this particular speech that Kennedy came to Stellenbosch University. Before his arrival in the country, he had originally been invited by a student organisation, Die Stellenbosse Aktuele Aangeleentheidskring, but this invitation had to be withdrawn due to pressure from the university SRc. Following this withdrawal, a few Simonsberg residents saw an opportunity and proposed that Kennedy be invited to Simonsberg for lunch. This proposal caused some unrest and division within the residence, considering that Kennedy's liberalism was at odds with the conservatism of the time — but after two huisvergaderings (house meetings) the residence agreed that he should be invited. A large amount of credit must be given to Willem van Drimmelen, Primarius of Simonsberg in 1966, who facilitated the visit and corresponded with Kennedy in the weeks leading up to the visit.

So it was that on 7 June 1966, despite strong criticism from the pro-government university administration, Robert F Kennedy came to Simonsberg. There was some trepidation amongst the hundreds of students who gathered on the Simonsberg voorgras (front lawn), not knowing what to expect. But these doubts were set aside the moment Kennedy arrived, and his charisma was clear to all as he spoke and shook hands with everyone in reach — even the coloured cleaners and gardeners. As Kennedy entered the Eetsaal (dining hall) within Simonsberg, he received a rousing welcome from the residents with the traditional banging of spoons on the tables.

In his introduction, Willem van Drimmelen made the following remark: "I might just mention to Senator Kennedy that he has reached the White House sooner than he could think. Because this hostel of ours is, Senator Kennedy, known, or nicknamed the White House. (...) Therefore it definitely has come sooner than I think you thought."

Kennedy's visit was indeed iconic. His genuine willingness to listen and try understand a different point of view set him apart and endeared him to everyone who encountered him. His words embodied the very core of Noblesse Oblige, the motto of Simonsberg: "We all owe our very existence to the knowledge and talent and effort of those who have gone before us. We have a solemn obligation to repay that debt in the coin in which it was given — to work to meet our responsibilities to that greater part of mankind which needs our assistance — to the deprived and the downtrodden, the insulted and injured."
(A transcript and audio recording of the speech he made that day is available here.)

Tragically, Kennedy would be assassinated on 6 June 1968, almost two years to the day after his visit to Simonsberg. But though he never made it to the United States' White House, his visit to Simonsberg's white house (or Withuis) and to South Africa made a significant impact, planting the seeds for change that would come to fruition many years later.

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Leadership

The Leadership of Simonsberg consists of the Residence Head, a House Committee (12 Members), the mentors (17 members), the Senaat (8 members) and a variety of other committees consisting of residents of all year groups.

The House Committee (HK) is elected once a year (Sept) and serves a term of one year. Every HK member has a number of portfolios with the overarching aim of providing platforms for all residents to excel.

Residence Head
Dr. Leslie van Rooi
Responsibilities
Contact Details
  • Cell: 071 194 2324
  • Email: lbvr@sun.ac.za
Primarius
Pierre Lombard
Responsibilities
  • Kritiese gesprekke
  • Leierskapsontwikkeling
  • Dagbestuur
Contact Details
  • Cell: 072 207 7386
  • Email: 17010276@sun.ac.za
Onder Primarius
Kyle Schwaeble
Responsibilities
  • Parkering
  • Kamerskiet
  • Veiligheid
  • Groen
  • Dagbestuur
Contact Details
  • Cell: 082 229 4606
  • Email: 17689880@sun.ac.za
House Committee
Hardy Luttig
Responsibilities
  • Eerstejaars
  • Club
  • Geestelik
  • Dagbestuur
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 17206014@sun.ac.za
House Committee
Niel Marais
Responsibilities
  • Instandhouding
  • Tweedejaars
  • Simonstock
Contact Details
  • Cell: 072 422 8766
  • Email: 17787858@sun.ac.za
House Committee
Dirk Stoffberg
Responsibilities
  • Simonstock
  • Jooltoer
  • MAD2
  • Kultuur
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 18184782@sun.ac.za
House Committee
Hlumelo Nonxuba
Responsibilities
  • Tesourier (Simontock & Huisdans)
  • Gemeenskapsinteraksie
  • Kluster
Contact Details
  • Cell: 073 885 1251
  • Email: 17842166@sun.ac.za
House Committee
Daniel Morton
Responsibilities
  • Tesourier (Met & Club)
  • Kos
  • Geestelik
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 18313914@sun.ac.za
House Committee
Christoff van der Westhuizen
Responsibilities
  • Rugby
  • Met
  • Klerasie
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 18448240@sun.ac.za
House Committee
Shane Teek
Responsibilities
  • Huisdans
  • MAD2
  • Jooltoer
  • Akademie
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 17637880@sun.ac.za
House Committee
Jan Jerling
Responsibilities
  • Rugby
  • Kultuur (Sêr)
  • Instandhouding
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 18226140@sun.ac.za
House Committee
Gideon Malherbe
Responsibilities
  • Sekretaris
  • Huisdans
  • IT
Contact Details
  • Cell: 072 857 7738
  • Email: 18262651@sun.ac.za
House Committee
Ivan Pauw
Responsibilities
  • Met
  • Sport
  • Derby
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 18194958@sun.ac.za
Head Mentor
Gerald Williams
Mentees
  • To be decided...
Details
Mentor
Jon-Jon Abelheim
Mentees
  • To be decided...
Details
Mentor
Jeàn Truter
Mentees
  • To be decided...
Details
Mentor
Rodney Musakwa
Mentees
  • To be decided...
Details
Mentor
Robert Edlmann
Mentees
  • To be decided...
Details
Mentor
Reggie Strydom
Mentees
  • To be decided...
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Mentor
Ben Nel
Mentees
  • To be decided...
Details
Mentor
Andy Jansen van Rensburg
Mentees
  • To be decided...
Details
Mentor
Marc Seegmuller
Mentees
  • To be decided...
Details
Mentor
Riaan Kotze
Mentees
  • To be decided...
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Mentor
Tremaine Marais
Mentees
  • To be decided...
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Mentor
Wade Lewis
Mentees
  • To be decided...
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Mentor
Marc Knoetze
Mentees
  • To be decided...
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Mentor
Brett Eve
Mentees
  • To be decided...
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Mentor
Ruben Saayman
Mentees
  • To be decided...
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Mentor
James Wewege
Mentees
  • To be decided...
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Mentor
Zander Botha
Mentees
  • To be decided...
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Mentor
Jared Hilton
Mentees
  • To be decided...
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Senaat
Marc Seegmuller
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 16136551@sun.ac.za
Senaat
Donovan Edling
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 18293255@sun.ac.za
Senaat
Jackie Davenport
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 17602165@sun.ac.za
Senaat
Riaan Kotze
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 16689526@sun.ac.za
Senaat
Alwyn van Zanten
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 17602424@sun.ac.za
Senaat
David Saayman
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 18428029@sun.ac.za
Senaat
Wihan Coetsee
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 17661099@sun.ac.za
Senaat
Jonathan Abelheim
Contact Details
  • Cell:
  • Email: 17809371@sun.ac.za

Community

Simonsberg takes part in various community interaction programs, of which the outreach to the underpriviliged [Name] Primary school is one of the largest. Simonsberg is also in the process of starting the Simon-for-Simon fund, which aims to make life a little easier for residents struggling financial conditions through voluntary donations of current and old Simonsbergers.

Gees

Probably what most Simonsbergers will tell you when you ask them what makes Simonsberg the best. The word "Gees" has been adopted by all languages spoken in Simonsberg, and stands as foundation to why we aim to do anything in life: Not for success, not for money, not for popularity, but for GEES.

Simonsberg Met

The Simonsberg Met is a prestigous annual event where thousands come together to watch view the Blou horse races...

Simonstock

Simonstock is an annual three day music festival held at Simonsberg feauturing various artists and DJ's, as well as some artists from within the residence.

FDL Tennis

The FDL Tennis tournament is a friendly inter-residence competition for a day of good-spirited tennis.

To truly understand where the Simonsberg Gees originates, read our residence history.