IRIC FAQs

What is the IRIC?
The IRIC is the Independent Representative Interim Committee (IRIC), which is to address issues of transformation and diversity at St John's College.
How do I communicate with the IRIC?
A platform/portal has been established for any questions/submissions/comments from members of the St John's community. The address is [email protected]. Members of the community are invited to use this address for any questions/comments/submissions for IRIC during its deliberations.
How does the IRIC function?
The IRIC functions in terms of its Terms of Reference, which were circulated to the St John's community while the committee was in the process of being formed. The Terms of Reference can be found at Nominations for IRIC.
How was the IRIC formed?

Some 40 nominations, submitted by 265 different members of the community were received, for membership of the IRIC. The nominees appointed to serve on IRIC were selected by the Rt Revd Dr. Steve Moreo, Bishop of Johannesburg, on the basis of the criteria described in the IRIC Terms of Reference.

Although not all nominations were able to be accommodated on IRIC itself, the Chair and members of IRIC, were encouraged, where possible, to draw on all members of the community who have expressed an interest in serving in this capacity.

Who is on the IRIC?

The IRIC was originally comprised of a Chair and an additional 20 members, 10 of whom were nominated by the existing SJC Council, and 10 of whom are representative of the stakeholders of SJC as follows: three parent representatives; two staff representatives; two Old Johannian representatives; and three College student representatives. An additional four members were appointed — two each nominated from the SJC Council and the Concerned Parents Group — after the committee's first meeting.

Mr Lavery Modise is the Chair of IRIC. He is currently Chairman of Hogan Lovells South Africa, with a focus on all aspects of employment and labour law, and represents clients in all courts up to the Constitutional Court. He has periodically been called on to act as a judge of the Labour Court, and has acted as arbitrator and mediator in labour-related matters for several corporate and government institutions.

The appointed committee members are:

  • Mr Raymond Barrow (LV Student)
  • Mr Damian Boyce (Chair, OJ Association)
  • Mrs Angela Bruwer (Chair, PA)
  • Mr Thabiso Buku (Parent)
  • Mr Paul Davis (Parent)
  • Mr Paul Edey (College Headmaster)
  • Ms Emma Harding ( (LVI Student)
  • Dr Colleen Henning (Council, Staff Representative)
  • Mrs Claire Hock (Council Vice-Chair, HR Portfolio)
  • Mr Patrick Lees (Prep Headmaster)
  • Mr Melvyn Lubega (Independent Council Member)
  • Mr Lewis Manthata (College Staff Member)
  • Mrs Dudu Mashele (Prep Staff Member)
  • Mr Sithenkosi Mbuli (LV Student)
  • Rev Oupaki Moruthane (The Bishop's Representative)
  • Mr Brooks Mparutsa (Parent)
  • Mr Steve Raney (Council, Legal Portfolio)
  • Mr Mabine Seabe II (Old Johannian)
  • Dr Yazeed Seedat (Old Johannian)
  • Mrs Cleo Socikwa (Independent Council Member)
  • Andrew Duvenage (OJ Association)
  • Asmeralda Motau (Council)
  • Neo Momodu (Parent)
  • Pulane Kingston (Parent)
How often does the IRIC meet?
The IRIC convenes one meeting of around three hours each week.
How long will the IRIC be in place?
The committee started its work in early October and is expected to continue until the end of November 2017, by which time it is expected the work will be completed. If not, there is provision in the IRIC Terms of Reference for an extension of its term.
What is the IRIC doing?

The IRIC is investigating initiatives that will expedite issues of transformation and diversity at St John's College.

The IRIC has divided into two work streams to deal with its mandate. These are:

  • Governance, and
  • Anti-racism policy and review of all policies and procedures.

Members of IRIC have each selected a work stream. All proposals from a work stream will be shared with the IRIC plenary meeting before finalisation. IRIC members will be given to access to all documents relevant to their work stream.

What happens when IRIC has finished its work?
The committee will present its recommendations to the elected Council of St John’s for implementation.
Who pays for the IRIC?
A budget has been provided by the school for chairing and secretarial services.
Why aren’t I hearing more about IRIC?

It was also agreed that regular communiqués would be provided to the St John’s community with regard to the workings of IRIC. We communicate fortnightly and our reports.

In addition, all members have signed a confidentiality and conflict of interests’ agreement, after a committee discussion on what constituted conflicts of interest in the context of IRIC.