Members of the Grade 10 History class of 2007 will be pleased to know that their 2008 poster exhibition and assembly, which was held as part of the 90th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Mendi, was exhibited this year in the Kemp Hall foyer to commemorate the centenary of this tragic event.
In 2008, Mame Amoateng (Chairperson of the SS Mendi Action Committee- SSMAC) wrote the following article entitled: Grade 11s Make History and hold the first SS MENDI Assembly at RGHS.
“In January 1917 the SS Mendi left the shores of South Africa bound for France, carrying with her over 860 South Africans who had volunteered to fight in World War One. Among these volunteers were prominent individuals of different South African tribes, such as, the Xhosa, the Basotho, the Swazi and the Zulu. Of the 860 passengers, over 600 of these men formed the South African Native Corps. However, the SS Mendi never reached the French port of Le Havre. She sank just before 5 a.m. on 21 February following a tragic collision with a vessel, the SS Darro. She took with her the lives of 616 South Africans: 9 white officers and 607 members of the South African Native Corps.”