It’s about pride. It’s about history and tradition. It’s the Hope for the future. In all areas, from culture, academia and on the sports field. The ordinary guy suddenly turn into a hero. Sunday night echos the sound of a group of men through the streets of Pretoria. 105 years of tradition are always together in spirit. Because “Very few can be a Sonopper”.
Adriaan Lombard, RC 2019/20
Sometimes I wish the walls at Sonop could talk and tell the stories of the past. Fortunately, the walls carry the tradition, culture and brotherhood of all the previous years and so it becomes part of every new Sonopper’s Sonop experience. What a great privilege it is to be able to live in a place like no other.
CM Kriel, Chairman 2019/20
Sunrise is your unfair advantage in life. This is something an ex-Sonopper told me has stuck with me to this day. Every day that passes one sees that Sonop is an investment in one’s life.
Alex Winter, RC 2019/20
Hard work, perseverance and difficult times. Sonop teaches you how to function under difficult conditions – diamonds are only formed under high pressure. Christian values, character and perseverance – that’s our culture.
Elvis Zondi, RC 2019/20

A Sonop resident is a normal person who works harder than other normal people and this is the core of Sonop’s success.

Dewald van Lingen, RC 2019/20
Sonop takes young boys and teaches them what it is to be men. Men who establish the Kingdom of God in our midst with truth and power. Men who will take on the roles of head and priest of their families with a God-fearing love. Men who walk in God’s light and keep on seeking a deeper relationship with God.
Jacobus Cordier, Vice Chairman 2019/20

What’s worse than a home without a mother …? Definitely “Sonop without a Nonnie”. As Sonop’s Nonnie it is not only my duty to keep every young man’s stomach full, but out of love I carry every Sonopper’s interests at heart. Nonnie is your mother away from home …

Nonnie Jenny Buys

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth. This quote perfectly sums up a Sonopper. A Sonopper is not necessarily going to be the best on the field or the smartest in the class, but he NEVER gives up, and that’s what makes Sonop stand out above all the other residences, that’s what makes Sonop the best.

Stefan Kruger, RC 2019/20


Year Pet
2023 Indy (Northern Dog)
Rex (Western Dog)
Kandas (Central Dog)
Stoffel (Eastern Dog)
2022 Indy (Northern Dog)
Rex (Western Dog)
Kandas (Central Dog)
Stoffel (Eastern Dog)
Zazu (Northern Ostrich Chick)
Olof (Eastern Miniature Horse)
Victor and Bakkies (Western Goats)
2021 Indiana “Indy” Jones (Northern Dog)
Rex (Western Dog)
Kandas (Central Dog)
Stoffel (Eastern Dog)
Bert (Northern Goat)
2020 Shadow (Eastern Dog)
Ratel (Western Dog)
Maclovin (Northern Dog)
Zeus (Central Dog)
Sanchez (Eastern Miniature Donkey)
2019 Shadow (Eastern Dog)
Mavrick (Western Dog)
Maclovin (Northern Dog)
Zeus (Central Dog)
Ruben (Northern Pig)
Dawie (Eastern Goat)
2018 Chesterfield (Eastern Dog)
Mavrick (Western Dog)
Maclovin (Northern Dog)
Richelieu (Central Dog)
Schindler (Far Western Dog)
Akhila (Far Western Dog)
Spit en Braai (Northern Dorper Sheep)
2017 Sakkie/Scofield (Northern Dog)
Django (Central Dog)
Mavrick (Western Dog)
Koper (Far Western Dog)
Zulu (Eastern Dog)
Zirk (Eastern Crocodile)
Sonop (Nonnie Dog)
Cluedo (Residence Father Dog)
Tammy-Lynn (Northern European Wildboar)
2016 Sakkie (Northern Dog) – Regularly escapes from the residence to many different places and becomes known as ‘Scofield’ from the soapie Prison Break.
Django (Central Dog)
Mavrick (Western Dog) – Found after a year and brought back home.
Koper (Far Western Dog)
Zulu (Eastern Dog)
Zirk (Eastern Crocodile) – Escaped once but caught by the neighbours.
Fanie & Isabella (Northern Goats)
Sonop (Nonnie Dog)
Cluedo (Residence Father Dog)
Two Cats (Bloutrein) – Names unknown
Rabbits (Northern)
2015 Pluto (Northern Dog)
Django (Central Dog)
Mavrick (Western Dog) – Kidnapped over Jun/Jul holidays
Sonop (Nonnie’s Dog)
Cluedo (Head Master’s Dog)
Tyson (Eastern Dog)
Hoenders (Northern)
2014 Pluto (Northern Dog)
Mielie (Central Dog)
Einstein (Western Dog)
Spit & Braai (Northern Sheep) – Was never braaied.
Sonop (Nonnie’s Dog)
Cluedo (Head Master’s Dog)
Hoenders (Northern)
2003 Johnny (Monkey) – A resident for a few weeks only.
Jessie (Western Dog) – Still with us.
2002 The crocodile escapes.
Speek (Oos Dog)
2001 Kazzak (Far Western Dog) – The Dog who treated First-years and burglars the same.
Crocodile (East)
Pumba (WesternVlakvark)
A few rabbits, a hamster (Killer), pigs and a chicken (which eventually disappeared into the crocodile’s cage)
Jessie is suspected of stealing crocodile food in the Ooste (The chicks)
Mina (Northern Dog)
2000 Jonah (Dog)
1998 Constand (Dog)
Suede (Cat)
Rupert (Dog)
Boesman (Dog)
Smirre (Parrot)
1997 Admiraal (Dog)
Magriet (Pig)
1996 Grietjie (Dog)
Tasha (Dog)
1995 Boom (Dog)
Jessie (Cat)
1994 Shivaz (Dog)
1993 Carlos (Dog)
1989 Bakgat (Dog)
Patricia (Dog)
Koba (Cow) – Removed from the premises by police after 3 months
The North gets 24 chicklets.
Ginger (Cat) – The reason why only 3 of the above mentioned chick reached adulthood.
1988 Pistool (Dog)
Puzzel (Dog)
Boempie (Dog)
1987 Temba (Dog)
Slet (Cat)
1985 Temba is called to service on the Angolan border. (Dog)
1982 Swapo (Baboon)
1978 Pluto (Dog)
1976 Pote (Dog)