The R100,000-a-year St Stithians College in Johannesburg now has its own Seattle coffee shop

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The Seattle coffee shop inside St Stithians Colleg
The Seattle coffee shop inside St Stithians College' Aquatics Centre (Facebook, St Stithians College)
  • A Seattle coffee shop opened at the St Stithians College school in Johannesburg on Wednesday 
  • It caused quite stir on social media, with one user saying it illustrates SA’s high level of inequality. 
  • St Stithians is one of SA’s most expensive schools with fees starting at R97,125 in grade R. 
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A Seattle coffee shop opened for St Stithians College pupils at the Johannesburg school's aquatics centre on Wednesday.

The opening caused something of a stir on social media, with one user commenting that it illustrates the high level of inequality in South Africa, where some pupils are expected to be housed in mud schools until 2022, and other schools feature pit latrines.

In a Facebook post, St Stithians College said the coffee shop will be opened Monday to Fridays from 06:30 to 18:00, and on weekends from 07:00 to 14:00. 

The school is one of South Africa’s most expensive private boys and girls schools, with fees starting at R97,125 in grade R, and going up to R144,575 a year, or just over R12,000 per month, for matriculants.

“We are happy to officially welcome the Seattle Coffee Company to St Stithians College,” the school said. 

“Head down to grab a coffee and a snack and write your welcome message on the Seattle Wall.” 

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On Twitter, @iamkoshiek captioned a screenshot of the Facebook post: “Illustrate an example of the high Gini coefficient in South Africa (5 marks)". 

The Gini coefficient is a measure the income or wealth distribution of a nation's residents, and South Africa has the worlds’ largest wealth gap between rich and poor.

@iamkoshiek tweet has been retweeted over 225 times. 


St Stithians College was founded in 1953 on a farm in the Randburg district as a Methodist School boys’ school. It is situated on a 105 hectare estate. 

In 1995, the school said it took the “bold step”  to build a girls’ school on the campus.

The school grounds of St Stithians College in Joha
The school grounds of St Stithians College in Johannesburg. (Facebook, St Stithians College)

The Junior Preparatory co-educational school has 470 to 475 girls and boys in Grades R to 2, according to the school’s website. 

From Grade 3 onwards, boys and girls are move into separate Preparatory Schools, the Boys' Preparatory and the Girls' Preparatory, with 410 to 420 students each.

Meanwhile, the Boys’ College has 770 to 780 pupils and the Girls’ College has 500 to 510 pupils. 

(compiled by James de Villiers) 

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