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President Janet Munsamy's Induction - 21 June
The induction of our new Club President, Janet Munsamy, took place on 21 June. A special combined evening function included a symbolic handover of the 500 bicycles for LIV Village, as well as the District Raffle, with guest speaker Judge Chris Nicholson.
Newly-inducted Club President delivers her acceptance speech Past President Percy Govender's vote of thanks
Past Presidents Deon Delport and Alistair Abell with guests Rotarian Douglas Bothma with the ladies
District Raffle with John Coburn, Judge Chris Nicholson and Laurence Rae Lisa dedicates a song to Rotary
Rotarian Jayson Barnett, Tich Smith, Past Presidents Bertu Moolman and Wally Pelser
The container of 500 bicycles donated to LIV Village was generously sent to Durban by Bicycles for Humanity, Seattle (B4HS). Sincere thanks go to Frank Finneran and the B4HS team for their wonderful donation. Symbolic handover of bicycles to Tich Smith of LIV Village.
Wine Swindle Winner - 19 June
President Bertu Moolman hands KG his bottle of wine. Another satisfied winner!
Paul Harris Award for Kim Cooper - 1 May

This week we were thrilled to host Rotarian and former Club member Kim Cooper, who currently resides in British Columbia, Canada with her husband, Andrew. To thank Kim for her tremendous and ongoing contribution to our Club and Rotary as a whole, we were honoured to present her with the coveted Paul Harris Fellowship Award. The meeting fell on a public holiday but we had a fantastic turnout nonetheless!

Kim left our Club 7 years ago but continues to support us and is very much involved in our projects. Congratulations, Rotarian Kim Cooper!

Rotarian Kim Cooper receives her Paul Harris Fellowship Award from President Bertu Moolman Andrew and Kim Cooper exchange Club flags with President Bertu Moolman
New Member - 24 April

And the number keeps rising! We are thrilled to announce the induction of Rotarian Douglas Bothma. The addition of five new members this year alone brings our total membership up to 26 for the year.

Pictured with Club President Bertu Moolman are Rotarian Douglas Bothma and Past President Richard Naidoo.

New Members - 10 April
We recently inducted four new members. Pictured with Club President Bertu Moolman are: KG Govender, Carol Hansen, Alastair Ward and Kerry Dell. The Club welcomes you!
500 Bicycles - 4 April
The Club recently had the pleasure of donating 500 bicycles to LIV Village in Verulam, holistic residential care for orphaned and vulnerable children. Past member, Kim Cooper, who now resides with her husband Andrew in Canada, was instrumental in arranging the donation, for which we are most grateful. Transportation was generously arranged by Aramex, a logistics services company.
Pictured with the consignment of bicycles is Rotarian Jayson Barnett
Delivery of Groceries to Columbia Primary School - 14 March
Past President Richard Naidoo delivered six boxes of groceries on behalf of the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana to Columbia Primary School. The majority of the school's learners are from underprivileged backgrounds. Mrs Naidoo, the school principal, extended her heartfelt thanks for the donation.
Handover of Groceries - 13 March
As a result of the successful Two Rander project at Checkers, Windermere Centre, groceries were donated to the following organisations: Ithembalethu, St Joseph's, KZN Society for the Blind, Columbia Primary and Durban Child Welfare.
Recipients from the respective organisations receiving the groceries from Club President Bertu Moolman
Visit by Patricia Glyn - 6 February
What Dawid Knew - A journey with the Kruipers by Patricia Glyn, co-adventurer, professional speaker, former TV and radio presenter shared her trek through the African wilderness with Rotarians, family, Rotaractors and Interactors. The journey was to find traces of a long-dead Bushman by the name of Makai Kruiper - a legendary mystic, hunter and healer who roamed "The Thirst Land" a century ago. This is a story about just how much the Bushmen can teach us about respect for our natural resources and how to preserve them. For copies of Patricia's outstanding book, go to: www.patriciaglyn.co.za
"WHAT DAWID KNEW
A Journey with the Kruipers"
by Patricia Glyn
Club President Bertu Moolman and PP Richard Naidoo thanking Patricia for her stirring talk on "What Dawid Knew - A Journey with the Kruipers"
Rotarian Jennifer Boughton, now resident in Toronto, wins our Swindle Wine draw - with PP Richard Naidoo, Club President Bertu Moolman, PP Dumisani Ndlela and PP Wally Pelser
Our Rotary Club was delighted to host Interactors and teachers from both Effingham Secondary School and Northlands Girls' School to breakfast to hear Patricia Glyn talk on "What Dawid Knew - A Journey with the Kruipers" With PP Richard Naidoo and Club President Bertu Moolman and Teachers Mrs Samantha Jones and Mrs Queeny Chandarman Northlands Girls High Interact Teacher Mrs Samantha Jones with Interactors — with Bertu Moolman.
To hear Patricia Glyn speak about "What Dawid Knew - A Journey with the Kruipers", a wonderful turnout by Rotarians, family and friends of Durban Thekweni, Kloof and Westville Rotary Clubs, Interactors from both Effingham Secondary School and Northlands Girls High School and Rotaractors from the Rotaract Club of Amaoti
Swindle Winner: Monique Labat - 30 January
Winner of the swindle wine draw Monique Labat laughing at the idea of leaving a Rotary meeting at 8am with not 1 but 3 bottles of wine!
Delivering for Good - 30 January
A vibrant Rotary Board meeting saw the endorsement of our next woman Club President, Janet Munsamy, who takes over from current President, Bertu Moolman, on 1st July 2014.
Wonderful stationery packs generously donated by PP Preggie Naidoo waiting for the handover More colourful stationery for kindergarten children in the Umtamvuna, Port Edward district Rotarians supporting the future presidency of Rotarian Janet Munsamy are current President Bertu Moolman, Past President Preggie Naidoo, Past President Alistair Abell, Past President Richard Naidoo, Rotarian Barry Schoeman, Rotarian Nimal Ramkissoon, Past President Dumisani Ndlela and Past President Monique Labat
Christmas Wrap
Christmas gift wrapping in full swing at Musgrave Centre in aid of our End Polio Campaign.Thank you to Rotarian Janet Munsamy for securing gift wrap and ribbons from Sylko Paper for our End Polio fundraising! On left Rotaractor Philisiwe Ndlovu and on right Anathi Qabaka, member of the District's Economic & Community Development Committee.
Wine Swindle Winner - 12 December
Winner of our South African swindle wine draw at our meeting on 12 December was Past President Percy Govender. Handing over the wine is Duncan Delport and President Bertu Moolman.
Rotaract Club of Amaoti's last 2013 meeting - 29 November
Past Presdent Dumisani Ndlela and Past President Monique Labat joined the Rotaractors of Amaoti for their last meeting of 2013. An Italian Christmas treat of pannetone was shared with the youth.
Past President Dumisani Ndlela with the Rotaractors of Amaoti Enjoying the Italian Christmas treat of Pannetone at their last meeting of 2013 are Amaoti Rotaractors Thokoza Joyi, Philile Dladla, Mduduzi Zikhali and Siyabonga Ndimande
LifeLine - 28 November
LifeLine Durban has had a wealth of volunteer counsellors since its inception 43 years ago. The volunteers man our 24/7 Crisisline, conduct face-to-face counselling sessions and are actively involved in the facilitation of training and a host of support services to the head office and its Counsellor Care operations. This year, LifeLine Durban wishes to thank our volunteers for their dedication, compassion and commitment to our cause by hosting a Christmas lunch. We are thrilled to announce and thank Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana for their Financial support of R5000.00 towards this endeavour. It is your intervention that allows us to build community heart, and touch more lives on a daily basis.
Pictured: Club President Bertu Moolman with prospective new member, Anathi, and Rotarians Nimal Ramkissoon and Jan Thathiah.
Rotarian visits from Nelson, British Columbia, Canada - 21 November
Rotarian Christine Sutherland from the Rotary Club of Nelson, British Columbia was our guest speaker on 21 November. Christine is teaching the art of palliative massage at the Hillcrest AIDS Trust Hospice.
Rotarian Christine Sutherland showing us how with Janet Munsamy, Monique Labat, Nimal Ramkisson, Percy Amutha Govender, Christine Sutherland, Bertu Moolman, Dumisani Ndlela, Deon Delport, Preggie Naidoo, Anathi Qabaka, Richard Naidoo and Jan Thathiah
PP Deon Delport receives the Swindle Wine for his special 60th Birthday from Rotarian Janet Munsamy and President Bertu Moolman Rotarian Christine Sutherland accepts her gift of a bottle of South African wine from President Bertu Moolman with PP Monique Labat
Rotary World of Work in Wentworth - 16 November
Thanks DG Greg Cryer and Durban Umhlatuzana Rotarians for your support! With President Bertu Moolman, Rotarians Charlotte Holt Fuller, Jan Thathiah, Janet Munsamy and Anathi Qabaka. A seminar on career options and entrepreneurial opportunities was held for the youth at the TAFTA Primrose Service Centre, John Dunn House in Austerville Road, Wentworth.
 
Wine Swindle Winner - 5 November
Winner of the Wine Swindle draw on 5 November was Past President Richard Naidoo. Here he is pictured being congratulated by Rotarian Nimal Ramkissoon on left and President Bertu Moolman on right.
Visitors to the Club - 24 October
As part of the Checkers grocery collection and handover, visitors to the Club on 24 October were Dudu Hlophe and Aubrey Mbanjwa. Here they are pictured with Club President Bertu Moolman and Past President Dumisani Ndlela.
Annual Charity Distribution
28 September: Rotarians collected non-perishables at Checkers, Windermere Centre in Morningside this morning for our annual distribution to orphanages and old age homes throughout Durban. Thanks very much to Thiven Achary, Branch Manager for Checkers seen here on the left with Past President Dumisani Ndlela and Rotarian Janet Munsamy. 25 October: Higher Ground's Emma Roos receiving non-perishables collected at Checkers Windermere by the Rotarians for the Higher Ground Camp taking place in January 2014.

27 October: Club President Bertu Moolman handing over some of the boxes of food to Mariza Kitching, Executive Director of Child Welfare. The food items were generously donated by shoppers at Checkers, Windermere Centre. We thank the Checkers Management for their permission to collect food for the needy at this Checkers store. 27 October: Team Child Welfare on left Glenda Arends, Mariza Kitching, Executive Director and Saveetha Matthews, Income Development Manager.
Amaoti Rotaractors - 27 September
Rotaractors from Amaoti are delighted with their framed Charter certificate,thanks to Rotarian Jan Thathiah, with Past President Dumisani Ndlela, Mrs Ivy Cele, Othembele Ndaba, Ntombi Nkosana, Mzwa Mkhize, Nkosinathi Dakamnyama and Celiwe Shinga.
Swindle Winner - 12 September
Just back from the US, Rotarian Charlotte Holt Fuller wins this morning's South African Swindle wine from Rotarian Jayson Barnett!
Swindle Winner - 5 September
Winner of the South African wine swindle on 5th September was Past President Francesco Petruccione, pictured here with Percy Amutha Govender and Alistair Abell
New Member Inducted - 15 August
Welcome to Rotary, Jayson Barnett, and thanks for choosing Durban Umhlatuzana.
Newly inducted Rotarian, Jayson Barnett with PP Percy Amutha Govender, President Bertu Moolman and PP Richard Naidoo
Swindle Wine Winner - 8 August
Past Presidents Alistair Abell and Dumisani Ndlela with the swindle wine award!
Ray Hullett Breakfast on Mandela Day - 18 July
In honour of Mandela Day, members of the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana spent their 67 minutes hosting a breakfast for residents of Ray Hullett House retirement home. Each Rotarian sponsored a breakfast for residents of the Durban based home and it was held at the Club’s regular meeting venue, the Durban Surf Lifesaving Club on the beachfront.

Visit to Rotary Club of Inchanga - a 1000 Hills - 2 July
Jan Thathiah, Margie Smith and Monique Labat visited the Rotary Club of Inchanga a 1000 Hills at the Assagay Hotel to present on the World of Work Blueprint held successfully at Amaoti.
Rachel Engelbrecht, Jan Thathiah, Wendy Middleton, Pres Daryl Kinder, Rotarians and Margie Smith Monique presented on the World of Work Blueprint started as a result of the District Economic & Community Development Committee with Rachel Engelbrecht, Jan Thathiah, Pres Daryl Kinder,Margie Smith and Brian
Swindle - 20 June
Swindle wine for 20 June was Antoinette McInnes and on hand to congratulate her were President Bertu Moolman and Past President Dumisani Ndlela.
Rowing the Atlantic - 20 June
Thrilling times for Hayley Arthur as she shared her rowing adventures at Rotary this morning. Next year's crossing of the Atlantic will start in the Canary Isles and finish in the Bahamas all in aid of fundraising for the Eastern Cape education project www.ubunyechallenge.com/row
Past President Alistair Abell, Hayley Arthur, Past President Monique Labat and out-going Past President Dumisani Ndlela
Induction of New Member - 8 June
A new Rotarian was inducted at our dinner on Saturday 8 June. Nimal Ramkissoon receives his membership certificate from newly appointed Club President, Bertu Moolman
Induction of Club President Bertu Moolman - 8 June
LEFT: The induction of new Club President, Bertu Moolman, here with the handshake from outgoing President Dumisani Ndedla at the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana's induction dinner on Saturday 8th June at Hemingway's Restaurant, where we had a wine tasting and live band.
ABOVE RIGHT: DGE Greg Cryer, Past President Wally Pelser and Outgoing President Dumisani Ndedla with newly elected President Bertu Moolman. DGE Greg Cryer and his lovely wife Lyndsay were our honoured guests for the evening. The Club wishes them well for the 2013-2014 Rotary year and Godspeed for all the work they will be doing for the new District.
 
Swindle Winner - 6 June
PP Monique Labat, winner of the swindle wine at our meeting yesterday. With President Dumisani, President Elect Bertu Moolman and Rotarian Charlotte Holt Fuller.
International Multiple Sclerosis Day - 29 May
The coffee club dressed up in orange to remember those who suffer or have died from Multiple Sclerosis on this International MS day, 29 May. Our dear friend and Rotarian Eleanor Haw (a long time MS sufferer ) kneels at the front.
 
Rotary Foundation Health Days
Our Club President, Rotarians and spouses volunteered their time to make the free health testing a reality for many people at Ethekwini Community Church.
Rotarians, volunteers from the future Rotaract Club of Amaoti and KZN Provincial Health Dept Selvie Munsamy. Thanks to Rotarian Colin Francke for donating lunches for the Volunteers - much appreciated and to Janet Munsamy for securing water when we were let down by a large supplier With Club President Dumisani Ndlela are future Rotaractors of the Rotaract Club of Amaoti to be formed next month from left Mduduzi Zikhali, Siyabonga Ndimande and Celiwe Shinga
Peace Walk - 1 May
PP Percy Govender from our club and President Kerry Dell of the Rotary Club of Kingsmead taking part in the Peace Walk yesterday 1 May 2013 on the Durban Beach front.

"Support Rotary Club of Durban Kingsmead in the awareness of Peace campaign - say YES to peace and NO to Crime."

" With PP Percy in the photograph are President Kerry's mother and daughter. The Rotary Club of Kingsmead hopes to make this an annual event for Durban within the Rotary Calendar.
Swindle Wine Draw - 25 April
Winners of our Swindle Wine Draw from Rotary Club of Kingsmead Durban
Janet Munsamy, Neville Lloyd, Percy Govender, Sacha Sack, President Dumisani Ndlela, Victor Hansen, President of Kingsmead Durban Kerry Dell and PP Wally Pelser
Raided by Rotary Club of Kingsmead! - 25 April
Raided by Rotarians from Kingsmead Durban - thanks for your visit. It was great to see you!
Charlotte Fuller's Birthday - 11 April
Thank you Charlotte for hosting us at your home with those beautiful sea views of the Indian Ocean!
PP Preggie Naidoo, PP Alistair Abell, PP Percy Govender & Club President Dumisani Ndlela
PP Deon Delport & Rotarian Colin Francke
Group picture
Community Service Awards - 28 March

<< Nando's Mahomed Loonat of Nando's receives a Community Service Award from President Dumisani Ndlela.
Marcelle Moolman of Nando's receives a Community Service Award from Club President Dumisani Ndlela >>
Monique Labat, Mahomed Loonat, Dumisani Ndlela, Marcelle Moolman and DGE Greg Cryer
Guest Dr Sears Appalsamy - 8 March
Our visitor from the Netherlands, Dr Sears Appalsamy wins our Swindle South African wine from PP Wally Pelser
Visit to Rotary Club of Inchanga A 1000 Hills - 7 February 2013
Rotary International gained 6 new members in this, the largest service organisation in the world with 1,216,779 Rotarians in 34,416 Clubs. The event took place at Assagay Hotel
President Daryl Kinder receives the banner of the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana from PP Monique Labat President Daryl Kinder, PP Wendy Middleton, PP Garth Middleton inducting 6 new Rotarians into the Rotary Club Inchanga A 1000 Hills
Rotarians gather outside the Assagay Hotel for a photo opportunity
 
Rotary Braai at DLI - 7 February 2013
Enjoyable evening with fellow Rotarians. Good food and great company. Thank you all for attending.
Sundaree, PP Richard Naidoo & PP Alistair Abell Charlotte, Buhle Dumisani Ndlela and Pinky Sayuri and Nompumelelo Mqwebu
 
Rotary Exchange Visit - 6 December 2012

The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana was privileged to receive a visit from Kaj Heikkila, a former Rotary Exchange Student who visited our shores 10 years ago.

Recently betrothed Kaj brought his wife along to the meeting and was presented with a Rotary mug by PP Preggie Naidoo and a surprise wedding gift by Rotarian Andre Potgieter. Preggie and Andre were his hosts during his time spent in SA 10 years ago.


L-R: PP Preggie Naidoo, Kaj Heikkila and Elina Heikkila
 
Vote for our Christmas Tree!

City View Shopping Centre is running the "DECORATE A TREE" competition, with various charities taking part. Each organisation has decorated a Christmas tree and the one with the most votes at the end of the competition receives R10,000 in prize money for their cause. One lucky individual also stands a chance to win a lounge suite worth R15,999 for voting. Entry forms are available at the mall itself.

As supporters and/or members of our Rotary Club, we request that you take a moment of your time to vote for our tree. Everyone can vote twice (via Facebook and via SMS).

Vote via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CityViewShopping/app_351755738214956
All you need to do is "Like" the City View Shopping Centre Facebook page and vote for our tree!
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Vote by SMS:
Text CVT3 TO 083 464 2152
CLICK GLOBE TO VOTE!
Vote for our tree!
 
DG Visit
We had the honour of hosting District Governor Richard Brooks and Assistant Governor John Johnston Webber at our meeting on 1 November. Pictured below with Club President Dumisani Ndlela.
 
Rotary Hosts Week of the Aged Breakafast - 4 October
In honour of Week of the Aged, the Club hosted a breakfast at the Durban Surf Lifesaving Club for 15 TAFTA Ray Hulett guests.
 
Scone Baking Demonstration at TAFTA - 3 October
For the Week of the Aged, a demonstration on how to make scones was given by Rotarian Monique Labat at the TAFTA Ray Hulett home in Acutt Street, downtown Durban. Mummy's Sweet White Scones recipe of Chef Darina Allen from Ballymaloe Cooking School in Shanagarry, East Cork, Ireland was used for the demonstration at TAFTA Ray Hulett home in Acutt Street, Durban. Pele Ndlela, President Dumisani's daughter took all the photographs and assisted with the scone demonstration.
TAFTA Ray Hulett residents at the scone baking demonstration
 
 
Text Book Handover - 12 October
Rotarian KG Govender, former member of the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana, and now based in Johannesburg,was instrumental in facilitating a donation of text books for our greater Durban area. Ngqayizivele Primary School in uMlazi, south of Durban, was one of the beneficiaries. Club President Dumisani Ndlela was asked by a group of student from Mangosuthu Technikon to source library books for the Primary school of Ngqayizivele as part of their curriculum.
School Principal, Mrs Ngubane of Ngqayizivele Primary School in uMlazi, south of Durban with students from Mangosuthu Technikon. Left to right: President Dumisani Ndela, Nolwazi Gwala, Nomcebo Ninela, Nokwazi Nzama, Zinhle Mchnunu and Past President Alistair Abell
 
Rotary Internation Presidential Visit - article by Deon Delport - 11 August
Deon Delport article on the visit of RI President Sakuji Tanaka in Durban - www.iol.co.za/ios
IPM Women's Convention - 20 July
The Rotary Umhlatuzana team of Eleanor Haw and Buhle Ndlela running the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana's stand at the Institute of People Managements (IPM) Women's Convention at the Durban ICC on 20th of July 2012. The Rotary Club ladies spoke to the delegates about Rotary and the Rotary Cannonball Challenge www.rotaryum.com/CannonballChallenge which is a fund raiser for the Rotary Save The Rhino and Rotary Polio projects on the 29th of September 2012.

The IPM Annual Women’s Convention has been taking place for the past 18 years. The purpose is to encourage and empower women in all aspects of their lives, both in the professional aren as well as on the homefront.
Banner Exchange - 17 July
Exchange of Rotary Banners - President Aletta de Lange of the Rotary Mt Edgecombe Club on left, receives a banner from Rotary Durban Umhlatuzana's Monique Labat at yesterday evening's Mt Edgecombe meeting.
Induction: President Dumisani Ndlela - 27 June
Past President Percy Govender hands over the reins to Dumisani Ndlela, President for 2012-2013 — at DLI Hall Greyville.
Guest Speaker Topic: Blind Cricket! 10 May 2012

Did YOU know of BLIND CRICKET? It seems only our President Percy Govender had heard of it until the arrival of our guest speaker, Shane Mahabeer, arrived on 10 May 2012! Moreover, there is even a KwaZulu Natal Blind Cricket Association! Our local chaps have been invited to tour and play in Cape Town in a tournament. With the aid of several sponsors, they have paid for their transport, accommodation and board and leave Durban on Saturday 12th May.

Shane gave us all very interesting information about the rules, history and competitions for Blind Cricket. We have decided that we MUST attend a match when they return from their Cape trip and are all looking forward to seeing them in action. One can only admire how they have overcome their lack of sight, (which we sighted folk take for granted), to actually PLAY the game.

As their equipment is so specialized, they were in dire need of durable and practical bags in which to transport it. The bags that they were taking to Cape Town were in poor condition and they needed two replacement bags. The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana raised the necessary funds, to buy a brand new bag for them and Past District Governor Gerald Sieberhagen, as the president of the International Fellowship of Cricket Loving Rotarians, generously presented another bag.

From left to right: Past President Wally Pelser, Guest Speaker Shane Mahabeer and President Percy Govender.
Rotary International Convention
Our Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana contributes annually to the End Polio Campaign - proudly Rotarian, proudly humanitarian!
   
District Governor Nominee and International Visitor: Banner Exchange
On 3 May 2012 we were honoured to host DGN Greg Cryer and international visitor, Rotarian Dr Sears Appalsamy, who is resident in the Netherlands. Dr Appalsamy brought us a Rotary Banner from the Eindhoven Rotary Club in Holland.

Left to right: DGN Greg Cryer, Dr Sears Appalsamy and President Percy Govender

New Members
 

On Thursday, 29 March the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana inducted three new Rotarians:

Left to right: Eleanor Haw and Colin Francke proposed by Alistair Abell, and Janet Munsamy proposed by Monique Labat.

On the right is Club President, Percy Govender

LEFT: Rotarian Eleanor with President Percy Govender
MIDDLE: Rotarian Colin Francke with President Percy Govender
RIGHT: Rotarian Janet Munsamy with President Percy Govender
 
St. Patrick's Night - 17th March 2012
Snapshots @ St. Patrick's Night
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Above: Past President Paddy Naidoo
Rhino Poaching
Hardly a day goes by without rhinos featuring in the news. Considering that last year poachers slaughtered a staggering 448 rhino, mainly in the Kruger Park and KwaZulu-Natal, it is hardly surprising. They are being butchered at a rate of more than one a day. So far this year 20 dehorned rhino carcases have been found, including three in KZN and 11 in the Kruger Park.

Our country has many problems that deserve attention, including poverty, disease, lack of jobs and poor schooling. But there seems to be a rising groundswell of concern about the fate of these animals, whose lives we must protect. Game rangers, conservationists, police officers and soldiers are putting their lives on the line to take on the armed poachers and the syndicates who bankroll them. Tough action is being taken. Game rangers have killed several poachers in shoot-outs.

There are plans to swell their numbers, with the Kruger Park training another 150 rangers to add to its 500-strong ranks. And Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is adding new teams to bolster its anti-poaching units. An electric fence, about 150km in length, is being erected between the Kruger Park and Mozambique to deter poachers. Awareness of the threat to the survival of the species is markedly higher. Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini recently lashed out at the rhino poachers. Sports stars are also taking up the challenge. Top golfer Thomas Aiken, playing the Volvo Golf Champions at the Links at Fancourt, wears a rhino on his cap and is funding anti-poaching efforts in Hoedspruit.

Footballer and conservationist Gordon Gilbert, a former Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows player, now with Black Aces, is helping raise awareness by playing soccer in communities that border Kruger Park.

South Africans are again showing their capacity to stand up and act to change a wrong. It is something that must frustrate the criminals decimating our rhinos. We do not simply shake our shoulders and turn away as they go about their grisly crime.

They can and must be countered. Every rhino killed must make us more determined to protect those that remain. Their extinction is not an option.
Newspaper Article: The Independent on Saturday
Article Published in the Independent on Saturday Newspaper on the 26th of November 2011:

Young gun to lead first 'corporate club' as part of initiative to revive flagging membership.

At just 29, Mamello Liphoto is young and ambitious, but her heart remains rooted in philanthropy.
This makes her the perfect choice as president of the first Corporate Rotary Club on the continent, at a time when the philanthropic organisation is shaking off its reputation as an old white man's club. "Rotary has always been known as a white-male, white-headed organisation," she said. "That's gone now, because we realised we were losing members and not attracting enough new ones."
It was no longer the case that one had to be over 30 to join, she said. And "young people can make a difference".


Liphoto, whose day job is human resources manager at Nedbank, added: "Older people are dying and we have now had a reality check and realised we need to draw in young people."
Rotary district governor nominee Greg Cryer said the organisation had embarked on a drive to increase its membership, which had been static for seven years. His idea of establishing a "corporate club" to target younger members was accepted as a blueprint for growth at the Rotary International conference in Mauritius. "Most Rotary clubs have a meeting every week, and it is difficult for young executives who have careers and families, so we thought we would form a Rotary club that would support the busy executive," Cryer said.

"They meet early at 7.30am so that they can be back at their desks by 8.30am."
And so the rather different "corporate" Kingsmead Rotary Club was born in an attempt to raise South African membership from 25 000 to 35 000 in three years. Rotary has 32 000 clubs with 1.2 million voluntary members globally.

"It is the first corporate club in Africa and may well be the first corporate club in the world," Cryer said.
"We approached Nedbank, and CEO Mike Brown has endorsed it and asked if they could act as the catalyst for us to try this formula. They have bought in and? invited their corporate clients, so it becomes a vibrant network of corporate people.

"It gives Rotary the opportunity to attract a lot of younger people, and because they all communicate on Twitter and Facebook they don't need to meet as often as a normal Rotary club."

He said it also presented the opportunity for companies to use Rotary as a conduit for their corporate social investments into local areas. Percy Govender, president of the sponsoring Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana, said the move was intended to attract a wider membership base, which was traditionally confined to the suburbs. "All the money that comes to Rotary doesn't go to anything but the projects," Govender said. "As with other charities, a percentage is spent on admin, but we simply act as conduits. For example, if a community needs water we will drill a borehole. We do all self-help projects - we don't give people a fish but a rod.

"When there were floods this week, 49 clubs in our district got together to help all the people that were homeless and had their homes washed away. We put together blankets and food, and sent it to them in a couple of hours."

The new club meets at Nedbank Kingsmead, opposite the ICC, and the plan is to roll out other clubs across the country.

To contact Liphoto, call her at 082 881 1372, or write to her at mamellol@nedbank.co.za or michellebark@nedbank.co.za?. Meanwhile, Durban has won the bid to host the Rotary World Conference at the International Convention Centre in 2019. Cryer said it was the first time in the 107 years of the club's history that the conference would be held in Africa. He said the event would be as big as Cop17, attracting an estimated 20 000 delegates from around the world.
 
Community Service Award
Eleanor Haw was presented with a Communtiy Service Award by President Percy Govender, on behalf of our Club. The award was given for her contribution towards various projects, as well as for her hospitality toward our Rotary Exchange student from Brazil, Raisa.
 
INDUCTION DINNER

On the evening of the 29th of June 2011, the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzuna held their annual Induction dinner. The prestigious event marked a completed year in the life of retiring Club president, Wally Pelser, and the welcoming of the 2011 - 2012 Club president, Percy Govender.

Three Rotarians honoured with Paul Harris awards
Three of our proud Rotarians, Wally Pelser, Percy Govender and Alistair Abell (pictured below) were presented with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award by the new District Governor of District 9270, Rob Gilligan.

New Club President inducted
The real business of the day then took place with the formal induction of President Percy Govender as the new President of The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzuna for the year 2011 – 2012. We bid farewell to Past President Wally Pelser and on behalf of all Rotarians, we thank him for all his hard work throughout his term in office. We extend our greatest congratulations to our newly elected President.Once the formalities where completed, we had an excellent Eastern themed dinner and after a few good jokes and the tradition ol' storytelling, the event came to a satisfactory end.

We thank our District Governor and his wife and all the Rotarians and their guests for participating in the event and being a part of the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatazuna for a night.

DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2011
Past president Richard Naidoo accepts a District Award on behalf Past President Wally Pelser and the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana
 
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In keeping with technology and modern forms of communication, the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana now has a Facebook page, a desire of District Governor Richard Alborough to modernise the channels Rotary uses to convey news. The move forms part of the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana‘s sponsorship of the first corporate club in District 9270, which will meet at the Nedbank KZN offices in Durban.
ROTARY BANNER EXCHANGE WITH TEXAS, USA
usa President Ronda Reagan of the Rotary Club of San Marcos, Texas, USA on the left receives our Club banner from Anne Nagle Robinson, long term Rotary Exchange Scholar on a visit to the USA to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of her Host Moms! Anne lunched at the Rotary Club of San Marcos on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 at 12 noon. The Club meets at the Price Center, Banquet Hall, 222 W. San Antonio Street, San Marcos, Texas. The Club's website is www.rotaryclubsanmarcos.org 
Anne resides in Durban, South Africa and has supported the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana over the years and was thrilled to hand over our Club's banner during her visit to the USA.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Rotarian Andre Potgieter and Des Cormack of City Lodge. Des Cormack of City Lodge receiving a community service award from Rotarian Andre Potgieter for ongoing support to Ray Hulett and support at the Christmas party  
HELPING HANDS HONOURED
The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana recently bestowed awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Rotary Club and the community in the past year. This award ceremony took place at the clubs breakfast meeting at Durban Surf, where five people were honoured, namely: Mrs. Gail Teunissen, who has been at Addington Park Primary School for 40 years, as a teacher and now as the principal. The school houses The Talk English project for non-English speaking refugees whom the Rotary club assisted. Ms. Jocelyn Hallot, Manager of Windermere Centre which provides a venue for Rotary’s annual gift wrapping project, Two Rander Fundraisers & the Literacy Awareness Programme. Ms. Nishana Hodge, Manager at TAFTA Centre who provided labour for the gift wrapping project. Tafta was also awarded a microwave oven to assist in their kitchen. Mr. Mike Jackson, Manager of the Elangeni Hotel, who played an important role in the development of the Durban Beachfront. Ms. Maya Agasar, Volunteer from TAFTA who assisted in the Gift wrapping project. Club President, Wally Pelser and Rotary Assistant Governor, Greg Cryer presented the awards following introductions by Rotarians Pat Rikard and Andre Potgieter.
 
Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana Bosberaad 27 & 28th November 2010
A bosberaad was held at President Wally's Adventure Camp which is situated on the Tugela River. The members met to discuss the way forward for the Club for the next six months, discussing important matters such as where funds should be allocated for projects. 15 Club members and families gathered for the weekend which began with a braai. Thanks to the Silver Bullet (AKA Andre Potgieter) and Alan Longhurst for buying, transporting and cooking the Sheep for all the members and their families. Also many thanks to President Wally for making his adventure camp available for the Rotary members for the weekend.
Arbour Day
South Africa celebrated Arbour Week in early September, and to mark the occasion, our Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana planted 4 indigenous trees at the Addington Primary School located at 43 Bell Street, Durban on Thursday morning, 9 September 2010. The White Milkwoods and Natal Guarris will withstand the sea air from the warm Indian Ocean a couple of hundred metres down the road. Club President, Wally Pelser handed over the trees along with name tags for both the botanical and the common names to School Principal, Mrs Gail Theunissen along with the Grade 7 pupils from the school. Rotarians from our Club, as well as our Interactors from Northlands Girls High, President Rishantha Chetty and Vice President Valicia Raman and Interact Teacher Samantha Rass supported the tree planting.
 
The Big Two Rander - 5 October 2010

Trolley loads of non-perishables filled up fast at both Windermere Centre’s Checkers as well as at the Checkers in Lighthouse Mall, Umhlanga thanks to the sterling efforts of Rotarians from the Durban Umhlatuzana Rotary Club.

A very BIG thank you goes to the Managers of the Checkers Stores, at Windermere Centre Pro Ms Josslyn Haylett, Mrs Tanya of Anchor Properties and Mr K Beejay at Checkers Lighthouse Mall for allowing our Rotary Club to collect food items.

The beneficiaries of the food collection are the following worthy recipients:

Ithebalethu Creche, Nkosinathi Old Age Home, St Vincent de Paul Society and the Verulam Frailcare Centre. The Two Rander collection brought in excess of R15,000 in groceries!

For more information on our Club’s activities and how you can get involved please call Club President, Wally Pelser on 083 264 5285 Website: www.rotaryum.com.

 
New Members
The Club inducted a total of 3 people during the months of September and October: Alastair Ward, Bertu Moolman and Bongani Dhlamini. Herewith pictures of Alastair, Bertu and Bongani’s induction with Club President Wally Pelser.
President Wally Pelser and Alastair Ward President Wally Pelser and Beru Moolman
 
Nelson Mandela Day - Queensburgh Cheshire Home: 18 July 2010
To celebrate Nelson Mandela Day, the Club took Queensburgh Cheshire Home residents for a walk on the new Durban Beach front where we treated them to tea, sandwiches and ice creams.

Flower Day at The Pavilion - Saturday 21 August 2010
Past President Pat Rickard with a couple of the people from the Queensburgh Cheshire Homes
Rotarian Thomas Konrad's daughter, Merle, with residents of Queesnburgh Cheshire Home

New Members
The Club inducted a total of 5 people during the months of July and August: Alan Longhurst, Andre Potgieter, Barry Schoeman, Khosi Sithole and Monique Labat. Herewith pictures of Khosi, Monique and Barry’s induction with current President Wally Pelser.

President Alistair Abell bids farewll as Club President
Outgoing Club President Alistair Abell completes his final duties at the helm on 30 June 2010. New Club President, Wally Pelser will take up his position on 1 July. Alistair would like to thank all Club members and those who were involved in Rotary over the past 12 months for their support and teamwork that made his time as President successful and rewarding.

Welcome new Club President, Wally Pelser. May your new role be as successful and enjoyable as it should be!
Incoming Club President for 2010 - 2011, Wally Pelser and Current Club President Alistair Abelll (2009 - 2010)

Club Moves
As of 1st May 2010, the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana has moved from the Royal Natal Yacht Club, and taken up residence at the Durban Surf Lifesaving Club, Lower Marine Parade. Meetings continue to take place every Thursday morning at 7:00am.

Schools Literacy Project

As March is literacy month on the Rotary calendar, the Club recently held a function at Windermere Centre to raise awareness of the importance of literacy. The Club hired a clown and had Lauretta Ncgobo, read to the children who had gathered to take part in the activities during the school holidays.

Lauretta Ncgobo, recently awarded the Order of the Strelizia for her contribution to S.African literature, has written several novels, some going into 2nd print.


 

< Rotarian Busi Mohlaka with the attentive children

 

RotarianCharlotte Holt Fuller with the clown>

Club Service Awards
President Alistair Abell awards Sister Judy with a Club Service certificate for her kind assistance on Diabetes Day
President Alistair Abell awards Samantha Cunniffe with a Club Service certificate for editing and managing the Club's Weekly Minutes

Induction of new member
The Club recently inducted a new member, Kenneth Chetty, at the RNYC on the 25th February making a total of 5 new people inducted into the club this year. Congratulations to all involved in growing the club by 35 % in the last 8 months.

Rotary International Cricket Dinner - 10 March
The Club recently held a cricket dinner on 10 March at the Royal Natal Yacht Club. The function involved all the Clubs in Durban hosting Rotarian cricketers from all over the world who were playing in an International Rotary Cricket Festival IFCR hosted by District 9270. The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana received representatives from the following Clubs: Rotary Club of Central Calcutta, Rotary Club of Bombay Harbor, Rotary Club of Hyderabad, Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise, IFCR Mumbai 3140 India , Rotary Club of Bangalore Central, Rotary Club of Bombay Hanging Gardens,  Rotary Club of Denor Mumbai India and from a Rotary club from Essex in England.

St. Patrick's Dinner
On 17 March our Club held a St.Patrick's Day dinner at La Bella Restaurant in Essenwood Road, Durban. We had 77 guests and funds were being raised for Higher Ground, an NGO that raises funds to take disabled people on vacations.
Past President KG Govender
Past President Preggie Naidoo
Rotarian Pat Rickard
Guests
Guests

TALK BY VALERIE ADAMS
Valerie Adams, who used to be the ambassadorial scholar for the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana, came back to the club and gave us a very interesting talk about the youth and media impact. She has recently been made a Paul Harris fellow from her club in the USA. Valerie worked for a year in the Valley of A Thousand Hills near Durban and she now is in the process of producing a book as part of a literacy project from the many youngsters stories of everyday lives in KZN.
 
INDUCTION OF NEW MEMBER ON 5 NOVEMBER
The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana recently inducted a new member, Nicola Drinn, a conveyancer based in central Durban.

HIGHER GROUND HANDOVER

Higher Ground is a non-profit organisation which provides camping adventures for the disabled. The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana recently donated R6 200 to Higher Ground to assist with running costs.


MPRLS (Master Potential Rotary Leaders Seminars)
The goal of PRLS is to provide a set of training sessions wherein current and future Rotary leaders could learn to become more effective in their leadership roles. Rotarian Pat Rickard attended the seminar.
Mandela Day - 67 Minutes
On Saturday 18 July 2009, Rotarians and friends hosted a tea and scones morning for residents of the Queensburgh Cheshire Home at Mitchell Park, to celebrate Mandela Day. President Alistair Abell's children also assisted in pushing them around the Mitchell Park Zoo.

Induction of Club President Alistair Abell 2009/2010
On 18 June 2009, the new Club President, Alistair Abell was inducted at the Royal Natal Yacht Club. The occasion also saw the awarding of 5 well-deserved Paul Harris awards. Congratulations to Past President Gary Galanos, Ernie Matthis, Monique Labat, Richard Naidoo and Pat Rickard for their outstanding contribution to Rotary over the years.
President KG Govender hands over the reigns to 2009/10 President Alistair Abell
The new Club President, Alistair Abell, accepts his post
Paul Harris awardees and fellow members
President Alistair Abell & Past President KG Govender
KG Govender, Pat Rickard, Alistair Abell, Richard Naidoo & Assistant District Governor Greg Cryer
Paul Harris awardees Ernie Matthis, Pat Rickard, Richard Naidoo, Monique Labat & Gary Galanos

Breakfast Meeting with Mowat Park Principal, Educators and Rotary Team Talk speakers
     
     
Community Award Presentation
Red Hill Health Forum for Community Award presented to Mrs. Radha Naidoo on 28th March 2009.
PP Richard Naidoo, President KG Govender, Mrs Radha Naidoo & Rotarian
Induction of new member: Charles Cane

This morning we celebrated Charles Cane's induction to Rotary. He is the owner of a
well-known seafood restaurant in Umhlanga. Charles, we wish you many
happy and satisfying years at RC Durban Umhlatuzana!
 
 
Talk by Past District Governor Don Gregory: 16 October 2008
Our Club had the honour of a visit and talk by Past District Governor Don Gregory from Rotary in Seattle Washington State on 16 October 2008. He visited SA and our Club with his wife, Sharon.

Handing over banners with Club President KG Govender >>
 
Talk by Drew Curiel: 2 October 2008
Our Club was priveledged to have a talk by Drew Curiel from California on the US Elections and the Electoral College on 2 October 2008. This is a theme that Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana has had all year with the 2008 US Elections. We also had an exchange of Club banners.  .
 
Induction of New Rotary Club President 2008: KG Govender
On 7 August KG Govender was inducted as the 2008/09 Club President.
Past President Francesco Petruccione congratulates new Club President KG Govender
Chelsea EarlyAct members with new Club President KG Govender
New Club President KG Govender with his wife
 
Janet Munsamy Re-induction

10 April 2008 was a joyous occasion for the Club, bringing our membership up to 17 with the re-induction of Rotarian Janet Munsamy.

Left to right:
Club President Francesco Petruccione, Rotarian Janet Munsamy and District 9270 Chairman for Membership, Past President Neville Caine at the re-induction of Janet into the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana

 
St.Patrick's Dinner

The Rotary Club of Umhlatuzana held a highly successful fund raising dinner in aid of its charity projects on Sat. 15/3 at Capers.

A spirit of fellowship and fun permeated the evening which was characterised by Irish jokes, traditional Irish food and drink and hearty community singing of well known Irish ballads.

Two attractive young dancers in beautiful authentic Irish dance costumes contributed to the proceedings, much to everyone's enjoyment.

The decor had a distinctly Irish motif and a merry time was had by all.

President Francesco Petruccione congratulates
Pinkie Naidoo on winning the wine raffle
   
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER - 8 November 2007

Based directly upon the Champagne Murders party game, this exciting event held on a night full of mystery, deception & murder took place at Hemingways Restaurant on 8 November 2007. The event was orchestrated by Rotarian Wally Pelser, with proceeds going toward current Rotary Projects. All attendees were allocated a specific role which they were to portray in full dress and character!

So, who killed Lord Michael Jagged? Well, there can be only one killer, and each table, with it's own set of Champagne Murder characters, was given the daunting task of figuring out who the culprit was. Not an easy job, despite the assistance of Austin McClue, the archetypal 1960s flamboyant character with an uncanny similarity to a certain 1960s spy... 'Groovy, Baby!! "

It was an incredibly fun evening, with plenty of laughter, amusement and some rather interesting accents...

Austin McClue
Alistair Abell
Alan & Carol Longhurst
Austin McClue
Terence Shrimp AKA Rotarian Alistair Abell
Oliver Steed AKA Past President Alan Longhurst & wife, Carol
Janet Bradley & Geoff Barrow
Ernie Matthis & Alan Whytock
Lorraine Barrow & Lisette Abell
Tamara Fara-Bucktooth AKA Janet Bradley & Brian Sewer AKA Geoff Barrow
Martin X AKA Rotarian Ernie Matthis & Champagne Charlie Bunson AKA Alan Whytock
Kitty Killer AKA Lorraine Barrow & Wiggy AKA Lisette Abell

 

COMMUNITY & CLUB SERVICE AWARDS - 23 August 2007
On Thursday 23 August 2007 our Club had the pleasure of presenting two Service Awards. The awardees were Pierre Puren, Educator at St Henry's Marist Brothers, and Lisette Abell, the Club's Webmaster.
President Francesco Petruccione, Pierre Puren & Gary Galanos
President Francesco Petruccione, Lisette Abell & Gary Galanos
President Francesco Petruccione, Pierre Puren
(Community Service), and Rotarian Gary Galanos
President Francesco Petruccione, Lisette Abell
(Club Service), and Rotarian Gary Galanos

London to Paris Cycling Expedition
Percy Govender

Cycling from London to Paris was an incredible experience for us, especially coming from South Africa. The ride commenced in the city of London, cycling through the picturesque English Kent countyside to small villages and medieval market towns of northern France. We thoroughly enjoyed cycling through France, taking in the beautiful scenery and notwithstanding  the long days on the saddle with some strenuous hill climbs.

The grand finale was cycling down the Champs Elysees to the finishing point at the Infamous  Eiffel Tower. At the end this cycle challenge was a huge sense of achievement to help contribute to a good, charitable cause.

      

A talk by Dr Anthony Goodhead on cataract eye operation on an Orang-Utan in Borneo



PP Pat Rickard thanks Dr Anthony Goodhead for unusual presentation namely performing an eye cataract operation on Orang-Utan in Borneo by Ophthalmic Veterinary Surgeon partner Dr Izak Venter PP Preggie Naidoo receives gift from GSE Team member to South Korea, Akhona Ngcobo Rtn Dumisani Ndlela presents Akhona Ngcobo with Swindle surpise gift

 

Rtn Thomas Konrad receives Swindle wine from Rtn Dumisani Ndlela

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Seen at Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana breakfast meeting 12 July 2007 GSE Akhona Ngcobo, Northlands Girls' Interactors Kolean Padayachie, Tamasin Meyer, Geraldine Bailey, Youth Exchange Student from Germany Mona Reichard and Ambassadorial Student to Seattle Smangele Mkhwanazi

 
Induction of 2007 Club President

On Thursday the 21st of June (the Winter Solstice - longest night of the year) the induction of our new president Prof. Dr. Francesco Petruccione was celebrated in the illustrious restaurant Cafe 1999 in Musgrave.

Francesco Petruccione is of Italian descent and in 2003 moved from
Germany to South Africa. Shortly after his arrival he became a member of the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana. He works as professor of Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban/Westville.
His induction party with sixty guests was held in an informal setting and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

 
Tafta Ray Hulett
TAFTA Ray Hulett Old Age Home Residents receiving magazine donation from our Club President Preggie Naidoo, Rotarian Thomas Konrad and visitor Cynthia Ramchander.
Higher Ground
Emma White, Director of Higher Ground present Past President Monique Labat with a T-shirt for having supported their Midmar Mile fundraiser.
Rotarian Kim Cooper's Induction at Rotary Club of Goderich

Former Durban Umhlatuzana Rotarian Kim Cooper, who recently emigrated to Canada, was formally inducted into the Rotary Club of Goderich (District 6330) on 16 January 2007.

She is pictured (right) with President Betty Southgate at the official handover of the Durban Umhlatuzana banner.


Rotary / Ray Hulett Christmas Lunch
Rotarian Andre Potgieter & Bruce Rumble, Food & Beverage Manager for City Lodge Umhlanga
Nishana, Manager of Ray Hulett & Bruce Rumble, Food & Beverage Manager for City Lodge Umhlanga
Ray Hulett residents
Resident Musician
Rotarians
School girls doing community work
Rotarian Dumisani Ndlela, Bruce Rumble of City Lodge & Rotarian Richard Naidoo with residents (seated)
Des Cormack,General Manager of City Lodge

NEW MEMBERS
President Preggie Naidoo welcomes the Club's newest member, Pat Rickard, on 11 January 2007

 
Rotary Bosberaad
A bosberaad was held on 2 December 2006 at Wally's Adventure Camp which is situated on the Tugela River. The members met to discuss the way forward for the Club for the next six months.