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Corporate Club of Durban Kingsmead
The Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana is proud to be the sponsor Club of a brand new concept in Rotary, namely the Corporate Club of Durban Kingsmead. Last Thursday evening, 8 December 2011 saw 30 new Rotarians inducted at a glittering function at the Riverside Hotel in Durban North. Rotarians from Clubs throughout the Province of KwaZulu-Natal came to give their support namely Amanzimtoti, Chatsworth, Durban, Eshowe, Hibiscus Coast, Mount Edgecombe, Kloof, 1,000 Hills Inchanga and Zimbali..
Congratulating newly Inducted President Mamello Liphoto are on left, Marcelle Moolman and on right Tammy Pelser. Proud to be one of the sponsoring Rotarians for the new Corporate Rotary Club is Richard Naidoo, Past President of the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana, Mamello Liphoto, Charter President of Durban Kingsmead and guest Bongani Mthembu. Seen at the launch of the new Corporate Rotary Club of Durban Kingsmead from left to right: Past President Richard Naidoo, Past President Monique Labat, Tammy Pelser, Past President Wally Pelser, Charter President Mamello Liphoto, Charlotte Holt Fuller, Past President Pat Rickard, Bertu and Marcelle Moolman.
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 or 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.
Borehole Handover - Harare orphans: September 2008
3 Clubs from 3 different countries combine to bring water to the orphans of Zimbabwe
As a joint effort, the Rotary Club of Borrowdale Brook (Zimbabwe), the Rotary Club of Tumbawumba (Australia) and the Rotary Club of Durban Umhlatuzana teamed up to have a borehole made for the orphans of Harare in Zimbabwe. An excellent morning was had by all who attended the hand over ceremony of the borehole to the Harare Children's Home on 8 September 2008. It was so good to see that the water was already being put to good use with a fantastic vegetable garden having been started. It was great news to hear that they were planning to grow enough vegetables for their own consumption and to sell in order to supplement the Home's income.

Cycle For Rotary - 26 September to 30 September
Rotarian and Treasurer of our Club, Percy Govender took part in the Vereeniging to Durban Cycle Race in aid of Rotary. This is Percy's third participation, having cycled in aid of this excellent Rotary initiative in 2002 and 2003.
Cyclists arriving
Percy after successfully completing the race