The Rotary Club of Johannesburg conferred the 2014 Achiever of the Year Award on Mr Herman Mashaba at the Johannesburg Country Club last night.

The award comes in recognition of Mr Mashaba’s dedication to the social and economic development of South Africa, his bold criticism of dysfunctional administrative policies, and his outstanding achievements as a role model and public benefactor.

Through this award, Mr Mashaba joins an illustrious group of individuals, whose efforts and endeavours have all contributed to improve the lives of South Africans and building strong and accountable institutions.

The list includes Professor Jonathan Janssen, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, Mr Hugh Glenister, Minister Pravin Gordhan, former Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille, Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob, and former reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni.

The Rotary Club of Johannesburg was chartered in 1921 and was the first Rotary Club on the African continent - and since our founding have encouraged like-minded business and community leaders to become more involved in their communities. We have been instrumental in many projects and community initiatives in and around Johannesburg.

Through our interactions with our counterparts in Europe and the United States, we have managed to raise funds to build clinics, schools and generally uplift those communities who struggle with resources.

Our annual Achiever of the Year Awards recognises the efforts of outstanding South Africans who have made a significant impact on the lives of their less fortunate fellow South Africans, and we are proud to be associated with such noble actions.

Media enquiries:
Linda Vilakazi
Club President – Rotary Club of Johannesburg
079 055 7263


May 26 Meeting CANCELLED

In order to prepare for the Acheiver of the Year dinner on June 2, the dinner previously scheduled for May 26 has been cancelled.


Tuesday May 19 Recap

There can be no doubting the strength of Owen Blumberg's commitment to the right of any person to legal representation, irrespective of how repugnant the accused happens to be. The passion with which he defended the cause of the late George Louca was evident for all to see.

Owen sketched out the principles involved, both from a constitutional and a natural justice perspective.

But the facts he presented in the case of George Louca versus Radovan Krecjir were truly fascinating. He held the meeting enthralled as he recounted in minute detail the entire saga of messrs Louca and Krecjir and the murder of strip club boss Lolly Jackson. Members were enlightened into the workings of the murky underworld as well as allegations of complicit behaviour by government officials and police and justice personnel.

The time of questions and answers was gripping as Owen shared further shocking details as members pressed him for more.


Tuesday May 12 Recap

Kim Potgieter was welcomed as our guest speaker on the May 12 dinner. The author of a newly published book called "RetireMeant" gave an intriguing talk on retiring in fulfillment. As a Certified Financial Planner®, and one of only two Registered Financial Life Planners in South Africa, Kim is well qualified to guide people to pursue the life they really want: freedom of choice from putting money in its place … the right place.

Kim has qualifications in both financial planning and psychology. Accordingly the thrust of her message was focussed on deriving meaning out of investment and life in the pension stage.

She shared insights and principles drawn from her book. This generated a healthy round of questions which were answered with skill.


Tuesday May 5 Recap

On Tuesday, 5 May, the Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker Cynthia Schoeman, who is the founder and MD of Ethics Monitoring & Management Services (Pty) Ltd and the author of Ethics: Giving a Damn, Making a Difference (2012) and Ethics Can (2014).

Cynthia began by giving a brief outline of what ethical conduct entails for the individual, before exploring its relevance within both the public and private sectors. With regards to the former, South Africa’s alarming rating in the Corruption Perceptions Index was contrasted with that of neighbouring Botswana, sparking a lively discussion about what underpins a culture of honesty and transparency. It was then proposed that such values can only be instilled within the private sector through strict adherence to internal policies. Cynthia concluded her talk with a call to action, imploring every person to constantly revaluate his or her behaviour and to understand how everyday decisions influence the world around us.