Upcoming Events

Programme of Events

July and August 2015

Tuesday 7th July

Elani Richardson heads up an NGO called “Break the Shame” which deals with drug and alcohol addiction. Whilst this may be a topic that we shy away from, nevertheless it is destroying a part of our young society. Come and find out what some exceptional people are doing about the problem

Tuesday 14th July

Presidential Induction Dinner – Come and welcome Charne Haak into the hot seat and celebrate the end of one Rotary year and the beginning of another.

Tuesday 21st July

Jack Bloom is no stranger to this Club. He has addressed us before, but now he has written a book about some of his experiences in local government, including spending time living in informal settlements. His story is extraordinary.

Tuesday 28th July

Mike Muller is an acknowledged expert in the field of water conservation and management and he will talk about the looming problems of water scarcity in South Africa.

Tuesday 4th August

Programme to be advised

Tuesday 11th August

Programme to be advised

Tuesday 18th August

David Lewis is a well-known public figure in South Africa and is involved in the organisation “Corruption watch.” You don’t want to miss this!

Tuesday 25th August

Professor Helen Rees is an award winning researcher and has as her speciality, the prevalence of HIV and viruses like Ebola. She was recently interviewed on Radio 702 and has some profound insights into these communicable diseases.

Dinners at the Country Club, 1 Napier Road, Auckland Park at a cost of R130 per person



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.