We received these lovely photos from Fraaisig, Concordia and Magdaleentjie schools in Knysna who were extremely happy with their new books thanks to our Books of the World project in collaboration with Australian Rotary Clubs. Happy little faces! 

Thank you to all the Newlands Rotarians and Rotary Club of Claremontmembers who joined us for a Sop en Dop at Groot Constantia on Monday. The event coincided with a visit from our District Governor Casper Kruger who enjoyed a glass of wine, a hot cup of homemade soup and a barrel of laughs!

A special thanks to the members and their partners for the DELICIOUS meal and to our very capable 'sop skeppers' in their fashionable aprons. Another special thanks to the staff at Groot Constantia who looked after us!

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SOP EN DOP AT GROOT CONSTANTIA 2018-08-09 22:00:00Z 0
Newlands Rotarian Regine le Roux has a big, bold, audacious African dream to empower local community members who do not have basic computer skills with an opportunity to learn how to use a computer and in that way boost their opportunities of entering the job market and contributing to the economy. Find out more about how you can help make this dream become a reality!
Steenberg High School Interact (this club is sponsored by RC Newlands) joined in the beach clean-up at Muizenberg today, organised by Steenberg Rotaract. Plastic litter has become a cause for our younger generations who are determined to save our seas.

NewRots and partners spent an inspiring evening with young visitors from Hinsdale, Chicago who are members of a club called Leap Into Africa. The high school club raises funds for Leap Science and Maths here in Cape Town. Young people committed to ensuring their peers get a great education!

Two learners each from Steenberg High School, Leap Science and Maths and Groote Schuur High School also joined us to share their Rotary Adventures into Citizenship District 9350 experience.

A highlight of the night was the handover of a Vocational Award to Leap Into Africa as acknowledgment of their incredible work.

The following photos give visual progress of the refurbishment of the building construction. The rain has resulted in some deals however good progress is being made and the project is on schedule. the Club has been working with Noluthando for more than 13 years. Newlands Rotary has had several projects with the landowner and with Noluthando Special Needs School. These include the school hall / Vukani Care Centre / Autism Centre / extension of Vukani and the Autism Centre.  The school approached us to design, fund and construct a building to accommodate the medical professionals that support the school.
Past President Graham popped into our Oppie Koppie and Noluthando projects early last week for an update on how construction is proceeding. Work is forging ahead despite some rain delays and the downpours experienced this weekend will certainly add to those! Despite these delays, we can look forward to the unveiling of some spectacular new facilities in the near future.
The following photos give visual progress of the refurbishment of the five classrooms at Noluthando. The Club has been successful at obtaining a funding commitment from WCED (R250 000) which will enable us to include some of the “nice to haves” that we had previously excluded. Progress is on schedule.
John Winship sent us a colourful report back from the Rotary Conference in Toronto. The event was beautifully influenced by Aboriginal art thanks to outgoing President Ian Riseley who is Australian. A highlight was a surprise visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. You can download John's report here: Download

Congratulations to our very own Janey Ball who was awarded Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire by our District Governor, Lynette Stassen!

"Janey had an amazing successful year as District Media and really succeeded in “shining the light on Rotary” during 2017-2018. Apart from this achievement she also initiated and/or worked with a number of other Rotarians on other projects like “From information to inspiration”; the water saving project with City; the Ubuntu project of your club; the environmental project with Lew; keeping D9350 in the media; frequently update and add to our District Facebook; made me a Twitter DG (although that one failed 😊) and many more."


Janey Ball awarded Paul Harris Fellowship Sapphire 2018-05-27 22:00:00Z 0
As a fitting boost to the 100 year celebration of Fish Hoek this year, President Marge of the Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope and members of the Rotary Club of Newlands and Cape of Good Hope, handed over the keys to Emergency Volunteer Firefighting Services (EVS) Director, Davin Chown, of the new branded support and transport vehicle, sporting signage, coloured lights, a loud siren and bright yellow branding for use by the EVS team to support of their other big vehicle - also sponsored by Rotary.
Thank you to all Newlands members and their partners who joined us for our annual Vocational Awards this past Monday. It was wonderful to hear from our bursary students who are all doing extremely well with their studies and many of whom expressed the intention to use their skills to benefit their local communities as soon as they graduate.

Photos of our three Vocational Award winners and more photos are available on Facebook here.
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Rotarians and Rotary Anns from Table Bay, Newlands and Hermanus gathered under the warm Hermanus sun to hand over a rescue vehicle to NSRI Station 17 Hermanus.

The Herman's NSRI's relationship with Rotary goes back a long way.  In fact, this year, NSRI Hermanus celebrates 40 yearsand their first rescue boat “Florence Carter” was sponsored by Rotary.

Since the beginning of our partnership, Rotary has supported Sea Rescue in sponsoring six rescue boats, water safety education in schools, a number of asset maintenance projects. This rescue vehicle is the fourth one donated by Rotary thanks to funds raised by the annual Rotary Wine Aunction.

April is Maternal and Child Health Month and we are shining the spotlight on one of our community projects. The Zoe Project runs a number of programmes from within the resource-constrained Retreat and Hanover Park Maternity and Obstetrics Units. Their volunteers work alongside government medical staff to support women throughout pregnancy, childbirth and in pregnancy crisis situations.
The Zoe Project takes a holistic, hands-on approach to ensuring that these women and babies are supported, loved and empowered during and post-pregnancy. One of the services they provide are Mom and Baby Packs: a set of basic items much needed by new moms and their little ones.
APRIL FOCUS: THE ZOE PROJECT 2018-05-02 22:00:00Z 0
Newlands Rotary's Youth Chair, Vanessa Rousseu, hosted an Interact Workshop this past weekend at the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School. The workshop was organised by RC Newlands and involved 25 schools with approximately 130 students attending.
Posted on Apr 12, 2016
The Open Door Child Safety Centre in Ocean View, Cape TownThe Open Door community development and social work project in Ocean View, managed by Valley Development Projects (VDP), now has a new multi-purpose facility which was officially opened yesterday, Tuesday 05 April 2016.
Rotary Club of Cape of Good Hope, Rotary Club of Newlands and Peninsula Beverages (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) partnered with VDP in managing and financing construction of the new building on Milky Way Road.
Open Door in Ocean View gets New Multi-purpose Facility 2016-04-11 22:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 08, 2015

Tonight was a special night for Newlands Rotary.
Our PHF and Past Rotary President, Richard Burnett, led yet another remarkable Rotary Wine Auction. But, this time, there was a certain poignancy.
Hein Schipper, Chippy's remarkable father, Richard's extraordinary father-in-law, centenarian+, Honorary Newlands Rotarian and unstinting supporter of the NSRI was not there.
He was sorely missed.
Here is the tribute Richard gave at Hein's recent memorial service.
There is no way to have said it better.....
Hein, the Wine Auction and the NSRI Janey Ball 2015-10-07 22:00:00Z 0
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station at Yzerfontein was officially opened this last weekend (25 July 2015), thanks to the successful wine auctions hosted by the Rotary Club of Newlands and Table Bay in 2013 and 2014 in the Western Cape and the Rotary Clubs of Knights Pendragon and Sandton in Gauteng earlier this year. The auctions raised a whopping R926 000 00 in total! These funds were used to complete the truly magnificent NSRI station at Yzerfontein which includes, boat storage for two vessels, a garage for a tractor, an operations room, crew facilities, a training room as well as a trauma counselling room.
Brand new building for NSRI station in Yzerfontein Regine le Roux 2015-08-01 22:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tinus de Jongh
Rotary Clubs in the USA, Canada and South Africa have teamed up to distribute free literacy, maths, science and other school books to local schools and educational facilities. The books are sent to us in containers containing up to 25,000 books at a time from schools and libraries in the USA and Canada and cover pre-school, junior and senior school levels as well as adult literature and are suitable for both teaching at all school levels and for setting up much needed school and community libraries.
Books for the World Tinus de Jongh 2015-07-29 22:00:00Z 0
Caption: Wybe Meinessz [2014/2015] President of the Rotary Club of Newlands congratulates Stanton Hermanus on completing his BSC IT degree and graduating with five distinctions through the Prison Care program. This program is one of many similar programs supported by the Rotary Club of Newlands. Over the past 12 months, the club has sponsored nine students and two NGO’s by providing bursaries for disadvantaged young men and women to pursue a variety of studies including teaching, commerce, electrical engineering, cooking, seamanship, IT and singing.
Rotary helps change lives through education Regine le Roux 2015-07-22 22:00:00Z 0
Colin Burke was inducted as the new President for the Rotary Club of Newlands for the 2015/2016 year, at a prestigious gala dinner hosted at the Wild Fig Restaurant on Friday evening (19 June 2015).
New President for Newlands Rotary Regine le Roux 2015-07-21 22:00:00Z 0
The shortage of emergency response vehicles is a serious problem being faced in the Western Cape (and in fact, the rest of the country).  This lack of vehicles often leads to emergency services taking up to 40 minutes to arrive at disaster scenes, especially in more remote areas. It goes without saying that the vital lost time can literally mean the difference between life and death. 
Rotary Club of Newlands addresses emergency response vehicle crisis 2015-07-21 22:00:00Z 0
Teddy bears bring comfort to little ones with burns and breathing disorders at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Regine le Roux 2015-06-16 22:00:00Z 0
Caption: TSiBA students are excited to enter the Pitch and Poster competition recently launched by the non-profit business school where they stand a chance of winning their share of R15 000 to invest into their business, generously sponsored by the Rotary Club of Newlands. From left to right front row: Abraham Oliver, Anokho Batyi, Abongile Mkefu, Gcobani Dyanti, Simphiwe Mtombeni, Shinghai Gunha, Mihlali Luningo, Petlontle Serolong. Standing from left to right, Furnill Manus ,Ntombizanele Tshotyana, Sisipho Jokazi, Rotarian Kenny van Aardt, Olawale Olatunde, Lelethu Plaatjies, Rotarian Jenny Ibbotson, Fatima Mahdi, Rotarian Andy Ismay,  Dr. Ron Duggins from The Centre of Business Development, Meridian Technology Institute Oklahoma and Goazong Vang.
Rotary Club of Newlands investing in entrepreneurs Regine le Roux 2015-05-17 22:00:00Z 0
Caption: A thrilled Bonisa Ntsile (right), Principal of Bonisa Educare Centre, takes receipt of 60 tables, 10 chairs and a fridge for the youngsters who attend her centre. No longer will they need to learn their lessons on the floor, or have spoiled food, thanks to the generous delivery by Bill Meyer (left), from the Rotary Club of Newlands.
Bonisa's Dream Regine le Roux 2015-03-30 22:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janey Ball on Feb 28, 2015
Wildfires are an all too common occurence in the Western CapeIf you've ever experienced a natural disaster or a large-scale emergency you'll have known desperation and heart-pounding fear. Imagine how much worse you might feel when there is no help at hand. Did you know that thousands of people in South Africa Cape endure this experience each year?
A shortage of emergency vehicles in the Western Cape can often lead to emergency services taking up to 40 minutes to arrive at disaster scenes, a terrifying reality that can even mean the difference between life and death.
However, for Newlands Rotarian, Colin Burke, a 'possibility-thinker' of the first order, worrying about the problem or even commiserating served no useful purpose. He set about helping to solve it by and, on his quest, created a form for an innovative, international collaboration.
With a significant donation from an anonymous donor and a generous contribution by the LeMarque Chown Energy Trust to set the ball rolling, an energised Burke approached the Rotary Club of Albert Park, in Melbourne, Australia to consider partnering in a matched grant
Although the grant was not to be, our friends 'down under', themselves no strangers to natural disasters, proved their Aussie mettle and established a fund-raising raffle.  The prize? .... a return-trip to South Africa! With any number of Australians ready for first-hand debate on rugby merits and demerits, and an 'expat' community wanting to visit South Africa, an incredible R185 000 was raised.
But wait folks…. There’s more to this collaboration.....
Waiting for its refit, our new Isuzu 4-Tonner Crew Cab.Isuzu Trucks SA then generously sponsored the utility vehicle (a 4-tonner crew cab, which is the same size as a fire engine) and it is being converted by Uni Power Bodies and Trailers in Durban. The conversion will result in an 'uber-capable' emergency vehicle which will be able to deal with rescues, fires, mass medical and care situations as well as providing event support.
As a result of Colin’s idea, a meeting of minds and sharing of resources, the Western Cape will soon see the commission of this much-needed emergency vehicle. It will provide services to residents from Claremont to Cape Point, including Masiphumelele, Ocean View and Redhill but is bound to be in greater demand. The vehicle will be operated by the Disaster Volunteer Group, EVS.

Watch this spot for news of the launch and check out the image below so you know what to expect.
Rotary and the Emergency Services Vehicle Janey Ball 2015-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
A Note for Members on the Security and Integrity of Your Data Janey Ball 2015-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Women are achieving so much on the international, local, political and economic stage, but are the next generation ready to step up to the plate? The young women of today have so much potential, but they are struggling to get the necessary support and resources to help them tackle their challenges. Too often there is very limited financial and emotional support for everyone who needs it. The Rotary Club of Newlands recognises this need, and is passionate about recognising, supporting and investing in young talent through their youth development and sponsorship programme.
Rotary investing in young women Regine le Roux 2014-10-16 22:00:00Z 0
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." - Joseph Addison Regine le Roux 2014-09-04 22:00:00Z 0
Welcome to our new website! Janey Ball 0