I spent my childhood in Muizenberg and my school years at the Muizenberg Junior and high Schools. When Anglo America opened the marina to the public, I was there, handing out pamphlets to the visitors as a member of the Leo Club. It is amazing to think that I now live in part of the house that originally housed the visitors centre. After spending many years in Israel and Namibia, I eventually moved back to the area. Over the years I have managed to obtain a qualification in Chemistry, a BA and a post-graduate qualification as a Company Secretary. I have been working for the same company for nearly 20 years and am the Group Company Secretary for 3 companies listed on the JSE. I am married to a fabulous man, Ray.
Trevor has been a resident in Park Island, with partner Monika, since 2002. Recently (semi) retired I was involved and employed at W P Cricket Association since 1989 - eventually managing the beverage section since the start of the millennium and controlling an annual income of R5m. From a sporting point of view I played cricket and hockey, cricket for a short period in the mid-1970's before an eye injury cut short that journey. However, I continued with hockey and progressed up to Grand Challenge level...prior to the advent of Astroturf (thank goodness !! ) My current interests include golf, and am a member at the Langebaan Country Estate where the subscription rates for over-60's is very favourable. I have also organised a couple of annual charity golf days.
Sandvlei and its surrounds have been part of my life since a long time ago. I learned to fish in the vlei as a boy, went to school at Muizenberg Junior, was a Sea Scout here, sailed at Imperial Yacht Club, and took my children to Kontiki and so on. Now I live here and it’s a good place to be.
I attended St.Aidans College, Grahamstown and then UCT and left with a Maths major. After a few years on the platinum mines (the Marikana one) I returned to Cape Town and worked for a company supplying specialized raw materials to the factories and textile processors. In about 1973 I started my own business which was export dependant and which sanctions finally killed some years later. A ten year stint marketing and managing in footwear and textiles followed. For various reasons in 2002, we moved to Ireland, and lived there until retirement and moved back to RSA and the Marina in 2013.
The Marina and Sandvlei is a recreational area, and we must keep it as such, safe for people to use. To keep it so we must have a community spirit, and work together to know the Sandvlei needs and wants, and do something about it.
When I was younger I spent some years in Europe where I did a French course at the Sorbonne in Paris, and an Italian course at the university in Perugia. On my return I attended the University of the Witwatersrand. I worked as a Curriculum Adviser for the Western Cape Education Department for many years, and have a Masters degree in Education. My previous weekly column in the Educational Supplement of the Argus newspaper honed journalistic skills. I have some experience in conflict resolution as I was involved in the Non-Violent Schools Campaign. Since retiring I have been volunteering for two excellent NPOs in Vrygrond.
As a regular contributor to the Marina News I hope to continue the good work in the Communication Portfolio. Each resident here has a voice and contributes to keeping this beautiful environment a place where we all want to live.
I bring relevant experience to the Marina ExCom - I worked with Cherry Giljam on the Zandvlei Trust and interact with personnel in the Zandvlei Nature Reserve on issues connected to the UITSIG park and waterways.
I have also been involved in sports administration and was a school teacher before venturing into the commercial world where I successfully ran and sold various businesses as going concerns. I worked with the team constructing the freeway connecting Mooi River (in the Natal Midlands) to Howick, in a road surveying capacity.
As a family, we hailed from an impoverished background and found our space in society to uplift others and ourselves. I served with the Child Welfare Society. I played a political role in the anti-Apartheid struggle in various concerns connected with education, raised and distributed finance, amongst others.
Periodically, I invite people to my house to discuss topics which bring together people of divergent viewpoints with a common purpose of promoting respect for one another irrespective of backgrounds. I work towards elevating humanity through encouraging mutual understanding.
These are some of my involvements which have given me a wide perspective on life.
I have owned a home on Uitsig Peninsula since 1994 which my wife Frances and I used regularly for weekend and weekday canoeing, birdwatching and holidays. (We lived 20 minutes away in Pinelands). We took up full time residence here in 2016.
I joined Peninsula Canoe Club/Zandvlei Sports Club in 1978 and have been training and racing canoes here ever since then. We have done the CWAC bird counts of the Marina canals by canoe on a regular basis for many years and we belong to the Zandvlei Trust.
I am a mining engineer and we settled in Cape Town in 1972 where, after completing an MBA, I was employed until retirement in the quarry industry around Cape Town and the West coast.
I am an architect, in practice since 1981. My experiences vary from housing, office and commercial developments to Universities. I am currently involved in two University projects - the new University of Johannesburg's Soweto Campus as well as the South Africa Democratic Teacher Union's head office and Campus in Kempton Park , Gauteng.
I have also compiled the guidelines of housing estates similar to Marina Da Gama such as Parys Golf Estate in Parys, Free State (and still act as the 'controlling architects') and also the Olifant River Life Style Estate in Hoedspruit in Limpopo Province. I am a nature lover, keen hiker, photographer and an avid reader, a couch sports enthusiast from motorsport to single and team sports, I travel often locally and internationally to stay abreast with architectural/human developments elsewhere, thus satisfying my need to explore.
We purchased property in April 2013 and moved in October of the same year and shortly after were met by an incident where robbers broke into my car right outside the yard that was our new home.
A discussion almost immediately began between me and my husband on how we can engage with our neighbouring community to see where we can help improve security in the two communities.
I became one of the first few to volunteer a 6am guard eventually into neighbourhood watch and persuaded my husband to join for the evening shifts. He ended up being the first chairperson of the Uitsig neighbourhood watch since our stay in Marina da Gama. My interest began to be in building a structure that will address social cohesion and other positive things in the community
I am currently employed as a social worker and child protection officer at the Sozo foundation in the community of Vrygrond. I am also a minister in an independent church at Vrygrond and I have an intensive experience in political background.
My hobbies include taking a walk and making new acquaintances in the name of Ubuntu, unity and reconciliation. I do not believe there is a bad society but a society that needs a push to the right direction towards progress.
I am passionate about building a sense of community and integration while I believe in improving life for all. My perspective in resolving problems is negotiations and approach problems head on to solve them by use of various resources.
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