I spent my childhood and school years in Muizenberg. 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 and am now the Group Company Secretary for 5 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.
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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.
I grew up in Plumstead and attended Marist Brothers College junior, and Wynberg Boys High Schools. before joining the SA Navy in 1983 remaining until 1989.
In 1989 I joined the SAPS at Muizenberg and ever since then in one way or another, have been involved in the Safety and Security of the residents of MDG. I worked at various police stations from Muizenberg to Mowbray, spent 10 years in the SAPS Dog Unit Tactical Support Group at Maitland, Crime Intelligence,Claremont Cluster Visible Policing Commander as well as the Tactical Response Team Commander.
I resigned from the SAPS in 2010 with the Commissioned rank of Captain and spent 2010/2011 in Afghanistan as a private military contractor as part of a security detachment as an Explosive Ordinance Detection Team Dog Handler securing the American Embassy in Kabul as well as our base Camp Sullivan. Since 2011 I have been the Estate Security Manager and since 2017 the Estate Manager at Burgundy Estate near Plattekloof, a housing estate with a Mashie golf course and 3500 residences.
Since 1998 I have been moonlighting as a Close Protection Officer for Hollywood A list celebrities and continue to do.
During my 20 years in the SAPS I obtained a National Diploma in Policing and Management as well as a Degree in Policing.
I have been a resident of the Marina since 2012 and I am married with 2 sons aged 20 and 17.
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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.
Scott spent his childhood looking for the crickets and dandelions in the cracked paving of the inner city Johannesburg. Not much has changed since. He’s worked for various nurseries, run a landscaping business and written a book on gardening. “I love the beautiful city we live in and wouldn’t change it for the world.“
Valerie, her husband and their three dogs moved into Uitsig in August 2016 after falling in love with their house and neighbourhood. She became part of the ‘amazing’ Uitsig community after joining its Neighbourhood Watch. She has worked as a manager in the tourism industry since 2014.
Lise’s links with the Marina began 11 years ago, when she took a detour to visit a show home with husband, David, and promptly bought it. “With our son, Mark, we couldn’t be happier.” ExCom created the Environment portfolio specifically to take advantage of her experience.
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Paul and his wife, Glenda, have been Marina residents since 1999. He has been director of an engineering and hydrographic surveying company since 1987. He hopes he can now use his skills to add value to the his portfolios.
Patrick moved to Burgee Bend with his wife, Hilary Alexander, five years ago. The couple run their own copywriting and photography agency. After 35 years in the communications business, Patrick is now using his skills to produce Marina da Gama News.
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My 20 years in Multi National Corporate was a career that covered Logistics, Labour Relations, Union Negotiator, National Sales and then General Management and Expatriation, with many transfers within South Africa and a listed company in Nigeria as Commercial Director – with responsibility for Sales, Marketing and Distribution/Logistics and after 5 years we returned home to Cape Town were we purchased a Franchise – which provided Business skills and tools to small and medium size enterprises. We had exceptional results and after selling this we bought a Car and Trailer Hire Company which we also sold.
I entered the property Market as Owner /Partner of a Commercial Property Franchise - which I handed over to my Partner to start my Consulting Career.
I am now engaged as a Board Director - Managing Executive with an International Freight, Forwarding, Import and Export Company – and am relishing the Challenges
My wife Pascale, my children Alexandra, Samantha and Nicholas and my Gifts - Grandchildren – Max and Anoushka and our Dog Spud love the Marina and it’s absolute freedom that it offers.