The MDGA ExCom is pleased to welcome on board Jannik Rottcher, the new holder of our Infrastructure portfolio.
Jannik was born and raised in the small German village of Hermannsburg in KZN, and moved to Cape Town to study for a BSc in Geomatics at UCT. After graduating in 2014, he worked for Anglo American as a mine surveyor in various open cast and underground operations.
He then moved back to Cape Town in 2019 and spent a brief stint as a supply chain analyst with Pick n Pay. Since 2020, he has worked for Horts Geo-Solutions as a mining solutions manager. “The role involves helping develop survey-based solutions on mine sites. It has also meant developing a lot of project management skills, which I hope to apply to ExCom projects,” he comments.
So why the Marina? “I grew up in a farming community and have a passion for the outdoors. Marina da Gama offers a good balance between nature and city life. I met my wife Lara in 2011, while we were both at UCT, and we married in 2019. We- moved to the Marina in October 2020 after enduring the hard lockdowns in a flat in Vredehoek. We were looking for something bigger and the Marina stood out for us, mainly because of how open the properties are.”
Since moving here, the couple have grown to enjoy gardening, canoeing and SUPing around the vlei. Lara enjoys the nearby beaches, especially catching the surf at Muizenberg. “I am still a bit wobbly on a surfboard, but I’m getting there,” says Jannik.
Commenting on his new role with the MDGA, Jannik says: “I think I am by far the youngest member of the ExCom, so I am bringing in some fresh blood. I am keen to help maintain the Marina and its surrounding for all to enjoy. Hence the Infrastructure portfolio. I’ve got a purely technical mind that is well suited to my new portfolio. I’m not one to get involved in politics. I’m very laid back and happiest sitting in our garden by the water’s edge.”