Committee Members

Richard Midgley, Chairman

Richard combines his work as chairman of the MDGA ExCom with his role as a director and managing partner for clearing and forwarding importer and exporter, CH Logistics. Previously, he spent most of his career with multinational Nestlé in a variety of positions across South Africa and Nigeria. His particular areas of professional expertise include general management, marketing, labour relations, and logistics. His work on behalf of Marina residents brings him into contact with SAPS and local security providers; the City of Cape Town, its Planning Department and our local councillor, Aimee Kuhl; Kyran Wright at Cape Nature, MDGA’s auditors and landlord; Siyakhula and our associated community outreach partners; and – most importantly – our members and residents.

“As chairman,” says Richard, “I am responsible for keeping an overview and directing our ExCom members, who are all talented volunteers with a strong commitment to the widest interests of the
Marina and its residents.”

Richard and his wife, Pascale, moved to the Marina five years ago. He has two daughters, Alexandra and Samantha, a son, Nicholas, and two grandchildren, Max and Anoushka.

Infrastructure: Jannick Rottcher

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.

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.”

Peter Allen, Security

Peter has spent more than 36 years in the military, policing, and security sectors. After six years in the South African Navy, he joined SAPS at Muizenberg and worked in a variety of locations and roles, including 10 years as a member of the SAPS Dog Unit Tactical Support Group. After 21 years in the police, he resigned in 2010 as a commissioned Captain before spending a year as a private military contractor at the US Embassy in Kabul, working for the US State Department. In 2011, Peter became estate security manager and later estate manager at Burgundy Estate near Plattekloof, a housing estate with a Mashie golf course and 3,500 residences.

Peter has spent more than 36 years in the military, policing, and security sectors. After six years in the South African Navy, he joined SAPS at Muizenberg and worked in a variety of locations and roles, including 10 years as a member of the SAPS Dog Unit Tactical Support Group. After 21 years in the police, he resigned in 2010 as a commissioned Captain before spending a year as a private military contractor at the US Embassy in Kabul, working for the US State Department. In 2011, Peter became estate security manager and later estate manager at Burgundy Estate near Plattekloof, a housing estate with a Mashie golf course and 3,500 residences.

Peter’s hobbies include motorcycle and quadbike riding, and target shooting as a member of the National Hunting and Shooting Association (NHSA) and the South African Defensive Pistol Association (SADPA). He also finds time to moonlight as a close protection officer for Hollywood A-list celebrities.

Peter – who holds a degree in policing – has been a Marina resident since 2012 after moving from Lakeside with his wife, Janine, and sons, Conor and Jared.

Paul Higgins, Waterways and Archcom

Paul and his wife, Glenda, have been Marina residents since 1999, and he has two sons, Richard and Michael. After starting his career with the government agency, Surveys and Mapping, Paul moved into the private sector and has been partner in an engineering and hydrographic surveying company since 1987. He specialises in surveying on large engineering projects involving dams, power stations, tunnels, steel mills and harbours. He is now putting his skills to good use on behalf of the Marina community by assisting with the Archcom and Waterways portfolio.

Graham Barratt, Standards

Graham is certainly well qualified to head up the ExCom’s Standards portfolio. He has been involved with over 300 building projects of all sizes during his career and is a past member of the Rondebosch Ratepayers’ Association ExCom. A quantity surveyor by profession, he runs his practice, Barratt & Boyes Quantity Surveyors, from home.

Among other responsibilities, his role involves:

· Working with ExCom’s Architecture Committee (Archcom) and our Standards inspector, Robbie Johnston, to ensures that all new buildings and building alterations conform to the MDGA’s building design regulations and constitution

· Assisting the Standards inspector in noting and taking remedial action where transgressions occur, and in encouraging residents to maintain their properties to an acceptable standard

· Working with residents and endeavouring to resolve any disputes.

Graham and his wife, Cheryl, have lived in the Marina for the last 16 years and enjoy the area’s relatively safe and laid-back life style. They have three children and five grand-children, all resident in the southern suburbs. He is a born Capetonian, raised in the southern suburbs and educated at Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory and High Schools and at the University of Cape Town.

He is keen to engage with residents, and actively encourages property maintenance as a way to improve our environment while maintaining and raising property prices to the benefit of all homeowners in the Marina.

Patrick McKenna, Communications

Patrick moved to Burgee Bend with his wife, Hilary Alexander, six years ago. The couple run their own copywriting and photography agency working for clients in South Africa and overseas.

As holder of the MDGA Communications portfolio, Patrick is editor of the Marina da Gama News magazine.

He is also working with ExCom colleagues to implement a comprehensive upgrade of all the MDGA’s communication channels. This project involves building a new website while improving the quality and quantity of information the MDGA publishes on Facebook, email, and other platforms.

The main goal is to communicate more openly and regularly with residents about the issues that matter most to them while also promoting the benefits of living in the Marina.

Dominique Erasmus, Events

“I am an energetic, outdoors type of person, so the Cape Town lifestyle suits me to a tee,” says Dominique. Originally from Durban, she grew up in a military family which moved around the country as the job demanded. “As a result, I did most of my schooling up-country, in Pretoria and Settlers.”

After leaving school, Dominique carved out a career in the hospitality industry, specialising in giving her guests the best possible experiences and memories.

Her links with the Marina date back to 2002, when her mother, Rene, bought a house here. “I would move in with her from time to time, between hospitality jobs in different locations. When COVID hit, the industry took a real beating and I moved in with my mother permanently. I subsequently joined Seef as its Marina da Gama letting agent.”

Dominique’s creative energy and talents are already making her a great asset to the ExCom. She has recently announced plans for the inaugural Bridge Fair, a celebration of food, crafts and trade scheduled to take place in Uitsig Park before the MDGA’s Christmas Carol event on 19 December. Find out more here.

On a personal note, Dominique’s next plan is to find her own spot here on the water. For now, she continues to enjoy Marina life to the full. “I’m also a real animal lover. So, I particularly enjoy going for a run or taking the dogs for a walk around the islands to see what we can discover. The Marina really is Cape Town’s best-kept secret.”

Ulf Martz, Infastructure

With over 30 years’ experience in civil engineering and an extensive CV of professional achievements, Ulf is certainly well qualified to serve Marina residents. Since graduating from UCT in 1989, he has worked in a succession of key roles across South Africa, Botswana, Malawi and Zambia. He is currently Technical Director of ILISO Consulting, which he joined in 2012. He lists his specialist areas as road pavements, geometric road designs and contract administration.

Assessing the challenges ahead in his new role, Ulf says: “Dealing with large organisations like the CoCT is tough. It may be run more efficiently than other municipalities, but its bureaucratic constraints hamper delivery.” So it’s encouraging to report that Ulf is well connected with the CoCT and has a good understanding of how to get results from its office-holders and decision-makers. Setting out his priorities, Ulf says: “Initially I plan to review the CoCT’s integrated development plans for our area and liaise with the City’s infrastructural line departments responsible for the Marina’s municipal services. Furthermore, we need to assess the current condition of our municipal services and, in partnership with the City, develop a maintenance and serviceability strategy.”

On a personal note, Ulf was born in Luderitz, Namibia, before moving to Cape Town when he was aged three. A Marina resident since 2016, he lives with his wife, Margo; their 17-year-old foster-daughter, Jasmyn; Milly and Zoe, their rescue dogs; and their cats, Mufasa and Emmy. “I enjoy the Marina’s scenic beauty and serenity,” he comments. “It makes you feel as if you’re on a permanent holiday.” During any spare time he gets, Ulf enjoys cycling and free-diving in the ocean.

Vacant positions:

Treasurer (temporary holder Richard Midgley)

Environment, Parks & Gardens

Waterways