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The Northcliff Rotary Team

Welcome to The Rotary Club of Northcliff

We strive through our service to achieve more than the goal of each individual project. By working together in our clubs, districts, and internationally we strive to establish the foundations of a better society - friendship, trust, honesty, and hope.

The Rotary Club of Northcliff was chartered on 16 May 1973 and has currently 25 members!

The new board members to serve in the Rotary year 1 July to 30 June 2020.

Read about the Wheelchair Project here

Weekly Dinner Meetings take place at the Randpark Club. For more information view our contact section.

President: Andrew Buttress
President elect:
To be advised
Secretary: Robert Jacobz
Treasurer: Tommy Stratten

Wheelchair Project Convener

Dave Woodhouse



Rotary Africa Centennial International

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE ROTARY AFRICAN CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE. Let’s join forces to tell our collective story of community development & building the infrastructure of African philanthropic networks through substantial investments in our continent. Dates: 24... Read More

Mobility at Allemans Drift B

From Kelly Szabo on Friends of Allemans Drift B Facebook page Now this is what makes everything 110% worthwhile. What incredible photographs of one super happy teenager – Kabelo in his ‘outdoors’ wheelchair. Thank you... Read More


We are, once again, extending our grateful thanks to Rotary Club of Northcliff for their ongoing support of Allemansdrift B. On Friday the 30th of October Thomas and myself drove down from Mpumalanga to collect... Read More


38th annual primary school speech competition


38th annual primary school speech competition
Northcliff Primary School represented by Oluchi Ahamafule and Zoe Williams.
On Wednesday 23 October 2019, we held our 38th annual primary school speech competition, hosted by Crawford Preparatory School, Lonehill and very well organised by Rotarian and Past President of Rotary Club Northcliff, Dean Gounden.

The Grade 7 speakers represented 11 primary schools and the adjudicators were Mr Brian Appleton and Ms Tsholofelo Mhlanga who gave the speakers pointers on public speaking as well as adjudicating the prepared and impromptu speeches. The proud overall winner was Northcliff Primary School represented by Oluchi Ahamafule and Zoe Williams.

Art Pepper Tree Table All Funds Raised for Various Community Projects

Our Friendly Local Grocer Looks forward to Retirement

Zorba Miltiado, our local Pick ‘n Pay Owner/Manager will be retiring at the end of year after being involved in the family business for over 45 years.

He has been the Manager of the Pick ‘n Pay Northcliff Square for 18 years and believes it’s time the younger generation to take over the reins.

For those who did not know Zorba, he together with his family emigrated from Cyprus in 1965. In 1969, Zorba matriculated from Parktown Boys and went on to study mining engineering at Wits. He has been involved in the retail business since 1973.

Many residents and shoppers would know that Zorba spends his free time creating brilliant furniture from old tree trunks which was proudly displayed and used in the store.

As a farewell gift, he has decided to donate his latest piece of art to the Rotary Club of Northcliff which he is a keen supporter of over many years. The table is made from the trunk of a pepper tree and has taken him over a year to complete. The club is involved in many community projects both locally and nationally with the latest completed project being the redevelopment of Northcliff Ridge pathways at the water tower.

Instead of auctioning this masterpiece which we found to be unsuccessful, Zorba very kindly decided to donate R 10 000 to the club. The funds raised will be used on the various community projects that the club is involved in.

When asked what he is most looking forward to in his retirement, he jokingly replied, “I am looking forward to spending more time at my second home at the Vaal with my partner Dianne as well as creating more beautiful furniture. Who knows, they will become valuable pieces of art”.

“Most of all though, I will miss all you friendly shoppers and the many chats over the years”

“The one thing I will not miss are those early morning starts and late finishing times, but I guess it’s the norm in the retail industry”

Past President Tommy Stratten (left) handing over the Presential chain and pinning the president lapel to Dr Jan Christoph Hadenfeldt (right).
Northcliff Rotary Club recently held it’s Presidential induction and awards evening at the Randpark Golf club.

Each year Rotary appoints a new President, from an international to a club level which has ensured Rotary’s sustainably over the last 110 years of it’s existence. This year is no exception and Dr Jan Christoph Hadenfedt was inducted as the Club’s new president while Ms Coral Stewart was inducted as Ann President.


Night-at-Races-2018Date: Saturday, 30 June 2018
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Venue: Mark's Park, Emmarentia.
Theme: Roaring Twenties, Gatsby

All funds raised are in aid of Rotary Club Northcliff’s projects, Rotary Foundation and Wheel Well.

Click the picture for more details.

Organ_2The Northcliff Rotary Club is holding a soiree at St Georges Cathedral, Sherborne Rd, Parktown at 16:00 hrs on Saturday 16 July 2017. In addition to some excellent music, there will be a short explanation of some of the technical aspects of this outstanding Reiger organ which was commissioned in 1912.

The event is in aid of the Blanket Drive and entrance is buying and donating a blanket to the Blanket Drive.

Tea,coffee and refreshments will be served afterwards.

Dr Jan Christoph Hadenfeldt is an accomplished organist and a member of the Northcliff Rotary Club.
Details are on the link to the left.

We do hope we will see you there.

Night-at-Races-P1Date: Friday, 29 September 2017
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Venue: Mark's Park, Emmarentia.
Theme: Roaring Twenties, Gatsby

All funds raised are in aid of Rotary Foundation and our community projects.



New Wheels for Inspirational Swimmers

Wheel Chair warehouseLast week some incredible young disabled swimmers were given the gift of new wheels by the “Service above Self” team at Rotary Northcliff. The match between the deserving swimmers and the generous team at Rotary was made by Megan Hunt, a grade 9 learner at Bryanston High School and winner of the Rotary public speaking competition two years ago. This competition introduced her to the amazing wheelchair programme sponsored by Rotary.

Read the full article here

RC Northcliff birthday celebration

Wheel Chair warehouseOn 15th May we celebrated that the club was chartered on 16 May 1973.

Most of our members as well as guests at the birthday dinner — with John Turner, Paul Westcott, Dennis Stewart, Coral Stewart, Tommy Stratten, Robert Jacobsz, Agatha Jacobsz, Ansie Hibberd, Andrew Buttress, Dave Woodhouse and Ian Adendorff.

Read the full article here

Boikanyo, The Dion Herson Foundation

Wheel Chair warehouseNorthcliff Rotary Club my heart is filled with such admiration and love for you. Dave Woodhouse, you and your team have operated out of an underground parking lot in the middle of town for umpteen years, selfless dedication. The oldest and the youngest with physical limitations come looking for disability equipment. There is something for everyone here at reduced rates or for free if needs be. Containers filled with previously loved wheelchairs and more arrive regularly from various countries and every Friday the shop opens from 12 pm to 2pm. Thank you for this service to humanity.

Read the full article here

SA Guide-Dogs Association

SA Guide Dogs AssociationInitiative and collaboration lead to brand new walkways at our training centre in Johannesburg. Spencer Blackbeard from Blackbeard Construction and our amazing friends at the Northcliff Rotary Club collaborated to fund the extension of our walkways much further than what we could afford.

Read the full article here

70 Wheelchairs for Mandela Day

Recipients waiting for their bus to go home
Recipients waiting for their bus to go home
On Friday 15 July, Northcliff Rotary Club Wheelchair Depot handed out 70 wheelchairs received from their partner club Rushmoor Rotary Club in the UK, to Fundisa Multipurpose Skills Centre for disability, who work in Orange Farm, Johannesburg for Mandela Day.
Rotarian Ansie Hibberd hands over a great chair
Rotarian Ansie Hibberd hands over a great chair
At times heart rending but always rewarding to provide mobility ! Kudos to our team Dave Woodhouse, Francis Callard, Ansie Hibberd, Laszlo and Lyn Somody who worked very hard on the day to assist the hand over as people were brought by bus to receive their wheelchairs.
This project which started in 1992, has now handed out over 28000 wheelchairs.
Project Convenor assists with a hand over. The little one settled down :)
Project Convenor assists with a hand over. The little one settled down 🙂
Rotarian Laszlo and PP Lyn Somody busy recording recipient details
Rotarian Laszlo and PP Lyn Somody busy recording recipient details

Musical Soiree at St Georges Church

Dr Jan Christoph Hadenfeldt with his wife Joanna
Dr Jan Christoph Hadenfeldt with his wife Joanna
On Saturday 16 July, we were very fortunate to be able to host a musical soiree at St Georges Church to raise funds for our Rotary Collaborative blanket drive. Well attended by parents from the Deutsche School Johannesburg and Rotarians from Northcliff RC and families, we were treated to a wonderful performance by Dr Jan Christoph Hadenfeldt, one of our own !, who made the Reiger Organ sing !
Reception table managed ably by Rotarian Ansie Hibberd and Ann President Janet Callard
Reception table managed ably by Rotarian Ansie Hibberd and Ann President Janet Callard
The beautiful organ in the background
The beautiful organ in the background

Northcliff Rotary Club proudly welcomes Dr Jenny Roberts as a new member to the team.

Dr Jenny Roberts induction (HR)On the 8th of June 2016 Northcliff Rotary Club proudly welcomed and inducted Dr Jenny Roberts as a new member to our team. Shown here is President Francis Callard "pinning" Jenny's badge and welcoming Her to the club.
Dr Jenny Roberts induction 2 (HR)

Franklin D Roosevelt triumph at Rotary Speech Competition 2014 Finals

20141201-1recently hosted their Annual Primary School Speech Competition. Participating schools included Bryandale Primary School, Bramley Primary School, Bryanston Primary School, Constantia Primary School, Crawford Lonehill, Franklin D Roosevelt Primary School, I R Griffith Primary School, Jeppe Preparatory, Midrand Primary School, Wendywood Primary School and Northcliff Primary School.


Grand Opening of Covenant Garden Estate

20140418-1Valuable Children will be nurtured for a greater destiny and community.


Rotary Family Health Days bring free Health Care Services to Communities.

20140407-1South Africans received free access to health screenings, counselling services, and measles inoculations and polio screening during the Rotary Family Health Days that launched on 2nd April 2014 at the LoveLife Centre, KwaNobhule, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape.


Rotary E-Club of Southern Africa 9400 chartered

20140129-1On 29 January the Rotary E-Club of Southern Africa 9400 chartered with 31 members.


Induction of new Rotarians

20140102-1On Wednesday 4 December, we were all very pleased to induct two new members, Andrew Buttress and Jeanrique Snyman. Andrew ( a BComm(Legal)) is the Office Manager for JAM ( Joint Aid Management) Community Centre based near Zandspruit. Jeanrique is currently editor of Caxton's oldest local paper, Northcliff Melville Times. To date, his work as a journalist and public relations officer has appeared in two national newspaper titles, a daily newspaper, international websites and four local newspapers.


Huis Hoeveld Retirement Village - Christmas gift hand over

20131208-1On Sunday 12 members of the Club and some family members attended to hand over Christmas goodie bags to the residents. A wonderful morning, greatly appreciated by them.