Visit by Ambassadorial Scholar Matthew Dekenah

Matthew Dekenah, our own ambassadorial scholar in Scotland, visited us at our final meeting of 2012 and entertained us with his exploits during the year.

Matt with club President Mike Schreiber

Matt is a Wynberg Rotaractor who has spent the last year in Scotland as an Ambassadorial Student studying for his Master of Science degree in Global Health and Public Policy from the highly prestigious University of Edinburgh. In it he examines the motivation for and challenges associated with the very topical integration of HIV and TB services in South Africa.  Matt has landed a position with the NHI in Scotland and will be staying in Scotland for the next couple of years before returning to SA.  Matt has been an excellent Ambassador fulfilling all the expectations of this scholarship and more.

Matt has immersed himself in Scottish culture and history, sporting his very own kilt and a passion for ceilidh dancing. He has eaten haggis, drank whiskey, saw Scotland (and parts of England and continental Europe), sang in the Edinburgh University Singers and at a Burns Supper, held down a part-time job, advocated with the National StopAIDS Campaign, ran 3 half marathons for charity, fundraised with Rotary and Rotaract, obtained his Master’s degree, spoke to a variety of audiences, and fulfilled a long-standing dream!

Meetings in December 2012 / January 2013

The Rotary Club of Wynberg meets on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thursday of every month at The Palms Guest House, Oxford Road, Wynberg ( GPS co-ordinates: 33° 59′ 59.57″ S 18° 27′ 54.77″ E. If there is a 5th Thursday in the month, then we have a social.

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Uncle Paul’s: A Christmas show for children put on by the Wynberg Rotaractors runs from 1 December to 21 December

6 December: A charity night at Uncle Paul’s and the DG’s visit;

8 December: Christmas party at The Palms;

13 December: Normal meeting / Xmas meeting (gifts and no speaker);

[Last meeting for the year];

10 January: Normal meeting Annette Jahnel:  The first woman to drive solo once around the planet is coming your way

17 January: Normal meeting & DG’s visit;

18 / 19 January: Rotaract Kiddies Camp

24 January: Normal meeting / Dean Hand (PH):  “Impact Investing and a new way to think about philanthropic/ grant/ charitable donations…”;

31 January: Social;

Christmas came early to 6 schools in Grassy Park.

To lots of students, this is quite normal and no surprise,- as the early arrival of Christmas to 5 primary schools and 1 secondary school has been part of the pre-Christmas calendar for 12 years.  Without fail.

The big night this year was on Tuesday 27th of November, at Sid G. Rule Primary School, Grassy Park.  The big hall was filled by excited students, their parents and teachers, members of the Norwegian Liaison Committee and other members of the Rotary Club of Wynberg. A special guest was Mr Glen van Harte, the Director of the Metropole South Education who gave the keynote address.

There was be no Father Christmas, but the spirit of Christmas was the same, and the certificates given to the students, was received with just as much excitement and joy as any Christmas gift.  Between 600 and 700 students from 6 schools again shared the amazing amount of R370.000 – which was divided into bursaries for the upcoming school year.

The money can only be used for school material, uniforms and other equipment, all necessary expenses throughout the school year.  The recipients of the bursaries are selected by the principals and teachers, and all funds are administrated by the school authorities.  The selection is not necessary focusing on very clever students, but also taking into account those who need some extra financial help to get through the school year.

The amazing amount of money is being raised by young students in Norway, mainly on one specific Solidarity Day, when schools all over Norway close and the students take any work they can get.  This day has a long tradition in Norway, and the public are very willing to create jobs for the youngsters for good causes. Every year there are many worthwhile charities which apply for the fundraised amounts, and it is therefore unique that the Norwegian students have managed to keep up the enthusiasm for this project over so many years.  There is no doubt that this is mainly because of the fact that some students from the different Norwegian donor schools and a few teachers pay visits to Cape Town on a regular basis, to keep in touch with the schools in Grassy Park, as well as with the members of The Norwegian Liaison Committee of the Rotary Club of Wynberg.  The visitors are guests of the Rotary Club of Wynberg when they stay in Cape Town, and they always make it a point not to use any fundraised money for their travels.

The many remarks from grateful students as well as their families on the Bursary Award Evening, show that not only will the money be of great assistance, but the feeling that some students in a country far away,  care about them, and want them to succeed, is priceless.

So, Christmas did indeed come early to 6 schools in Grassy Park.

Schools for 2012:

  • Stephen Road Primary
  • Montagu’s Gift Primary
  • Die Duine Primary
  • Lotus River Primary
  • Perivale Primary
  • Fairmount Secondary

Meetings in November

The Rotary Club of Wynberg meets on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thursday of every month at The Palms Guest House, Oxford Road, Wynberg ( GPS co-ordinates: 33° 59′ 59.57″ S 18° 27′ 54.77″ E. If there is a 5th Thursday in the month, then we have a social.

View the full calendar. 

Highlights for the next month are:

1 Nov (Thur):   Normal meeting / Bronwyn Maree, SA Birdlife Albatross Task Force

8 Nov (Thur):   Normal meeting / Jacqui Greenberg and Sue Kitsen on stem cells

15 Nov (Thur): Normal meeting / Karin  Webber, Claremont Rotary Club, Business Ethics

22 Nov (Thur):  Board meeting / Thanksgiving Day in the USA

24 Nov (Sat):  Children’s Beach Day

28 Nov (Wed): Uncle Paul’s starts

29 Nov (Thur):  Social – details to be confirmed.

Ambassadorial Scholar Sarah Yousuf

Hello from Chicago, Illinois!  I am the 2012-2013 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar from District 6450, Rotary Chicago Far North, and I am currently staying here in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa.  I want to thank Rotary Wynberg for hosting me and showing me around their lovely city.


Touring the Cape: The Swartberg Pass and the Cango Caves.

Just a little about me, I originally come from a family of immigrants who settled in the States from Pakistan.  I grew up in Chicago and obtained my license to practice law as an attorney in 2008.  Currently, I am in South Africa obtaining my Masters of Law at the University of Cape Town.  In addition, I spend my free time doing volunteer work and practicing martial arts.


A little bit of home: The WIllis Tower in Chicago, and Sarah with her brother and sister.