New Year Greetings and New Committee
The RERA AGM was held on 30 December, attended in person and on Zoom by 56 people. All the documentation presented is available on the RERA AGM webpage. The meeting appreciated the superb Breeze and commended the Editor and the outgoing committee for their service. The AGM reaffirmed the importance of retaining Rooiels as natural as possible and called on the new committee to continue to protect Rooiels and to be open and inclusive.
The new Executive Committee for the Rooiels Ratepayers Association in 2023 was voted in:
Achim Halpaap is a Special Adviser to the UN with expertise in the green economy, chemicals and waste, and governance. Inspired by their stay in Cape Town in 2001-2002, Achim and Beatrice bought in Rooiels to be close to nature and to appreciate the many diverse dimensions of South Africa.
Andre Roothman will retire to Rooiels as soon as his house is completed. He is a celebrated South African actor and teacher. He hopes to explore his painting and artistic talent more upon retiring. He is passionate about nature and served on the 2022 RERA EXCO.
Eldie Brink was on the 2022 RERA and REC Excos as Secretary and has served Rooiels for many years with his legal and accountancy background. He brings deep institutional memory and local government expertise to the committees. He has worked tirelessly for Rooiels over many years - see the Breeze history article for some of his early contributions to Rooiels.
Lesley Lundie retired with her husband Gavin from Gauteng to Rooiels 5 years ago, having visited their holiday home in Betty's Bay over the years. She owned a building company and has business and development experience. She has been meticulous as the Treasurer of both RERA and REC Excos in 2022. She is passionate about nature and Rooiels.
Piet van Rensburg is an outdoorsman with a passion for nature, mountain biking and the underwater world. His company specialises in international business facilitation and intellectual property rights. He is committed to supporting Rooiels and liaising with authorities to ensure that service delivery and new developments enhance, rather than undermine, the Rooiels Vision.
Tracy Cronje served on the 2022 RERA Exco as a relatively new resident. She showed her commitment with tireless support for animals and nature and liaised with a range of agencies to support traffic calming and environment-friendly signage and education materials. She is currently working as a home loan finance facilitator in the Overstrand.
Tom Baigrie has been a Rooiels swallow since the 1980s. He and Alison built their Rooiels home in 2006 and they now spend more and more time here each year. Tom founded a financial advisory business in the UK and has recently stepped back to become its Chair rather than CEO. He has time now to serve Rooiels and hopes to do so using the values he learned in business: Openness, Tolerance, Care and Honesty are the way to Excellence.
Anuta and Kay are retiring from the Committee and would like to thank all Rooielsers for their support during 2022. We congratulate the new RERA Executive Committee and thank them for serving. We wish them every success in the coming year.
Best wishes to you all for 2023 - Kay Leresche and Anuta Scholtz
Please go to the Membership Page to join for 2023
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