The Pretoria Sunrise Rotary Club (formerly the Rotary Club of Pretoria Silverton) meets weekly on Saturdays at 08:15 for breakfast at Zoe's Brooklyn Lodge, corner of Tram and Bronkhorst Streets, New Muckleneuk, East of Pretoria.


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Club Events

Visit from District Governor

On 24th October the Club had the pleasure of taking our District Governor Jankees Sligcher to view our latest community project. Our Club is in partnership with the Kungwini Welfare Oganisation and the Czech Republic Development Agency in building a new Early Learning Centre (to be known as the Zwartkops ELC) for 44 children from the surrounding area. This will be an ongoing project to Increase the capacity of the ELC as there is no centre like this to cater for children aged 1 - 7 from impoverished families on the farms, plots and settlements within a 10 km radius. Phase 1 of the project should be completed by the end of January 2018, and it will consist of a fenced secure area, two 12 metre containers as classrooms, a small storeroom, an office, electrification of the site, a 2,200 litre water tank and stand, 9 Ecosan toilets, a roof to provide shade for the children, education equipment, a garden and grass. The total value of the project is in the region of R500,000, of which The Czech Development Agency and Sunrise Rotary have provided R222,000, and the balance by the supporters of the Kungwini Welfare Organisation. This is certainly in keeping with our Rotary International Theme of the year of "Making a Difference".

Whiskey Raffle

On Saturday 30th September our Club had the draw for the Whiskey Raffle. The prize which was donated by our Club President was a 2 litre bottle of Grants blended whiskey, and a 750 ml bottle of Glen Grant single Malt. The members of the Club sold 50 tickets at R 100 each ticket and R 5,000 was made for the benefit of the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus program. We are very grateful to those members of the public who bought tickets, and their support. The winner was Mrs Pat Reynders, who received her prize from our Club President Chris Pretorius.

RYLA Students

The two students from Lesedi Secondary School whom the Club sponsored to the 2017 RYLA ( Rotary Youth Leadership Awards ) attended the Club meeting on 23rd September. We extend our congratulations to both Basetsana Pilane and Gontse Leshaba on their presentation. Both were neatly dressed in school uniform, spoke exceptionally well and confidently of their experience during the RYLA Camp. They believed the experience was life changing in giving them a more complete view of themselves their interaction with others and their destiny. They are both a credit to their parents and family and the School.

KFC Add Hope Trust Donation Towards Feeding of Disadvantaged Pre-Schoolers

The Kentucky Fried Chicken KFC “Add Hope Trust” has presented the Pretoria Sunrise Rotary Club with a cheque for R 96,000 to manage lunch-time feeding of 183 disadvantaged children at the Lethabong and Zwartkops Early Learning Centres for a year. Both Centres are staffed and managed by the Kungwini Welfare Organisation.

This is the third year that the KFC “ Add Hope Trust” has supported the Club in its endeavours to improve the lives of children bought up in impoverished communities. The KFC “Add Hope Trust” assists many communities through NGOs nationally in South Africa. Their funding feeds thousands of Children and that funding is raised through the generosity of the public in South Africa who contribute R 2.00 extra when they buy a meal from a KFC franchise.

At the handover of the cheque on 6th September 2017, KFC staff also handed each child a gift packet, and helped with the serving of their midday meal. The photographs show staff of the Kungwini Early Learning Centre and KFC, with Rotarians and, of course, the children.

Thank You KFC , Rotary is so grateful for your trust and belief in our organisation in its efforts to serve the community.

Rotary Open Gardens of the Jacaranda City - 16th and17th September 2017

The 2017 'Rotary Gardens of the Jacaranda City' gives the public the opportunity of experiencing the splendour of Spring visits to exclusive gardens in Pretoria. The event organised by PP Bebe du Raan takes place on 16th and 17th September 2017, and features eleven gardens. The year's gardens and their addresses are shown below. Beneficiaries of the event include the Tshegofatsong School for Learners with Special Educational Needs in Mamelodi, the Lethabong informal settlement Early Learning Centre Kungwini Welfare Organization, the Horizon Care Centre for Profoundly Handicapped Children in Silverton, and the Eersterus Welfare Organisation for the Aged - in the form of blankets, shoes, clothes, books, wheelchairs, clean water, and vegetable garden tunnels. You can download and print the 2017 Open Gardens Brochure.

To offer your garden for the 2018 event, call Bebe du Raan at 082 492 1973 or Doreen Gough at 082 497 7938.

Lucette Wegelin
163 Anderson St

Marilyn Penny
328 Alpine Road

Herculine Retief
476 The Wishbone North

Elise De Jong
1 Las Palmeras
37 Kesselaar Ave, Brummeria

Catharine Hobson
Tyrone Morris
109 Farnham Road
Manor Estate, Lynnwood Manor

Hester vd Merwe
Wolfstraat 313

Toy Meyer
6 Condon St
Pierre van RyneveldPark

Alda de Wet
71 Farnham Rd
Manor Estate, Lynnwood Manor

Giel Fourie
Skilpadstr 97

Toy Meyer
8 Martin Road
Pierre van RyneveldPark

Bebe du Raan (Tea Garden)
25C Farmer’s Folly

Presidential Induction 2017/2018

On 1st July 2017 PDG Chris Pretorius was inducted by District 9400 Governor Jankees Slicher as President of the Pretoria Sunrise Rotary Club for a second term. The ceremony took place at the Irene Country Lodge. Inducted on the same occasion were the Incoming Presidents of four other Rotary Clubs in the vicinity of Pretoria - Chris Visser of Centurion, Mark Reiner of Warmbaths, Olga dos Ramos of Pretoria, and Nqobile Thele of Pretoria West.

KFC Donation for Feeding at Lethabong

One hundred and thirty children at the Kungwini Lethabong Early Childhood Learning Centre are assured of two healthy meals daily, thanks to Pretoria Sunrise Rotary. The Club has received a donation of R85 000 from KFC’s Social Responsibility Trust for the feeding scheme at the Centre. The Centre has always provided meals for the children, but the generous donation allows the funds at the Centre to be used towards other development needs for the children. Last year, Pretoria Sunrise Rotary approached KFC for the first time and in 2015 received R66 000 for this scheme. There is a high unemployment rate in the Lethabong Community. Among the other projects there, Pretoria Sunrise Rotary has, in addition to helping support the school with carpeting class rooms, toys and blankets, started a programme whereby individual households are being taught to plant vegetable gardens. Members of the community also planted some trees, donated by Pretoria Sunrise Rotary, along the dirt roads to help alleviate the muddy conditions during the raining season, which makes the roads difficult to negotiate. This year’s donation was made by KFC at the Early Learning Centre at Lethabong Settlement on 23 August. For further information please call Perry Garlick at 082 366 4411.

Gardening Project for the Tshegofatsong School for Learners with Special Educational Needs

The Tshegofatsong Special Needs School gardening project has been completed. The booster pump, irrigation equipment, piping and sprinklers have now been installed. The funding of this project came from The Czech Development Agency (the borehole, tank, booster pump, and irrigation equipment), and the Pretoria Sunrise Rotary Club (the tunnels, seeds, micro mist irrigation, and soils). The project commenced in 2015, and after one year is proving its sustainability due to the co-operation of the School Management Board, the learners, and the staff of the school. Now the school no longer has to rely on Municipal water for the growing of vegetables for feeding the 460 children at lunch time. The tunnels are full of vegetables, and garden beds are being prepared for the sowing of tomatoes, carrots, and onions. We are delighted with the results, and the nutrition that the children receive.

Presidential Induction 2016/2017

At a meeting on 23rd June 2016 attended by DGPR Louis Greeff and AG Ian MacKechnie, PDG Chris Pretorius was inducted as President of the Club by outgoing President Pat Reynders. He announced the Board for the 2016/2017 Rotary Year (see below). Five members (Pres Chris Pretorius, PP Doreen Gough, PP Bebe du Raan, PP Perry Garlick, and Rtn Meg Garlick) received attendance awards. Dr Panganai Dhiliwayo was inducted as a member of the Club.

PP Perry Garlick

PP Bebe Du Raan

Rtn Barry Puttergill

DGPR Louis Greeff

President Pat Reynders

Induction of President Chris Pretorius
by Outgoing President Pat Reynders

President Chris Pretorius

2016/2017 Board

Attendance Awards

Induction of Dr Panganai Dhiliwayo

Rtns Barry Puttergill, Patience Zonge
and Sylvester Hwenha

Rtns Rubie Maenzinise, Patience Zonge, and
Sylvester Hwenha with Guest

Presidents and District Representatives
Toast to South Africa

Blankets for the Winter of 2016

The Club’s annual blanket drive for 2016 raised R 11000 which bought 150 Blankets. The funds included a contribution from Rtn Ann Merrifield from Oregon. First recipients were the Malerati Centre For Hope for 26 Orphans based in Mamelodi. In attendance from Rotary Sunrise were PP Panganai Dhilawayo, PP Perry Garlick & Rtn Meg Garlick. Next were 18 Grade R pupils at Tshegofatsong Special Needs School. Other Donations of Blankets are to be made to the Silverton Old Age Home, The Eesterust Welfare Organisation for the Aged, and Team Challenge.

Wheelchair Donations

As part of its Community Fund spending for 2016, the Club donated a wheelchair to Tops and Tags for Lethogonolo Mphela. At the handover was President Pat Reynders, and PP Bebe Du Raan. The Club donated a further 5 wheel chairs to The Horizon Care Centre for Severely Handicapped Children.

Zwavelpoort Early Learning Centre

President Pat Reynders, PP Bebe Du Raan, and PP Perry Garlick had the pleasure of giving toys to 38 children from disadvantaged rural areas in the 2-4 years old group at the Zwavelpoort Early Learning Centre managed by the Kungwini Welfare Organisation. These toys were sponsored by an NGO "Toys For Africa" as well as soft toys collected by PP Bebe Du Raan.

Support for Tshegofatsong School by Czech Republic and Rotary

The Pretoria Sunrise Rotary Club and the Embassy of the Czech Republic have, for several years, individually and jointly supported the Tshegofatsong School for Learners with Special Educational Needs. A gathering at the school on 11th September was an opportunity to view several of the projects - garden tunnels, a borehole, workshop tools, sewing machines, and handcraft materials, and for the Ambassador Ms Blanka Fajkusova to formally hand over to the Principal Mr Ngobeni the Embassy's donations to the school as she nears the end of her term in South Africa.

KFC Donation for Feeding at Early Learning School

At the instigation of the Pretoria Sunrise Rotary Club, the Kentucky Fried Chicken Social Responsibility Trust donated R66000 towards supplementing feeding of young children at the Kungwini Early Learning Centre in the Lethabong informal settlement East of Pretoria. The donation was formally handed over on 23rd June 2015 and the children immediately began benefiting.

In January 2016 KFC Add Hope Trust people Suzanne Theunissen, and Daniel Rossouw, donated lunch boxes and pencil cases to the Grade R’s at the Lethabong Early Learning Centre. The KFC Add Hope Trust through our Club continues to fund the food for feeding the 108 children.

Gardening Tunnels at EWOFA

During 2013 the Club erected two tunnels at the Eersterus Welfare Organsation for the Aged(EWOFA). Since then the 90 elderly residents have grown vegetables to feed themselves and others in the surrounding community. Those still physically able to do so assisted with the erection of the tunnels, planting, weeding and harvesting. The project proved so successful that in 2015 the Club erected another two tunnels. The work was conducted by members of the Club assisted by EWOFA residents. The project was funded from a Rotary District Grant of USD 1500, and the funds were used to purchase the tunnel kits, purchase truckloads of a landscaping compost mix to enrich that poor soil at the site, and to purchase irrigation equipment to provide an overhead spray system. Dr Willy Hoods, Chairman of the EWOFA Governing Body, thanked the Club for its support, and said how delighted residents were with their home-grown vegetables.

Wheelchair Donation

The two grandchildren of Mr M I Motjale who lives in Nellmapius, Pretoria, were both born with cerebral palsy. Although the girls come from Mafikeng, they are treated regularly at the Steve Biko hospital in Pretoria, where they are tested, given medication and examined every four Months. Oratile (seven years old) and Lemogang (two years) have never been able to walk. Pretoria Sunrise gave each of them a wheelchair in 2013.

Gardening at Tshegofatsong

The Tshegofatsong Special School in Mamelodi encourages learners, parents and the community to use open portions of its grounds to grow vegetables. The Rotary Club is supporting this by purchasing and erecting tunnels, improving the soil, and installing spray irrigation. The photographs are of an event on 16th November when Club members assisted in erecting two new tunnels. Click on the images to enlarge them

By summertime the tunnels erected at Tshegofatsong in November 2013 were yielding green beans and beetroot to feed the children at the school, and the excess vegetables grown were raising R250 per month from sales to the community.

Club Office Bearers

Office Current Home Telephone Mobile Phone
President Chris Pretorius 012 991 8970 083 653 4801
Past-President: Pat Reynders 012 807 3314 083 996 3015
Secretary Doreen Gough 082 497 7938
Treasurer: Barry Puttergill 012 361 4760 082 578 9592
Sergeant: Meg Garlick 012 347 0858 082 568 6863
Community Service: Pat Reynders 012 807 3314 083 996 3015
Rotary Foundation: Perry Garlick 012 347 0858 082 366 4411
Club Administration: George Dehlen 012 991 1754 082 492 1806
Club Newsletter Doreen Gough 082 497 7938
Facebook: Perry Garlick 012 347 0858 082 366 4411
Website George Dehlen 012 991 1754 082 492 1806

For calls from outside South Africa, please replace the leading 0 with +27. To protect the office bearers from e-mail spam generated by web crawlers, their e-mail addresses are not shown. If you wish to contact the Club by e-mail, please address your correspondence to the Webmaster, and your message will be passed on to the relevant office-bearer. Alternatively write to The Secretary, P O Box 2896, Faerie Glen 0043, South Africa.

Club History

The Pretoria Sunrise Rotary Club (formerly the Rotary Club of Pretoria Silverton) is located in District 9400. The original District 925, formed in 1960, was restructured several times and from 1996 as District 9250 encompassed the North and North East of South Africa, Swaziland, Southern Mozambique and Botswana and comprised 49 clubs.

In 2008 the RI Board of Directors took the decision to consolidate districts 9250 and 9300 into a new District 9400, effective 1 July 2010, comprising Botswana; Part of Mozambique - the area south of the Save River; Swaziland; part of South Africa - the Limpopo Province; Mpumalanga Province; Gauteng Province; in the North West Province the boundaries north of the southern boundaries of the Magisterial Districts of Mafikeng, Lichtenburg, Coligny and Ventersdorp; that portion of the Free State, north of the southern boundary of the Magisterial District of Sasolburg, east of the eastern boundaries of the Magisterial District of Heilbron and Lindley, and north of the northern boundaries of the Magisterial District of Bethlehem and Harrismith; north of the northern boundary of the Magisterial District of Potchefstroom, twelve kilometres north of the Potchestroom TownHall.

The Rotary Club of Pretoria Silverton was chartered on 3 May 1971, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pretoria East. The territorial limits of the Club, as originally defined, comprised the area East of the N1 freeway as far as Bronkhorstspruit, North of Lynnwood Road, and South of the Magaliesberg range.

In 2009 the Club changed its weekly meetings to breakfast on Saturdays, and in recognition of this changed its name to the Pretoria Sunrise Rotary Club.

Since its charter date, the Club has been led by 34 Club Presidents:

Club Presidents

1971/72 Bill Fendick 1972/73 Keith McCusker
1973/74 Malan de Villiers 1974/75 Paul Bryant
1975/76 Clive Parker 1976/77 Gerrit Botha
1977/78 Wilse Mare 1978/79 Denzil Edwards
1979/80 Keith McCusker 1980/81 Dawie de Villiers
1981/82 Kevin Napier 1982/83 Mike Vlok
1983/84 Tony Johnston 1984/85 Philip Chamberlain
1985/86 Tony Roper 1986/87 Francis Collins
1987/88 Alan Roets 1988/89 Ian Kelfkens
1989/90 Chris Heydenrych 1990/91 Callie Pistorius
1991/92 Leith Polson 1992/93 George Harrop-Allin
1993/94 Derek Stedall 1994/95 Tony Godrich
1995/96 Rodney Skelton
Tony Godrich
1996/97 George Dehlen
1997/98 Graham Waterston 1998/99 Bernard Mason
1999/00 Chris Pretorius 2000/01 Phillip Steyn
2001/02 Tony Godrich 2002/03 Reg Botha
2003/04 Bebe du Raan 2004/05 Tony Godrich
2005/06 Chris Pretorius 2006/07 Guy Cartwright
2007/08 Dee Morris 2008/09 Edda Davidson
2009/10 George Dehlen 2010/11 Edda Davidson
2011/2012 Mbasa Mxenge 2012/13 Perry Garlick
2013/2014 Julian Tuca and
Perry Garlick
2014/15 Doreen Gough
2015/2016 Pat Reynders 2016/2017 Chris Pretorius

Several Club members have served as District Governor of District 925 (later 9250):

1982/83 Keith McCusker
1991/92 Guy Cartwright
2006/07 Chris Pretorius

What is Rotary?

  • Rotary is a service association of business and professional leaders united worldwide who conduct humanitarian projects, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and work toward world understanding and peace.
  • Rotary is more than 1.2 million service-minded leaders belonging to over 32000 Rotary Clubs in over 170 countries.
  • Rotary is compassion for the underpriviledged, the ill and disabled, many of whom are the beneficiaries of over 50000 service projects conducted by Rotary Clubs around the world each year.
  • The Rotary Foundation spends more than US$60 million annually on a variety of educational and humanitarian programmes to promote international understanding.


The Club welcomes people who are interested in fun, fellowship and caring. Service opportunities include children at risk, disabled persons, health care, international understanding and goodwill. Rotarians make a difference. Interested? Call Bebe du Raan at 082 492 1973.

Some Rotary Links

Rotary International Headquarters Rotary District 9400 Rotarians on the Internet
Pretoria Capital Rotary Club Pretoria Hatfield Rotary Club Rotary Club of Centurion
Rotary Club of Pretoria East Rotary Club of Pretoria West Rotary Club of Brits

Contact our webmaster at e-mail:

The Secretary, Pretoria Sunrise Rotary Club, P O Box 2896, Faerie Glen 0043, South Africa