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A word from the President Stefan Grobler In the build-up to the renamed ARTSCCO Add a little of body text weekend, webithad to swallow the bitter pill that ARTSA would once again not be in the format Tablers have been longing for, for nearly two years. It is a date that every Tabler pens down in their diaries, and you would often listen to stories of how this one weekend a year is an unmissable event. Fortunately, we had the opportunity for both Incoming and Outgoing Assco Members to attend a weekend rebranded as the ARTSCCO Weekend. An opportunity for the Outgoing Association Council to finish their statutory duties and hand over the reins to their successors. Credit has to be given to

ARTSSCO 2021 - Be Someone Worth Following David Costine, ARTSA 2021 Convenor, for arranging a fantastic weekend in an extremely short space of time and still ensuring that we adhered to all Covid-19 protocols. After an exhausting two days that included the 4th Association Council Meeting, ARTSA Forums and AGM, the time had come for the 2021/2022 Association Council to take up their positions as the new leadership of RTSA. Fortunately, the Shadow Assco held in November of 2020 in Bloemfontein

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In the build-up to the renamed ARTSCCO weekend, we had to swallow the bitter pill that ARTSA would once again not be in the format Tablers have been longing for, for nearly two years. It is a date that every Tabler pens down in their diaries, and you would often listen to stories of how this one weekend a year is an unmissable event. One of those elements being that we would not merely be doing a check-box exercise by copying what has been done in the past years but would actively be... Read more on page 3.


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From the Editor Igor Scheurkogel

A new Round Table term has started, with new ideas, new drive for impactful change and hope that 2021 would slowly return to normal that we can all table like we know it. But what the whole pandemic has taught me is that our motto, 'Adopt, Adapt, Improve' has never become more relevant than now. For Round Table as a whole we need to adjust with the times and fast to ensure that the best gentlemen's organization remains on the forefront of of changing the lives of thousands of people. This is the first issue of the Inkundla and it started with a survey to see what tablers think about the Inkundla, how to keep it relevant and to make it a tool that we can use to expand our brand. Over 400 tablers responded which means there is still work to be done on how to communicate with tablers and how to get better feedback. Almost 20% of RTSA (based on the survey if taken as a sample) do not utilize or read the Inkundla which show that improvement is needed.

My predecessor Adrian Ihlenfeldt did an AMAZING job to lift the bar and make the Inkundla professional and something to be proud of as a tabler, it's now up to me to use what he has created and put the magic into tablers hands. Do not be surprised if the Inkundla changes each edition, a product can only improve if it is tested properly and our best testers are tablers. Yours in Table

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A word from the President continued... [..] seeking alternative opportunities to add value to each other and our Association Members. RTSA has extensively adopted the phrase of #ImpactfulChange, yet this phrase might not hold true for the Association Council, as we fall somewhat outside the scope of fellowship and charity. Our 1st Association Council Meeting followed the framework more often seen in workshops than at business meetings, with interactive collaboration from all those attending to formulate an identity that we would adopt for the coming year. For the first time, I saw Tablers still talking about the meeting well into the final night’s festivities. It was highly satisfying to see how the entire Council embraced the idea of breaking the status quo. The positive feedback received might see us doing similar sessions with Area Tablers throughout our travels this year. As mentioned in the Presidential Address, if we want to make an Impactful Change, we need to start by making our own beds. This year, the Association Council will endeavour to ensure that we do the basic tasks correct before moving to bigger and better tasks. If we want to make an Impactful Change, we need to find people to help us paddle. The steering of the RTSA Ship cannot only be done by the Council, and we will need the help from each Tabler in the Association. If we want to make an Impactful Change, we need to measure people by the size of their hearts, not the size of their flippers.

The contributions made across our Association by all Members and all Areas are each equal in value,each impacting their immediate community. If we want to make an Impactful Change, we need to put our failures in the past and keep moving forward. Sometimes easier said than done, but we need to keep our eyes on the prize and focus on all the positive change we bring about. If we want to make an Impactful Change, we never ever ring the bell. We as an Association will never give up, we will continue to fight. We hope that we can be true to our word after this year and would have been “someone worth following”. I look forward to seeing you at your various Conferences and wish you all the best for another successful year of ImpactfulChange.

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Impactful Change RT 158 Driving Impactful Change P.G. Grove

Mariska Steyn is an education student at Kovsies in Bloemfontein and she is in her final year. She lives alone with her mother and with virtually no external support they work hard to survive. Mariska's mother is an assistant at a Doctors consulting room and Mariska works part time to ensure she had pocket money as well as assist her mother to put food on the table. She studied with a NASFAS scholarship that was suddenly withdrawn in December 2020. Mariska applied for a job at the University as a teaching assistant in order to stay financially independent. She also approached the Rapports Education Fund for a final year bursary and even though she was successful, they were unable assist her with her registration fees.

As a last resort , Mariska approached Bloemfontein 158 and asked for help to cover her registration fees on condition that she would reimburse Round Table after she had received her first salary. Not only did our hearts break, we were extremely impressed with Mariska’s drive to help provide for her and her mother as well as be successful despite her circumstances. We agreed to assist Mariska with the registration fees and wished well for her future. However, we all agreed that no payback will be necessary and suggested that she use the funds to make a difference in the community in her own way. This is what Round Table is all about, improving people's lives and making a # impactful change in the community. Please click on the link to see a special video by Mariska thanking Bloemfontein 158 for making a real difference in her life.

As a last resort , Mariska approached Bloemfontein 158 and asked for help to cover her registration fees on condition that she would reimburse Round Table after she had received her first salary.

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Wheel Chair Donation I would like to share something that happened to RT61 in April that made us love Table all over again... My wife, Deanne was approached early this week by a lady within our community who is desperately looking for a wheel chair for her son, aged 7, who has Angels Syndrome.

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and Myself, at the lady's house so he can personally hand this over to the family! We understand that he respects the family and don't want to make to a big a do about it, that's why he wants to keep it small. We informed the family and they were overjoyed. We visited the family and got to meet little Aryan and you could just see the excitement in his eyes when he saw the wheel chair! Very heartwarming feeling to see peoples lives changing right in front of your eyes! Gents, if you have never felt the amazing feeling of a blessing to someone from someone and have the opportunity to be part it, then this is IT. People see what Round Table is busy doing and they see the love being shared out there and they want to be part of it, even if it’s small acts of kindness! People are amazing and to make a difference in someone's life just by being a Tabler makes it even more worthwhile.... The community needs Round Table in their communities! Find something good to do in all you do in Table! #impactfulchange and proud of it…

She asked me if Round Table can help and I contacted one of the other Tables asking them if they could assist as I know that they might have some funds in their Welfare account. We left it there as RT61 would not be able to help at this stage due to funds. Then something amazing happened.... While Deanne was posting an ad on Facebook about the Ladies Project (Bread-tags) she got a call from a Gentleman, out of the blue, who said that he wants to help someone and was thinking to "DONATE A WHEEL CHAIR OR SOMETHING" and he asked how can he do this together with Round Table.... Deanne then told him about the lady and he asked her to get him a price and more info. Dischem Store suggested one a model that would suit the child and the guy said that he will go there the next day and purchase it and then asked us to please arrange that he meets us, Deanne and

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My 16 Mile Swim Stephen Hunt

So everyone knows of the Midmar Mile swimming race, well within that mile and all its races are a special bunch of characters. These characters are known as the 16 Mile Squad, out of thousands of entries only a handful are picked for this prestigious swim as its been known to be one of the most grueling swims within the event. To qualify for this event not only do you need to be fairly fit you need to raise a substantial amount of money to do it R20,000.00 to be exact. So here I found myself being part of the 16 Mile Squad for the second consecutive year, this year was completely different due to Covid 19 restrictions and I found myself on the back foot having to catch up almost a year’s worth of training and diet in a matter of months. None the less I got it done. A few months before the event I decided to start raising funds for the event. The funds raised went to 2 awesome charities namely CHOC and Happy Bundles. Both of which deal with children with cancer. I really can’t thank those that donated enough after many meetings, speeches and pleading my story, Round Table really came to the party and helped me achieve the required donations goal. Through this organization I managed to raise a whopping R 15 000, 00. A huge thanks needs to go out though to Kloof 190, Durban 2, Umhlanga 155 and not forgetting the infamous yet prestigious Toti 85 without you guys none of this would have been possible it truly warms my heart knowing that I can call you lot my brothers. So enough with the soppiness let get on with the story so the day before the event arrived off we went for a quick race briefing and some photography. The day ended quickly and we were told to get our rest - off we went. Day 1:

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Day 1: After a good night’s rest the morning sun quickly set in and off I went down to the water for registration, after quickly being registered the team got together once more for their final briefing and bang off we went. There was nothing more beautiful that morning than being in the crisp clear waters of Midmar so off we went now although we were part of the 16 mile squad none of us really swam together so the first few races were daunting not knowing how fit and how much training the others had put in, Race 1, 2 and 3 saw me out in front. Race 4 I decided to pull back and save energy for day 2 so the rest of the races I cruised in at 5th and 6th

position and so race 8 finally approached us the last one for the day. There’s no greater feeling than reaching that half way mark until race 16 that is. Day 2 had arrived. Last year I can remember this stage pretty well, muscles sore, tiredness had kicked in and the feeling of being broken were amongst most of the team. This year I'd have to say thank you to another one of my sponsors Future Life after getting a hearty breakfast down me and loads of Future Life energy sachets I was ready and I took to the waters with a determination like no other!Staying in first place for most of the races the 8th, 9th and 10th. Mile 15 was especially nice for me it saw me smash my record time taking 30 seconds off and completing that leg of the race in an astonishing 27:08 my best time yet and so the final leg had come upon us. Off we went now that feeling you get when you can see the end is near is one of the best feelings in the world however 20 m before the finish I was still on top form I broke out of freestyle and gave the waters 20 m of butterfly to say thank you. As I climbed out that water tears rolled down my face looking back at what I had just accomplished. Truly thankful for all that pushed me along the way all that supported me and gave me words of encouragement all that believed in me. Thank you to all I cannot wait to see what next year brings.

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Building on Education

Mark Kissler

The combined force of this team effort is testament to the love Namibians have for their country and the urge that transpires to make this arid ridden country a little better, one step at a time. Bet-el Primary School is in dire need of additional classrooms. Data provided by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture revealed that the school, since 1980, retains a double-shift system. This basically means that the relationship of available classroom space versus learners is extremely skewed. In essence the classrooms are insufficient to teach all pupils during the morning session and thus an afternoon session is presently in effect to cater for the educational requirements of all learners.

Grades 2 to 3 host 299 pupils alone. Research undertaken over the years on the topic of the doubleshift system of teaching and learning in primary schools has confirmed that learners attending the afternoon sessions are at a perpetual disadvantage with performance in mathematics and content-based subjects, especially during the summer months with high daytime temperatures. We are grateful to confirm that we can assist in solving the problem for Bet-el Primary School. Through the generous donation of Auas Motors, the vehicle subsidiary of the Nictus Group, with assistance from Isuzu South Africa, we as Round Table 34 are able to alleviate the double-shift system. A single classroom will suffice to teach all children in Grades 2 to 3 during the morning hours. A significant amount of N$ 170,000 was awarded by Auas Motors to Round Table 34. This, in conjunction with the youthful and visionary leadership team at Atenu Developments CC, who successfully quoted on the construction and were awarded the project, we are ecstatic on making life just a little better for so many children. Construction is to commence in due course once all paperwork is finalized. We look forward to sending out a 2nd report once the new classroom has been inaugurated.

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Pampoen Project

Chris Ross My oupa het altyd gesê, “ ‘n mens betaal vir drie goed in die wêreld nie. ‘n Hond , Seks en Pampoen” was dié drie items op sy lys. Die Engo Kinderhuis is die gelukkige instansie wat saam met my oupa nie vir pampoen die winter gaan betaal nie. Een van ons nuutste tafelaars AJ Britz het weer na ons pampoen grappe uitgeruil het by ‘n vergadering die idee gekry om ‘n vrag of wat pampoen by sy oupa af te rokkel. AJ is ‘n ywerige skaapboer in die SuidVrystaat en sy oupa op sy beurt het ‘n gemengde boerdery waaronder groente een is, dié dat hy kans gesien het om die pampoen te kry. So gesê so gedaan, ‘n week later het AJ gebel en laat weet dat hy oppad in dorp toe is met die vrag pampoen.

Ons het onmiddelik navraag gedoen en Frikkie van Dyk die Engo Kinderhuis hoof in Bloemfontein het ons met ope arms ontvang. Ons het so om en by 300 groendoppampoene by die kinderhuis Gaan afgee. Die kinders in elke huis (Die kinderhuis is in afsonderlike huise op die selfde perseel geleë.) is dadelik opdrag gegee om na huiswerk die middag aan te meld om te help pampoen werk! Hulle sou al die pampoen in pakkies verwerk en vries vir die koue winter se pampoenkoekies, soetpampoen en pampoenterte. Oppad uit het die huismoeder juis laat val “ Vanaand is die aand vir Pampoenkoekies met Kaneelsuiker” wat enige man sommer dadelik laat verlang na huiskos. So onwetend en eintlik deur die toedoen van ‘n grap kon Round Table soos altyd wéér ‘n verskil maak. Dit is wat ons organisasie so uniek en spesiaal maak.

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Pumpkin Project

Kevin Fraser Last November we kicked off a heaviest pumpkin competition at a local school with the aim of encouraging kids to get their hands dirty and appreciate where their food comes from. Pumpkin seed and fertilizer was sponsored by our Forge Agri co-op, it was repacked into smaller packages and sold on to the pupils and parents. A total of R7060 was raised and donated back to the school. In March 2021 we got in touch with the PR dept. of MayFord Seeds and pitched the idea to them. Their response was enthusiastic and they immediately sent through a prize hamper. There is hope that more Tables will join us in this initiative and run this as one of their own projects. Please email hello@saniroundtable.co.za if you would like to find out more.

Prize giving was held at Underberg Primary School on Monday 19th April. What a fantastic response, a total of 67 pumpkins were entered and they weighed in at a combined 475kgs. Darius Blomerus entered a 19.1kg whopper and won the adults section, Logan van Huyssteen (a Sani 41’ers son) won the pupils prize with an impressive 15.2kg specimen. Thank you to Forge Agri for the seed, fertilizer and trophy donation, and to Mayford Seeds who sponsored some great prizes and their commitment to building this project with us. All the pumpkins where then distributed through an on-going feeding scheme we started with the Underberg Farmers Association in March 2020.

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Helping our local heroes

Andrew Teare While many of us have been in some form of lockdown these last 12 months, there have been many heroes in our communities. The Western Province area has been hard hit, including our beloved community of Durbanville, and we owe so much to the doctors and nurses who have been saving lives. There are also some unsung heroes: the paramedics who have spent hours on the roads, picking up COVID-19 patients and scrambling to find a hospital, with the patients struggling to breathe. We heard from our local paramedics how they had to drive around for hours trying to find a hospital to take in a patient in critical condition. Durbanville 165 decided to say thanks in our own small way. Firstly, we gave these angels some wings, putting together energy packs for the local government clinic staff and ambulance workers of Netcare 911. One of the teams was about to embark on an 8 hour round trip to fetch a patient from a rural part of the province. Then at the next opportunity in our community, we all got together to donate much needed blood to the WP Blood Service.

If COVID wasn’t enough, a massive fire broke out on the slopes of Table Mountain on 18 April. The fire made international news as it destroyed historical buildings, required large scale evacuations of residents and burnt a large part of Table Mountain over 3 days. Durbanville 165 kicked off a quick project and, in less than 12 hours, we raised R12,000 from Tablers, the public and businesses. We must extend a special mention to the South Cape Area, donating R5,000 to the cause in solidarity with our area – a special gesture from our fellow Tablers. The R12,000 was used to buy medical supplies, snacks, cooldrinks, energy drinks and R6,000 worth of water for the fireman. This was distributed via Hoop, getting us multiple mentions on Bok Radio. We donated R1,000 to the Good Hope SPCA who are dealing with all the wild animals seriously injured during the fires. These last few months have really showed the #impactfulchange we can have on our communities.

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Double the Care: The Twins are at it again Jurgen Schoeman Welkom 40 is blessed with two exceptional community servants. It is also a bone of contention as the twins – Hennie and Eddie Breytenbach – look so similar that they seem to be everywhere at once. These two Tablers have run the Community Services portfolio of Round Table for the 2020 year and have really made it their own. Both were Table Chairmen and as such know what their actions mean to the community. This week has been one of the shining examples of what these two men do on a daily and a weekly basis. Eddie found a Facebook post of a girl in Bloemfontein an immediately sent a message to the Chairman to get involved. Rina (not her real name) lives outside of Bloemfontein in a garage with her parents. All she wanted for her 9th birthday was a bicycle. Eddie and Hennie did not waste a minute and delivered a bicycle to the young lady. It did not stop there. They also organized a cake and supplied her with much needed supplies for the upcoming school year. These two gentlemen are true Tablers, and we are proud to have you as part of the Welkom 40 family.

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Tops & Tags Rigardt Esterhuizen Paarl44 found a foundation that are donating wheelchairs to people who cannot afford a wheelchair, but are in need of one. This foundation is called The sweethearts Foundation. They collect bottle tops and bread tags to exchange for a wheelchair. Paarl44 started to collect the tops and tags do donate so that a person in need can get a wheelchair. Then we hear that an old age home in our aera collects them to get wheelchairs for their own people. Paarl44 donated their seven large boxes full of tops and tags to the old age home.

Freedom Day Stephen Kalytta For Freedom Day, the 27th of April, Round Table Kloof 190 in collaboration with Round Table Durban 2 donated 30 beds to an orphanage very close to our hearts called Tholuthando Children's Home. The orphanage was low on beds which meant they had children sharing single mattresses but thanks to our combined contributions this is no longer the case; these children will finally have a bed that they can call their own - something many of us may take for granted. Freedom day is about more than just our individual freedoms but the collective freedom of all, so it is vitally important to give to those less fortunate and attempt to lessen the burden they need face. WWW.ROUNDTABLE.CO.ZA

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SPLASHY FEN CAMPING GETAWAY Rigardt Esterhuizen Sani 152 has long been a part of the Splashy Fen music festival and the weekends spent there have been a solid contributor to our projects account. The festival was cancelled last year due to Covid and we didn’t just lose on the funding side but also the fellowship that we enjoy at Splashy Fen. This year the event organisers held a much smaller, intimate, 250 person camping getaway and we had the opportunity to sell ice and water to the attendees. Although 10 000 people weren’t in attendance like normal, the vibe there was special. A relaxing family weekend camping in a special part of our country listening to some talented artists from KZN was food for the soul after these tough past months. It was great to meet other Tablers and lock horns with some 41ers around the bonfire. There are hopes for another Splashy Fen festival in September and we urge you to come and experience probably the greatest festival in Southern Africa.

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RT 2 and RT 190 team up to provide mattresses

Jesse Rich Tholuthando is a children's home in Hillcrest that Kloof 190 has been working with for about 2 years. It is run by a lady named Cindy along with her 16 year old daughter who have dedicated their lives to this home. The home provides for 55 children in total and unfortunately the situation they were stuck in was that they had a severe lack of beds for the children. The situation was sitting at 33 girls sharing 14 beds, 20 boys sharing 12 beds and four baby’s who would have to share with the girls on their single mattresses. The situation was made worse by the fact that these current mattresses were of a low quality and extremely thin. Kloof 190 attended Durban 2’s social meeting on the 1st of April, where Jacques Lemmer explained the situation at Tholuthando. Durban 2 believed it was a great cause and it was agreed that Jess Rich of Durban 2 would liaise with Jacques in order to bring a proposal at the next business meeting (15 April 2021). The Proposal was for the donation of 27 mattresses from a supplier who Kloof 190 had already sourced and the proposal was subsequently passed, with the bonus of the supplier giving us 30 mattresses in total. The handover of the mattresses was a roaring success with Durban 2’s Vice Chairman Wesley Wells in attendance along with various members of Kloof 190. There were plenty of celebrations with singing and dancing as the mattresses arrived. Overall this was a very successful project and one that Durban 2 looks forward to working with again. The project also strengthened our relationship with our Kloof 190 brothers just up the Hill and we look forward to more projects together.

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A long-standing tradition

During this event as well as every other blood drive that is held in Ficksburg it allows us, as tablers, to interact with the community and gives the community a chance to see as well as experience what Round Table as an organization is about. We would like to thank the Reformed Church of Ficksburg for providing us with a venue, Sasol Ficksburg for always sponsoring the cooldrinks and Super Spar FIcksburg for the rolls. I do not think much more can be said as to the importance of donating blood to save a life yet much can be said on how such a plain and uncomplicated event can lead to real impactful change.

Philippe Fouche

On the 7th of April 2021 at the Reformed Church, Ficksburg the long-standing relationship between the South African National Blood Service and Ficksburg Round Table 98 was once again proven true. This relationship has lead to thousands of pints of blood being donated over the years and 111 pints of blood on the day. The duties of our Table at the blood drive are simple, we braai and hand out a boerewors roll and a cooldrink to people who have donated a pint of blood. This seemingly undemanding act leads to, in my humble opinion, the community being more willing to give up their valuable time and donate a pint of life saving blood.

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Easter Egg Hunt Galore CHOC House KZN Egg Handout Ronald Fagan Umhlanga Round Table 155 donated 40 Easter Hampers compromising off 160 packed Easter eggs for the children at CHOC House KZN located at Albert Luthuli Hospital. This project although small in value put a big smile on the faces off the children who are currently receiving treatment for cancer and life threatening blood disorders. A generous donation of clothing , curtains and house hold items was also donated to the house. CHOC is the child hood cancer foundation of Southern Africa with several branches located in South Africa with the motto “ keeping more than hope alive”.

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East London Easter Egg Spread Travis Fourie East London 1 held our annual Easter egg handout on the 1st April 2021. This is a longtime project of our table and is one that has a great impact on our community. Each tabler oversaw securing a minimum of 2 boxes each. We managed to collect a total of 60 boxes which accumulated to 1964 individual eggs, we also had some companies who generously donated to our cause, Due to Covid we were unable to pack the eggs into paper bags but we did Brand the boxes with Round table No1 stickers, thanks to our inhouse printing sponsor Terry-Andre. A special thanks to Warren & Ruan who took some time off to visit Canaan Care centre and deliver 5 boxes of Easter eggs on behalf of No1. On the evening of the handout a group of No 1 Tablers and their partners gathered and made their way to Frere Hospital hand handed Eggs over 20 boxes on total to have them handed out to the needy children in the hospital, McClelland Adult Centre where we donated 5 boxed which is what they asked for and a local charity called “helping those in need” which we donated the rest of the boxes as the look after up to 1500 kids throughout East London. The evening was a fantastic success and all the people that oversaw handing out were very happy that we could help those at are less fortunate and needed something good to happen. I would like to extend a big heartfelt thank you to all the Tablers and their partners who helped make this project a success whether by donating eggs, collecting, or spending time with us distributing the eggs to those in need.

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Unity in Brotherhood Tablers vs 41ers Rigardt Esterhuizen

We held our annually “potjiekos” competition. This is a big event in the Western Cape. Tables all around the Western Cape come to compete against each other to see who is the potjie king. This year’s big theme was Tablers vs 41ers. We had a Table winner and a 41er winner. The Table winner was Saldanha 226 and the 41er winner Paarl44 (41ers). Then there was a trophy for the winner of the day. The winner of the day was Saldanha 226, so Table won the 41ers. Thanks for all the Tables that jointed us on this event. It was n GREAT day of fellowship. See you next year.

RT 34-Visiting Swakopmund 145 Mark Kissler Hence, it was a more than pleasant visit to the project and business meeting of Swakopmund 145 chaired by Harry Rencs on the 20th of March 2021. What a formidable group of active young tablers who hold high the principles of Round Table. The meeting in itself was fun and informative. I take off my hat off to Dirkie, Bertus, Willie, Hanro and the aforementioned chairman, Harry. They have conceptualized the bike rally known as the 145 Desert Fun Run into a great new event from the update presented.

In addition we were joined by Jacques, a member of Yzerfontein 276, as well as the 2020 Area Chairman, Loubser Rousseau. Two new guests also joined the meeting and therefore I am positive that Swakopmund 145 is as strong as ever.

41er Stephan “Chewie” van der Westhuizen was We ended off the meeting with a quick braai of also in attendance – a veteran tabler who has “boerie rolls” and fellowship and were joined by done so much for 145 and continues to instill his Leigh Westerdale from Walvis Bay 36. wisdom on the next generation.

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The Open House is an Social Event where Tablers and they family comes over to a fellow tablers house, the tabler will open his house for a day where we all come together and have a great day, where we braai, relax and get to know everyone’s family better. This was my first open house and I had one of the best days and it is an absolute honor to met every tablers family and it is all amazing people that has automatically started to have an impact on my life.

Open House RüAN KOK

Myself, Johann and Fritz had the privilege as new tablers of BHM 60 to host this year’s first Open House and as always, our fellow tablers and family did not disappoint and we all had one amazing day together full of fun, stories, memories shared and new friendships where build that day that I know will last a life time.

As a new member of Round Table I quickly learnt a lot of things. Firstly it is a very big honor to be part of such great organization where new friendships are built every day. BHM 60 has this amazing tradition called the FELLOWSHIP MUG – The person who is in possession of the mug, has the responsibility to shift the mug to another member of BHM 60. You choose a person and you invite him for a beer or lunch where you just sit down, relax and have a good old beer with a friend. The reason for this is to develop friendships among Tablers and just to sit down and know each other better and build more and stronger relationships. If you don’t shift the mug in time, you’ll be responsible for our next Social Event, called the OPEN HOUSE.

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RT 213 @ Swakopmund Induction Dinner Amize Adam Welwitschia 213 attended the Swakopmund 145 induction dinner on 27 March 2021. It was a quick drive to Coast after work with a few delays at work before Lana and I could take off. Whoever has driven the Windhoek - Swakopmund road knows that trucks and some road hogs are to be expected on this 400km stretch. With Amia singing to all the songs playing in the car the time flew and we arrived at the Leigh and Nikki Westerdales’ home just before dark. Car was quickly offloaded and we had a leke evening. Saturday went by quickly and it was time for SWK145’s induction dinner. Lana and I got into the WB36 Bus and with half of WB36 and it was a great trip from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund. SWK145 held their induction dinner at the grand Hotel Deutsches Haus in Swakopmund. Venue was great apart from the stairs. The evening started off on time to ensure that we keep with covid regulations.

It was full house with 41érs and tablers alike attending. Leigh Westerdale of WB36 was the MC for the night and kept us all in check and entertained. With Covid and its regulations no club apart form Hochland 154 had an induction dinner in 2020 and then yes Walvisbay 36 that held one late in the year. This meant that 2 years of awards and speeches where dealt with during this induction dinner. Harry Rencs was inducted as Chairman for the 2021 table year. It’s great to have a club show so much confidence in a person to elect him for the second time in row to lead the club.

RT145 has come a long way with its membership and the gents work well together. Seeing the SWK145 41érs present is a great boost to the club and allows for a better working environment with great fun and fellowship. It was a profound experience to see the pride both Harry’s faces when the one was inducted as chairman and the other watching his son taking leadership of a RT club. It made no difference that Harry senior was part of Rehoboth 256 and tabled hard until he became a 41ér.

Yes, one could say that covid is a contributing factor but when talking to the boys of 145 you could hear and see the pride they have in their Next year we hope to have a chairman which relinquished all longer party if regulations allow doubt on the matter. it.

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Wel 213 @ Walvis Bay 36 Induction Dinner 2021 Amize Adam The last induction dinner for the year was Walvis Bay 36’s on the 10th of April 2021. This induction dinner was shifted to accommodate 36 in their planning. Usually we have SWK145 and WB36 on the same weekend but as explained it was shifted. I think someone was mad about the decision as when Lana and I arrived in Swakopmund and had a quick stop the weather was hot and this was at 9 in the morning. We made our way to Walvis bay and there we felt that the sun was just a standing still at one spot. You could see the heat took its toll on Ian and Leigh… The Westerdale’s hosted us again this weekend along with the Pienaar’s Tammy and Ian. We arrived early I the morning and we had a couple of cold ones to keep the heat at bay. We had a few hours to kill before the induction dinner so Leigh and Wolf decided we had to take a drive with the “Ruff and Tough” Merc and we did. Overall experience quite nice on my side Ian’s side at the back was bouncing like a cheque 2 days before pay day…this was quite fun… thanks Leigh… It was time to get ready and this was a quick dress to get to the venue where we hoped to get good seats and have Leigh be in time for his induction dinner. The Sgt was sly as usual with most tablers wanting to know who he was including the Sgt.

Luck was not on our side as the aircons just as we arrived decided to go on leave and left us quite hot and bothered. The MC Viljoen did a fantastic job to ensure that we had enough bar brakes to ensure we don’t faint from dehydration. Walvisbay 36 had a great 2020 and this was not just known in our circles but through out Namibia with the Twaloloka project. Project value of N$3.6m you’d have to have lived under a rock if you didn’t know about it. The gents had lost a few tablers through the 41ér rule but that didn’t vase them as they brought in a few new tablers and they in turn took on portfolios for the year. if that does not show their willingness to table then I don’t what will. Congrats to Leigh Westerdale on his induction as Walvis Bay 36’s Chairman for the 2021 table year and for being awarded tabler of year well deserved buddy. Congrats also to the new council of WB36 I know you guys have a great year ahead of you. Induction dinner would not be complete without the Sgt being revealed and it was a treat to see it being the Area Chairman himself Jens van Vuuren. He dished out his punishments and no

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the weather did not forgo the rules of Jackets that needs to be worn till your given permission to remove them. The newly inducted chairman Leigh was loved so much by the Sgt and got treated for all sorts of shenanigans. Curfew took its toll on the party and we obliged by keeping to the rules and ensuring we are home at 10pm. The celebrations where far from over as we had a few night caps at Leigh’s bar. It was evident that the rule of WB36 has a lot of reasoning behind it. The rule of Sgt time is quite time that is…it was evident for me and Ian that its best to obey the rules lest you end up going to bed quite early to our standards. It was all in all great fun and Ian, Nikki and myself had a great time till 3 am the Sunday night when we called it a night. The heat wave Walvis Bay had couldn’t stop us from having a great time. The last induction dinner for year and it didn’t disappoint. All the best for the year to come to the gents of RT36 we will be seeing each other soon…

Des Williams 20 jaar Chris Ross “Hey jou Nonsens , wat maak jy ?” is een van mede tafelaar en groot vrind Des Williams se horde sểgoed. Nou ek voel presies so oor waar om te begin , ek weet nie wat ek nou moet “maak” nie. Hoe skryf ek ‘n volledige waardige artikel oor een van my beste tafel-pelle en een van die beste tafelaars in die land. Ek sal moontlik ‘n hele Nkundla kan volskryf net oor Des se tafelloopbaan, en as jy hom ken sal jy weet dat hy verseker teen die artikel wat oor hom gaan gekant sal wees. Maar nietemin.

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Bloem 25 het ook die jaar vir die eerste keer die dekade twee erelede bygekry waarvan Des een is . Dit was ‘n baie groot voorreg vir my as voorsitter om vir Des Williams en Theuns Pieters as erelede by Bloem 25 te kon inhuldig in die 2020 termyn. Dr Louis Menge oud Tafelaar , oudburgermeester van Kroonstad het ‘n tafelaar in een paragraaf probeer beskryf

Die pel waarvan ek praat is ‘n man wat pas net die derde man in die organisasie geword het wat die Louis Marchesitoekenning ontvang.Die eretoekenning gaan vir 20 jaar aan tafel as ‘n tafelaar. Om dit in perspektief te sit was Des Williams al ‘n tafelaar toe ons jongste gas aan tafel nog in doeke was.

“‘n Tafelaar kom in alle grotes, lengtes, gewigklasse en stadiums van nugterheid of dronkenskap. Jy kry hulle in vergaderings, in besighede, in kroee en altyd in die skuld. Meisies hou van hulle , dorpe verdra hulle en die munisipaliteit ondersteun hulle. Hulle het die brein van ‘n genie, die energie van ‘n atleet ,so slinks soos ‘n jakkals, die stories van ‘n seekaptein en die aspirasies van ‘n kassanova. Hulle is geintreseer in dames, meisies, tannies en lede van die ander geslag. Hulle spandeer hulle geld op drank ,jackpots ,kaarte ,sigarette en die res mors hulle. ‘n Tafelaar is ’n Salesman by uitstek wat altyd werk en planne maak om sy volgende projek met lof te slaag.

Een van die moeilikste antwoorde om by uit te kom sal sekerlik wees , hoeveel lewens kon Des direk in sy 20 jaar as tafelaar positief kon beinvloed? Antoord legio. Ons sal nooit weet nie.Maar dis duisende mense.

Ek voel met al Dr Menge se ondervinding het hy die pot mis gesit. As ek aan die definisie van ‘n tafelaar dink. Dink ek aan Des Williams. Uitstekende besigheidsman, Uitstekende Man vir sy vrou , Uitstekende pa en gesinsman, ‘n beste Vriend vir almal , ‘n Voorbeeld vir baie en laaste maar nie die minste nie ‘n uistekende tafelaar.

Fondsinsamelings soos Golfdae , Manneaande , Wynveilings, Black Bra aande, Melodrama’s en Winter Nights was hy altyd heelvoor in die reelingslinies om te help en planne te maak.

Des Williams se tafelloopbaan het by Welkom 204 begin waar hy as ‘n 19jarige verkoopsman begin het by Human Auto. ‘n baie goeie vriend , NF Van Tonder het hom na Goldfields Round Table 204 genooi as ‘n gas.

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Des Williams se tafelloopbaan het by Welkom 204 begin waar hy as ‘n 19jarige verkoopsman begin het by Human Auto. ‘n baie goeie vriend , NF Van Tonder het hom na Goldfields Round Table 204 genooi as ‘n gas. Hy is toe in Maart 2002 deur Danie Van Rensburg Voorsitter van Goldfields 204 en later President van Tafelronde Suid Afrika ingehuldig as Tafelaar. In 2008 oppad na sy 4’de Round Table Sabi Tube Race toe hoor hy dat hy die werk as Verkoopsbestuurder by Human Auto Ford Bloemfontein gekry het en dat hy daai Februarie van Welkom na Bloemfontein

In Des se eie woorde som hy dit so op: “Wat my altyd sal bybly is die wonderlike vriendskappe wat ek deur die 20 jaar in Tafel gemaak het en natuurlik al die stories wat my sommer vanself af laat lag!!! Al die raids wat ek bygewoon het en die Tafelaars wat ek en Natasha gehome host het is werklik kosbaar!!! Op ‘n tyd het my huis soos ‘n Round Table Gastehuis gevoel met Tafelaars wat daar kom oornag het. As ek regtig moet terugdink dan bring dit net vreugede en geluk in my hart.”

Moet verhuis. In Bloem word hy deur Stef Rossouw genooi om by Bloemfontein Tafel 25 aantesluit. In sy tafelloopbaan dien hy op verskeie portefeuljes . Sekretaris, Tesourier, IRO, PRO, Sersant, Onder Voorsitter en Voorsitter maar nooit op Area nie. Hy was ook Tafelaar van die jaar in Goldfields 204 en in Bloem 25 gewees. Vir Des was dit altyd belangriker gewees om ‘n gewone JOE Tabler te wees en altyd die meeste daarvan maak. Vandag 13 jaar later in Bloemfontein is Des die Bestuurder van een van die suksesvolste motorhandelaars in die land. Des sể ook al spottenderwys dat HumanAuto se suksesvolle uitbreiding die afgelope 20 jaar baie met Round Table te doen het. Meer tafelaars in Bloem25 het tans Ford Rangers as enige iets anders! Internasionaal het Des ook sy kant gebring om te verseker dat hy soveel vriende maak oorsee as in Suid Afrika. Hy het die WNM 25 in Denemarke en in Swede bygewoon. Verseker ‘n Tafelrondeloopbaan om op trots te wees.

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A close-up: Frikkie Mark Kissler

His full name is, and please bear with me, Frederick Lodewyk Christiaan Engels. Wow, what a mouthful! In Grade 1 the time for any test must have been halfway over when Frikkie finished dotting down his full name. Our ou toppie whom we are pleased to report on today was born on the 8th of October 1979 and he has quite the history at table as you are about to encounter. Frikkie has been retired from Windhoek 34 at our AGM in January 2020 together with Philip Barnard and Christoff Nieuwoudt. Whilst some are addicted to either sugar or nicotine, Frikkie’s craving can only be fixed by tabling. His time to exit wasn’t quite right and after attending most meetings last year he has been nominated for one final hooray as Windhoek 34’s honorary member. So, why is Frikkie such a Round Table junkie? I think it is best to let the report speak for itself and you’ll soon understand why Mr Engels craves the fix of table so badly. Frikkie was brought to table by Sarel de Waal but had a tough time being left as an orphan without a sponsor as Sarel unfortunately quit the organisation during the sponsorship process. It can only be assumed that this kind of struggle is where his previous affection for Datsun/Nissan stems from. As was previously mentioned: Frikkie needs a fix and it appears he likes to sukkel. Fortunately for him and 34 alike, Conroy Mouton rose to the occasion and took Frikkie under his gebreekte vlerk and stood by his side every step of the way to concluding the induction process. Whilst Frikkie is not the only tabler that had to manage a significant ordeal before becoming a recognised member of this elite association, one can salute him for not quitting and never giving up. Then again, I guess that is what makes getting rid of an addiction so difficult. Dr F does not strike me as a person who will admit himself to rehab.

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It is said that behind every successful man is a strong woman… Whilst I will not entertain a discussion on that matter there must, undoubtedly, lie some truth therein. There is simply no other explanation that is sufficiently plausible as to where someone such as Frikkie obtains so much energy from. He lovingly refers to his wife, Amelda, as Bietjiemens. Whilst she might me small in stature she surely is a strong character and she has to be if she is married to Frikkie. What I am saying is this: A man who is always working and giving up so much of his spare time to partake in tabling events surely needs a strong supporter at home, someone who has a routine as solid as a Swiss watch. Bear in mind she has been willing to stand by his side as Mrs Engels for just over ten years now. From this marriage came two beautiful kids. Arnelda and Christiaan, their beloved prinses and kroonprins, respectively. I believe firmly that Frikkie is fortunate to have a son to say the least, because look at Arnelda and how elegant and pretty she is becoming as she is growing up. Frikkie needs his son’s assistance in conjunction with that 9mm that he has on him at all times to ensure that whoever gets close to his little princess will not fool around. When asked about his key mentors at table, Frikkie had three significant individuals to mention: Koos du Toit: This formidable 41er states a matter the way it is and doesn’t take any sh**! Jacques Korrubel: A loved former 34 member in retirement who has always been appreciated by Mr Engels for his calm and to-the-point attitude. Christoff Nieuwoudt: one of the latest members to join the ranks of 41er status, Frikkie describes Christoff as a mentor as he never backed down in difficult situations and asked the tough questions that no one else had the guts to ask. Frikkie was inducted at Windhoek 34 when he was 34 years of age – what a coincidence! Had he waited for that same coincidence to happen with Welwitschia 213 he wouldn’t have made it.

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The University of Life as we like to refer to Round Table gave Frikkie the chance to hold various portfolios, way too many that we could do Frikkie’s service justice and list them all. So to avoid adding ”Annexure A – Frikkie’s Historic Portfolios”, I’ll mention a few: On area level he convened the annual Winter Knights twice as well as a Namibia Area Meeting in 2018.

When it comes to table level at 34, Frikkie was mostly engaged in convening the annual projects for Huis Maerua for many years, Katutura Old Age Home Shopping Basket in 2014, the 2014 Windhoek 34 Christmas Party and 2019 Induction Dinner. Noteworthy is that, on their way out to the graveyard gang, aka 41ers, Philip, Christoff and Frikkie jointly decided to propose the Wheelchair Project. This project is running stronger than ever and has manifested itself into one of 34’s holy grail projects that assists poor and helpless individuals in Namibia who are in need of a wheelchair for a predetermined amount of time. As a leader Frikkie has proved his skills and carried out the portfolios of Secretary, Vice Chairman, Chairman and Constitutional Advisor during his table career at Windhoek 34. Hobbies? Our subject is particularly fond of off-roading and spending time out in the veld, the wide open spaces of Namibia, with his family. So, what differences did and does FLCE wish to effect at table? I think his answer might surprise you: ”I don’t want to make so much of a difference. Moreover, I believe that I as a tabler and Round Table as a whole have touched and enriched the lives of so many through the years. This is something we can and should build on as no one is better or stronger than the organisation in itself. Something which indeed is quite true is the cycle of life i.e. everything needs to grow or it dies. This is the very same and holds true for a tree, a person, a relationship or an organisation. The young members of our institution, the so-called University of Life, need to keep on feeding Round Table with innovative ideas, progressive projects and dedicated fellowship, or else it dies. It is nothing else but a matter of choice. If you get tired, learn

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His table career started many, many moons ago. He was brought to table as a guest by former 34 tabler, Manus Grobler. Coincidentally they used to work together too. Ernst was inducted at the Area AGM in Uis in February 2014.

A close-up: Ernst Mark Kissler In today’s edition of Getting to know 34 we proudly present to you our current chairman, Ernst. Please buckle up as there is a lot of information that needs to be shared here. Ernst Joachim Grothkopf was born on the 24th of November 1983 and attended Academia Secondary School from which he matriculated in 2002. Whilst his name suggests that he is German by descendance, that is not entirely true. Yes, his father, Bubi, is German speaking. However, Ernst could surely be described as a boertjie, ahm, Afrikaans individual as this is his native tongue and how he was raised by his mother, Marie. As stated at the beginning of this article, Ernst is the current chairman of the Namibia Area platinum table Windhoek 34. His entire historic portfolio is so large, that we cannot list them all. The noteworthiest of all is his chairmanship of Namibia Area in 2017.

This makes our subject in this report one of the longest serving current Round Table Windhoek 34 members and we are fortunate to still have him around for a while as he is a “spring chicken” at 37 years of age. When asked who his main influencers and mentors at table were/are, his answer wasn’t quite as simple. Ernst suggested that each and every tabler has had their own significant effect on him and active tablers continue to do so every day. As main mentors Ernst suggested that Neville Louw, Philip Barnard (both are 41ers now and stem from Windhoek 34) and Spidey Knepscheld from Round Table Kroonstad 42 had the biggest impact on his table career. He stated that they are the preceptors that caused him to want more out of tabling, reach more communities and achieve more out of and with this great organisation.

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So, what does this individual do for a living? Well, Ernst is in finances. No, he is not a boring bean counter as you might expect. Instead, he worked himself through the ranks of the bank at FNB, with a two-year stint at Standard Bank to progress his career, and is presently a Commercial Portfolio Manager. No idea what I am talking about? Okay, let me make it simple: our chairman looks after business clients at FNB by assisting his clients with transactional banking products, writing up credit applications for loan approvals, seeks the correct investment niche product and aids with day-to-day queries of his solid client base. Let’s get into the Huisgenoot portion of this article. Our beloved friend Ernst is presently single and I am of the firm opinion that he requires a better half other than his infamous Luscious Lisa. I will not comment on that any further and please ask Ernst directly if you have further queries about this Lisa. As for family, Ernst has a younger brother called Henri and a lovely niece and nephew, Jade and Nathan, whom he likes to bring to our weekend getaways for the annual Huis Maerua Project. Out of personal experience I can vouch for how these two love their uncle Ernst and ever so often schedule sleepovers at his house to spend some quality family time – how sweet! Ernst loves to travel! He was fortunate enough to win the Round Table Travel Bingo for Windhoek 34 and was supposed to fly to Great Britain for Round Table Namibia in May 2020. Unfortunately for him, as all of you can very well understand, this trip was cancelled, compliments of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that Ernst will be able to go on his trip soon once this pandemic has worn off globally (hopefully).

A few years back, Ernst travelled to Libanon. If you want to have an interesting conversation with him and have time to spare, please ask him to show you photos and let him explain his trip, sightseeing and overall impressions of this journey which, as he put it, was the experience of a lifetime and worth every penny. Those of you who know EJG a little closer will know that he is always calm and that there is nothing that makes him lose his demeanour.

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He is a great listener and always thinks before he speaks. Admirable qualities in the gentleman who is leading our table this year. In addition, you’ll seldomly find our chairman stressed out or nervous – he has this distinct aptitude to chose his words wisely and always act in the best interest of all. Ordinarily, Ernst is someone who doesn’t party like there’s no tomorrow but be assured that he can be quite the kuiergat when he rises to the occasion. So, we have talked a little about the person that is Mr Grothkopf, however, we have not yet touched on the projects he runs at table. So here goes: Whilst Ernst is involved in and assists in most of 34’s projects, handovers and fundraisers, he is distinctly known for organising the mammoth event of Black Bra – the event that is exclusively for the attendance of ladies and raises funds for the awareness and combatting of breast cancer. Initially started by now 41er Pieter Senekal of the Spes Bona Group, Ernst has taken over the reigns of one of the largest and probably most prestigious fundraising events to be hosted by Round Table Windhoek 34.

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The sheer amount of logistics, costing, training and time that goes into organising this project are almost unsurmountable. When asked what his favourite part about tabling is Ernst’s answer was, as is to be expected, very concrete: “My favourite part about being a tabler is the fellowship with the individuals that form part of our unique and great organisation. Every single individual and every table leg has something great to offer and brings a unique flavour to table. I am proud to be part of Windhoek 34”. Our chairman prides himself and strives to be a mentor and teach guests, pipeliners and other members of Round Table the values of our organisation. Blue Bulls and Sharks supporters, you’ll be delighted to find out that Ernst Grothkopf is an avid Stormers/WP supporter. Yes, it’s all coming together in your mind now and I am glad that it makes sense to you why a leader such as Ernst supports the arguably best rugby team there is on planet Earth. Please note that this point is not up for discussion and please except the author’s right of creative ingenuity.

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Farewell to a tabling legend As I sit and think back on my table career, I have a head filled with travels, meetings and projects, so if you allow me to take you down memory lane with some of my highlights. So lets start with a little background. My brother-in-law, Marinus Rautenbach, introduced me to Round Table as far back as 2004. After some procrastinating on my side and a stint as a pipeliner, I was inducted into Zwartkops 195 in 2006. The first of my 59 attended Area conference was in Graaf Reinet. The first of my 5 Artsa’s was hosted in Port Elizabeth. I have been involved with flagship projects like the Toyrun 14 times, 3 Melodrama’s and countless projects including golf days, Music Trivia’s, Lake Farm Charity Runs, the Herald Cycle Tour and many others. One of my favourite other projects was the Kirkwood Wildsfees, that I have worked at 12 times, probably more than some of the Kirkwood Tablers. Other awesome events you should get involved with, The Kenton Raft race, induction dinners, CVC weekends and any time you have the opportunity get home hosted or offer to home host guests when you host an event. In 2007, when Madelein and I married we had two ceremonies. The ‘’legal’’ wedding was a quick family affair on the 21st of July. Our big Greek wedding was on the 1st of September. What many won’t know is, the 21st of July was also a massive area conference hosted by Algoa 108. We had the then ARTSA President and nearly all the Assco members in town to inspect the venue for ARTSA at Pinelodge.

Madelein and I spent most of our Honeymoon night partying away at the Area Conference. In 2016 I was fortunate enough to Travel to Bamberg, for the German AGM. I landed in Munich, had to run through the airport to catch my connecting flight to Nuremburg where once I landed, I contacted the IRO to confirm what time the shuttle would collect me. Ooooppssss, was what I heard, before getting an explanation as to what train to take as they had my arrival time as 8pm and not 8am. This is where the comradery of Round Table really came to the fore. I purchased a ticket and as I walked towards the terminal, I was then excitedly approached by another gentleman wearing a Rondle. We greeted and he was waiting for the Swedish RT president Alvin to arrive. 10min later we were on the autobahn doing 260kph towards Bamberg.

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A highlight within this amazing journey was meeting the Mayor of Bamberg at a special event hosted in the almost 1000-year-old town hall. We did a toast and I called a buffalo when he took a sip of his champagne. After some laughs and giggles and an explanation by the German president, he sportingly downed his drink. It couldn’t have been scripted better.

We live in a time where society is controlled by chasing perfection, something which is an unfortunate facade forced upon us by social media platforms by so called influencers, where egos and pride destroy the selfesteem and dreams of many. This is where Round Table comes to the fore. We are an organization that must develop young men to become better. Not better than anyone else, but better than you were the day before. We must look out for each other and assist those less fortunate than ourselves as this is our duty. Mahatma Gandhi famously said, ‘’ be the change you want to see in this world”. For me, in a time when everyone wants to be eye candy, rather be food for the soul. Over and out.

Undoubtably though in a career filled with memories, the one that still sticks out the most was my first Toyrun Children’s party. Seeing the appreciation on the face of one youngster in particular was the motivation I required any time I ever doubted why I had joined this organization in the first place. In closing, I will leave you with the thought I wrote after being requested to leave a message at our Area AGM. After 15 years of Round Table, of course I would want to leave a message that inspires and lingers in the minds of many tablers for as long a time as possible. The truth is though, we live in a world that is different to when I started my path in this organization.

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Lekker Kroonstad RT40 Raids!

Jurgen Schoeman Welkom 40 was not the best raiding Table in the 2020/2021 year. Incoming Chairman, Igor Scheurkogel, decided that we needed a head start on the year. On 15 February, 5 Tablers piled into Hennie Breytenbach’s bakkie and made our way to Kroonstad. After the 2020 year where the guys really missed each other, the conversation ran wild and loud. Stephan Theunissen regaled us with some of his best jokes and one-liners. We arrived in Kroonstad, raring to go.

Unfortunately, we were a bit early, so we had to make do with a bit of alternative entertainment. We settled next door at the Police Club to wait for the Kroonstad guys. After the 2020 year where the guys really missed each other, the conversation ran wild and loud. Stephan Theunissen regaled us with some of his best jokes and one-liners. We arrived in Kroonstad, raring to go. Unfortunately, we were a bit early, so we had to make do with a bit of alternative entertainment. We settled next door at the Police Club to wait for the Kroonstad guys.

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Once we were allowed in the meeting, it turned out to be a fun night with a lot of laughter and a Sergeant (Justin Boone) who took his duties very seriously. It was a most enjoyable meeting and I think we will probably raid them again this year, just for fun. Thank you to Chairman Pierce Bothma for welcoming us and to Kroonstad 42 who fed us at no cost. We left Kroonstad with happy hearts and a few well hidden souveniers. Kroonstad 42, you are most welcome to come and fetch you items from us at any time!

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RT 213 Raids Hochland 154 2nd Business Meeting Mark Kissler Welwitschia 213 had since February 2021 shifted its meetings to the 1st Wednesday of the month. We had a age old clash with Hochland 154 and their Business Meetings as both our BM’s are scheduled for the 1st Thursday of the month as per our respective constitutions. This we hope will allow for more raiding between Hoch 154 and Wel 213 as each club now has its own date for their business meeting. Having said that Wel213 had their BM on Wednesday the 7th of April and decided to Raid Hochland 154 on the 8th. We had a 50% attendance and yes not so difficult when your only 2 members. Never the less with the only other member not being able to attend due to being out of town it was still important to raid Hochland 154. It's always great to see the gents a few minutes before the meeting and catching up before the meeting. It was even better to see Windhoek 34 arriving in numbers just before the meeting and it immediately looked like a mini Area just missing SWK145 and WB36. We had ample time to crack a couple of jokes on the Where’s Waldo Amize post and article from WHK34 and this again shows that when one actually attends other clubs meetings it does get appreciated and the bond formed just gets stronger. Hochland 154 with chairman Eduard Gous ensured that the meeting was run as smooth as silk with a lot of help from his SGT for the night our own Ginger Ninja Stefan who also took on the treasurer portfolio and is learning at the speed of light. The Hochland Gents has the willingness to learn as can be seen with treasurer portfolio being executed by Stefan Du Raan who is not a financial person, secretary Matthew Vudzijena who is doing quite well apart from ensuring he reads through twice before sending (copy and paste needs to read thoroughly boet). Might I ad that he has only been a tabler for a couple of months and one other being Sathy who has taken over the IRO PRO portfolio who is also just a youngling in tabler ranks. This is very inspiring from the 154 gents and as is a custom with 154 you’ll never drown cause the chair and the rest of the club will help you float till you get to swimming. The meeting took longer then anticipated but its to be expected when having 2 clubs raiding your BM for the night. All in All a great way to spend a Thursday evening making plans for the future and exchanging ideas while having fun and a couple of cold ones with mates. Curfew had us made sure we all went home early but till a next time when curfew doesn’t stand in our way…

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A Close-Up: Werner J Wormsbächer Paul Ferreira In times as these it is very rare to come across a tabler such as Werner. What am I on about? Well, as per Christo Bezuidenhout, outgoing RTSA President, the table career of late in RTSA has an average duration of only four years per member. This is for an international club where you could, potentially, be a part of for a maximum of 22 years. Werner was inducted at Windhoek 34 at the tender age of 21 in October 2013 and has more years left at table (being 29 at present) than most of the current 34 members. Having three siblings Werner knows that family is everything – two older brothers and a younger sister – this embossed the principles so valuable in Werner that show in the projects he is involved with. Herr Wormsbächer is the 2021 area convenor for the annual Winter Knights project, an area fundraiser that has the most coverage in both Namibia and South Africa of all Round Table projects and looks after the poorest members of our community. In addition to the above he played an instrumental role in launching the Charity Shootout project for 34. This yearly event constitutes a paintball tournament which is great fun for corporate attendees and tablers alike and where the proceeds are again donated to the less fortunate. At present he owns the portfolio of Constitutional Advisor at 34 and is the most recent past chairman of our organisation. Werner had the distinct (dis)advantage of heading 34 in the time when Covid-19 hit our country; a time where social distancing, curfews and uncertainty about health and economic progress made tabling as we know it impossible. We salute you, WJ, on guiding us through this difficult time. Your leadership made it possible that virtual meetings and some projects could bring some form of normality into all our lives. Being a true and patriotic Namibian, this individual stems from German ancestry and was raised in Windhoek. He matriculated from Delta Secondary School Windhoek at 18, yet started his business during his teens at only 15 years of age. Mr Wormsbächer carries a veracious passion of tactical combat in him. This means he is an absolute fanatic of paintball and airsoft. It is this love affair that kickstarted him founding Action Arena in Windhoek.

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Werner J Wormsbächer continues... Who of us hasn’t yet played a round of paintball there? If not, you’re definitely missing out. As Werner became older, he pursued his dream of becoming a professional paintball player. This led to him having a 2-year stint in Germany, all over, where he played various tournaments and leagues. Nonetheless, he never left table, and received his Good Standing from 34 to enable him to become a part of Round Table 18 in Wiesbaden, a city a mere 31 kilometres away from the German banking hub of Frankfurt in the state of Hessen in the west of Germany. At the risk of paraphrasing the individual being presented here, I would like to quote Werner in saying that “having had the benefit of tabling in Germany for 2 years has really expanded my horizons and what this organisation is all about. Whilst the customs and traditions of tabling may vary ever so slightly in Germany, the embedded principles remain the same. I have learnt so much and added so many new friends for life. This made me who I am as a tabler today. I am so grateful for this tremendous experience”. WJ claimed that the tablers welcomed him with open arms, made him feel right at home and also treated him like royalty. Now which guest does not want to experience that? To this day he is in constant contact with Wiesbaden 18. He was not simply a Joe Tabler and a foreigner from Africa, no, he had the privilege of the IRO/PRO portfolio at Wiesbaden 18 bestowed upon him. During the interview Werner was reminiscent of his time at Round Table Germany and one particular event had a significant impact on him: the Jahreshauptversammlung Round Table Deutschland (AGM of Round Table Germany) in Bamberg in 2016. He was adamant that this event was the single greatest tabling event he witnessed to date. Youngstar Werner spends his days looking after his business, the aforementioned Action Arena, in Windhoek’s residential area of Olympia. This venue is ideal for adults, children and our furry friends alike. All are welcome. It houses a vast area where there is ample parking, a sport field for volleyball and soccer, multiple seating areas, relaxed ambience and most of all: a fun place to be at. Yes, this might sound like a radio advertisement but a fact is a fact, right? Just over a year ago Werner partnered with The Handle Bar, a biker tavern that now runs both the kitchen and bar at Action Arena. We have had multiple social events for Round Table at Werner’s establishment and there is no denying that the grub is delicious and the beverages are perfectly chilled. Let’s get a little more personal, shall we?

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Werner J Wormsbächer concludes... Werner is the proud father of a female dog (also known as a bitch, if you will) who is wellknown to many of us and always at his side at Action Arena. Her name is Maya and rest assured; she knows that the paintball establishment is her turf and takes no nonsense from anyone. Maya is a friendly and loveable dog who Werner adopted from one of his customers. The customer found her as a tiny puppy and she was well in need of some TLC, food and love. This customer found her in a deserted place but was unable to keep her himself wich is why Werner opened his heart and gave this lady a beautiful and loving forever home. So, what am I omitting?

Yes, save the best for last: sorry ladies, Werner is not available and in a committed relationship. The dashingly gorgeous and elegant Arlene has stolen Werner’s heart. This lady is found by Werner’s side at

Johan “Cheetah” Bruwer 41er farewell It is an honour and privilege to stand here tonight and do the reply of the 41ers. We heard today that there is a total of 79 members leaving with a total of 1045 years of service. This include Past President, Past Area Chairman and most important Table brothers that are ending their Table careers. Whether we were part of Table for a year or 20 years like some of the outgoing 41ers this year. We all have a story to tell about what we have achieved in our Table careers. What we did that made that impactfulchange in somebodies’ life.

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As I am tasked to do the reply on behalf of everybody, I unfortunately can’t tell a story of every person. I would however just share with you some of the moments that made my journey worth it. In a small town of Kirkwood, we were able to do the following that made me the proud Tabler I am today. Round Table allowed me to help somebody hear a cricket for the first time. What a moment to see a 16-year-old girls face light up because she could actually hear that sound for the first time in her life. A sound that we take for granted every day. Round Table is an organisation where we never do something for recognition or to receive something in return. But sometimes things change and again the true reflection of the brotherhood in Round Table is shown. The Johan Swanepoel fund is just one example of this. Johan a 41er from Zwartkops 195 was in difficult position during Covid with the birth of his son. The story is well known to all Tablers in SA because we all jumped in to help. Within 2 day we raised the required money that was needed for Johan Jnr. Today Johan Jnr is at home and playing like any other child. Thanks to the association that jumped in to help one of our own. Our very own Alan Malan was man down with Covid-19 for 10 weeks. In a time of uncertainty this must have been hell for him. Once again RTSA jumped in to help one of EP Areas best

Round Table taught us that we are never too old to learn. In my last year as Area Chairman, I learnt the most in my Table career of almost 13 years. And that was all because of the Gentleman sitting here tonight. Brothers from around Southern Africa all doing what we love and driving #impactfulchange. We heard it over and over, over the years in Table. Enjoy Table, Table hard, it goes by quicker than you think.

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And yet we always felt we had more time available, unfortunately time has run out, and now we are asking you the Tablers that stay behind. Please make the most of your Table careers. Put your hand up and make the difference in your club. Learn as much as you can from you fellow Tablers. To our wives, and all of Alan’s wives. You have been the pillars of strength that kept us going during the hard times and celebrated the good times with us. Thank you for allowing us to Table and enjoy our Table careers. I have always said. It takes a special woman to understand the love that Tablers have for Round Table. We thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts. A Table friend once said. If you can leave Table in a better state than when you joined, you have done something right. I would like to believe that all the 41ers ending their careers have done that in their Tables. Normally we do quotes of Winston Churchill or somebody famous but I found it fitting that tonight I will sign of for the last time ever with an almost famous quote from a Tabler known as JCB (Johan Cheetah Bruwer) in his Area. As Tablers we should remember that we are mere custodians of Round Table for the time we are actively involved in our Table years. What we create is what Round Table will become. It is up to us to drive #impactfulchange and make sure that we leave behind a legacy that our children can be part of one day.

My fellow 41ers, our time has come to an end and all that we can do is help and give advice where we can. But let us never forget that we will always be Tablers at heart. To the active Tablers I would like to say. Enjoy every moment and take Round Table to the next level and drive #impactfulchange We salute you. YIT Johan Cheetah Bruwer EP Area Chairman. 2020/21

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Projects RT32 Fighting for the voiceless! Paul Hoeksema The oceans are not given to us by our fathers but lent to us by our children. Plastic dumped in the ocean kills countless wildlife including whales, dolphins, turtles & seabirds across the globe. On Saturday the 24th of April, Round Table Mossel Bay 32's Beach Cleanup, with the help of volunteers, managed to remove & dispose of a considerable amount of trash on a short stretch from the Hartenbos main beach to the river mouth. The project aims to clear our coastline of potentially deadly plastic waste. The environmental initiative will be held on a regular basis to help in the fight against the devastating effects of ocean pollution. We would like to thank everyone that joined us in the betterment of our spectacular coastline. Please our Facebook page for more information on the next Cleanup.

Rebel Conspiracy supports RT 158 Zack Du Preez On 29 November 2020, Rebel Conspiracy together with Route 66 Bloemfontein, held their annual Rebel 500 run where they ride and do 500km route in order to qualify for prizes. Roughly, 220 bikers tackled the road together and despite the Covid-19 regulations, the run was a great success and we joined Rebel Conspiracy at their clubhouse for a braai.

Despite the hard times we are in, Rebel Conspiracy do all they can to better their community and once again, Bloemfontein 158 was the chosen organization to receive a generous donation of R 10 000.

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Older Rifles meets Modern Tabling the current circumstances with around 50 people from far and wide in the country coming out to fire as well as compete with their black powder firearms. A competition was held in which our very own 41er Mr. Morgan Barret tied with his uncle Mr. Charles Barret for first place in the handgun division!

Philippe Fouche The annual black powder shoot held on the 10th of April 2021 in Ficksburg, Free State on the Farm Kromdraai was as always, a fantastic event. The event was hosted by Mr Charles Barret a long time Ficksburger and avid firearm collector. Table 98 manned the entrance as well as provided the bar and boerewors rolls on the day with all the proceeds thereof going to our clubhouse fund. The aim of the day is not, in our eyes, solely to make a profit yet to give back to a community that supports us in all of our undertakings and projects. The event was very well attended under the

The farm is also home to the largest private firearm collection in the Southern hemisphere, a must see if you are ever in Ficksburg, known as the Pinedene Small Arms Museum which can be viewed on appointment with Mr Charles Barret. A special thank you goes out to Super Spar Ficksburg, Ficksburg Sasol as well as Liqourland Ficksburg respectively for their ongoing support of all of our projects. To the Barret family, thank you for your hospitality, help and support. Last but definitely not least a thank you to the wives as although they may not always attend an event, we all know they wouldn’t be possible without them. As a day goes it was fantastic with good fellowship, positive tabling and amazing involvement from the community.

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RT 158 & ENGO GOLF DAY The date for the Golf Day was the 9th of April 2021 and with only 2 months to left, we immediately let the tekkie hit the tar. It is amazing how the community of Bloemfontein is always willing to raise their hands and help where they can. ESL Plumbing and NTT Nissan group Bloemfontein immediately came on board as our main sponsors and with

Tian De Wet We all know that the aftermath of the Covid19 pandemic is far from over and as a result; fundraising has become a tall order. Engo knew they were going to have to put together their own project to raise funds, however, they realized they would not be able to do it alone. They decided to approach Bloemfontein 158 and ask for our expertise as well as our assistance. In our first meeting with Engo, Bloemfontein 158 suggested that we do something different and decided on a Golf Day. We also saw this as an opportunity to join forces with Bloemfontein 25, and without any hesitation, they immediately jumped on board.

the help of our other sponsors the day was a huge success. Together with Bloemfontein 25, the project made a profit of more than R 160 000. We had a full field of 132 golfers as well as 14 sponsored teeboxes that made the extra special. Some of the sponsors raising more funds in their own unique way and we even had a Ford Bakkie for the taking on a hole in one. We also received a special message from Gary Player all the way from Augusta to say thank you to Round Table, our sponsors and Engo. Please click on the link to check out Gary Player's video. A special video by the CEO of Engo, thanking Bloemfontein 158 and Bloemfontein 25 for all our hard work as well as a memorable and successful Golf Day.

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A Trench to Save the Turf Philippe Fouche The golf club is a corner stone of Ficksburg’s community yet in recent times the club faced a new and daunting challenge – cattle, yes that is correct you did not read that wrong, cattle. To understand this one must first understand the geographical location of Ficksburg as a town, it is nestled right on the border of the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho with our nearest border post being less than one kilometer away from the gold club. This has led to numerous cattle herders from Lesotho allowing their cattle to graze on the golf courses

grounds. A fence was in place yet it is as simple as owning a pair of pliers to bypass this obstacle, so a new and radicle solution had to be found and quickly. The solution that arose was to dig a trench along the length of the golf courses borders as the cattle cannot pass this. Thus, the golf day project arose, it was a successful day with 57 players participating as well as boerewors rolls and steak being sold to all in attendance. We would like to thank all the sponsors of the day which are Gooi, Ja Sec, Credo Guardian, Sasol, Steam Bakery, Spar, CFW Wholesalers, Tractor & Diesel, Toyota Ficksburg, Whitakers Agency, Export Unlimited, TBS Brokers, Anonymous Doner, Express Foods, Julie Salon, Pioneer Foods, Ficksburg Abattoir, NST Purified Water, Kopano Textiles and Ficksburg gym. The community came together in force so as to save the golf course, I feel that this project serves as the perfect example of Adopt, Adapt, Improve.

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Stage 1 – Bukhulu/Wozani Berg gasoline Port Shepstone to Kokstad Distance: 186 km Time: 5 hours 26 mins Stage 1 saw us depart from the Shelly beach SPAR after a very fitting send off from Helen from the SPAR group and of course a massive thank you to Mr. Ockie Pretorius from Wimpy shelly beach for providing us with a wonderful breakfast. Vehicles and Bikes were loaded with 1000 liters of fuel sponsored by Bukhulu Fuels / Wozani Berg gasoline. A HUGE thanks to Mr. Mike King and Mr. Tino Kankowski for this epic sponsorship that kept the wheels turning. After a brief stretch on tar, escorted by the ever-professional WOLF Security, it was through the picturesque Oribi Gorge Valley, and then “trailer off” and the run started. Dirt roads led us through the Lake Eland Reserve, emerging at the N2 and then it was onwards to the south of Harding and on to the “Gun drift” road, finally emerging at Brooks Neck, on the N2 between Kokstad and Mount Ayliff. This marked the end of Stage 1 and we arrived at our accommodation venue, Stoneybrook Lodge for the evening, hosted by Shane and Annette Wicks. Accomodation was great and a fine meal was served.

Stage 2 – Isuzu South Africa Kokstad to Rhodes Distance: 304 km Time: 9 hours 47mins Stage 2 started with a bit of a hiccup. The famed old Landrover, named Jaeger, decided not to start and quad rider Johnny Grove’s trailer needed repairs. A decision was quickly taken to secure Leon’s Land Cruiser as backup for Jaeger and Johnny managed to get the trailer repaired.

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These kinds of issues did not plague our two support vehicles supplied by Isuzu SA. “Ruby” a MU-x assigned to our media team and the mighty “Suzy” a 3lt X-Rider, assigned to Annerie from the HeroBurn foundation, both v ehicles ready for the events action and the work that lay ahead. The event started and after a couple of 100m, the Can Am Commander of Vaatjie and Andries snapped a drive belt. This was expertly repaired and replaced, and the convoy moved on. Stage 2 was always going to be a picturesque day, although long. The route took us via Colonanek pass, Katkop and then on to the famed “Naude’s Nek pass”, some 2500m asl. After finding our camera crew stranded with a flat tyre and getting them on the go again, we all descended into the town of Rhodes. Mention must be made of one team member, Zuanru Coetzee who made a slight wrong turn and then brought a Toyota Double Cab AND a 6 m double axel trailer down Naude’s Nek in the dark. Well done, Zappa. All arrived safely at our stop over destination, Rubicon, in the town of Rhodes, where are hostess, Elizma Den Heyer, provided us with a scrumptious three course meal and it was off to bed. SPAR BURN AWARENESS DAY Elliott School The team travelled to the town of Elliott in support of Annerie of the HeroBurn foundation. 280 school kids waited in anticipation as the team assembled and rode their trusty steeds into the school assisted by the two Isuzu vehicles very kindly supplied by Isuzu SA as support vehicles. Annerie gave a talk on burn awareness and prevention and questions were asked and correct answers from the kids were rewarded with goodies supplied by Isuzu SA. Kids were treated to a “Stop, Drop and Roll” exercise by the entire BurnRun team and it was hard to distinguish who had more fun doing this. The team or the kids watching.

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The Team was treated to a wonderful lunch from the school and then it was off to East cape Fuels to collect 200 liters of sponsored Diesel. The rest of the day was spent attending to team needs, vehicle needs, and trailer needs after which it was back to Rhodes to prepare for stage 3.

Stage 3 - FirequipSA Rhodes to Maselspoort, Bloemfontein Distance: 390km Time: 8 hours 07mins A bright and sunny morning (although crisp) greeted the team as they departed the town of Rhodes for Bloemfontein. Some 28 kms outside of the town, the team encountered a steep and technical descent, known as Lundean’s Neck pass. The views where stunning and the road technical, however the team took this in their stride. A regroup point was established at the intersection of the Telle River Bridge Border Crossing between RSA and Lesotho. Burn Prevention and Burn Awareness pamphlets were handed out and thanks to Mr. Dave Martin and FirequipSA for their sponsorship that made this education happen. From here it was “trailer on” to the town of Zastron and the crossing of the Gariep river into the Orange Free State. The route took us on to the town of Zastron, where we bid farewell to Jason on “Modderbok – BMWR1200 GS A” and “Ruby” one of our Isuzu’s who had to go to Bloemfontein to undertake tyre repairs and bike repairs. (watch this space for Modderbok). Immediately outside ZASTRON it was “trailer off” and dirt roads to Dewetsdorp and then on to Maseslpoort, our end destination.

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Believe this or not? BurnRunner Jason Killian, piloted “Modderbok” to Bloemfontein, had the BMW repaired and then rejoined the convoy before the end of the stage, some 600kms later. All safely arrived at the Maselspoort resort and conference center, where a lovely buffet dinner was enjoyed, a quick fines session endured and then it was free time to retire to bed or sit and socialise a little. As always, thanks to “Team Opperman” of Vaatjie, Rudolf, Andries and Zuanru, for providing much entertainment and light relief.

Stage 4 – Silver Snow Maselspoort, Bloemfontein to Vanderbijlpark Distance: 408km Time: 8 hours 54mins The growing feeling that the end was in sight. Thanks to Silver Snow energy drinks, we managed to sustain energy levels to finish this epic trip. Unfortunately, air filter issues and starting issues started to plague the Suzuki LTR 450 of Johnny Grove, and it was decided to trailer the quad and call it a day. The route saw the BurnRunners ride out of Maselspoort, following stage leader, Wayne Frazer (WR250) and take the dirt road to the town of Winburg where it was “trailer on” for a 100km run on the N1 to just east of Kroonstad, where it was trailer off for the next leg to the finish. (thank you to Wayne for leading the team throughout the entire event) Route took us through farmlands and scenery ranged from wide open vistas, to Lions lounging next to farm fences, yes you heard me, Lions! The day ran smoothly until Chris Goodchild, on a Yamaha Raptor 700, bent a suspension link arm in a deep rut and had to be trailered on. The rest of the team however, forged ahead.

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As each KM drew closer, the team understood that the trip was drawing to a close and the mission of Burn awareness and education had been met. The route took the team via “Koppies” and finally came to an end just outside Sasolburg where it was once again “trailer on” and the stage had effectively come to an end. A marvelous dinner was enjoyed by the team at “Bar with no Name”, and from there, much celebrating took place late into the night.

The End: All in all, a wonderful event. Great Team, friendships formed and of course: MANDATE MET! We raised profile, raised awareness, raised funds and of course enjoyed an epic trip with epic people! A Huge thanks to ALL sponsors and donors! None of you know how badly the funds where needed by the Foundation and you have all contributed to its continued existence and of course to helping the real-life Heroes who are the burn survivors. On behalf of Team BurnRun 2021, I salute and thank you all. I look forward to 2022!

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2021 Table of the Year Kevin Fraser Saturday 17th April is going to be remembered as one of the great days in Sani 152 history. We were, and still are, so proud and humbled to have received the Past Presidents award for Table of the year at the recent AGM. There is a special feeling that comes with being recognised for the hard work that not only Sani Round Table did, but the entire Sani community. A Table without the support of their community will really have a tough time driving #impactfulchange. Our relationship with the community is the reason we managed to achieve so much this year and we are forever indebted to them. It goes without saying that we also had the support of numerous Tables this past year and we thank you all. Our Chair, Tian Keet, used an analogy comparing this to winning the Currie Cup, where at the beginning of the season all teams have a realistic chance of lifting that cup, except there are 120 teams in this division. Needless to say that night we partied like we did on the 2nd November 2019. Thank you to the past Pres for recognising our effort, it has cemented Sani 152’s position as the premier welfare organisation in our district.

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Algoa 108 New Clubhouse Paul Ferreira At long last Mr Marinus Rautenbach – “The Godfather’s” vision he had in 2018 became a reality. “Algoa 108’s own Clubhouse to call Home” After all the years of dreaming, planning and numerous discussions was taken into account. The building of our Clubhouse started on 09 February 2021. As all members could not wait anymore we had our first meeting in the clubhouse on 25 February, using quite a few power leads for much needed electricity. In less than a month the structure was completed and now we can start to concentrate on all the “other” finer details. We were honoured that our Past Area Chairman of 2020/2021 Mr Johan “Cheetah” Bruwer open our clubhouse on Friday 05 March at the start of EP AGM weekend. We also officially hosted our first project at our clubhouse on 03 April, a sign of great things to come. Thank you to all that has been involved to make this a reality.

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RT 60 Alegemen Jaarvergadering Riaan Joubert Op 16 Januarie 2021, hou Bethlehem 60 sy jaarlikse AGM en is di tons 62ste algemene jaar vergadering. Dit word gehou by Bethlehem 60 se klubhuis, die eerste van sy soort wat ‘n vooreg was dit nie. Weens covid 19 regulasies hou ons dit op ‘n Saterdag en die vergadering begin stiptelik om 15H00, en die dress code is formeel. Om die kersie op die koek te sit word on 2 tafeL broers ryker, Johan Human en Ruaan Kok, hulle 2 word ingehuldig en is volware tafel broers.Baie geluk julle! Die komitee is ook aangekondig: Gwyn Grobler – Voorsitter Riaan Joubert – Onder voorsitter Johan Human – Seketaris Raymond Smit – Tesorier Riaan Joubert – PRO Riaan Joubert – Fellowship and Raids Eddie Pieters – Constitution Werner Erwee – Klubhuis en voorraad Rudi van Vuuren – Area PRO Almal het hulle verslae soos altyd betyds in gedien. En vergaderign het glad verloop en als op tyd, ons het pipeliners en glo ons gaan nog 2 broers ryker word. Baie bly Bethlehem 60 groei! Na die vergadering het ons almal gemaklik geraak en lekker verder soos hulle se “ fellowship”

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RT 40 Induction Dinner

Jurgen Schoeman

On 19 February, the Tablers of Welkom 40 took out their suits, polished their pins and went on a hunt to find their bow ties. Everyone was full of excitement and filled with an irrepressible sense of fun. It was Induction Dinner time, the weather played along beautifully, and the night turned out to be gorgeous. The Tablers and their companions arrived at Uitsig Boutique Hotel looking dapper and beautiful. They were greeted with a lovely setting around the pool area. We were privileged to be joined by our outgoing Area Chairman, Louis Radley, as well as incoming Chairman Igor Scheurkogel’s parents, Meneer Scheuries and Tannie Estelle. Luckily, no Tablers were found in the pool this time… It was a night where we could celebrate a difficult year, but also one where we learnt to adapt to our changing circumstances and truly make a difference to our community. We came together as a group and learned to rely on each other and our companions and wives. Welkom 40 would like to wish Dr Igor Scheurkogel and his incoming Council the best of luck for the 2021/2022 year. We trust that he will improve on what we have built and make this another memorable year for Round Table Welkom 40.

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Bloem 25 Nuwe Klubhuis Chris Ross Soos almal weet het Bloem 25 na ‘n uitsetting van die munisipaliteit vir bykans vyf jaar nie ‘n tuiste gehad waar ons al ons bedrywighede kon bespreek en behartig nie . Ons was op die hond se stert met menige oplossings maar kon eenvoudig nie regkom met ‘n tuiste nie. Tydens die staat se inperkingperiode het ons intens begin rondkyk en navraag doen oor moontlike klubhuise. Ons het onder leiding van ons nuutste tafelaar Ferando van Heerden Die soektog voortgesit. Uiteindelik het ons ‘n ou motorfiets klub in die visier gehad, die eienaar van die Bushpub Restaurant wat ook die eienaar van die klubhuis is , was ons goedgesind genoeg om vir ons ‘n kans te gee. Ons het as ‘n proeflopie die Mei besigheidsvergadering in die nuwe moontlike klubhuis gehou op 29/04/2021 Teenwoordig was 12 tafelaars, vyf gaste en laaste maar nie die minste nie ook vyf 41’rs . Reuse sukses! Meeting closes 12:25 en die manne het oudergewoonte gestry, verskil, saamgestem en hard gepraat. Alles moontlik gemaak deur die die sersant ‘n ene Mot van Straaten. Hy het die manne in hulle baan gehou . Jagermeister en Pruimtabak het die manne laat oplet. Net soos dit hoort!

Ons is baie trots en opgewonde met ons beplanning vir die pad vorentoe. Ons beplan om binnekort ‘n Grand Opening spesiaal vir die 25 tafelaars en die 41rs hou om die mylpaal te vier. Hierna sal ons ‘n daknatmaak reel om 25 se nuwe trots bekend te stel aan die res van die Vrystaat tafels. Hou die spasie dop vir JOU uitnodiging en beplan jou volgende raid na 25 se nuwe trots. Die Bushpub Round Table 25 klubhuis.

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RT 40 – A lekker place for an AGM Jurgen Schoeman

On Thursday, 12 February Round Table Welkom 40 held its Annual General Meeting. The incoming Chairman and the outgoing Secretary prepared the venue, printed the agendas, and waited with bated breath for the Tablers to arrive at the Clubhouse. We have not been at the Clubhouse for a long while and all of us were very excited! It was the first meeting at the Clubhouse since Uncle Cyril said we were allowed out again. We were also relieved that our incoming Chairman, Dr Igor Scheurkogel, made it out of Taiwan in time. For a moment or two, we thought he was going to get a naturalization passport.

In true Welkom 40 fashion, the AGM was handled with customary dispatch and professionalism. 41ers, Pieter Botha and Riaan Marais were the Sergeant and Corporal and made sure that the meeting – for the most part – went smoothly. The did get a little excited towards the end, but that is what we expected from them. Welkom 40 could reflect on a year well executed. Even with the disruption of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Table had an exceptional year. The Chairman thanked all the Tablers for their support and commitment to the Table and its projects. Community Services is something that is at the heart of Welkom 40, and we made sure that 2020 was incredible. Welkom 40 is looking forward to the coming year under the stewardship of Dr Igor Scheurkogel and we are sure to have another AGM just like this one to tie the ribbon onto his year. Adopt. Adapt. Improve.

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RT 25 – AGM

Chris Ross Round Table Bloemfontein 25 had their Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 23 January 2021. With the current restrictions due to Covid-19 hampering normal events, the table choose to adapt and move their events to a Saturday morning meeting. A large group of Tablers, Pipeliners and 41’ers gathered as Chairman, Henry Denner led the meeting. Highlights were the inductions of new Tablers AJ Britz and Ferando van Heerden as well as the Chairman’s report. All in attendance were proud and humbled by what the Table achieved in a testing year. We as Round Table Bloemfontein 25 would like to thank Henry for the tremendous effort he put in during his term as Chairman.

The Table is also proud to share that both Theuns Pieters and Des Williams have been inducted as Honorary members for the coming year, a year in which Bloem 25 will host a World Numbers Meeting. Their experience will surely prove invaluable. A big thanks to all who attended the meeting and good luck to the new council for the coming year. They certainly have big shoes to fill.

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RT 60 Induction Dinner Riaan Joubert Op 27 Februarie 2021, hou Bethlehem 60 sy induction dinner by Perfect Corner Guest House in Bethlehem. Bethlehem 60 en Harrismith 140 het saam gespan om die twee tafels se inductin dinner saam te hou en is hierdie die eerste induction dinner van sy soort. Die induction dinner was ‘n groot sukses ten spyte van covid 19 regulasies, en baie goed beplan deur albei tafels. Die manne van die aan Gwyn Grobler van Bethlehem 60 en Diederik Potgieter van Harrismith 140, het hulle baie goed van hul taak gekwyt natuurlik met behulp van hul vrouens. Weens die covid 19 tyd regulasie moes die seremonie meester sy storie ken en die aand mooi uit beplan om te verseker dat almal ‘n tydjie kry om die aand se verigtinge the kan afhandel en die tyd ons nie vang nie. Die Sarsant Mnr Alwyn Shields het ook hulp verleen sodat die aand glad verloop en het enige iemand gestraf wat hulle nie gedra nie.

Mnr Louis Radley Area voorsitter en Mnr Louis du Toit area onder voorsitter het ook die aand saam met ons kom geniet, en dit was ‘n vooreg om hulle daar the hê. Leon Roos president van die Rotariers het ook saam met ons kom kuier en was dit ook ‘n vooreg om hom daar the hê. En natuurlik het ons 41oners soos oudergewoonte die aand saam met ons kom deel en is dit altyd ‘n vooreg om hulle te betrek by al Bethlehem 60 se funksies. Mnr Jaco Cilliers word aangekondig as tafellaar van die jaar en sy vrou Coleen Cilliers as tafel vrou van die jaar, baie geluk aan die Cilliers met die uitmuntige prestasie! Bethlehem 60 se induction dinner was soos gewoonlik ‘n reuse sukses en baie stylvol al die gaste het behoorlik uitgehang en het al die dameshet mooi gelyk en die manne baie netjies met hul swart pakke. Na afloop van die formaliteite het almal soos ouder gewoonte baie lekker saam gekuier en ge Fellow.

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RT34 AGM 2021 Mark Kissler Platinum table Windhoek 34 hosted their Annual General Meeting (AGM) to kick off the year 2021 on the 23rd of January 2021 at their clubhouse next to Maerua Mall in Windhoek. Our resident bartender Wilson turned to a coffee waitron which is to say he ensured our caffeine intake was adequate to wake us up for the long meeting ahead. Outgoing chairman Werner Wormsbächer ordered us fresh Brötchen with a wide selection of cold deli meats, Rohhack (steak tartar – which the Afrikaans speaking team members loved and devoured) and egg salad to name but a few. To our amusement Koos du Toit, 41er comrade extraordinaire, took on the honours as the formal Sergeant at Arms. We quickly learned two things from him:

1. Keep the meeting to the point, short and simple. All other matters need to be addressed during business meetings. 2. Mediocracy shall not be tolerated and we were punished for non-adherence. The guidance attained by our members shall not be forgotten. We are proud and fortunate to welcome Riaan Stadler as latest inductee into 34. We have no doubt that this sterling individual will assist us in all our quests of serving the community at large. A warm welcome to you, Riaan. You have proven long before you have been inducted that you are a great addition to the team. As it goes, the out oppies needed to vacate their seats at table and leave behind their voting rights. To Loubser Rousseau and Robert Reid we say au revoir and salute you for your tremendous inputs, efforts and dedication; not only to 34, but to Namibia Area and RTSA as a whole over your table careers. However, we are glad to still welcome you impromptu when you have urge to quench your table addiction. No doubt it won’t wear off easily.

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Werner led us through the meeting swiftly and handed over the Chairman’s gong to Ernst Grothkopf, our well-deserved veteran tabler who decided to become the president (area) before he wished to be the mayor (table level). The new council was announced and after a relatively short meeting (well, for 34 standards, at least) we gathered for a proper Namibian braai and chilled beverages. Loubser was too sad to say good bye so we continued the braai at his house where many table anecdotes, laughter, lekker vleis, gees and other adjectives we shared. After all, what a great day, not just an AGM. Friends for life who met through their enrollment at the University of Life.

RT34 AGM 2021 Mark Kissler

What is the worst curse word in your vocabulary, huh? Think about it for a minute but don’t tell me, instead, I’ll tell you mine: Corona! See, nothing is more evil and treacherous and impacts as many individuals worldwide than the C-word does. This ugly thing has caused that we no longer breathe as freely as we were accustomed to, no longer work with colleagues as we know and, most significantly, are unable to table as we want to. As with everything in life the motto of Round Table, adopt, adapt, improve, has never been truer than during the existing pandemic. Nothing in the last decades caused more unemployment, illbeing and distress as Covid-19 has. It has become a shadow, or ghost, for the lack of a better word that doesn’t need to be censored, for each living person on mother Earth.

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Speeches by both outgoing chairmen, Robert and Werner, were moving and sentimental – great job gentlemen. Your terms as chairmen were carried out with great leadership and comradery. Ernst was welcomed as the new mayor of 34-town and proved his deserving title with a sublime welcoming speech. Well done, Erbse (German for Ertjie). We wish you well on your year of leadership and trust that you’ll do us proud. Frikkie has done an outstanding job as native Namibian Paramount Chief, aka Sergeant at Arms. The tasty treats of sour “mopane” worms So naturally all of us at 34, our partners, our guests and created a truly local 34 panashe our friends were delighted to be able to attend this “punishment” amongst members. pristine gala event on the Friday of March 5th.

Werner has done an exquisite job of choosing a posh yet secluded venue that met our every need. Well, not quite – the 22h00 curfew was still that night’s painful vasectomy when the party came to an abrupt end when our spirits were as high as never in the past twelve months. However, that is not his fault. It is the fault of a political regime mirroring the fascist indoctrinated laws that governed the GDR (East Germany) between 1949 and 1990. Which wall must we tear down? In true table fashion we started later than the agenda suggested we should. Or is that the overall Namibian relaxed lifestyle? Hmmm…. Nonetheless we had a sublime evening. The food was great: tender and succulent steak for the masses served with pumpkin waffles as mains with the entrees and desserts not disappointing at all.

All trophies handed out were presented to the deserved recipients. To each and everyone of you: congratulations! May your qualities remain strong to motivate others to follow your example. I have been honoured that Werner bequeathed the duties of MC on me, it was a fun experience and one I would want to do again. Especially, since I need to rectify the errors I’ve made. Nonetheless I am prudently positive that all have enjoyed the flair I have brought to the event.

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RT 25 Induction Dinner Ferando van Heerden Tuxedos and evening gowns were the norm as friends from all walks of life gathered at the Round Table 25 Bloemfontein Induction Dinner held at the beautiful Goose Hill Estate on 26 February. On an evening that can only be described as one of the highlights in the City of Roses this year, and catered for with beautiful delicate eats and drinks, former Round table 25 Bloemfontein chairman Henry Denner handed over the baton to his successor, Lihann Kriek. By his side for his term as chairman, Lihann also welcomed Chris Ross as his vice chairman for 2021, along with secretary Jason Carlisle and treasurer Marius Louw.

Denner expressed his gratitude for their willingness to serve the Table and wished them all success in all the tasks that lie ahead for the coming year. A special thank you goes out to Des Williams for his 20 years of excellent and dedicated service to the the Table Bloem 25 would like to wish Lihann Kriek and his incoming Council the best of luck for the 2021 year.

As always, know that Bloem 25 and all its members will strive for greatness and creating a better community for those we serve #25forlife

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This was drawn up from current Round Table association constitutions as a base and can be viewed as part of the RTIHYM 2021 meeting pack as on Tabler.World. The plan is to have the e-Club as a fully functional associate member in the next year. E Club will be able to appoint a councillor to attend and represent them at any RTI level event. How much will this cost? As being a fully independent and selfsustaining association, the elected leadership of the e-Club will have full discretion on the fees being charged to their members. As a minimum, the RTI capitation fee and the annual Tabler.World subscription cost will be charged. As the needs of the members of the e-Club arises, they will be able to determine their own capitation fee and structure. As the e-Club will be a perpetual associate member of RTI, they do not qualify for any RTI travel grants or funding. This has been done to ensure that no additional burden is placed on our current members. What stops the e-Club from competing against my current association? The intention of e-Club is not to compete with any existing association, but merely to offer our members an option instead of them leaving. To this end, we have drafted the membership criteria in the e-Club constitution to not compete with any existing association. e-Clubs will only accept the following members: -The member is relocating to another country or area where there is no Round Table club or association present within 50km’s; or

-A club has closed and there is no other Round Table club present within 50km’s; or -Where the executive board of an Association provides written permission for this member to join the Association, for whatever reason. The RTI e-Club is only open to membership up to 40 years of age. What are the next steps for e-Club? We are very proud and confident that e-Clubs will provide an alternative option to members who might otherwise have to leave Round Table.During May to July 2021, we will be focussing on transferring experienced Tablers into the e-Club. An AGM will then be held before September 2021 to elect the leaders of the e-Club. With an experienced core of members in place, new members will then be targeted who have not yet had any experience with Round Table. We anticipate targeting these members in countries where Round Table is not yet present or still very small.

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What can I do to help the e-Club effort? In the next few months, we will share links to forms where anyone can add details of members who have been lost to Table and who might be interested in the e-Club. We would also appreciate any details of potential Tablers in locations where Table is not present. We will be in touch with these members in order to gauge their interest in e-Club and will be reporting back on our progress in all future RTI Meetings. If anyone has any further questions or suggestions regarding the RTI e-Club, please feel free to contact myself at vicepresident@round-table.org Yours in International Tabling Graham Cornelissen RTI Vice President

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During the RTI Half-Year meeting held virtually on the 6th of March, a motion was passed allowing an e-Club to be established. We have received a number of questions with regards to the e-Club from members and what impact this would have in the longer run.

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Why do we need an e-Club? Life happens – there are a great many Tablers who emigrate or move to areas where Round Table does not have a presence. Some Clubs close where there still are one or two members who still want to be active.Currently, these members and their knowledge, experience and skills are lost to Round Table. Furthermore, we see new prospects in countries or cities where Round Table is not present.The process to start a new Association or a new Club is onerous and most times these prospective members never complete the road to become a part of Round Table. How will an e-Club help in retaining members? The e-Club will provide the members who would have been lost to Table a place to stay and to continue their Tabling career. These members will transfer from their existing association into the e-Club and will be able to continue Tabling with other members from all over the world.They will be able to stand for leadership positions in the e-Club, thereby utilising their experience to the benefit of new members joining in as well.

Once these Tablers move to an association or city where Round Table is present, they will be able to transfer out of the e-Club and resume their normal Tabling career. If there is a critical mass of these Tablers in eClub in a city to then form a new Table or association, this will assist in the long-term growth of our movement. How will the e-Club work? Between the RTIHYM 2021 and the first AGM of the e-Club, focus will be placed in getting experienced Tablers in as members of the eClub. The RTI Vice President will be responsible for this as well as to arrange the initial AGM. The e-Club is envisioned to be a stand-alone associate member of RTI who will elect their own leadership at their founding AGM. A draft initial constitution was drawn up that will form the base of the e-Club way of working.

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