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“Our” school children at the German school DSK

On 26 January 2017 we were pleased to welcome “our” three school children who we support to be visiting and learning at the German School DSK in Cape Town. The youngest, Ronel just joined the school this year and Mbali and Sitaarah are already in grade 10. Together with their parents they joined our weekly club meeting and introduced themselves in German again – very… Continue reading

Grand Opening of our Signature Pre-School Project in Hangberg

On Friday 20 January 2017 we celebrated the official opening of our signature project the Hangberg Pre-School in Hout Bay. A big thank you to everybody who has contributed to building this colorful gem! …Let the pictures talk themselves…. and if you are interested in any further facts, please click here to read the official press release



Hangberg Pre-School Opening 20 Jan 2017 – Official Press Release

Rotary Club funds eco- sustainable new school in Hout Bay

Hangberg Pre-Primary School officially opened its doors today, 20 January 2017, in the Hangberg community of Hout Bay, Cape Town. Rotary Club Am Kap, Cape Town’s German speaking Rotary Club, spearheaded the funding of the Early Childhood Development Centre and built the school together with the Hangberg Education Trust and with support from the Departments… Continue reading

Touching “Buy No Rhino” initiative by Vanessa and Vicky

This week Vanessa “Ness” presented her “Buy No Rhino” initiative with a very interesting, but also touching presentation.

In 2015, Ness and Vicky went on a months-long cycling tour starting in Hong Kong, leading through seven South East Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia to Singapore. The main reason was to create awareness of the fact that Rhino horns have… Continue reading

Visit of 9350 District Governor Ian Pursch

It was a very great pleasure for our Rotary Club am Kap to welcome and host 9350 District Governor Ian Pursch during our weekly meeting on 10 November 2016.



The afternoon started with an internal business review meeting in which the Board of Rotary Club am Kap presented the Club itself with focus to our signature Projects – the Hangberg Pre-School as… Continue reading

Visit to Rotary Club Waterfront on 16th September 2016

Having set their alarm clocks Friedrich, Ed, Melanie & Carole set off to the Granger Bay Hotel School for the 7am breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club Waterfront (www.waterfrontrotary.org), and what an interesting meeting it was!

Welcoming early tea or coffee gave the members & visitors a chance to network and find their seats.

Having lit the peace candle to promote peace in… Continue reading

Hangberg Pre Primary School “Richtfest”

In traditional German style the “tree” was decorated and secured to the top of the building. The Richtfest is a celebration for the builders & everyone involved with the building which is fast taking shape.

Danke Rolf fuer die Organisation, ein wichtiger Meilenstein fuer das Projekt Hangberg.


Weitere Bilder vom Baufortschritt: A school with a view


Speakers for Next Meetings

If you would like join one of our meetings please register with our secretary

Klaus Stross. Secretary@rcamkap.com

Our next speakers are:

14th January 2016

Sagar Govinda will be speaking on the topic “Siemens answers for South Africa”

21st January 2016

Angela Katschke will talk to us about her “Butterfly Art Project”

28th January 2016

Wehrner Kohn will be discussing the topic of “Solartechnik”

First Fellowship of 2016

For all the active Rotary Am Kap-ers we will be meeting on 30th January

at 10 am at Constantia Nek car park.

The walk will take us to  Art in the Forest in Hout Bay.

Following the walk, or for the non walkers, we will meet at 12.30 for lunch

at Silvermist Wine Estate.

Please register with Rolf at RolfSchnaufer@gmx.de

Don’t forget comfortable shoes,… Continue reading

Induction of New President Michael Zipp

This gallery contains 105 photos.

On June 13th our new Club President Michael Zipp was formally inducted at a dinner function at the Executive Club of the Westin Hotel Cape Town. Our own past presidents from Am Kap and Rotary members from neighbouring Clubs together with close friends not only enjoyed a splendid meal with night views over Cape Town but also a lively raffle. All in all an… Continue reading

Time to celebrate – RCamKap receives District 9350 awards

On 5th of June 2014, District Governor Vyv Deacon and RC am Kap celebrated their achievements.

RC am Kap received 2 awards this year for their outstanding work. The Club Central Award for setting & achieving goals for Rotary year 2013/14. Moreover, President Mechtild Braxmaier received the only Presidential Citation for actively working to engage Rotary & change lives, awarded in the district 9350.

Using… Continue reading

Books “Tales by Roohi” distributed

Roohi Shah, a native of Kenya, has collected an anthology of African tales and legends during her stay in South Africa. Her aim with this collection of African tales ‘Tales by Roohi’, is to teach children of Africa about their culture, history and value systems in a way that only stories such as ‘How the ostrich lost his fire’ can do.

From the… Continue reading

Rhinos in Africa, Colin Bell

On 29th of May 2014, Colin Bell gave us some insights about Rhinos in Africa. Let us provide the news upfront – Rhinos are about to be extinct – soon, very soon.

Colin landed his first job as a safari guide in Botswana in 1977. In those days, Botswana had rhino – but by the mid-80s the last rhino in the wilds had been poached… Continue reading

Rotary DSK Students going to Germany

A short while ago, Rotary Club of Germering and Rotary Club am Kap agreed to help two DSK-German International School Cape Town students with their request to study in Germany. Please read the letter of appreciation written by Azande Centane & Benguita Bengue.

“We would like to thank the Rotary Club for giving us the opportunity to be able to engage with other forms… Continue reading

Mike Schröder awarded Paul Harris Fellow

On the 8th of May 2014, PP Mike Schröder has been awarded as Paul Harris Fellow. Club Presidents may also award one Avenues of Service Citation each year to a Club Rotarian, and this year President Mechtild Braxmaier awarded the honour to Club Projects head PP Mike Schröder.

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for… Continue reading

The Art of Tea, Gert Tuppinger

On 24. April 2014, Mr Gert Tuppinger from the company Ronnefeldt gave us an interesting speech on the different kind of teas and the regions they are grown in. It was new to me that  only the green tea and the so called black tea are truly “teas” the rest, even our own Rooibos are really “ Infusions”. Well I suppose the French always… Continue reading

Rotary Family Health Days

The Rotary District 9350 asked all their Rotary Clubs to help at the free Rotary Family Health days in April 2014. They provided under leadership and guidance of June Webber from RC Waterfront an RFHD Training Workshop at beautiful Intaka Island Eco-Centre in Century City. Anneliese Brandt and Marlis Grünthal from RCamKap attended the workshops to qualify for the Rotary Family Health Days on 3rd… Continue reading

Anton Lubowski Educational Fund, Nadia Lubowski

On Thursday, 21.11.2013, Nadia Lubowski, daughter of late political activist, Anton Lubowski, informed us about her pre-school projects through her fathers trust in Philippi, Cape Town.

Further we had the privilege to welcome guests from Vienna and Graz in Austria and Canada.

The Anton Lubowski Educational Trust

The Anton Lubowski Educational Trust is founded on the idea that the community in which it… Continue reading

The Man with the Blue Eyes – book launch

On 14.11.2013 The Write Girls, a group consisting of Carole Armstrong-Hooper, Giovanna Sartor, Susan Herrick, Priscilla Holmes, Lynn Rowand, Erika Hauptmann and Caroline Gilbert, spoke about their second project “The Man with the Blue Eyes”

They decided to challenge themselves and wrote a novel where each member of the group penned a different female character. This unique approach to novel writing strengthens the characters’ unique… Continue reading

Bazaar at German International School in Cape Town

On 2nd of November 2013 we had a lovely stand at the German International School Bazaar. The idea was to promote our social projects as well as the idea of Rotary International. Further, our Past President Gordana McNamara has established an Rotary Early Act at the German International School in Cape Town.

“EarlyAct is a school-wide service club for elementary students from ages 5… Continue reading

Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Christian Vandersee

On 17th of October 2013 we had the pleasure listening to Christian Vandersee, Managing Director of the Basler Afrika Biobliographien, which helds the largest compilation of over 40.000 books, 100.000 documents, films, maps and films from Southern Africa. More specifically, Namibia, South Africa, Simbabwe, Botswana, Malawi and Sambia, and further lusophone countries like Angola and Mozambique. The Basler Afrika Bibliographien in Switzerland has been… Continue reading

Rotary International- New Website

Rotary International has launched its new website along with a new Rotary logo and corporate identity. Go and check it out: http://www.rotary.org/

Induction Dinner Mechtild Braxmaier

On 26th of July 2013 we enjoyed a lovely induction dinner hosted by the Westin Executive Club in Cape Town. Located on the 19th floor, Rotarians and friends enjoyed the beautiful setting while being spoiled by chef and staff. Past President Mike Schröder reflected on his successful year as president enabling many children in South Africa with access to quality education and raised the bar… Continue reading

Saying ‘hello’ to our neighbours from RC Sea Point

On 10th of July 2013, together with our friend Christopher Peterka from RC Köln-Ville, RC am Kap visited our neighbours from RC Sea Point.  After having contributed to the Life Straw installation in the Grabouw area last weekend, the successful and heart warming news were presented to the other club members. It was impressive to feel the lasting effect of the positive energy… Continue reading

Life Straw Water-Project

In 2011, our friend Christopher Peterka from RC Köln Ville ran the 2Oceans Marathon as a fundraiser, where he found sponsors for each of the 56 kilometeres. He further asked Rotary Club am Kap to evaluate a number of water education projects, which we eventually found through the Rotary Reach out to Africa initiative – Water and Sanitation, and Safe Water Project Co-ordinator, Dr. Tony… Continue reading

2013/14 Engage Rotary, Change Lives

The Rotary club meeting you walk into today might, at first glance, seem very different from the weekly meetings of 50 years ago. And if you could pay a visit to every one of Rotary’s 34,000 clubs, you’d see men and women from all different backgrounds, speaking just about every one of the world’s lan uages, involved in service projects from the local to the… Continue reading

Antarctica, Fellow Rotarian Michael Franzen

Last Thursday, on May 9th 2013, Fellow Rotarian and Member of our Rotary Club, Michael Franzen was talking about his trip to Antarctica and more specifically about his former companies involvement in constructing the South African and the British Research Stations on this massive continent. Thank you, Michael, for sharing your experiences with us!

Johannes Kraus, Rotarian


Rotary Family Health Days in May

June Webber, Past District Governor, informed our club about the Rotary Family Health Days from 09.-11. May 2013

Johannes Kraus, Rotarian


Social Media for Non-profit organisations

Elizabeta Gorgievska, Head of Digital Strategy at Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town, spoke about the social media landscape and how it can be beneficial to non-profit organisations (NPO). First and foremost, changes in user behaviour along with technological innovations drive adaptation to go digital. In practice, however, there is a vast number of digital technologies and platforms as well as there is a vast… Continue reading

Rotary Dictionaries Handover

Bardale Primary School is situated in the Mfuleni area. This township school is housed in temporary classrooms and accommodated just under 1300 learners, from grade R to grade 7. Most of the learners who attend this school live in shack surrounding the school. The school is registered as a “no-fee” school and therefore the only source of income is the allocation the department grants for… Continue reading

Visit from Distrikt Governor Mike Ochse

Like all DGs in the past, this years DG Mike Ochse is travelling through District 9350 to visit all Rotary Clubs. In order to improve networking between clubs, DG Mike invited three clubs at the same time. We had the pleasure to welcome DG Mike together with RC Le Cap Des Tempetes and RC Noon Gun. The Club Presidents, Claude Omari (RC Le Cap… Continue reading

The Cape Argus Fundraiser Challenge: 109 kilometeres for the Masibathande Education Centre

On 10th March 2013 Christoph Bauemer  treasurer of the Rotary Club “Am Kap” will be taking part in the greatest cycle race in the world ,The Cape Argus in an effort to raise money for our Rotary Club’s children’s project the Kindergarten of Masibathande. We are looking for sponsors to support this achievement to the tune of Euro 50.00 or R 500.00 … Continue reading

2012/13 Peace Through Service

The concept of peace is one that differs among people and cultures. It may mean personal tranquility, happiness in the family, and a sense of inner contentment — or it may mean a situation of safety where basic human needs are met. However we define peace, it is a goal that can be achieved through service.

In Rotary, service is much more than a sideline… Continue reading

Jetting off to Germany

Siyabulela Boto and Kabelo Mphephu have been selected to go to Germany in June on an all-expenses paid trip and will be hosted by a family there. Kabelo said that when she received the news she was jogging on a treadmill and nearly fell off. ‘It kind of feels unreal right now.’ she says. ‘This has made me realise that I don’t have to limit… Continue reading

Hartenberg Wine Estate

We couldn’t have chosen a better day!

Brilliant sunshine in Cape Town and of course the temperature rose in the winelands. Cabriolets were given an airing and sunscreen and hats were in good supply.

At Hartenberg we not only found a shady place to park but also our Rotary tables were set out under large shady oaks. Members brought along their partners, spouses and family,… Continue reading

Matching Grant for AMANDLA Edu-Football

For a number of years, the RC Rosenheim-Innstadt has been supporting the organisation AMANDLA Edu-Football, which organises soccer matches on a beautiful artificial pitch next to Ikhusi Primary School in Cape Town’s largest township, Khayelitsha. Earlier this year, RC Rosenheim-Innstadt founded the “Inn River Alliance” with three other clubs in the area, amongst them RC Kufstein in Tyrol/Austria. The clubs then approached RC am Kap… Continue reading

2011/12 Reach within to embrace humanity

In 2011-12, I ask Rotarians to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.

I ask you to look within yourselves, to understand that all of humanity has the same dreams, similar hopes, the same aspirations and similar problems. Whoever we are and wherever we live, each of us yearns for the same peace and contentment and for the same fulfillment in our daily lives. What we work… Continue reading

South Africa’s Space Program, Ian van Zyl

South Africa has a space program?

YES! At our 27.10. meeting, Ian van Zyl of the Satellite Systems Engineering Department at CPUT gave us interesting insights.

Small Satellites are designed and constructed by CPUT post graduate engineering students in a state of the art facility near Grabouw (Houtek) which includes a laboratory and a clean-room for integration of the various modules that make up… Continue reading

Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day (GHD) was initiated in 2008 and is today endorsed by numerous governments and NGO’s including Rotary International.

GHD is aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the importance of washing hands with soap as a means of reducing and preventing the spread of contagious diseases. On the 15th October this year Rotary Club Am Kap joined this important initiative by pinning posters… Continue reading

Madame Zingara

Oh the thrill of the Circus, the lights, the music, the excitement and of course the company. We met at one of the outside tents and mingled with visitors and performers, largely indistinguishable as many ticket holders had gone to town and dressed the part.

Burlesque was the theme of the evening and extravagant the decoration as we entered the main tent and took up… Continue reading

Rotary Club Camp (RYLA Camp)

During the September holidays I was invited to a camp sponsored by the Rotary Club “am Kap” via my school, the German International School Cape Town. I was there for four nights and five days. At the campsite in Franschhoek we did many activities from the morning onwards. We would wake up and do morning exercises then later do challenges which would make or break… Continue reading

Tradional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Thomas Jahn

Qigong is thought to have originated as a form of “remedy dancing” created for healing and health preservation purposes in China. Its history dates back to about 5000 years. On July 28, we had the pleasure of having Thomas Jahn, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner who is also a Qigong master, as our speaker. Thomas studied TCM in Japan, the United States and China.… Continue reading

Matching Grant for ZA – Zoom Along

In our last update, I reported that our project “ZA – Zoom Along” was about to commence. We have selected three gifted kids from needy families to support through their high school years.

It has turned out that “Zoom Along” has become a highly international project: besides RCs am Kap and Neuss/Germany, who actually initiated the concept last year, we have now also been joined… Continue reading

2010/11 Building Communities – Bridging Continents

After taking the stage to the tune of “California, Here I Come,” RI President-elect Ray Klinginsmith announced the 2010-11 RI theme, Building Communities — Bridging Continents, during the opening plenary session of the 2010 International Assembly .

Klinginsmith said he arrived at the theme after reviewing RI themes of years past. He noticed that only a few spoke to non-Rotarians.

“As a result, I decided… Continue reading

2009/10 The Future of Rotary is in your hands

With over a century of successful Rotary service, we are proud to be confident of a future in which generation after generation of Rotarians will bring hope to those in  need and peace to a world full of conflict. We see ourselves as part of a great Rotary tradition, as links in a chain joining our future to our past. 

If that chain… Continue reading

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