My name is Alan Malan and I am currently the Association President for Round Table Southern Africa.
I come from a small town in the Eastern Cape called Kenton-on-Sea and have been a proud member of Alex/Kenton 210 for almost 17 years. My father as well as four of my uncles were members of my Club between 1976 and 2006.
A few years ago, we decided as an Association to work on our brand and concentrate on membership retention. In our ever-changing societies and communities, we constantly strive to remain relevant and pro-active.
More large businesses and corporates are starting to approach us for partnerships, offer us sponsorships and are taking us seriously.
Our own home-grown project, Winter Knights, has grown from strength to strength, with both Toyota (across Southern Africa) as well as Radiowave (Namibia) partnering with us. The project has been adopted by Round Table Botswana and Round Table Zambia is in the process of also adopting it. We are currently waiting for the reports to come in to tally this year’s figures but are confident that the project has grown since last year.
Round Table Southern Africa continues to use our voice abroad within Round Table International, with many Associations looking to us for guidance and advice on a continuous basis. We have recently won the RTI Magazine of the Year (for our Inkundla) for another year, and at the World Meeting in Sri Lanka last year August, we had nominations in every category. We are currently gearing up for the World Meeting in Romania, and again we have nominations in every category for the RTI Awards.
Round Table Southern Africa managed to grow its Membership for the first time in 8 years, and the efforts of concentrating on retention have begun to pay off. Our current Vice President, Christo Bezuidenhout, is working hard with his Vice Area Chairmen to ensure that this becomes a positive trend going forwards.
Round Table continues to provide the platform for young men to come together to discuss challenges, debate ideas, initiate changes where necessary, build friendships and network responsibly.
We hope to continue our strong relationship with the 41’ers Association of Southern Africa and look forward to many years of fellowship together.
Yours in Table,
Alan L Malan
Association President 2019/2020
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41'ers AGM 2019 Organising Committee
Dear Fellow 41’ers and Friends,
The 2019 AGM is still fresh in the memory as I write to you on behalf of myself and the new Executive Council for the 2019/20 Year. After months of planning and late evening meetings paid off and the Convening Committee put together what many regarded as one of the best AGM’s for the 41’ers Association in many years. Over the weekend of the 7-9th September we held this prestigious occasion at the NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. Sadly we could not have it at the previously advertised Rustlamere Hotel and Spa, as this venue was destroyed in a fire in the early hours of the 22nd July of this year.
As usual the Lord Charles and her staff did not disappoint and we had a fantastic weekend filled with laughs, fine dining, some heavy discussions, a few “soft drinks”, finished off by a glamorous Gala event attended by over 130 delegates, wives, partners, Visitors and YAP’s. It all started with a Welcoming Party with a Rugby World Cup theme held at the Round Table Somerset West 31 Clubhouse. Saturday morning saw the boys in the usual decorum hold a rather lengthy AGM where we had some serious conversations and hard decisions to make about our membership and the road ahead for the Association. We were fortunate to have visitors from 9 different Countries attending our event from as far as Sweden in the North and as close as some delegates from our neighbours, Zambia. The newly appointed International President of the 41’ers Association, Mr. Luc Trigaux, originally from the beautiful City of Brussels in Belgium, also graced us with his presence to share some information about the situation on the International level and a few personal views in the Executive meetings held before and after the AGM respectively as is the tradition.