About Us

Rotary District 9400

Our district is one of three districts in South Africa and we are situated in the northern parts of the country. District 9400 is a multi-country district namely:

Botswana:

Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa which became independent in September 1966. The local population refer to themselves as Batswana and they speak Setswana and English. Botswana is named after the main tribe of the country, the Tswana people. “Bo-” Tswana refers to the people, “Se-” Tswana refers to the language. A single person ID a “Mo-“Tswana and the people are “Ba-“Tswana.

The country is fairly flat and is mostly covered by the Kalahari dessert. The surrounding countries are South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and a small section of Zambia. With a population of just over 2 million people, Botswana is a very sparsely populated country. The currency is the Pula and the country is divided into 9 Districts.

Swaziland:

Swaziland is also a landlocked country in Southern Africa, surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique to the East. Officially known as the Kingdom of Swaziland, it is a very small country. The current ruler is King Mswati III and the capital is Mbabane. The population is primarily ethnic Swazis who speak siSwazi.

Swaziland is well known for its culture with two very well-known festivals in December and August. December is normally the time for incwala “the main ritual of Kingship” with the King as the most important person there.  Umhlanga “the Reed Dance ceremony” takes place in August when thousands of unmarried and childless girls participate in this eight day event.

Mozambique:

The Republic of Mozambique is a coastal country in South East Africa with (from North to South) Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa surrounding it. The currency is the Mozambican metical and the official language is Portuguese. Some of the other languages spoken is; Swahili, Sena and Makhuwa. The country have a population of about 25 million people and have rich and extensive natural resources

The Coastal trade of Mozambique was first dominated by Arabs and Persians, and later the Portuguese from around the 1500’s. The country is divided into 10 Provinces (Provincias) and about 130 districts and again further into Administrative posts and lastly Localities (the lowest geographical level)

South Africa

The Republic of South Africa covers the southern tip of Africa and has about 2,800km of coastline. South Africa is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.  Within the country is Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South African territory. South Africa is a multi-ethnic society with eleven official languages.

South Africa contains some of the oldest archaeological sites in the world including human fossils. One of the  eight Unesco World Heritage sites in South Africa is “The Cradle of Humankind” situated in the Gauteng province. The country is divided into nine provinces which in turn are divided into districts, metropolitans and district municipalities.

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Rotary Areas of Focus

We have identified specific causes to target to maximize our local and global impact. At the same time, we understand that each community has its own unique needs and concerns.

Peace

PROMOTING PEACE

Today, 42 million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution. Through our partnerships with several leading universities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and support long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict. We provide up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers.

Disease

FIGHTING DISEASE

More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. We aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas. Our members educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Many of our projects ensure that medical training facilities are located where the workforce lives.

Water

PROVIDING CLEAN WATER

More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Our projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.

Mother and Child

SAVING MOTHERS AND CHILDREN

At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Our projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.

Education

SUPPORTING EDUCATION

Sixty-seven million children worldwide have no access to education and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

economy

GROWING LOCAL ECONOMIES

Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and develop opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also help strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

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History of Rotary

The vision of a man named Paul Harris, an attorney of Chicago started the Rotary organization. On 23 February 1905 the Rotary Club of Chicago was formed and was one of the world’s first service organizations.  The members used to rotate between their respective offices where meetings were held and than practice gave birth to the name “Rotary”

Because of the vision of one man, Rotary today is a truly international organization with three key traits:

1. The organization is truly International

2. Perseverance in tough times

3. Ongoing service commitments

 

Rotary have a history of service that stretch for more than a hundred years. More can be read about the history by following the links

  1. History of Rotary International
  2. History of The Rotary Foundation
  3. Founder, Paul Harris