15 – 17 June 2018

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22 – 25 June 2017

Bolivia Lodge, Polokwane

Bolivia Lodge is only 600 m from Mall of the North, 9 km from Polokwane International Airport, 6 km from Polokwane’s CBD

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Past Rotary International Director: Jackson Hsieh (click on link for Biography)

Spouse: Juliet Hsieh  

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Rotary Club : Taipei Sunrise

District : 3520, Taiwan


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Key Note Speakers



Professor Adam Habib (Plenary Session 2)

Adam Habib is an academic, researcher, activist, administrator, and renowned political commentator and columnist. A Professor of Political Science, Habib has over 30 years of academic, research and administration expertise, spanning five universities and multiple local and international institutions, boards and task teams. His professional involvement in institutions has always been defined by three distinct engagements: the contest of ideas, their translation into actionable initiatives, and the building of institutions.

Habib is currently the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He is also the Chair of Universities South Africa, which represents vice-chancellors and higher education in the country. In these roles, he has been working with government, students and other stakeholders to find solutions to the recent wave of protests around funding for higher education. He has also focussed on building African research excellence, and together with the University of Cape Town, Wits initiated the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA).

Prior to joining Wits, Habib served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation, Library and Faculty Coordination at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He was instrumental in transforming UJ following the nationwide mergers of tertiary institutions in 2005 and played a key role in increasing research output. He also served as Research Director on Governance and Democracy, and Executive Director at the Human Sciences Research Council. He held several academic and research posts at the University of Natal, including Professor in the School of Development Studies and Research Director of the Centre for Civil Society.

Habib holds qualifications in Political Science from three universities, including the University of Natal and Wits. He earned his masters and doctoral qualifications from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Transformation, democracy and development are fundamental themes of his research. His latest book, South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects, has informed debates around the country’s transition into democracy, as well as its prospects for inclusive development.

Habib’s contributions recently resulted in his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in addition to serving as a fellow of both the African Academy of Science and the Academy of Science of South Africa.


Chad 1Chad Anderson (Plenary Session 2)

Phd Rotary Scholar

Topic: A Song to Prevent Malaria

Qualification Profile:

5 years’ experience working on public health and development issues in Africa, including 2.5 years with malaria programs

5 years of experience with community-based health care facilities and the health system in sub-Saharan Africa

Language abilities: Bambara (Mali) – Advanced; Setswana (Botswana) – Intermediate; Ikalanga (Botswana / Zimbabwe) – Intermediate

Proven success in community mobilization and education in sub-Saharan Africa

Currently pursuing an MPH with a focus on epidemiology and malaria

Chad worked as a United States Peace Corps Community Health Volunteer focusing on Malaria, HIV/AIDS and Gender for 3 years.

Served as a United States Congressional Intern, Sara Center HIV/AIDS volunteer and as Douglas Ave United Methodist Youth Leader.

He published numerous articles on “Stomp Out Malaria” and made the top 5 finalists on Peace Corps Malaria Hero with his “Malaria Prevention visual Project”


Dr Bronwyn Grover


Dr Bronwyn Grover (Plenary Session 3)

Topic: “The Water Cycle” from science to service

Dr Bronwyn Grover is an Environmental Scientist at Prime Resources, an environmental consulting group based in Johannesburg. She has a PhD in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from the University of Witwatersrand. Her research focused on the geochemistry and modelling of acid mine drainage within the Witwatersrand Gold Fields. Bronwyn has presented at local and international conferences including International Mine Water Association conferences in United States of America, China and Chile.

Her PhD work has been published in local and international scientific journals. Following a short postdoc and work experience in geochemistry consulting. Bronwyn is now enjoying a new set of challenges and learning opportunities in a variety of projects at Prime Resources. Recent endeavors include geochemical, soil and rehabilitation studies, public participation for a proposed gold mine, waste classification and water use licensing. Bronwyn was an active member and past president of Boksburg Lake Rotaract during her studies. She is currently secretary of the newly chartered Midrand NexGen Rotary Club.



PROF  SStellaTELLA   ANYANGWE: (Plenary Session 3)

 Topic: Challanges to Maternal and Child Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Status of the countries in Rotary District 9400

Prof. Stella Anyangwe, Cameroonian by birth, is a Physician who qualified as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Cameroon in 1977. She was a general practitioner till 1980, when she proceeded to the United Kingdom to specialize in nephrology. In 1985, after marriage and two children, she changed professional direction and proceeded to the USA to further specialize in public health disciplines. She obtained the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in 1985, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Epidemiology in 1990. She is perfectly bilingual in English and French, and speaks at least four African languages.

Prof. Anyangwe taught in Medical School in Cameroon till December 1993 when she got her first international job. She joined the World Health Organization in 1996, and was WHO Country Representative between 1998 and 2011, serving in the Seychelles, Mali, Zambia and South Africa. Her last assignment in WHO was in Brazzaville, Congo, as African Regional Adviser for Disaster Preparedness and Response. She retired from WHO in April 2013, and returned to South Africa where she and her husband are permanent residents. She was appointed Honorary Professor of Epidemiology in the University of Pretoria in September 2014.

Prof. Stella Anyangwe is married to Professor Carl Anyangwe, Professor of Laws and retired Rector of Walter Sisulu University, Butterworth campus. They have two adult children living and working in the United Kingdom.

Rotarian President Stella Anyangwe is the first female black African President of the 57-year old Rotary Club of Pretoria West (2014-15; 2016-17). She joined Rotary in 1995 in Zambia (Rotary Club of Lusaka Maluba), and became a life member of RFFA in 1997. She became a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) in 2001 in Mali, (RC of Bamako Koulouba). Rotarian Stella cherishes membership, and strives to bring into Rotary one female member each year. She has been Director for Membership in most of the clubs in which she has served. She now serves in the District 9400 Membership Committee.


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Dr David Harrison MBChB, MSc(Med), MPP (Plenary Session 4)

Topic: Early Childhood Development

David Harrison is the CEO of the DG Murray Trust, a South African foundation with a strong focus on early childhood development, education and leadership for public innovation

In 1991, he founded the Health Systems Trust (HST), a non-government agency supporting health policy and services development in South Africa. In this capacity, he founded the South African Health Review, an annual review of health and health care. In 1996, he started the Initiative for Sub-District Support which assisted in the development of a district health system in South Africa. He then headed up loveLife, a national HIV prevention program for young people. In 2010, he joined the DG Murray Trust.

David studied medicine at the University of Cape Town and public policy at the University of California at Berkeley


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 Ruy M. Santos (Plenary Session 4)

Topic: Putting Hope to Work with a Bowl of Soup, a Makobo Story

Ruy M. Santos, Mozambican, Architect, Interiors’ and Furniture Designer, Social  Activist and Entrepreneur.

Worked as Program Manager for Income Generation Projects for the Foundation for Community Development – FDC, establishing community based vocational training centers, promoting entrepreneurship, employment opportunities and avoiding of youth exodus  in  the  rural  areas  (MACIENE Project). For the Creative Industries Sector in Mozambique, elaborated a Gap Analysis of the Craft Sector in Mozambique – an Essay on the establishment of collaborative platforms (IPEX / UNIDO, March 2010).

As Administrator and Marketing Manager, established the first formal and permanent fair for Craft, Flowers and Gastronomy in Mozambique – FEIMA. Social Entrepreneur, with the vision to reduce the gap between the social extremes in Mozambique, founded MAKOBO – The Solidarity Platform (2009).

An holistic approach for social and economic integration for individual of unprivileged groups in a social exclusion concept, based on a five levels “Pyramid of needs” concept: (1)Nutrition; (2)Education; (3)Vocational and Professional  Training;(4)Employment and Self-employment;(5)Self-sufficiency,(6) Solidarity and Volunteering. Supported by its initiative “ SOPA SOLIDÁRIA” (Solidarity Soup)- The Mozambican Food & Vocation Training Bank. The Makobo Platform offers 600 Soups daily, benefiting an universe of 10,000  people monthly. In 2013, it established the Solidarity School which provides literacy (writting and reanding skills) and nutritional support for more than 120 kids weekly, in Maputo. For housing, it planned and refurbished three (3) houses of wood and zinc for unprivileged people in Mafala neighbourhood, Maputo.


 Marna photo Marna de Lange (Plenary Session 4)

Topic: Building GDP from the dinner table

Marna de Lange is a civil engineer, development facilitator and policy developer. She devotes her energy to the improvement of the food security and economic activity of poor families, especially to help reduce stunting among preschoolers, to give them a better chance in life. Her main focus is on ‘Water for Food’, namely water for home food production, through homestead rainwater harvesting and organic, affordable vegetable and fruit production.

One of her key strengths is to bring the realities of rural household poverty into the design of policies and implementation programmes to maximise their direct impact on household poverty.

She project managed the development of national irrigation policy in the post-apartheid review of South African water law and lead the implementation of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s Homestead Rainwater Harvesting Programme, which targeted Millennium Development Goal 1a, namely to reduce by half the number of people living with hunger; and subsequently the Sustainable Development Goals, which now recognises the central role of child nutrition to the achievement of all the SDGs.

She has gained her experience in projects in South Africa and other SADC countries and has presented invited papers in various African countries, India, Turkey, the Netherlands, Australia and Sweden. From 1998, she represented the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in South Africa and continued to consult for IWMI after the establishment of its Africa Office in Pretoria.

She was co-founder and director of the Water for Food Movement, a non-profit company which supports a grassroots social movement of food insecure households in home food production, rainwater harvesting and village-level social safety nets.

She provides consulting services through Socio-Technical Interfacing, a private research and consulting firm which she founded in 1998.

In the rural context, the focus is on the improved water-energy-food security of poor families, including planning and management of rural and agricultural implementation programmes and research, particularly on appropriate homestead technology combinations for rainwater harvesting, renewable energy and food production.

In the urban context, her focus is on rainwater harvesting solutions for large commercial and industrial installations in water conservation and demand management initiatives. She has served in various national and international advisory structures.



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Niel Steinmann (Plenary Session 5)

Topic: How Leaders create synergy in their “pride”

Niel Steinmann is a Management consultant, author, public speaker, internationally recognized mentoring expert, and the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Peoples Dynamic Development a Cape Town-based consulting firm that assist people and organisations to significantly increase their performance capacity.

He is also described by friends as a struggling golfer, a passionate cyclist, a proud father and a loving husband. His company has developed a leadership framework called synergy where they share a powerful metaphor from nature on what high performing teams need to do to create 1+1=3.

Niel has done this work with corporates for the past 20 years and recently also with the Springbok 7’s team.




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Zwoitwaho Calvin Nevhutalu( Rev) (Plenary Session 7)

Topic: Making a difference to the lives of the poor: The Strongest Partnership in the country’s HIV and TB response

Zwoitwaho Nevhutalu holds a Masters degree in Environmental law and management. His other academic qualifications includes, an honours degree in theology, bachelor of theology degree and a diploma in theology. He has a certificate in Effective directorship. While in matric, he came first in the science Olympiad competitions and received an award to represent the country in the International Youth Science conference in London.

Zwoitwaho is an ordained pastor, who worked as Dean and Bishop’s deputy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and currently practices as a self-supporting pastor of the same church.

He is the national coordinator and advisor of the biggest HIV Counselling and testing campaign in South Africa and globally. He is responsible for facilitating strong partnerships between Civil society, Business and government in the implementation of the Campaign. He moved to the current position after working  as the Executive manager in the South African National Aids Council responsible for Intergovernmental and sector support.  He has extensive experience in education, management and governance having worked as the Accounting officer and superintended general for the Limpopo department of education from 2007 to 2009.

He has extensive experience in working with communities as well as communicating effectively to the public, having worked for the Independent Electoral commission as the Provincial Electoral officer for 8 years. He is a skilled in electoral management and logistics. The commission, in recognition of his competence in this area, appointed to coordinate the South African electoral assistance mission to the first democratic elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Zwoitwaho has extensive experience in corporate governance and leadership. He has served in many boards and the current boards on which he serves are : Kagiso Trust, Kagiso Tiso Holdings, Dzembe Investments and First Rand Empowerment Foundation. In terms of leadership experience, He was the first chairperson of the Limpopo Tender Board, he also chaired Kagiso Trust, the Institute of contextual theology, Mulweli counseling centre and the anti-apartheid Ecumenical confessing fellowship. As a student activist he was the national president of the Student Union for Christian Action as well as the national founding committee member of the Azanian Student Organization. He has a great passion for making a difference in the lives of the poor, especially in the area of health and education.