By Linda Vilakazi, Club President:
The Rotary Club of Johannesburg conferred the 2014 Achiever of the Year Award on Mr Herman Mashaba at the Johannesburg Country Club last night.
The award comes in recognition of Mr Mashaba’s dedication to the social and economic development of South Africa, his bold criticism of dysfunctional administrative policies, and his outstanding achievements as a role model and public benefactor.
Through this award, Mr Mashaba joins an illustrious group of individuals, whose efforts and endeavours have all contributed to improve the lives of South Africans and building strong and accountable institutions.
The list includes Professor Jonathan Janssen, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, Mr Hugh Glenister, Minister Pravin Gordhan, former Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille, Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob, and former reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni.
The Rotary Club of Johannesburg was chartered in 1921 and was the first Rotary Club on the African continent – and since our founding have encouraged like-minded business and community leaders to become more involved in their communities. We have been instrumental in many projects and community initiatives in and around Johannesburg.
Through our interactions with our counterparts in Europe and the United States, we have managed to raise funds to build clinics, schools and generally uplift those communities who struggle with resources.
Our annual Achiever of the Year Awards recognises the efforts of outstanding South Africans who have made a significant impact on the lives of their less fortunate fellow South Africans, and we are proud to be associated with such noble actions.