Rotary reaches out and remembers the ‘Oldies”
November 6, 2014
Mhani Gingi
November 25, 2014

For the last three months Margit Sichrovsky and Kim le Roux from Germany have been in Cape Town presenting their innovative ideas for low cost housing to interested parties – including Claremont Rotary Club, one of their last stops before flying back to Berlin for Christmas.

Picture Karin Duncker

From left: Kim le Roux, Claremont Rotarian Maurice Bergoff and Margit Sichrovsky

The young architects have been taking part in an international Better Living Challenge competition affiliated to the organisation that has awarded Cape Town the title, World Design Capital.

Their entry for the competition is a project to extend RDP houses using ingeniously converted shipping containers. In doing so, the owners may enlarge their living space, create extra income through possible sub-letting for living or shopping space, or even establishing a vegetable roof garden.

It has been a feature of their concept to enhance the holistic living of individuals and communities. They believe they have succeeded. Now they need sponsors and supporters in the right places.

The service they will offer through their package, titled Informexchange, will also include intensive and comprehensive support and advice to owners who engage with them, even to raising finance.

Their ideas have had encouraging responses in the city, where they have shown plans and models to city and provincial authorities, including Premier Helen Zille.

BELOW: Rotarian Karin Duncker, Kim le Roux, Margit Sichrovsky and Rotarian Margaret Thompson

Picture George Muller


George Muller
George Muller
George first  joined Rotary in 1972 in Durban. In 1995 he retired after 42 years of fulltime journalism in southern Africa and UK, most of it spent on the Daily News, Durban, where he was assistant to the editor and daily columnist. He was also a freelance cartoonist, best known for his syndicated pocket cartoon, By George,  which ran for 27 years. He is married to Moonyeen, a pre-primary teacher, and has two daughters and five grandchildren in Cape Town and Durban, where he and Moonyeen  spend up to six months, respectively. He joined Claremont club in 2005.

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