July Speaker: Trevor Phillips – Veldfires: Not Just a Farmers Problem!!
Date: Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Time: 09.30 for 10.00
Cost: Monthly attendance – R100 for members, R120 if not pre-booked, R150 for
guests. A required name badge will cost an additional R75. No show charge is
Venue: Bryanston Country Club, Bryanston Drive, Bryanston
Booking: Please print your name on the booking sheet for the June 2019 meeting. If you
missed it when the sheet was handed around during the talk, you can sign at
the Hospitality Table on the way out. Alternatively, Bookings can be made until
5pm on Wednesday 26th June to Engelie Jansen Van Vuuren via SMS at
082 558 1253 or e-mail at
Cancellations: Must be made by 5pm on the Wednesday prior to the General Meeting;
otherwise you will be required to pay in full.
Trevor Phillips began his working life at Stevens Lumber Mills, a forestry and sawmilling
company in Haenertsburg, Limpopo. He currently holds the position, 25 years later, of
General Manager: Forestry.
He is Chairperson of Letaba and Limpopo Fire Protection Associations and sits on two
National Fire Committees. He holds a Diploma and B. Tech in Forestry as well as various
qualifications in Fire Incident Command and Fire Investigation. He has been an expert
witness in a number of court cases. Through the advent of Social Media, “Veldfires” and
“Wildfires” have become a conversation topic and Trevor is well qualified to give us a South
African perspective of this growing threat to our rural/urban interface.

June Speaker: Kate Sidley – Author of 100 Mandela Moments which was published in
2018 as part of The Mandela Centenary celebrations.
Date: Tuesday 4 th June 2019

The Remembering, Honouring and Questioning the Mandela Legacy. The 100th anniversary of Nelson
Mandela was an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the life of a great man. It also sparked questions as
to how his principles and vision have stood the test of time, and been embraced or abandoned by South
Kate Sidley, author of 100 Mandela Moments, looks on his life and legacy. Kate Sidley is a columnist,
reviewer, writer, author, editor and educator. She previously wrote a hilarious cook book, The Agony Chef ,
and then a children’s book, What Is It? as part of the Book Dash initiative to get affordable, South African
books into the hands of children. Kate’s play Shape , co-authored with her husband, the novelist Steven
Boykey Sidley, was produced at Sandton Theatre on the Square in 2016. She writes for a range of
newspapers and magazines, and for corporate clients, and appears regularly on radio and at book fairs and
festivals. She was the books columnist at Sunday Times and is still a regular book reviewer and writer of
author profiles for the paper. She writes topics ranging from literature, parenting and childhood
development, and education, travel and food. Apart from her writing work, Kate works as an in-school
educator for Family Life Centre, specialising in sex education. Kate has an MA in Creative Writing from Wits.
Please note: Kate will be selling copies of her book for R200.00 and will will make an arrangement for those
who do not have cash to do an EFT.



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