Notice of the Annual General Meeting for the Pedal Power Association was given on Monday, 24 August 2021. Below further details regarding the AGM.
DATE: Tuesday, 21 September 2021
TIME: From 18h00
RSVP: click here to register
Due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the AGM will be a virtual meeting and members will be invited to attend electronically. The Pedal Power Association will host the meeting using Zoom that will allow participants to connect remotely. Please click here to register to attend the AGM. Please note that you must be a paid-up Pedal Power Association member to attend the AGM.
If you have any questions to put forward to the Committee, please send them to email@example.com by Thursday, 16 September 2021. We will then address these questions either beforehand if of a specific nature, or, if of a general nature, obtain the relevant facts in time for the meeting.
In terms of clause 4.2 of the PPA Constitution, nomination of candidates for election to the Executive Committee shall be in writing, signed by the member as well as the proposer (both being paid-up members of the Association) and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate nominated, to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 16h00 on Thursday, 16 September 2021.
However, we urge members to submit nominations soonest so that they can be uploaded to the PPA website prior to the meeting, giving members sufficient time to consider such applications to the Committee. Nomination forms are available upon request from email@example.com. The Chairman of the meeting may, in his sole discretion, allow nominees to the Committee to consent to their nomination at the meeting itself, if, in his opinion, there are special grounds therefore and provided the nomination was received timeously. This means that the chairman cannot accept a late nomination, only a late consent to a nomination. Voting cannot be done by proxy.
Only paid-up members of the Association may vote at the AGM. In terms of clause 4.2.1 of the Constitution, seven positions on the committee need to be filled.
As we broaden the activities of PPA to include a stronger focus on Advocacy for cycling in all its forms here is an overview of what is expected of a PPA Executive Committee (EXCO) member:
Chairman, Pedal Power Association
19 August 2021
Membership no: 271983
Nominated by: John Gale
“I would like to focus on driving the direction of the organization over the next few years, how does PPA as an organization stay relevant. Many people still don’t understand what exactly PPA does, we need our members and non-members to understand the role PPA plays in recreation & sport cycling in South Africa. The incredible work that PPA does in the various communities needs more media attention to potentially bring bigger corporates on board to team up with PPA on new projects. I look forward to helping PPA achieve the various strategic goals over the next year, and believe the decisions made by the executive committee will be paramount to the organization’s sustainability.”
Membership no: 1809
Nominated by: Abbas Harris
“I would welcome the opportunity to serve the interests of PPA once again, assisting through the difficult times presented by COVID-19 and the economic challenges we face in today’s world. I see this as an opportunity, however, as a time in which we can grow cycling as a form of mobility and social function once more, highlighting both the individuality and safety of bicycle travel as well as a profoundly democratic and egalitarian form of mobility that is safe, convenient, healthy and good for the environment. It is from this foundation of thinking that PPA can significantly grow its base and its reach to South Africans of all backgrounds.”
Membership no: 170477
Nominated by: Niël Cilliers
“I would like to focus on cycling advocacy and creating mechanisms to make bicycle mobility a cost-effective and viable option for anyone that wants to use a bicycle as their mode of transport. I believe the PPA should play a leading role in encouraging a culture of cycling in the country and the PPA should encourage decision makers at political level to take bicycle mobility seriously and move forward with firm commitments to get more people on bicycles.
We need to look at what PPA events look like, post-Covid and make sure we have a portfolio of events that are desirable to enter, and sustainable at the same time. Events should also be spread across the country and not all be held in the Cape. We want to be relevant to all cyclists across the country.
Our Safe Cycling campaigns need to reach all corners of the country and we need to encourage a behavior shift among all road users and get politicians to support road safety through the promulgation of cycling-friendly legislation.
I want to assist the PPA team with growing the Bike4All programme that has been so successful over the last years and provided bicycles to so many less-privileged children and adults. I would like to help spread the joy of cycling through this programme.
I want to offer my experience as a CEO of the PPA from 2015 to 2019 to the management team and provide constructive and meaningful input where it is appropriate. I want to ensure that the Executive Committee enables & supports the PPA management team and that the committee is proactive and committed to making the right decisions without unnecessary delays. I understand my fiduciary duties as a committee member and that my role is one of oversight and to always provide accountability and credibility”
Membership no: 340458
Nominated by: Melanie Vogel
“I am a passionate cyclist across various disciplines, and I want to contribute to the advancement of cycling in the Western Cape and nationally. I am a Chartered Account (CA)SA with more than 23 years of experience across various commercial disciplines. I previously served on the PPA Executive Committee where I fulfilled the role as treasurer (2013 -2015). Looking, to contribute to the cycling community at large and apply my skills and experience where the PPA can best use it. Overall, will be looking at forwarding the PPA agenda to make cycling more accessible to all on various front from commuting to more serious cycling formats.”
Madele van Heerden
Membership no: 290127
Nominated by: Mario da Silva
“Being a CA(SA) ensuring structure, governance and prioritize focus points of the Association and overseeing the finances especially in this very tough economic climate and bringing a fresh outlook. With little races happening – focus on promoting commuting in South Africa, ensuring it is safe and comfortable for cyclists to commute. Working together with establishments – government, municipalities, SAPS and other to create this safe and comfortable and easily accessible environment. Organizing and scheduling “busses” for especially women to ride together from various official pick-up points. A bigger focus would be to get cyclists incentivized for commuting – looking at the rest of the world, UK has specific tax relief structures in place. Workplace awareness and incentives – starting with the bigger corporate companies and hoping the rest will join in. Bigger hype about World Bicycle Day. Focus on promoting cycling amongst the average working women (not necessary the pro’s). Creating an environment where women can feel safe and comfortable and create a community of women’s cyclists. Ensuring necessary facilities to cater for women’s needs at events are also important.”
Membership no: 16699
Nominated by: David Clarke
“Promotion of cycling across all form of the cycling spectrum. More specifically using the Cape Town Cycle Tour to assist in promoting the joy if cycling to a broader audience. Ensuring the Cycle Tour is used to create income for PPA to pursue in non motorised strategy.”
Membership no: 314632
Nominated by: Tim Mosdell
“The world under Covid-19 has changed dramatically, and ironically the change has been to the betterment and increased adoption of cycling as a viable and sustainable form of commuting, transport and socializing. To this I would like to focus on the advocacy of cycling, and all its ancillary services, in all its shapes and forms, to build better, stronger and more resilient communities. I believe my broad experience and ability to connect on many varied social levels – from government departments to community based mechanics – will allow for great experience and direction on the PPA Executive Committee.”
Membership no: 29206
Nominated by: John Gale
“I would like to use my sustainable transport (which includes cycling) and strategic planning expertise to contribute to the goals and direction of PPA. My understanding of and passion for the local cycling environment, will bring the bigger perspective of the environment the PPA is functioning in, such as sustainability, development, strategic interpretation etc. This understanding will contribute to the PPA decision making process, the identification of focus areas, and overall bring a greater understanding of which areas the growth of everyday cycling can be supported through. I also see cycling as one of the strong contributors to growing social equity and building social cohesion and would look to continue help strengthening PPA’s role in this space.”
Membership no: 47950
Nominated by: David Bellairs
“Reading the chairman’s 2021 AGM report it is apparent that there are exiting times ahead for the PPA. I consider that with my past experience and passion I would be able to continue using my knowledge to stimulate the executive committee to fulfill the terms of our constitution in being a representative body for the furtherance of the interests of all forms of cycling.”
Membership no: 789647
Nominated by: Robert Vogel
“Having worked with PPA in getting more than 500 people on bicycles when COVID-19 hit South Africa I still believe that our work continues to do even more. This next term I will focus on 1. Encouraging Commuter cycling (in Gov, Private sector and communities) 2. Establishing and supporting smaller bicycle mechanics and providing training 3. Lobbying Government in building suitable bicycle infrastructure.”