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PPA team & Committee members

Robert Vogel

Robert Vogel

CEO

Robert joined the PPA Executive Committee in September 2013 to specifically focus on off-road cycling initiatives. He resigned from the committee in June 2015, and was appointed as PPA’s first CEO as of August 2015.

Robert is passionate about cycling and the safety of cyclists, both on-road and off-road. He started the Table Mountain Bikers group and is actively involved in the Table Mountain MTB Forum.

Jannis Jagger

PPA Bike4All Project Manager

Jannis joined the Association in 2008, at first assisting in the front office. She later took over the development cycling portfolio and then took over the administration for PPA’s project funding portfolio. Currently she is the Bike4All Project Manager

Zarah Reddy Shabodien

Zarah Reddy Shabodien

Safe Cycling Coordinator

Zarah is the safe cycling coordinator of the Stay Wider of the Rider campaign. She is passionate about the safety of cyclists as her husband is a keen cyclist. Zarah being a safety officer, helps to organize all our awareness rides and campaigns throughout the country and arranges the various safe cycling start groups. She is also a well known face at and expo’s and cycle events.

Vanesia Diedericks

Accountant

Vanesia joined the Association in 2007, after working, amongst others, for a firm of chartered accountants. Vanesia is passionate about ensuring that the Association stays on a firm financial footing. She thrives on challenges.

Wendy Cole

Senior Events Coordinator

Wendy has been cycling (road and MTB) since the age of 7 and has done in excess of 10 Cycle Tours. She worked for Gauteng PPA and Central Gauteng Cycling for a while, is a qualified commissaire as well as Safety Officer and has been with PPA for more than 15 years. Wendy heads up the events team and is also a member of the Outriders Cycling Club and on Western Cape Cycling Association’s Executive Committee.

Fahiema Salie

Financial Administrator

Fahiema joined PPA in 2006 and has been instrumental in streamlining the membership debit order payment process. She regularly cycles with her family. Fahiema does the reconciliation of accounts and assists members with their payment queries.

Muneebah

Muneebah Daniels

Receptionist

Muneebah is our receptionist at the PPA. She is the friendly face that greets our members in the front office. She deals with all our calls and front office duties and assists with membership as well.

Shane Smith

Logistics Coordinator

Shane is the ‘go to’ guy for equipment and logistics. He keeps the PPA branding clean and ready to go. He joined the Association in 2008.

Zane van Aarde

Assistant Project Coordinator

Zane joined PPA as a staff member on the 1st of March 2019 as Assistant Project Co-Ordinator at Bike4ALL. His duties include setting up projects pertaining to Bike4ALL. He does all safety training to recipient’s that receive bicycles through distributions. He also assists with setting up and organizing events

Liz Heydra

Liz Heydra

Safe Cycling Campaign Manager

Liz joined the Association in 2014, hailing from a marketing and communications background. She launched the Stay Wider of the Rider campaign is passionate about the safety of cyclists and making a difference to keep cyclists safe on the road.

She lives by the following: ‘The most important thing is, whatever you do decide to choose, take it seriously and do your best.’ Tom Sturridge

Shana Weber

Membership and Development

Shana heads up membership. Shana joined PPA in 2010 as receptionist and general secretary after working in the client customer services department for a major financial institution. She has two young children. “It is interesting as well as challenging dealing with all the different kinds of people that make up PPA’s membership,” she says.

Susan Meintjies

Housekeeper

Susan joined the Association in 2010. When you visit PPA House and you see how sparkling clean it is – you know who is responsible!

The PPA Executive Committee

Members of the Pedal Power Association’s Executive Committee are volunteers, either nominated and selected by the membership at the annual general meeting, or co-opted onto the committee. Committee members serve for a period of two years, with six members being selected every alternate year. Once elected, committee members nominate the office bearers. The Executive Committee is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction of the Association, ensure sound governance of the Association and ensure sound fiscal management of the Association. ExCo members attend one committee meeting per month, as well as sub-committee meetings as required.

Rens Rezelman

Rens Rezelman

PPA Chairman

Rens has been a PPA member for some 10 years and joined the PPA Executive Committee in 2012, serving as PPA’s vice-chairman for 2 years before being elected Chairman in 2016. Rens holds a Masters Degree from Stellenbosch University in Business and Management Science. As a keen cyclist with strong business acumen, Rens is keen to continue assisting the PPA and its membership to move forward and grow its base and influence across the country.

From a cycling pedigree, Rens successfully completed a number of Absa Cape Epics; has ridden a couple of sub-3 hour Cape Town Cycle Tours; completed a few Coronation Double Centuries as well as overseas road cycling events, including the 2015 Gran Fondo road race in Italy. Like many Cape cyclists, he is concerned about the plight of the commuter and the amateur cyclist; about road safety and the creation of an environment where cyclists feel safe to ride.

Rens regularly commutes to work on his 30-year-old 10-speed and enjoys the social side of anything cycling. He also often writes cycling-related columns for Bicycling and Full Sus publications.

Steve Hayward

Vice Chairman

Steve joined the PPA Executive Committee in 2001 and served as chairman for over 10 years. Steve is one of PPA’s trustees on the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, which consists of six PPA representatives and six representatives from Rotary Claremont. He is also involved with the PPA cycling marshals’ portfolio.

Steve started cycling just over 20 years ago “when I got too fat to continue playing squash and soccer”, and enjoys both road and mountain biking. His favourite road ride is an early-morning pedal from Edgemead to Noordhoek for coffee, while his favourite off-road ride is in Majick Forest near Durbanville “for the thrilling downhill after the slog to the top!”

John Gale

John Gale

PPA Treasurer

John is a chartered accountant and joined the PPA Executive Committee in 2015. “I bought a bike again in 1997 – a Trek 4500 – and started doing some touring with my wife, Beth. MTB touring soon grew to include the longer rides like the Cycle Tour, and after Andrew Baxter introduced me to my cycle guru – Jakes Jakobsen – I started riding cross country, adventure races, and the Epic.”

John has a university blue for fencing, has completed 4 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathons and is one of 5 riders to have completed all 12 ABSA Cape Epics. Along the way, John has also completed more than 10 Cycle Tours and 10 Double Centuries. John is also a member of the Mountain Club of SA, the Cape Town Photographic Society and the School of Economic Sciences.

As treasurer, John hopes to be able to support the objectives of the organisation and add value to PPA through service on the committee.

Rodney Beck

Rodney Beck

Committee Member

For the next 2 years, I would like to focus on: I am willing to serve where my services are most required, and best utilized. Having said that, my passion in cycling is introducing new riders to cycling, and promoting the sport at social level.

David Bellairs

David Bellairs

Committee Member

David started cycling in 1988 as a result of a dare by a friend. He rode his first Cycle Tour in 1989 and joined the PPA committee in 1992. He is currently employed at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. While he has completed the Cycle Tour some 15 times, nowadays the Cycle Tour is a day for hard work and little sleep. His favourite ride is over Constantia Nek, Chapmans Peak to Fish Hoek and then back to the southern suburbs via Boyes Drive. “It reminds one of just how lucky we are to be living in this wonderful city called Cape Town.”

Roy Hannington

Committee Member

Roy is an avid and passionate cyclist who has been riding for many years. He joined the Executive Committee in 2015.

Abbas Harris

Abbas Harris

Committee Member

For the next 2 years, I would like to focus on: There are many areas that can be improved upon. The experience of being a cyclist for the past 15 years combined with my experience and exposure in introducing cycling to the under-provileged community will add lots of value. Road cycling needs more support from PPA as mountain biking has taken priority. Grow the membership of PPA. Keeping kids fit in the off-season, allowing other sporting codes such as soccer, hockey and rugby to be brought into cycling to keep kids off the streets and kept active. More safe cycling projects should be introduced. How can the city of Cape Town and PPA work together to improve cycling opportunities. Improved access to the city with improved transport facilities for bicycles. Improve controls where bicycles are given to organisations.

Galiema Harris

Galiema Harris

Committee Member

For the next 2 years, I would like to focus on: I believe safe cycling is important. More exposure for PPA is on top of the list. Growing the membership. Making cycling available to many more. Kids need to cycle even at grass roots.

Gordon Laing

Gordon Laing

Committee Member

Gordon is a registered Civil Engineer with a MBA and B.Com degree with immense sustainable transport, cycling and strategic planning expertise. Gordon is a strong advocate for utility cycling (i.e. commuting in its broadest form) in a sustainable and socially responsible way. He consults on the development of Sustainable Strategies for local and provincial authorities, corporates and NGO’s. Recent clients include the World Wide Fund for Nature, the cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Tshwane and Stellenbosch, and the Brazilian Department of Transport.

Recent cycling-related projects in which Gordon was involved, include developing Tshwane’s Non-Motorised Transport Framework (2013) and Stellenbosch’s Cycle Plan (2015). Gordon is a key member of the consortium which has recently been awarded the bid to develop the City of Cape Town’s new cycling strategy.Gordon also serves on the board of BEN (Bicycling Empowerment Network South Africa). He joined the committee in 2015.

When and why did you start cycling? “At school when I got a job delivering newspapers.” Favourite ride? “Doing a training ride in the early morning out along the False Bay Coastline to Cape Point Gate from home in Marina Da Gama, or cycling down to the Muizenberg beachfront for Breakfast or Coffee on my UK Postal Bike.” How many Cycle Tours have you done, and is there a specific memory that stands out? “25. My first Cycle Tour will always be a special one, although the camaraderie at the Windy Tour was amazing.” What do you hope to achieve in your 2 years on the Committee? “Contribute to raising awareness that cycling is more than sport or recreation and that it is a really important and acceptable means of transport – it is a means of creating access to opportunity for those that can’t really afford transport, it can contribute hugely to sustainability efforts and it can provide a sense of freedom to many.”

Sharief Peters

Sharief Peters

Committee Member

For the next 2 years, I would like to focus on: Being part of the cycling fraternity since the 80’s, I have seen the sport grow in all spheres. Recognising cycling as a means of recreation and sport, I decided to join a development club supported by the PPA. I have been involved with cycling development programmes for the past 8 years within various under privileged communities, with great emphasis on youth/schools. It would be great to see this grow. We have been hosting various cycling events within communities with great success and would like to further this within the structures of the PPA. It is my desire to see sustainable development programmes in these communities. The idea is to get children addicted to cycling.

Frank Van Asperen

Frank Van Asperen

Committee Member

Frank joined the team in 2018 and hopes to use his marketing skills and knowledge for the good of the organization.

Sindile Mavundla

Sindile Mavundla

Committee Member

Having worked with the PPA as supporter and partner through Open Streets and Khaltsha Cycles, I believe that I can contribute to its objectives and plans creating and developing a cycling culture in townships such as Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Athlone, Gugulethu and Langa. Together with the PPA, we have started piloting some projects in these communities such as BMX racing at Princess Vlei and bike sharing. I believe that if we can focus on building townships as cycling communities, we have a great chance of achieving to become a cycling city thus getting more people on bikes through the #Bike4All project.