The PPA 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.

OFFICE BEARERS


    Rezelman, Rens

    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.

     

        Hayward, Steve

        PPA 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!”

            Gale, John

            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.


              Other committee members, in alphabetical order:


                Beck, Rodney

                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.

                    Bellairs, David

                    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.”

                        Hannington, Roy

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

                            Harris, Abbas

                            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.

                             

                                Harris, Galiema

                                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.

                                    Harrison, Ann

                                    Ann has been involved with women’s cycling for over 8 years, running training camps and developing skills through structured clinics. She still competes and am passionate about mountain biking. “I would love to develop the XCO skills of the youth (grades 10-12) and get the girls and their parents involved with the sport. I ride because I love it,” Ann said.

                                    Ann joined the Committee in 2015.

                                        Laing, Gordon

                                        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.”

                                            Peters, Sharief

                                            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.

                                                Wilkins, Kirsten

                                                For the next 2 years, I would like to focus on:

                                                1. Everyday cycling (utility cycling, mobility as a social justice inc. the city planning and governmental processes that make this safer/easier/more equitable.)
                                                2. Representing gender equity and minority group voices where necessary.
                                                3. Assisting PPA to create a long-term strategy to further bicycle use in all its forms (creative strategic design thinking).

                                                Finally my approach to bicycle advocacy has been purposefully and uniquely transversal (across as many interest groups within cycling as possible) and I believe that this broader understanding and sensitivity to all forms of bicycle usage will be of great benefit to the organisation.