Sunrise Rotary Club President pledges to combat TB and polio

District Governor George and outgoing President Nomsa Zikonda adorn the incoming President DrPanganai Dhliwayo with the Chain of Office. Supplied

District Governor George and outgoing President Nomsa Zikonda adorn the incoming President DrPanganai Dhliwayo with the Chain of Office. Supplied

Published Jul 9, 2024


TB, the leading cause of death in South Africa, remains a critical public health issue exacerbated by inadequate housing.

Dr Panganai Dhliwayo, re-elected as President of the Sunrise Rotary Club, underscored this crisis during his induction ceremony at Huckleberry's Restaurant At Magnolia Dell. Dhliwayo, a medical doctor, expressed grave concern over the homeless and inadequately housed populations disproportionately affected by TB.

"Most of the people killed by TB are exposed to the elements and unhygienic situations that leave them predisposed to such killers as TB" said Dhliwayo.

His remarks resonated deeply with the distinguished attendees, including District Governor George Senosha, Assistant Governor Thabang Chiloane, and District Polio Plus Dr Muda Temane.

In addition to his commitment to combating TB, Dhliwayo reaffirmed the club's dedication to the global fight against polio, aligning with Rotary International’s primary focus.

Dr Muda Temane, District 9400 Polio Plus Chair and guest speaker at the event, emphasised the significance of this ongoing battle. "Until polio is completely eradicated, no one is safe. Rotary has been at the forefront of fighting against polio since 1979. I wish all of us to look back in the future and be proud to say I was one of the people who helped save humanity from polio," Temane stated.

Dhliwayo echoed this sentiment in his speech, pledging personal and club support to eradicate efforts. "We need to fight for the poor who are homeless. We can do a little to eradicate these diseases. As a club, we have declared to contribute to eradicating polio," he affirmed.

Dhliwayo introduced his club’s Board of Directors for 2024/25, comprising secretary Doreen Gough, sergeant at arms Ivan Rabinowitz, treasurer Abigail Dhliwayo, youth chair Lettie Banda, public relations chair Abena Kwayisi, foundation chair Allie Leonard, membership chair Nomsa Zikonda and fundraising chair Alaine Ash

Borrowing from the 2024/25 Rotary International theme, “The Magic of Rotary,” Dhliwayo highlighted the transformative potential of collective action. "It would be magical to help house thousands exposed to the elements, ending diseases such a TB and polio because of their lack of adequate shelter," he remarked.

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