District 74 Toastmasters serves the 2500 members and 130 Clubs in Southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). District Map

Rob Douglas

The 2011/2012 District Governor was Erich Viedge. LGET Francois Rossouw resigned in November 2011. LGM was Frances Fraser.

The 2010-2011 District Governor is Rob Douglas DTM. LGET was Keryn House. LGM was Francois Rossouw. This team attained Distinguished District status.

The 2009-2010 District Governor is Craig Strachan, DTM, The LGET is Rob Douglas

The 2008-2009 District Governor was Lois Strachan, DTM. The LGET is Craig Strachan, DTM.

The 2007-2008 District Governor was Karin Cremer, DTM. The LGET was Lois Strachan, DTM and LGM was Craig Strachan, DTM.

The 2006-2007 District Governor was Frances Boshoff, DTM. The LGET was Karin Cremer, ATM-G and LGM was Lois Strachan, DTM.

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The flags of the countries of District 74


District 74 had its first enquiry from Angola in April 2006. There are no clubs in Angola as yet, but when they are formed, they will probably fall under D-74


Kenya has asked to align itself with District 74. This request was turned down.

District 74 Hall of Fame Edit

Communications and Leadership awards Edit

Taweni XabaEdit



Taweni Xaba is the recipient of the Communications and Leadership Award 2006. Click here to find out more.

Conferences Edit

Here are links to District 74 Conferences:

Future ConferencesEdit

MexiCon (October 2010) to be held at Country Club Johannesburg, Woodmead


South Africa



Past conferencesEdit


14/15 May 2010, Gold Reef City By David Preece, Division H Governor, 2009/2010. The applause have fallen silent, the fans have left the stadium and the game’s action becoming the stuff of history – Laduma, the 2009/10 MaxiCon is over. But what a page was written into history! Laduma lived up to all billing and expectation; all the Toastmasters I spoke to thoroughly enjoyed their Laduma experience and found again that every Toastmasters event is an opportunity for fun-filled growth and learning.

Lessons from the Key Note Speakers Ali Bacher shared lessons in leadership from his years leading the administration of South African cricket. - Passion and Commitment: being a leader is a full time job, 24x365; is about being available to all, staff and customers - Respect for all: he lived this, for example, by being sure to return all calls within 24 hours and answer all letters - Brevity (perhaps your Division Governor needs to take this to heart): he never looked at anything from his team that was longer than 2 pages (OK, my Division Report was more than the required page but still less than 2) - People are the life blood: look for every opportunity to grow and develop your people, providing them opportunities to take on different challenges. Show appreciation for all they do for you - Values: honesty, integrity (for him this means keeping your word at whatever cost), giving more than obliged to give, managing your emotions and maintaining propriety at all times as a public figure

Gary Bailey entertained and informed us, throwing fuel on the 2010 Football World Cup fire, but also shared his thoughts on leadership based on his years spent with Sir Alex Fergusson, one of, perhaps the most, successful football managers of all time with Manchester United (apologies to sensitive Liverpool and Chelsea fans). - Take the knocks: it is easy to lead and perform in the good times, you worth is measured in the tough times - Build it on gratitude: adopting this attitude will keep you humble and help get through those tough times - Appreciation: he repeated the same message as Dr Bacher … must be important - Acceptance: remember that things go wrong for everybody - Build for the future: while delivering results now always ensure you are taking care of developing for the future - Maintain and grow energy: the four keys are health (diet and exercise), spirit (serve others), mind (clear focus) and emotions (stay cool, know your triggers)

And I suggest you quote Gary on this point: “Speaking is a skill that separates you from a lot of people”

Andrew Sekhu is an entrepreneur who is focussed on helping people to live their dreams. He defines success as balancing results in the areas of finance, relationships, health, self-esteem and spirit. The spirit is our core, underpinning mind, body and heart.

He has discovered that there are only three causes of failure: 1. Self doubt and a poor perception of reality 2. Lack of understanding of how the mind functions 3. Lack of inspiring goals

And if you expected fear to be on the list then note Andrew’s observation about fear: “Fear is caused by a lack of good thinking”

He is a man wise beyond his years, consider the following: “Leadership is the art of influencing people to achieve a particular goal” “It is impossible to dream an impossible dream” “We are all born creative, talented and intelligent”

“Fear is temporary, regret is forever”

He encourages us to discover our purpose at the confluence of our passion, talent, conscience and needs (of others) Contests The District finals of the Impromptu, Evaluation and International Speech contests are a highlight of MaxiCon. Once again Division H was amongst the honours:

  • Ryan Ebedes, Transformers, won the International Speech contest and will represent District 74 at the World Championships. Watch this space for an update on where to find a video of the speech delivered at the Division H Contest.
  • Michael Mayisela, BUWA E&Y, delivered yet another inspirational speech to place second in the Impromptu contest, beaten on the day by a pun.

Congratulations to them and to Colin Hart who represented us in the Evaluation Contest. And we wish Ryan every success at the World Championships.

Hall of Fame The applause and congratulations continue, the following members of Division H were honoured in the 2009/10 Hall of Fame.

- Golden Goose (team of the year): GrowCon organising committee - Toastmaster of the Year: Richard Riche, DTM

Jenny Shiers was elected as Division H Governor for 2010/11

Our congratulations to all of you; we know you will serve with honour, integrity and discipline.


  • October 2009

Conference at the Gardens (May 2009)Edit

  • 14-16 May 2009: The main District 74 conference for 2009, was held in Cape Town.

MapCON (October 2008)Edit

  • 24-25 October 2008: The District 74 "mini" conference for 2008, to be held in Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal.

TreasureCon (May 2008)Edit

  • 15-17 May 2008: The main District 74 conference for 2008, held in Port Elizabeth.

Rockon (October 2007)Edit

  • 12-13 October 2007 : The District 74 "mini" conference for 2007, held at the University of Johannesburg.

BankON (May 2007)Edit

  • 10-12 May 2007: The main District 74 conference for 2007, held in Pretoria.

CommuniCon (October 2006)Edit

  • 20-21 October 2006 : The District 74 "mini" conference for 2006, held in Springs.

Playcon (May 2006)Edit

  • 18-21 May 2006: The main District 74 conference for 2006, held in Johannesburg.

Kammacon (October 2005)Edit

  • 7-8 October 2005 : The District 74 "mini" conference for 2005, held in Port Elizabeth.

Conference on the Waterfront (May 2005)Edit

  • 19-22 May 2005: The main District 74 conference for 2005, held in Cape Town.


Division AEdit



Pretoria and North to Polokwane and Zimbabwe.

Division BEdit

East Rand, from Alberton in the South For more information, please click on Division B-74

Division CEdit

From Johannesburg City Centre north and west plus Free State, Botswana and Lesotho.





For more information, please click on Division C-74

Division DEdit



Western Cape and Namibia.


Martin Louw chairs the open air meeting at the V&A Waterfront at the end of March 2006. See Division D-74 for more details

For more information, please click on Division D-74

Division EEdit

Eastern Cape
For more information, please click on Division E-74

Division FEdit


Mozambique's first club will probably be chartered during 2007



Kwazulu Natal, Swaziland and Mozambique
For more information, please click on Division F-74

Division HEdit

Johannesburg North and Malawi
For more information, please click on Division H-74

District 74 Special Events Edit

Upcoming eventsEdit

Past events Edit

  • (Please put most recent at the top)

Toastmasters in February at Majuba for the Potjiekos Competition organised by Division B

    • 22 April 2006 : A Toasties Rally and braai in Pretoria was hosted by President and Tukkies Toastmasters clubs.

    • 25 February 2006 : The great TMI potjie challenge took place at the foot of Majuba Hill. The contest was won by Ian and Maria Booysen of Vereeniging Toastmasters with their special chicken pot. The weekend was made even more memorable by the celebrations to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the historic battle and the 45mm of rain which descended within two hours upon the hardy outdoor chefs. A good time was had by all.
  • 20 February 2006 : Cape Communicators Toastmasters Club (CCTM, the advanced club) charter dinner at Kelvin Grove in Newlands, Cape Town.
  • 30 November 2005 : Read about Cape of Good Hope Club's Silver Jubilee (and other news).

District 74 ResourcesEdit

Club sites in District 74Edit

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Two Oceans (
Table View

Bloemfontein Toastmasters (

Speakeasy (


Rhodes University (

4th Dimension
Golden Gavel
Speech Quest
Transformers (
West Rand Toastmasters (

Port Elizabeth Toastmasters

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