The History Of Randjes Estate

Conceived in 1936 as a living memorial to the Rand Pioneers (the pioneers of the Transvaal goldfields) and also to commemorate Johannesburg’s Fiftieth Jubilee, the estate was originally named Randjeslaagte (Johannesburg) Jubilee Memorial.

Johannesburg was founded in 1886 on a triangular piece of uitvalgrond (odd piece of land) named Randjeslaagte, a name that was not used for the city. Hence the Council decided to name this living memorial after the unused name of the city.

Today the 42 acre (16,99 hectare) site has been awarded architectural legacy status by the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, and a visit to the garden village reveals a broad dip into the post-1936 history of the city.

The names of prominent Johannesburg citizens are recognized on many of the buildings, roads and drives, whilst the work of the Rotary organization is reflected through four garden flat blocks and a hall, as built by the same organization. The contribution of the mining industry is reflected through the Randjes Jubilee Memorial Hall, a building  donated by the Transvaal Chamber of Mines. Various Bowling Associations and individuals were donors of both buildings and extensions. Numerous donations including the main entrance gates, fishpond, rose garden and the Ouma Smuts magnolia tree are appropriately recognized as well.

Randjes Estate, as it is now known, is an independent lifestyle village under the control of a Board of Directors. The conversion to Life Rights commenced with the building of the cottage Carlingford 301 in 1988 and reflected the changing requirements of Johannesburg’s citizenry as well as creating a more sustainable financial model. The original commitment to provide affordable retirement accommodation (as envisaged by the Johannesburg Municipality) still exists.

Currently underway is the conversion of the 1953 Rest Home, (later known as Resthaven) into a Lifestyle Centre for all residents; a guesthouse of 4 rooms; as well as nine rental apartments. The building will also contain a Heritage Centre currently in design in order to reflect the rich history of the Estate and the garden village as envisaged by the original architects.  This conversion will transform the heritage building  into a modern facility and along with the RJM Hall, be the focal area for the many Randjes activities.

Management And Board Of Directors

Management

Back Left

Jayne Radford
Matron

Front Left

Gail Kruger
Chief Executive Officer

Front Right

Nitasha Perumal
Financial Manager

Back Right

Haley Howroyd
Sales and Marketing Manager

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is responsible for the overall corporate governance of Randjes, including its strategic direction, establishing goals for management and monitoring the achievement of these goals. Each Director is appointed for their professional experience and business acumen.

Alan Rothberg

Alan Rothberg

Chairman - Professor
Anthony Hewat

Anthony Hewat

Vice-Chairman – Private Equity Principal
Beckie Tobias

Beckie Tobias

Resident Director
Bill Evans

Bill Evans

Professor – Resident Director
Craig Burton-Durham

Craig Burton-Durham

CEO/Advocate
Dr Andrew Alison

Dr Andrew Alison

Resident Director
Judith Bruce

Judith Bruce

Professor
Kali Papatheodosiou

Kali Papatheodosiou

Risk and Data Management
Mark Coppin

Mark Coppin

Property Developer
Norman Fowler

Norman Fowler

Resident Director
Yolande Guidozzi

Yolande Guidozzi

Advocate

Outreach Projects

Randjes has four outreach projects that the Estate Residents support.

Aladdins Cave

Aladdins Cave is our second hand shop situated on Randjes premises.  The shop stocks second hand goods including clothing, furniture,  crockery, cutlery, books and homeware.  The items have all been received from Residents and their families when moving onto the Estate or clearing out when the unit is vacated.  The profits are used for Residents in need and special projects for all the Residents.  The shop is open on Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 12pm.

Manche Masemola

Randjes assists Manche Masemola, a day care centre in Alexandra, with monthly donations in cash and kind. These underprivileged children, all under the age of 5 years, are being prepared for formal education and provided with a safe environment while their parents are at work. The cash donations are used to sponsor some children whose parents cannot afford the modest fees, to purchase necessary equipment and to contribute to a nutritious meal each day. At a time when there is unemployment and economic hardship the Randjes contribution helps to make a difference.

Golden Hands / Hotel Hope

Randjes has a knitting group which meets on a Thursday afternoon at 2pm until 3.30pm. There are about 20 Residents who sit and knit together while enjoying tea and biscuits and each other’s company.  Wool, needles and patterns are provided, and the Residents knit for abandoned babies and children at Hotel Hope Ministries.  Oliver Quambush who runs the home, is invited every May to lunch with our Knitters and he takes all that has been produced in the year away with him. In 2022 Randjes Residents produced 68 blankets, 105 jerseys and 130 beanies.  We also donated about 20 baby jerseys and beanies to the Baby Box project.

Recycling initiative

Randjes Environment Committee supports a recycling team on 7th Avenue in Highlands North. The six team members are all indigent men with hungry families.  The Environment Committee encourage Residents to drop off their recycling before 11 o’clock on Wednesdays or place their recycling in the recycling areas on the Estate.  The recycling is then driven up to the recycling “depot” in 7th Avenue.

A roster has been set up and Residents from the Estate provide a very welcome lunch time meal to the six team members every Wednesday.

Helpful Website Links

Helpful Websites

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