A heartfelt tribute to Rodney Mazinter z”l

By Chaya Singer, Executive Director SAZF Cape Council

The South African Zionist Federation Cape Council mourns the passing of beloved communal leader and friend, Rodney Mazinter.

A passionate Zionist and formidable defender of Israel, Rodney’s eloquent and prolific penmanship embodied the metonymic adage, ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’.

In his own heartfelt words, Rodney humbly spoke of his service to the SAZF CC as, “an ardent Israel supporter, admirer and believer in Israel’s people and their achievements, I have found in the SAZF Cape Council a vehicle through which I am able to play a role in support of fellow Jews living in their historical homeland. What really motivates me is that in just 74 years Israel has moved away from being another agrarian society and a haven for the Jews of Europe and the world after the Holocaust, but has gone on to more than pay their dues in being leaders of international development in the fields of technology, business, conservation, medicine, justice and democracy. I very much want to play a role, albeit small, in this journey.”

We honour the enormous and immeasurable role that Rodney played within his South African Zionist Federation journey and the Cape Jewish and broader community. His varied and valued capacities in civic and community affairs over the years included serving as Vice-Chairman of the SA Zionist Federation Cape Council, Chairman of the SAZF Cape Council Media Committee, member of Knoetze Committee investigating pre-primary school education in SA, member of the Boshoff Pilot Committee on Parental Involvement: Department of Education, member of Advisory Committee for Education Curricula for the Department of Education, member of Teachers’ Federal Council Disciplinary Committee 1985 — 1992, member of Cape Provincial Education Council 1988 — 1991, Past executive member of Federation of Parents’ Associations of South Africa, Chairman of the Open Schools Association since its inception in 1988, Past Vice-Chairman of the Camps Bay and District Civic Association, Past Chairman and life-member of Parents’ Association of the Cape Province, Past Chairman Camps Bay Education Foundation, Past Chairman Camps Bay High School Board of Governors.

Rodney was also a dedicated member of the Rotary Club of Sea Point for 43 years; serving as the director in all four avenues of service.
Rodney had retired from his primary business as supplier of educational materials to schools, colleges and universities, and a business management training and video production consultancy. He was also the director of Monmaz and CPI International, property investment companies.
We send our heartfelt condolences to his beloved wife Mavis, children Luisa and Jonathan and their families, and to all those who loved and respected him at the SAZF CC. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Rodney, you will be sorely missed.

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Published in the PDF edition of the May 2022 issue – Click here to read it.

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