Rod Rankine is one of the directors of the RRVA, and is also the acting deputy Chairman. Below is a short Biography of Rod.
“I have lived in Randpark Ridge for almost 20 years. Along with my wife and teenage daughter, I share a deep love of nature and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including sailing, hiking and cycling. We really enjoy walking the neighbourhood and greenbelts.
My family are deeply conscious of our impact on the natural world and have done much to make our household’s ecological footprint as small as possible. This includes making our own compost, growing some vegetables, recycling etc.
I am a hands-on, practical person who enjoys spending time in my workshop with various projects involving building, modifying, repairing and innovating. I am a registered professional civil engineer and run my own engineering practice, specialising in the field of construction materials and the science of building.
My deep love of nature and my engineering background led me to heading up the Environmental Committee on the RRVA. I have grown increasingly concerned by the damaged and collapsing infrastructure urgently needing maintenance in Randpark Ridge, and have written a number of engineering reports which have been submitted to JHB municipality. These have resulted in meetings with municipality appointed contractors and I continue to engage with relevant parties in an attempt to get the urgent repairs and maintenance under way.
I help to oversee the RRVA maintenance team, assigning them maintenance tasks such as the cutting of grass in the greenbelts, litter collection, cutting up of fallen branches, painting of fencing, traffic barriers and street signs etc.
I consider myself an activist who strives to better our world through commitment to community. I firmly believe that “The greatest threat to our community is the belief that saving it is someone else’s responsibility”.”
We have asked him a couple of questions that will gives us more insight into his life and his understanding of the RRVA and our community: