catering notice




November 2019

The Club would like to thank Bridget Gunner for stepping in to take over The Grill at Pirates at short notice in June 2017 and for all her hard work in operating The Grill and catering for functions at the Club since. Bridget and her team will continue to run the Grill until end-January 2020 so please be sure to show your support!

We now invite interested parties to contact Club Vice-President, Les Lambert, to submit their proposals for operation of catering from the Pirates Clubhouse in partnership with Pirates Club by Friday 29 November 2019.

A tender document detailing requirements and expectations  will be available on request from Les. 

Contact: or 066 215 1525

We look forward to this exciting new culinary chapter at Pirates. Please remember that any proposals need to be submitted by Friday 29 November

Lease Update

From the Chairman


Lloyde Hanson, Pirates Club, Greenside

November 2019

An urgent court interdict on 28 October 2019 in favour of the Wastepreneurs agrees with initial Club management interpretation of Lease

 Dear Members

 You may recall that Pirates Club issued a 60 days eviction notice to the Wastepreneurs NPO on 12 Sept 2019 as consequence of the pressure brought upon the Club by our landlord, Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) fully owned by the City of Johannesburg (CoJ)

As stated in the eviction notice the Club has at no stage agreed with the Council’s interpretation of the Club’s lease nor the legality of the purported cancellation by the landlord.

The Club Council voted on 10 September to issue the eviction notice and again confirmed that the Club was not in breach of its lease per Club Council and legal opinion, but wanted to have the lease cancellation threat/issue removed by acceding to the CoJ pressure, albeit being on incorrect contractual and legal grounds.

This decision was motivated by a press release issued from the office of the  MMC for Economic Development, Cllr Leah Knott, on 3 September stating inter-alia that “As of 2 September 2019, Pirates were given yet another 60 days to remedy the breach of their contract by asking WastePreneurs to vacate the site” 

On 28 October 2019 the Johannesburg High Court heard an urgent application brought by five individual wastepreneurs against the CoJ  and JPC and consequently Pirates Club as well, for relief against eviction by the Club/Landlord and also the error of the lease cancellation undertaken by the landlord, as a consequence of the pressure brought to do this by the landlord (the Club did not oppose the application). 


On 1 November 2019 the Court gave judgement in favour of the applicants (the Wastepreneurs) and ordered that they need not vacate (see page 25 link to Judgement) and further that the lease is not cancelled until a full hearing is held (see pages 25 and 26 of the Judgement, in particular 2.3).

We remain of the opinion, as supported by our legal advisers, that regardless of the outcome of the final full hearing of the application by Wastepreneurs, the Club will always have the right to enforce the Lease Dispute clause and in the event of that resulting in a decision that the Club is in breach of the Lease, the Club will then have 30 days to rectify (ie evict Wasteprenuers from the site) and only if failure to honour that decision (extremely unlikely) would result in lease cancellation

We await further developments and assure you will keep all members and stakeholders updated.




Pirates Club Chairman

Cricket Results 22 November 2018

Cricket Results
Gideon Richter, Pirates Club, Greenside
22 November 2018
[su_heading size=”27″]Pirates 1st XI vs JCC[/su_heading] Pirates Club | 18 November 2018 Pirates win by six wickets
JCC 157 all out 40.1 overs
P. Naidoo 37 (63)
C. Freeman 2/17
J. Streak 2/17
Pirates 158/3 29 overs M. Hardy 70 (84) no C. Freeman 41 (48) A. Zia 2/35
Round 5 of the GCL 50 over competition pitted the Pirates juggernaut against JCC. Pirates captain Chris Freeman again won the toss and elected to bowl, the JCC captain stated at the toss that he would have batted first anyway. Pirates did not have their best day in the field with simple chances going a begging throughout the JCC innings. Though through disciplined bowling Pirates were able to create enough chances. The unluckiest of the bowlers who could easily have bagged a 5 for was Tyrone Edwards, a talented and passionate young off spinner. With wickets falling at regular intervals JCC never dominated during their innings and were bowled out for 157 in the 41st over. The pitch seemed to be a little harder to bat on than the initial assessment at the toss. When Pirates lost their third wicket in the 10th over with the team’s leading run scorer Gideon Richter being adjudged LBW of the bowling of M. Asvat and the score on 47/3 it was game on. The ensuing partnership was a joy to watch as the Captain and Vice-Captain settled and dominated the tiring JCC attack. The pair of Chris Freeman and Matt Hardy added 101 runs before the captain holed out at long off trying to finish the game before the approaching weather could halt proceedings. Matt Hardy finished the game with a flowing and brutal pull shot to rapturous applause from his team mates. Matt Hardy walked away with the man of the match performance and with another impressive all-round performance from Chris Freeman who now stands as Pirates’ leading run scorer and in the top ten wicket takers in the league. Pirates currently sit 4th on the league table but, with a game or two in hand over the teams ahead of them, the 6 point lead held by Randburg CC at the top looks in threat. Roshnee CC has the enviable task of standing in front of the Pirates steam roller when they visit the Rat Cage next week Sunday.
[su_heading size=”27″]Pirates 2nd XI vs Randburg[/su_heading]Pirates Club Randburg won by 163 Runs
Randburg won the toss on another hot day in Africa and chose to bat. An improved bowling and fielding performance compared to the previous weeks meant that the game was in the balance at the drinks break. As the temperature began to rise the Pirates Boys started to wilt and some lack-lustre fielding reared it’s ugly head again. Pirates eventually bowled Randburg out for 279. The Pirates openers got off to a promising start with regular boundaries. Some poor shots meant that wickets kept falling and the innings fell apart like a paper house in a tornado. Only Kaidan giving any resistance at the end to make sure Pirates passed the 100 mark.
Another loss for the pres side in a tough season so far. Next up is Wanderers away with Pirates desperately needing a win to get their season going.
[su_heading size=”27″]Other Results[/su_heading]Pirates 3rd team – Bye

Bowls League update

Steve Delany, Pirates Club, Greenside
15 November 2018

League kicked in again at the end of  October running until March.

Team selectors are Peter Kamffer, John Batwell and Terry ‘Arsene Wenger’ Dennis. Good luck to them in sifting through our array of talent and producing the goods!

Things are off to a good start with Pirates A Mixed team top of the log with three wins from three, ably captained by Louise Gagiano.

Our other teams aren’t coming out of the blocks quite so quickly but the only way is up!


Cricket Results November 2018


Cricket Results

Gideon Richter, Pirates Club, Greenside

15 November 2018

[su_heading size=”27″]Pirates 1st XI vs ABSA VUT[/su_heading]

Isak Steyl Stadium | 11 November 2018

Pirates win by seven wickets

With another dominant performance the Pirates 1st team goes 3 from 3 to start their season. Pirates captain Chris Freeman won the toss and without hesitation choose to send the struggling ABSA VUT team in to bat, who are yet to record a win this season.

Chris Freeman got the team running with 2 wickets in the second over of the innings. Things got progressively worse for the home team. The only batters to achieve double figures were F Nieman (26) and Z Van Aswegen (27). VUT were eventually bundled out for 79 in the 24th over.

Pirates made light work of the small chase and won by 7 wickets, with Chris Freeman top scoring with 25 n/o. combined with remarkable bowling figures of 3/15 in 5 overs he richly deserved the man of the match reward. The next test for the Pirates Juggernaut will be a home fixture against JCC where they will hope to keep their 100% season going and take the winning momentum into tougher fixtures to come.

[su_heading size=”27″]Pirates 2nd XI vs UJ[/su_heading]

Orban Oval

UJ won by 10 wickets

Batting first on a pitch that resembled a newly laid Swiss highway, pirates lost their first wicket early. A good partnership followed between Nick Liedtke (43) and Douglas Gird (101), some lusty blows meant the run rate remained high and the score predictor hovered around the 360 mark.

After feeling the spinner had bowled enough, Nick came charging down the wicket to try hit him out the attack but missed it and was on his way back to the pavilion. Douglas continued on his way hitting the ball to all parts of the ground, UJ wanting to see Gird bat some more decided that catching him when he hit the ball in the air was not an effective strategy.

Wickets continued to fall at the other end. Gird reached his century to rapturous applause from teammates and the 3 other spectators who thought watching club cricket would be a good way to spend a Sunday. The men of Pirates eventually limped to a below par score of 244.

After the lunch break pirates took to the field looking to defend their measly target. Unfortunately for the pirates bowlers they forgot how to bowl one side of the wicket and UJ gladly accepted the bowlers generosity and fielders inability to take catches. Sensing pirates near depression the 2 UJ opening batters knocked the runs off in 28 overs and let the pirates players get home early. A valiant effort in the field by Peter Butcher was in vain, as his near marathon distance efforts still saw the ball end up over the boundary.

Another tough week for the 2nd team see them languishing at the foot of the table after 6 games. Their only points of the season coming from 2 abandoned games. Another tough test awaits against Randburg this weekend, will the team gather on Saturday to do a rain dance hoping to get some more points on the board or will they lift their game and get a win they so desperately need? Only time will tell.

[su_heading size=”27″]Other Results[/su_heading]

Pirates 3rd team vs Riverlea CC 

Riverlea won by 114 runs.


Experiencing Life’s firsts through Running

Experiencing Life’s firsts through Running
Michelle Davis, Pirates Club, Greenside
21 September 2017
“Being on an airplane was scary- especially when it goes up. I felt the fear coming to my mind and then when we were up in the air, I felt free.”
These are the words of Jack Makganyoga, 44 years, a Pirates member who experienced flying for the first time in his life as he travelled to Cape Town to participate in the Cape Town Marathon. Jack represents the Pirates Running Club Development initiative and together with fellow runner Katleho Monaheng, have been training hard to break personal records at this coastal run in the Mother City.
Jack Makganyoga (left) and Katleho Monaheng (right) about to take their first airplane ride
Katleho’s goal was to break 30 minutes for the 10 km race. Explaining the details of his race he notes “To start I wasn’t nervous. I was excited. I was very tired because I didn’t sleep well and my neck was sore but at the start, my body started getting excited. In the beginning, I was leading the race and then started running my own race at 2h50 per km. The advice I had before the race was that I must always be able to see the leaders. I didn’t leave them but at about 6km, I realized my shoes were too small as my left toe was curled in and painful… but I could still see the leaders and didn’t let them out my sight. Each person that passed me, I ran with them. With 2km to go, I met up with a runner from a rival club and we pushed each other to the finish. We were sprinting!”
“..When I run I am so focused I don’t see anything. But this time we ran alongside the beach. Just for a few seconds I looked up and I saw the sea, the mist and the waves crashing and it gave me energy…”

Katleho finished the race in a time of 30 minutes 20 seconds- beating his PB by close on 2 minutes, although unfortunately not breaking his own goal of sub 30 minutes. He notes however that it was all about the experience. “Normally when I run I am so focused I don’t see anything. But this time we ran alongside the beach. Just for a few seconds I looked up and I saw the sea, the mist and the waves crashing and it gave me energy. I thought to myself ‘wow I can do this!”

Jack’s race didn’t go as well as he had hoped. Commenting with disappointment in his voice he notes “I started fast because its known to be a flat race. But after 24km I felt the cramp was coming and so I started to slow my pace. At 30km 1 leg started cramping and it was painful so I walked a bit saying to myself ‘I am going to finish.’ In the last 5km, both legs started to cramp. I got help from other runners who rubbed my legs. I was amazed. Runners always help each other. I was disappointed but I will try again next time and ask fellow runners how to deal with cramps.”

Jack enjoying the sights of the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain

Both runners note fondly how friendly and engaging the Capetonians are and how electric the vibe was amongst the fellow travelers on the plane. “We met so many people at the airport. One guy- you could see he was a runner- came to greet us and wish us well. And then there was another traveler who was our biggest fan and wasn’t even a runner” notes Katleho.

The Development Squad at Pirates Road Running is an initiative started by the club and spearheaded by member David Case and his wife Sandra to afford an opportunity for local, disadvantaged athletes to meet their running goals and dreams through the provision of funding. This was a weekend of first for both gents- not only flying for the first time but also watching rugby in a local restaurant and topping it off with wine tasting. “I had white wine first and it was very bad so I told David I needed to try the red wine. They gave us 5 samples and I could only get through 2 but could see that Dave and Sandra were experienced at this” says Jack laughing. “David and Sandra also took us to a restaurant in Observatory where we ate the best burgers I have ever had in my life” recalls Katleho, adding “they are a good couple. They have good hearts. They always made sure we were alright and Dave even cooked beef for us!”

Jack recalls how he went and stood in the sea and Katleho notes the awe he saw in Jack’s eyes as he collected shells from the beach. Responding to what the best part of the whole weekend was, Katleho notes “My best moment was around 7pm when we all sat down to dinner. No TV. No cell phones or technology but just the big windows with a view of Cape Town. We were all relaxed and had pure conversation together for 30 minutes. This was with our whole spirit. This is what it means to be human.”

Runners who reside or work in the Greenside/ Parks area who are interested in joining the Pirates Development initiative can visit the Pirates Road Running website to view the criteria for applications.