About

The Adele Searll 100 Club was founded in 1979 by a group of women from Cape Town’s business and professional circles who were also known for their active interest in welfare and community projects.

With the untimely death in March 1998 of Adele Searll, its chairman and founder member, the committee and members, as a gesture of respect changed its name to the Adele Searll 100 Club. The committee appointed a new Chair June Druker, who was followed four years later by Judith Dodds. In July 2006, Jackie Lange took over and in 2011 Anet Pienaar Vosloo became Chairman. In January 2017 Suzette Raymond took over as chair of the Adele Searll 100 Club. In 2020 Rebecca Harvie was elected chairperson and has steered the club into the next decade, giving a fresh new look with clear focus on members through: Business, Networking and Philanthropy. Covid rules apply to all in person small gatherings and as chairperson Rebecca hosts amazing speakers through the Adele Searll 100 Club professional online meeting platform.

From its inception, the Club’s motivation has been to attract members from all sectors of the community successfully bringing together women who are representative of our diverse society. It offers members the opportunity of networking, both professionally and socially and attracts speakers of the highest calibre in all fields, ranging from President Nelson Mandela and Dame Margaret Thatcher, to well-known authors, politicians, businessmen, theatrical personalities and many others.

In 1983 the 100 Club Bursary Fund was established with the purpose of supporting underprivileged students at tertiary institutions throughout the Western Cape and this fund has in fact now become the raison d’être of the club.

Two of our bursars have gone on to study at Harvard. So far more than 100 students have received financial aid from the Club, which also supports social causes and charity organisations on an annual basis.

As the Club is totally self-supporting and non-profit making – its running costs provided solely from the income generated by our online meetings – our speakers offer their services gratis, a gesture for which we are eternally grateful as the Club could not otherwise survive.

Its members are committed and concerned citizens and their loyal support over the years have allowed the Club to grow and establish the high credibility it now enjoys.

EVENTS As the Club is totally self-supporting and non-profit making – its running costs provided solely from the income generated by our lunch meetings – our speakers offer their services gratis, a gesture for which we are eternally grateful as the Club could not otherwise survive.Its members are committed and concerned citizens and their loyal support over the years have allowed the Club to grow and establish the high credibility it now enjoys.

Previous speakers include the following:

Mr Nelson Mandela – State President
Wilbur Smith – Author
Dame Margaret Thatcher – Ex UK Prime Minister
Thabo Mbeki – SA Deputy President
Mr F W De Klerk – State President
Joan Collins – Actress
Maria Ramos – DG of National Treasury
Sarah Ferguson – Duchess of York
Rhoda Kadali – Humanitarian
John Kani – South African Actor
Helen Suzman – Politician
Janet Suzman – SA and International Actress
Helen Zille – Politician
Pieter Dirk Uys – Entertainer
Dr David Klatzow, Forensic Specialist
Jonathan Shapiro aka Zapiro
Sir Ralph Fiennes – Explorer
Graca Machel – wife of Mr Mandela
Sir Ralph Fiennes – Explorer

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Olive oil tasting at Rio Largo

An Olive and Wine Experience

An Olive and Wine Experience

Date 3 June, 2022

Exclusive experience Tour of the olive orchard, processing cellar and olive oil tasting at Rio Largo, followed by a short drive to Alvi's Drift Wines for a 3-course lunch and wine pairing with Master Wine Maker Junel Vermeulen, in their cellar.

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A Very Special Outing with a Very Special Person

A Very Special Outing with a Very Special Person

The remarkable Adele Searll 100 Club held their latest meeting at a private viewing of the gardens of icon Ina Paarman’s home. This was without a doubt one of the best Adele Searll’s events where we were all treated to a fascinating trip down memory lane where the modest Ina spoke of her journey and path to success and how she, her late husband, and her son Graham have built the Ina Paarman brand.

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Simply wonderful!

Simply wonderful!

The last few weeks have been bitterly cold across the country and winter is not over yet! The Adele Searll Club 100 Blanket Drive came at just the right time. With the help of our members in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town we were able to deliver strong, warm and soft blankets to many deserving institutions.

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