Ben Rabinowitz steps down as chairman of CPO board
22.03.2017 After more than eight years as chairman of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra board, Ben Rabinowitz has stepped down, joining the board of patrons of the orchestra.
Rabinowitz has been a board member since the inception of the CPO. He loves music and supports many cultural, educational and other charitable institutions. He initiated the successful campaign to save Oudekraal from property development, helped save Princess Vlei and led the campaign by SEAFA to save the Sea Point beachfront for the community.
He has received the Mayor’s Medal for Philanthropy, the Inyathelo Award for Lifetime Philanthropy, the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of Sea Point and the Spectemur Agendo Award from SACS and in 2013 the UCT President of Convocation Medal.
Says CEO Louis Heyneman: “Ben’s personal generosity is a byword in Cape Town, and he also opened many doors to other funders. He has been an inspiration to us all, a diplomatic leader in good and challenging times and we thank him.”
The new chairman of the board is Derek Auret. Heyneman says he is delighted to work closely with Auret and that he knows that with him at the helm the CPO will remain in steady and committed hands.