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16th Edition - February 2006 (Page 1)

The Partner-Ring
16th Edition, February 2006
Back by popular demand, another fundraising course will be run on 22nd March, 5th April and 12th April.  See the advert attached for more details.

Hot off the press!!!  Dates have been set for the LOP Train the Trainer starting on either the 16th or 17th of March and running for one day a week over the following five weeks.

Kay Bhagwandhin from Tembaletu, who attended the course in 2004, writes about her experience:

The LOP was great. It helped improve my confidence in facilitation skills and helped me communicate better with youth and youth related issues. It also made me realise how fortunate I was to have the opportunity to go on this training.  The course changed my whole perspective on life and how I relate to other people.  It was, in a sense, life affirming.
Partners committed to the LOP as a means of ensuring that the Partnership continues to provide quality training in the field of FET and ABET.  We encourage all Partners not to miss this chance for a life affirming experience by sending at least one person to be trained.  Discounts will be provided if you book for more than one. For more information contact Fiona Bulman on 033 2605711.
Peer Review and Membership
The Peer Review is now running full steam ahead.  

Partners should expect to be contacted in the next  month by a member of the Board of Directors who will  carry out the informal interviews.

A careful review of the membership fees for the Partnership has recently been conducted.  As a result, the Board of Directors are proposing that membership fees be standardised to R350 for all Partners.  Official notification of this will be sent to you in the near future for ratification by the Partners at the AGM.

The GEDI process is scaling up.  Thanks to all those Partners who have submitted their Partner Resource Questionnaires.  Your responses have reminded us of how powerful the Partnership is in terms of resources and skills.  The Board will be hosting a strategic planning meeting over the next few months to strategise the Partnershipís response to the GEDI.  If you want to be included in this, please submit your questionnaire.  I have attached copy.

Tembaletu is offering 6 new (recent) and inexperienced graduates the opportunity to gain workplace experience in the following fields:

Business/Office Administration
Information Studies.
Interested persons can contact Kay Bhagwandhin on (033) 3947807 or e‑mail  kbhagwandhin@tembaletu.co.za
Tembaletu is also appealing to the iN Partner organisations to host these graduates in order for them to "learn the ropes" of the working world. Interested organisation can also contact Kay on the above details.
The Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda) is the Department of Trade of Industry's new agency (formally launched on 13 December 2004) for supporting the development of small business in South Africa.  seda incorporates the previously existing small business support institutions (Ntsika Enterprise

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Promotion Agency and the Namac Trust) and will have representation at all levels of government.

On the 8th of February, seda launched two offices in Durban KZN, a provincial office and seda eThekwini, a fully-fledged seda service branch in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality.

With this launch, KwaZulu-Natal becomes the third province in the country in which seda has a presence. seda provincial offices have been opened in the North West province and in Mpumalanga, and plans are afoot to open offices in the Northern Cape, Free State and Eastern Cape by March.

Several iN Partners are registered Local Business Support centres with SEDA.  Why not take a look at their website for more details http://www.seda.co.za/


TREE (Training & Resources in Early Education), a non-profit NGO working in the field of ECD (Early   Childhood Development throughout KwaZulu-Natal is looking
for a Fundraising/Marketing Manager.  Please see attached advert.

The Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business is offering the following presentations (see attached PCB document for more details):
This course covers the skills required to make effective presentations. The programme involves delegates in practical presentations and gives them an opportunity to use these vital communication skills.


  • Local Economic Performance for 1 & 2 Quarters 2005 (Copies of the report will be available).
  • A Dynamic New Development
  •  Launch of  "Pietermaritzburg - Economic Powerhouse in The Making"
  • The annual promotional magazine.
Special conditions are being proposed for small business:
  • Scorecard.
  • Who qualifies?
  • BEE compliance.
  • Cost options.

Invitation to a one day workshop for Business Leaders in South Africa: Leadership for Uncertain Times - The Work of Servant Leaders in S A by Margaret Wheatley.

Please see attached advert for more information.

Damelinís course schedule for February 2006 is also attached.

Well thatís all for now folks Ö.
Keep Partner-RING
Suzanne Clulow

Office Coordinator