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19th Edition - June 2006 (Page 1)

The Partner-Ring
18th Edition, May 2006


Thanks to those partners who attended the AGM.  Although there were only a few of us, valuable discussion was held which will help to strengthen the partnership.  A particular thanks to Tembaletu for hosting us.  A copy of the minutes and reports will be circulated in due course.Two partners gave a brief talk on their organisation at the meeting, below is a summary of what they shared:

The Business Support Centre is an independent, non-governmental organisation which provides expert training, advice and facilitation of linkage services to emerging entrepreneurs with a desire to succeed in business.  The organisation was conceived in 1996 by the PMB Chamber of Business as a way of promoting the development of small business.  Their mission is to link emerging and established small and medium enterprises to business opportunities in the mainstream economy through the provision of a one stop development and support facility.  The main services they provide are:

  • Business advice and counselling
  • Training
  • Business linkages
  • Finance sourcing
  • Community development

They are accredited with SEDA, Khula Thuso Mentorship, International Labour Organisation, Services SETA and the National Productivity Institute. For more information, contact Bheki Dlamini on 033 345 4604 or email pcci@telkomsa.net.

Samuel Chingondole from the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Christian Social Awareness (PACSA) shared regarding their Conflict Transformation Programme which aims to provide the constituencies in the Umgungundlovu region , especially the youth within the faith community, knowledge and skills to understand and act effectively in their communities on issues of conflict transformation and democracy, so that they shape their own future.  The motto is 'youth should believe in themselves and nurture the talents that they have'.  The programme contains a Participatory Learnership and Development project (who recently ran a Learner Orientation Programme in conjunction with iN) as well as a Men, Gender and HIV/AIDS project.  For more information, contact Samuel on 033 3420052 or samuelc@pacsa.org.za.


Strategic Review

The Strategic Review was also very valuable and kept the Board on their toes until 8pm! Thanks to Aberdare Cables for hosting us in such style.  Presentations were made by each of the portfolio directors with discussion around the way forward for the coming year, particularly with reference to the GEDI.  A summary to the main issues disussed is as follows:

  • What should IN’s response to the GEDI be?
  • What did the Peer Review tell us?
  • Where do we want to be 12 months from now and what do we need to do to get there?


Text Box: We did it!!

The LOP Facilitator’s Training finished last week with 17 students graduating.  Thanks to Fiona Bulman, Colin McKay, Rekha Nathoo and Zama Mkhize for all their hard work.  Participants felt that they gained skills in listening to others, realising that their problems are not unique, understanding different cultures, counselling, empathising and networking.  All of which will strengthen their facilitation skills in delivering the LOP for learners.

What they said.....

‘I gained personally the understanding of people from different backgrounds and that fact that everyone has issues that we need to deal with.  The collage helped me to see that my problems are not as unique as I thought they were.’
‘As a person I gained knowledge of how well I can listen to attentively to other people.’
‘As a person at work I have gained the knowledge of how to interact with other people at work and to help other colleagues as a councillor at the work place.’
We are planning a further Faciltator's Training in October so please book the dates in your diaries and start planning who will attend NOW!  The dates are 29 Sept, 6, 13, 20, 27 Oct. 

Now we have over 20 facilitators trained to run the LOP and we are looking for organisations willing to coordinate and host the delivery to our target groups – the learners of this region.  Please contact Suzanne with your suggestions.



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Registration and Accreditation

From the desk of Debbie Perry, our R&A expert!

'At our recent strategic planning session, I was asked to investigate the accreditation status of our partners. The purpose of this was not to wave a big stick at you, but rather to see whether those partners who are involved in training have taken up the accreditation challenge. It also gives us a sense of what your needs are in terms of providing quality training services.

Up to my deadline of Thursday 21 June, I had managed to involve 32 of our 38 members in the INPLL Accreditation Mini-survey (me on the phone with you for two minutes!). The results below are the breakdown of who’s who in the accreditation zoo:

  • There are 10 partners for whom training is not their main focus and accreditation is therefore not an issue.
  • We have 7 fully accredited partners ( including the University and FET College members). Great stuff!
  • Eleven organisations are either provisionally accredited or in the process of applying and getting their ducks in a row (keep soldiering on!).
  • Then there are 3 partners that are in the fortunate position of being “under the umbrella” of a mother organisation or other accredited provider – they get to operate as an accredited site and don’t have to endure the pain of applying for accreditation themselves (lucky fish!). This of course doesn’t mean that they can get away with poor quality training – their services are monitored and quality-assured by the mother body.
  • Last but not least in my survey is one partner not yet in the process of getting accredited but keen to do so.
So, in total, 21 out of 32 partners surveyed have engaged with the accreditation monster and come out (relatively!) unscathed. We salute you! We are still able to offer assistance with the accreditation process, but we have no current requests from partners for this service (because most of you who needed it have “been there, done that”!)  Any possible changes to SAQA requirements for the accreditation of SMMEs are still uncertain but we will keep you posted. Maybe you now need guidance with implementing your quality services.  One of the things we’ve been looking at is a practical way to help partners align their learning

  programmes to qualifications and unit standards. What about learning programme evaluation and learner records? Or learner selection and support? If any of these things, or any others, are causing sleepless nights, please give Suzanne a call on a Thursday so that we can help you find solutions. '


Congratulations to KZNPI on gaining full accreditation as an education and training provider with AgriSETA.  Julie Nixon, their Director, comments that they are really grateful to iN and the "R & A"
workshops (dating back to 2003!!) for getting them going with the process.
What to know more?  KZNPI has a new website.  Find them at www.kznpi.co.za

PROTEC will be hosting a Donor Appreciation Function on 28 July at the PCB Chamber House, Royal Showgrougnds.  The emphasis of the function will be to express our sincere appreciation to our Donors, and to highlight
the importance of the Mathematical, Physical Science, English and Career Guidance education which we offer.   Do you know of any potential donors they could invite?  If so, or for more information, please contact either Rose Smuts or Nonhlanhla Ndlovu on (033) 394 2235 / 082 456 8294 / rose@protecpmb.co.za.



FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES for Partners through Gijima

The Gijima project is a partnership between the EU, the funder, and the provincial Department of Economic Development.  Various funds have been set up to facilitate local economic development and the project leaders are concerned that the funds are not being allocated to as many projects as was hoped.  This is particularly true of the Umgungundlovu District. 

Unfortunately, the perception has been created that local government and/or NGOs are the only beneficiaries, yet grant funding is available to businesses as well if they develop projects in partnership with communities or other organisations which will be to

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 the advantage of those communities and the local and provincial economies, in general. 

A consultant to the project, Stuart Borrowman, is anxious to discuss difficulties and opportunities with people in Maritzburg who have either applied unsuccessfully for funding, or have a project idea that might be acceptable within the rules, or wish to learn more about how to go about accessing funding. 

To this end, a meeting will be held at Chamber House at 16:00 on Thursday 6th July Anyone interested, from the business or NGO sectors, is welcome to attend.  It would be helpful to know in advance if you will be present.  Please advise Marié at (033) 345 2747 or pcb@pcb.org.za.

A further opportunity for Partners…..

Terms of Reference  for Education and Training Provider (ETP) (Training of emerging entrepreneurs)

This programme may be located in Pietermaritzburg if they can find a suitable ETP that can manage the project here and identify other ETPs.  The co-ordinator, Zola Ntsimango, has visited Maritzburg but has not yet found an entity that he feels fits the bill as set out in the terms of reference.

If you are interested, you need to send a company profile to him asap.  He intends to visit PMB again next week to meet those who have sent profiles to him.

Send to Zola.Ntsimango@labour.gov.za

phone 082 7981049
Well that’s all for now folks ….
Keep Partner-RING
Suzanne Clulow
Office Coordinator