Seek common ground with others – rather than look for differences.
All people in every community, in every country, need to develop and grow towards a better life; South Africa is no exception. Either we move forward, or we go backwards; the laws of physics do not like us to stand still. That is why the
development of our communities is so important – and why, in line with the National Development Plan: Vision 2030, Community Development is now emerging in South Africa as a multi-discipline, multi-faceted occupational profession. CEFA is participating in this exciting development – at the NQF Level 5.

Atlast we can announce that the first training programme for Community Development (CommDev) is about to start in Gauteng, in collaboration with the Department of Social Development (DSD). The registration of learners took place on 26th March, with mentor orientation on 27th and 28th March. Fifty learners have enrolled for this qualification; they come from Pretoria, the East Rand and the West Rand. All learners are excited and ready to start.

The mentors raised many questions about their selection. However, after the first day of the orientation programme even those who most questioned the process were able to sign the required documents.

The orientation and training of facilitators has also been finalised – and will take place in Bloemfontein on 3rd and 4th April, with a follow-up session on 29th and 30th April. The same programme will be repeated in Cape Town on 16th and 17th April, with the follow-up on 29th and 30th May. Dr Margie Maistry, a leader in the field of community development in contemporary South Africa, will conduct the training. We will report further on this in the next newsletter.

For further information on the CommDev programme please contact Dr Patrick Smith at CEFA (021 873 3998) or at


January 2013 intake: Learners who commenced their training in January 2013 wrote their second summative case study reassessments during the latter part of March. After their results have been submitted the overall schedule of the learners will be checked to determine who may need to go onto a development plan.

March 2013 intake: The learners of this intake wrote their reassessments of Modules 7, 8 and 9 and their summative case studies in March 2014.

July 2013 intake: These learners are currently busy with theoretical training. Practical training, commences on 7th April. The reassessments will be written in April and May 2014.

October 2013 intake: These learners from Welkom and Bethlehem wrote their reassessments for Cycle 1 in March. They
have begun their theoretical training for Cycle 2, to be followed by the practical training component.

2014 Intakes: Our enthusiastic January intake earners are getting settled in and oriented. Applications are now open for our July 2014 intake. For those of you who missed out on the January intake, don’t orget to contact Marchane on 079 999 7558 to ensure your spot for July. E-mail:

Child Welfare SA: We are busy with preparations for the next programme, which is now expected to start in July 2014, with some 250 learners.

HWSETA registrations: We are still awaiting the letter of endorsement from the HWSETA for the verification done in February. Enquiries to the HWSETA have been delayed due to the fact that the HWSETA is moving to new offices. Information about the progress made in this regard will be posted on the CEFA website. However, we were assured that the waiting period for the issuing of the certificates should not be as long as it has been previously.

We congratulate Ms Amia Oosthuizen on her appointment as Manager: Administration & Systems as of 1st April 2014. Having joined CEFA on 1st April 2013 as Acting Manager, when she took over from Ms Jenny Bodenstein, Amia has proven to be a valuable member of our management team.


Our Roadshow
Here at CEFA we do not like to sit still – waiting for the ‘phone to ring or our screen tells us of an incoming email. No, we like to take our message to you. We want you to hear from us, face to face, what we are offering – and why what we offer is important. The inter-related fields of social welfare and community development are fundamental to the future well-being and strength of South Africa. Come and meet us – and hear what we have to tell you.

From 17th to 20th March we visited Caledon and Swartberg, Bredarsdorp and Grabouw in the Western Cape. From 8th to 25th April our High School road show will be going further afield and visiting (in order) Vredenberg and Weston, Piketberg and Steynville, Hopefield and Moreesberg, Porterville and Saron, Malmesbury, Paarl and Athlone. Come and hear what we have for you.

For specific dates please visit our Facebook page at

Our Web Connections
March has seen another 1 100 visitors to our revamped website – from across the globe, from far and wide. Interest ranges from learning more about us to the content of our courses and programmes. As always, we welcome your enquiries and your
interest. We need to hear from you. What sparks your interest in the practical training and career paths that we offer?

Our Facebook page is at – come visit us, like the page and interact with your peers from across South Africa.

We look forward to meeting you.