Cometsa Group: Happy 15 Anniversary

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Sam Tsima elected inaugural Chairperson, Gauteng Steering Committee, Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) Southern Africa

The President of COMETSA Group, and Vice-President Stakeholder Relations, Institute of People Management (IPM), Mr Sam Tsima is the inaugural Chairperson of Gauteng Steering Committee: Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) Southern Africa. Mr Sam Tsima was appointed at the meeting held at the offices of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Hatfield, Pretoria, on the 22nd November 2012.

The members elected to serve on the SSCN Gauteng Steering Committee are:

·         Sam Tsima (COMETSA Sports Development Agency): Chairperson
·         Carol Dyanfyi (Ikageng Itireleng Aids Ministry): Secretary
·         Tina Mahler (Lesedi La Batho): Marketing, PR, Communications, and Projects/Finance
·         Liana Laubscher (Altus Sport): Membership and Monitoring & Evaluation

What is the SSCN?

The Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) is a meeting point for dynamic organizations involved or interested in using sport as a tool to make social change happen. It consists of regional Coordination Hubs that are currently being set up in Brazil, Eastern Africa, London and Southern Africa with the support of Nike and local partners, with more continents to follow. In Southern Africa, Nike has partnered with YDF to enable one of the member NGOs - Altus Sport - to convene the network. See information on partners.


The Southern African SSCN aims to connect numerous organizations across 10 countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Currently we have more than 40 members in 6 countries. 


To be a key strategic partner spearheading the delivery of social impact through sport


To create opportunities to strengthen the growth and impact of the sport for social change network towards excellence in southern Africa, through:
§  Promoting the use of sport as a main stream tool for social change
§  Innovative approaches that are community-driven and owned
§  Effective structures of governance, which promotes innovation and leadership through collaboration and partnerships
§  A collaborative strategy and integrative approach to create a nurturing and conducive environment for sport for social change at all levels of engagement by focusing on the aspirations and needs of member organizations, youth and participants
§  Contributing to national and regional development objectives relating to youth empowerment, skill development and economic independency
§  Develop and support of quality programmes that result in measurable impact for reflective learning and evidenced-based decision-making


As members of the SSCN Southern Africa, we embrace the following values:
·         Innovation
·         Excellence
·         Accountability
·         Fair play

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Guest Speakers, Subject Matter Experts, Facilitators, Mentors, Coaches, Participants, and Corporate Sponsors required: Forums & Networks Breakfast Series 2013

Programme Description
07h00 – 11h00 a.m.

TRIAD Human Capital & Skills Development Forum

Learning Readiness Programmes: Community – Institutions of Learning  (1st Bridge)

Work Integrated Learning/Employment Readiness & Entrepreneurship: Institutions of Learning – Employing Organizations Bridge (2nd Bridge)

Socio Economic Development: Employing Organizations – Community Bridge (3rd Bridge)

07h00 – 11h00 a.m.

Entrepreneurship Development Network (EDN)

The network is made up of the new entrepreneurs, experienced entrepreneurs, students & graduates interested in becoming entrepreneurs (and self employed), academics in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurs, consultants & advisors in entrepreneurship, development funding agencies (DFAs), and researchers of entrepreneurship development.

We cover the following topics: Graduate Entrepreneurship Development; Information on Seminars & Workshops on Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurship Opportunities Announcements; Entrepreneurship Support (Mentoring, Coaching & Advisory Services); Entrepreneurship Knowledge Exchange (National, Regional, Continental and Global); Entrepreneurship Funding Programmes

07h00 – 11h00 a.m.

Development Enterprises Forum (DEF)

Development Programmes Formulation
  Risk Management
  Strategic Objectives

Community Need
  Social problems that exist in the community that needs to be addressed
  The extent of the problem
  How far could the problem escalate?
  Why should the stakeholders care about this problem

Funding Model
  The Project by Project Funding Approach
  Identified fund raising initiatives to add to the funding budget
  Social Enterprise Development as part of Sustainability & Self-Sufficiency Model
  Formation of Community Development Forum (in partnership with the Local Municipality)

07h00 – 11h00 a.m.

Africa Global Talent Mobility Network

To promote the mobility of talent within the continent and attract the African talent back to the continent, while encouraging mutually beneficial exchange of talent between the African continent and the rest of the world.

By creating conducive employment environment, in Africa, that values cross cultural diversity and global inclusion.

Do research and introduce develop programmes, including talent exchange, aimed at nurturing global talent mobility sector in Africa, and between Africa and the world.

07h00 – 11h00 a.m.

Professional Management Services Network

Professional Management Services Network is dedicated to the management of businesses and professionals who use their knowledge in addressing business and human capital development needs.

These businesses and professionals do not have the capacity and/or infrastructure to manage their operations themselves, or they just do not have time to be involved in the administrative work of their professional activities.

The objectives are: to ensure that the businesses and professionals are freed from administrative burden and can therefore focus on what they do better. i.e. delivering services and solutions to their clients and the society.

The discussion topics: Administrative compliance; Professional outlook in delivering the service; Correct choice of engagement assignments; Payment at the correct market rate; Dedicated account executives; Enriched profile; Intensive personal brand management; Knowledge management and preservation of the professional legacy; Balance between for profit engagement and CSI engagements

07h00 – 11h00 a.m.

Global Management & Leadership Forum

The main objective of the Global Management & Leadership Forum is to facilitate the transition of best managers into becoming business leaders that develop other leaders with broader worldview.

A number of South African companies have gone into the foreign markets to establish the operations of their companies and achieve some great successes. At the same time our region is constantly attracting new multinational companies. These companies deploy their best managers and leaders here. This changes the business game plan for the local companies.

To remain a credible member of the BRICS, and grow the region as emerging market we are going to have to invest time and efforts in developing unique global management and leadership capabilities.

07h00 – 11h00

Women Empowerment Network (WEN)

Women Empowerment Network's interest is the empowerment of women professionals, entrepreneurs and role players in the economy.

Women Empowerment Network (WEN) is about women in the public and private sectors (professionals, entrepreneurs and society leaders and opinion makers on women empowerment issues, who are generous with their knowledge).

07h00 – 11h00 a.m.

Executive Business Coaches Network (EBCN)

Formulation of the coaching objectives, example: 

Adding value: Products, Services and Solutions (confirming existing offerings, introducing new offerings)
Change Management (Diversity & Culture, EE, Skills Dev, and BEE)
Positioning through delivery (Programme of Action)
Stakeholder Relationship Management Matrix
Local Strategy alignment with the Global Strategy


Accelerated growth; High level network; Outgrowing your organization; Truly learning about oneself; Developing multiple interests; Challenging your own leaders and exposing their ignorance; Bonding with mentor and coaching, and over dependence

07h00 – 11h00 a.m.

Economic Empowerment, Transformation & Change Management Network

The purpose of the Economic Empowerment, Transformation & Change Management Network is to bring business leaders together to vigorously debate the trends and practices in the Economic Empowerment, Transformation & Change Management space. To explore, influence the perceptions, design and facilitate the implementation of relevant programmes and projects in South Africa. This group of experts acts as a catalyst to influence and undo the unintended consequences of change, and point the way to a more integrated and effective approach. We are committed to applying the best and latest industry practices, methods, tools and standards in effecting economic change and growth of South Africa.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Volunteer Professional Facilitators required for Cometsa Girls & Boys Integrated Development Seminar 2012 - 2013

Reference Book: Human Development, Fifth Edition, By Diane E. Papalia; and Sally Wendkos Olds
Publisher: McGRAW-HILL, INC
NOTE: Cometsa Sports Development Agency has been running volunteer youth sport development and outreach programmes for the last 15 years (1997 – 2012) in Hillbrow – Parktown - Johannesburg (Gauteng Province), Greater Sekhukhune & Jane Furse (Limpopo Province), Hammanskraal (Gauteng), Dennilton (Mpumalanga), Katlehong (Gauteng), Orange Farm (Gauteng), Mabopane (Gauteng Province) and Klopper Park – Elandsfontein (Gauteng). During this period we have come across different types of young people. We have learned that the development of these young boys and girls is influenced by many factors. As part of our 15th Anniversary Review, we have therefore taken a decision to launch a programme that will help them, us as development practitioners and their parents to drill deeper on the issues that affect their development. We are calling on all qualified humanities practitioners to volunteer their expertise as facilitators of the following topics during our Girls & Boys Development Seminars 2012 – 2013. The above reference book is just a guideline, the facilitators will have to research the topics and be relevant to today’s challenges facing the girls & boys.
Register as a Volunteer Facilitator: Attention: Ms Tsumbedzo Luvhimbi, Tel. +27 11 974 9308; Cell: +27 71 961 6272; Email:

1.      Physical Development: Growth during Middle Childhood

·         Nutrition and Growth

2.      Health, Fitness, and Safety

·         Children’s Health
·         Obesity
·         Minor Medical Conditions
·         Vision
·         Dental Health
·         General Fitness
·         Improving Health & Fitness

3.      Aspects of Intellectual Development in Middle Childhood

·         Cognitive Development
·         Moral Development
·         Development of Memory
·         Development of Language
·         Development of Intelligence

4.      Personality and Social Development in Middle Childhood

·         The Self-Concept

ü  Self-Recognition & Self-Definition
ü  Self-Regulation
ü  Self-Esteem

·         Theoretical Perspectives on the Self-Concept

ü  Social-Learning Theory
ü  Cognitive-Development Theory
ü  Information-Processing Approach

5.      Aspects of Personality Development in Middle Childhood

·         Everyday Life

ü  How do children spend their time?
ü  With whom do children spend their time?

·         The Child in the Peer Group

ü  Functions and influence of the Peer Group
ü  Makeup of the Peer Group
ü  Friendship
ü  Popularity (The popular child; The unpopular child; How can unpopular children be helped?)

·         The Child in the family

ü  Parent-Child Relationships

Ø  Issues between parents & children
Ø  Discipline
Ø  Control and coregulation

ü  Parents’ Work: How it affects their children

Ø  Mothers’ work
Ø  The mother’s psychological state
Ø  Interactions in working-mother families
Ø  Working mothers and children’s values
Ø  Children’s reactions to mothers’ work
Ø  Fathers’ work

6.      Children of Divorce

·         Children’s adjustment to divorce: “Tasks” of adjustment
·         Influences on children’s adjustment to divorce
·         Helping children adjust to divorce

7.      The One-Parent Family

·         Stresses on children
·         Effects on schooling
·         Long-term effects
·         Stepfamilies
·         Sibling relationships

8.      Childhood Emotional Disturbances

·         Acting-Out Behaviour
·         Anxiety Disorders
·         Childhood Depression

9.      Stress and Resilience

·         Sources of Stress

ü  Life events
ü  Fears
ü  The “Hurried Child”

·         Coping with Stress: The Resilient Child. Factors like the following seem to contribute to children’s resilience:

ü  The child’s personality
ü  The child’s family
ü  Learning experiences
ü  Reduced risk
ü  Compensating experiences

10.  Physical and Intellectual Development in Adolescence

10.1.Adolescence: A Developmental Transition
10.2.Physical Development: Maturation in Adolescence

·         Physical Changes

ü  Puberty and the Secular Trend
ü  The Adolescent Growth Spurt
ü  Primary Sex Characteristics
ü  Secondary Sex Characteristics
ü  Menarche

·         Psychological Impact on Physical Changes

ü  Effects of early and late Maturation

Ø  Early and late maturation in boys
Ø  Early and late maturation in girls

ü  Reactions to Menarche and Menstruation
ü  Feelings about Physical Appearance
10.3.Health Concerns of Adolescence

·         Nutrition and eating disorders
·         Use and abuse of drugs
·         Sexually transmitted diseases

10.4.Intellectual Development: Aspects of Intellectual Development in Adolescence

·         Cognitive Development

ü  Cognitive maturity: The Nature of Formal Operations
ü  Tracing Cognitive Development: The Pendulum Problem
ü  What Brings Cognitive Maturity About?

·         Adolescence Egocentrism

ü  Finding Fault with Authority Figures
ü  Argumentativeness
ü  Self-Consciousness
ü  Self-Centeredness
ü  Indecisiveness
ü  Apparent Hypocrisy

·         Moral Development: Kohlberg’s Levels of Morality

ü  Level I: Pre-conventional Morality
ü  Level II: Conventional Morality
ü  Level III: Post-conventional Morality

10.5.High School

·         Home Influences on Achievements in High School

ü  Parents’ Interest
ü  Parenting Styles
ü  Socio Economic Status
 ·         Dropping out of High School

10.6.Developing a Career

·         Stages in Vocational Planning
·         Influences on Vocational Planning

11.  Personality and Social Development in Adolescence

11.1.Understanding Personality Development: Theoretical Perspectives

·         “Storm and Stress”
·         The Cultural Factor
·         The Genital Stage
·         Ego Defenses of Adolescence
·         Identity vs Identity Confusion

11.2.Aspects of Personality Development in Adolescence

11.2.1. Relationship with parents

·         How Adolescents and their parents conflict

ü  The roots of conflict
ü  The nature of conflict

·         What Adolescents need from their parents
·         How Adolescents are affected by their parents’ life situation

ü  Parents’ employment
ü  “Self-care” adolescents

 1.2.2.  Relationship with peers

·         How Adolescents Spend Their Time – and with Whom?
·         Friendship in Adolscence
·         Peer Pressure versus Parents’ Influence

11.2.3.   Achieving sexual identity

11.2.4    Two Problems of Adolescence

·         Teenage Pregnancy
·         Juvenile Delinquency

11.            Physical and Intellectual Development in Young Adulthood

11.1. Physical Development
11.2. Intellectual Development

·         Adult Thought: Theoretical Approaches
·         Adult Moral Development
·         College
·         Starting a Career

12.            Personality and Social Development in Young adult