WELCOME TO COMENSA

COACHES & MENTORS OF SOUTH AFRICA

In a world of constant change, coaching and mentoring are playing an
increasing role in empowering future generations to realise their full potential.
To meet this need, COMENSA ensures that the highest standard of professional
service is provided by serving as the globally recognised, self-regulatory,
professional body for coaching and mentoring in South Africa.

ABOUT COMENSA

Inspire | Enlighten | Empower

We provide a platform for all stakeholders to engage, educate, exchange, and evolve in pursuit of best practice.

We support the ongoing evolution of coaches and mentors through the promotion
of diversity, inclusion, education, and networking through our community of practitioners.

We reinforce professionalism through a process of credentialing,
the maintenance of participation and continued education tracking.

COMENSA VALUES

Accountability | Integrity | Inclusivity | Professionalism | Innovation

Accountability As a Professional Body, we are accountable for our
actions and behaviours to deliver results for the benefit of all our stakeholders.

Integrity We commit to maintaining trust and credibility,
through honest and transparent undertakings that are congruent
with our values, policies and professional purpose.

Professionalism We deliver our services according to professional standards,
and commit to continuous improvement thereof to the benefit of all our stakeholders.

Inclusivity We welcome non judgemental diversity amongst our members
and the value it brings to the coaching and mentoring professions.

Innovation We embrace a change mindset, being open to new ideas,
improvements and technology.

COACHING VS MENTORING

Understanding the difference

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COACHING

COMENSA defines coaching as “a professional, collaborative and outcomes-driven method of learning that seeks to develop an individual and raise self-awareness so that he or she might achieve specific goals and perform at a more effective level”.

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COACHING VS MENTORING

COACHING VS MENTORING

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MENTORING

COMENSA defines mentoring as “a partnership in which a mentee is assisted in making significant advances in knowledge, perspective and vision in order to develop their full potential; the mentor’s wisdom is utilised by the mentee to facilitate and enhance new learning and insight”.

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COACHING VS MENTORING

COACHING VS MENTORING

The benefits of JOINING COMENSA

As you progress from the first step of registering with COMENSA as a Student or Ordinary Member, you will enjoy an increasing array of benefits.

Find more information on which category of membership you qualify for as well as the detail of our very affordable membership fees on our Membership page. 

Training Provider Programme (TPP)

How do Training Provider Programmes work, and why are they vital to the coaching and mentoring professions?

The extensive array of COMENSA approved Training Provider Programmes are vetted to strict standards to further the development of coaches and mentors, helping them maintain their CPD points as well as to stay abreast of rapidly developing industry knowledge.

Comensa-Gold

FIND

Further your development and earn Continuous
Professional Development points.

APPLY

Please register with COMENSA to access our
online application portal to have your
programme approved. 

EVENT CALENDAR

COMENSA holds a diverse range of events each month, providing insight to the latest coaching and mentoring trends and developments, and the opportunity to earn CPD points.

COMENSA prides itself on the diverse range of events held every month. Providing insight to the latest coaching and mentoring trends and developments.

Each event is hosted by one of our four regional chapters: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, and Limpopo, or by the specialised portfolio committees: Supervision, Marketing, Membership Criteria and Standards of Competence (MCSC), Research, or Social and Ethics.

The majority of our events are presently hosted online and are available free to everyone registered with COMENSA. If you are not yet registered, join us now to have access to this invaluable resource.

Face to face networking events will be returned to as soon as appropriate and will be held in each of the regions. Attendance is free for members and attracts a small fee for non-members.

Newsletter

“Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax.” - Matt Haig

President & VP update

Care taking and taking care

Dear coaching and mentoring colleagues

As you may be aware we are in the process of electing a new President and Directors for the Board of COMENSA. That means between now and 16 August 2023 I will be the Acting President, care taking the role until the new President is appointed. I am fortunate that our Past President, Mokadi Max Mathye, is still taking an active place in the Board and is there for support and he makes a great thinking partner.

The current Board members have also offered their support to me during this time, and I appreciate their assistance.
This made me reflect on what care taking and taking care means for us as coaches and mentors in different ways:
  • In a coaching/mentoring space we have a responsibility of care for our clients. This means that everything that we do is in service of the client, the client organisation, and the systems within which our clients operate. It can be easy to be so focused on our client that we lose sight of the fact that the organisation is also a client, and so is the manager of the individual. These multi-layered relationships are where it is easy to fall into the trap of colluding with the client against the organisation and so we need to take care.
  • We can often be so focused on others that we neglect to look after ourselves. If you are planning to run a marathon you need to pace yourself, in the same way in our work we need to take the time to stop and care for ourselves; take a break and refresh so that we are able to bring our best selves to our work.
  • We are now also being challenged to take more care of our environment and to save it for our children and grandchildren. If this is something that you care about, please consider joining the Climate Coaching Alliance. They are starting an Africa chapter and you can connect with: Lindelwa Jabavu on Lindelwaj24@gmail.com
At COMENSA we want to take care of you, our members, and so we have started new Meet and Greet sessions to welcome new members. These have proved a great opportunity to answer questions about all sorts of topics such as events, credentialing, and supervision. We are also launching the renewals project where the chapters will reach out to remind members whose membership is due to expire so that they do not lapse their membership or credentials. We will be looking at more ways to offer care and support and if you have ideas about how I can take care of you the members and COMENSA over the next three months, please contact me: vp@comensa.org.za

In the meantime, I challenge you to reflect on how you are taking care of yourself over the next month and to finding time for yourself to rest and recharge.

Quote for the month:
“Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax.”
                                                      Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive
 
Veronica Wantenaar

Acting President and Chair of EXCO
MCSC Committee

MCSC – Membership Criteria & Standards of Competence Committee

To Meet OR not to Meet?
That is the Question!
Sean Fenn
MCSC, June 2023
This month I want to discuss the benefits of COMENSA Coaching and Mentoring online webinars as a means for developing networks and connecting with other coaches and mentors.

I want to highlight how COMENSA develops cohesion through association and that this is enhanced when the members attend webinars and online regional meeting events.

The aim is to motivate COMENSA members to attend the events by pointing out the benefits only.

Benefits of Coaching and Mentoring Online Webinars

Online webinars are a great way for COMENSA coaches and mentors to connect with other professionals in their field. They offer a convenient and affordable way to learn new skills, share ideas, and build relationships.
Here are some of the benefits of attending coaching and mentoring online webinars:
  • Learn new skills: Online webinars are a great way to learn new skills and stay up-to-date on the latest trends in coaching and mentoring. Many webinars offer hands-on training and exercises that can help you improve your coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Share ideas: Online webinars provide a forum for coaches and mentors to share ideas and best practices. This can be a great way to learn from other professionals and get new ideas for your own coaching and mentoring practice.
  • Build relationships: Online webinars are a great way to build relationships with other coaches and mentors. Networking with other professionals can help you find new clients, get referrals, and learn from others’ experiences.
How COMENSA Members Benefit from Online Webinars

Professional associations can also benefit from online webinars. Webinars can be used to:
  • Provide CPD education:  Online webinars can be used to provide continuing education for COMENSA members. This can help members stay up-to-date on the latest trends in their field and improve their skills.
  • Build community: Online webinars can be used to build community among COMENSA members. This can help members feel connected to their peers and feel supported in their professional development.
  • Promote the association: Online webinars can be used to promote COMENSA to potential members. This can be done by providing information about the association’s mission, goals, and benefits.
How to Motivate Association Members to Attend Online Webinars

Here are a number of ways COMENSA tries to motivate association members to attend online webinars. Here are a few tips:
  • Make the webinars relevant to the needs of members: The webinars should be relevant to the interests and needs of the association’s members. This will make members more likely to attend and participate.
  • Offer incentives for attending: The association offer CPD points for attending webinars which helps COMENSA members reach their annual CPD target. This can help to increase attendance.
  • Make it easy to register: The COMENSA registration process is easy and convenient. This will make it more likely that members will register for webinars.
  • Promote the webinars: COMENSA regions and committees like MCSC, promote the webinars to our members through a variety of channels, such as email, social media, and the COMENSA website. This helps to raise awareness of the webinars and encourage members to attend.
COMENSA Online webinars can be a valuable resource for coaches and mentors. They offer a convenient and affordable way to learn new skills, share ideas, and build relationships. COMENSA benefits from online webinars by using them to provide continuing education, build community, and promote the association.

So the clarion call from MCSC is for COMENSA members to make it a habit of attending online webinars and reap the benefits that these events have to offer.

Sean Fenn
MCSC
 
Please check………

Please check your Membership Expiry date and also your Credential Designation Expiry date to ensure you renew it on time. If you require any clarity or assistance, please email me at mcsc@comensa.org.za.

MCSC Webinars

13 June @ 18H30 – Setting the Standard for Coaching and Mentoring, presented by Yolandi Dercksen.
Anjue Hirachund- COMENSA Credentialed Coach
From my experience of the COMENSA credentialing process, I see it as serving two critical purposes –

1. Ensures that coaches carrying the COMENSA banner are committed and maintains the professionalism of the industry; and

2. Through engagement and feedback with the evaluators allows newly credentialed coaches to identify areas for improvement/growth.

Even though the coaching industry is not regulated which creates a low barrier to entry, the COMENSA credentialing process ensures that credentialed coaches are of high calibre and maintain high standards in their coaching.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Two more members were Credentialed:
Paul Diepenbroek – COMENSA Senior Coach
Peter Manyaka – COMENSA Senior Coach 
 
We are here to support you on YOUR Credentialing Journey to make this a pleasant experience for you and to support you in your growth as a coach or mentor. We would love to see your photo and read about your experience of being Credentialed next month.

The question is……WHAT is holding you back from taking this bold step forward???

André Retief

MCSC Chair

mcsc@comensa.org.za
Supervision Committee

Our Recent Event
Community of Practice (CoP)
A group of supervisors met online in May for conversation and to share insights.  The aim of this Community of Practice is to build a thriving community of supervisors.   
June forthcoming event – hosted by the KZN Chapter
We continue our 2023 supervision theme of Psychological Safety.  Over our past two events we have looked at keeping coaches/mentors safe, keeping our clients safe and at this event we will explore keeping our profession safe. 
 
Topic: Keeping our Profession Safe
Date: Thursday 22nd June
Time: 18h00 – 19h30
Please watch out for your invite towards the end of this week. 
 
COMENSA’s Definition of Supervision for Coaches and Mentors
Supervision for coaches and mentors provides a formal space for reflective practice in which a qualified supervisor and supervisee engage in dialogue. It is focused on supervisees’ coaching and mentoring practices, for the purposes of their professional and personal development, so that their clients receive the best possible coaching and mentoring.
 
Did you know…..
Did you know that you can bring any challenge to coaching and mentoring supervision that you may have on a personal, professional, or coaching level?

 
Research Committee

In a somewhat complex research article by Coetzee, Veldsman, and Odendaal (2023) on coaching strategies from a worldview perspective, I found an interesting description of the current coaching strategies:

First-generation coaching – “coaching from a problem and goal perspective. In this case, the purpose of coaching is to assist the coachee to deal with problems and challenges, in order to achieve specific goals and develop action strategies aligned to that goal”. This includes approaches such as the foundational GROW model, goal-setting theory, NLP coaching, psychodynamic coaching, and cognitive-behavioural coaching.

Second-generation coaching – “coaching from a solution- or future-oriented perspective. The purpose of these coaching strategies is to create positive future scenarios and possibilities. There is a strong focus on the strengths of the coachee and building on them for future success”. This includes strategies such as solution-focused coaching, systems theory coaching, appreciative enquiry, and positive psychology coaching.

Third-generation coaching – “coaching in a reflective space. Third-generation coaching includes narrative collaborative coaching (Drake, 2010; Stelter, 2014a, 2014b). It is characterized by a clear relationship symmetry between coach and coachee. The coach is neutral and not the expert (as in first-generation coaching). The coachee is the expert on his or her own life. The coaching conversation can be described as co-creative and collaborative, and knowledge, learning and change emerge between the coach and coachee in a reflective dialogue process”.

One of the foundations of both coaching and coaching supervision is reflective practice. The authors’ description of the 3rd generation of coaching does not focus on setting and achieving a coaching goal, but on having a reflective conversation with my coachee. To do this, I need to know and understand how reflective practice works, and also apply it in my own coaching practice. Two general sources can be found here: Participatory methods and SkillsYouNeed.
 
By Jacques Myburgh

Acting chair

COMENSA Research Committee

Marketing Committee

What are the 3 things that make a great marriage, relationship or in our case community ?
Communication………… Communication …………….  Communication

So having said this, we would like to highlight again the various ways that we currently communicate with you, our members.  And over the next little while we will add a few more new platforms, one of which we would like to share with you now, so look out for them in the future.
 
Just as a reminder, a couple of months ago we changed the formats of our two main communication platforms and think it important to revisit these, being our News Flash and Newsletter.
NEWSLETTER
This is basically what you are reading now and it is our monthly news update that you will receive once a month during the first week of the month. 
 
This is packed with articles from our President, Vice President, Portfolio Committees and Chapters.  Giving you all the news and updates from the previous month, exciting events to look forward to and important and informative views on the coaching world.

NEWS FLASH

Our News Flash is now the communication you receive during the month, at any given moment, when we want to bring your immediate attention to important information such as announcements, launches, invitations, calls for volunteers and positions within COMENSA or to attend the events we hold from time to time, as well as taking part in our on-line surveys etc.  
 
Don’t miss these or you will miss out.

The new kid on the Blog is …….   “On our Blog”

From time to time, we will be adding really interesting and relevant articles, written by Coaches, Mentors and guests from the coaching, mentoring and business community, to our blog platform called “On Our Blog”. 
 
When we have a new article, you will receive a notification from On Our Blog advising of a new item and we urge you to go and read it. 
 
Because this is currently exclusively only for members to enjoy and benefit from, you can find it on your member profile when you log in and go to the communications tab where you will find the platform and from there the articles. 
 
We will be sending out a notification this week of our very first article for you to enjoy, so look out for it.

I urge you to look out for these important news platforms and hope that we can continue to bring you interesting articles to keep you informed and that you will take advantage of any of the events, reviews and workshops you may be invited to.
 

Marketing tip of the month:  To stay relevant and build awareness around your brand you need to keep top of mind and the best way to do this is to communicate, communicate……. communicate. 

Have a great month.
 
Sally Witherden
Marketing Chair
Investigations Committee

COMENSA Professional Conduct Portfolio Committee
Newsletter: June 2023
Janice Hanly – Secretary
 
We are pleased to announce that due to a majority vote at the National AGM held on 18th May last week, the Investigations Portfolio Committee will now change its name to the Professional Conduct Portfolio Committee.
 
Why the name change? In our discussions as a committee, our rationale was that the new name will be perceived as less “threatening” than the name “Investigations”. This is important to us as we, the members of the committee, certainly do not want to put out this perception. Our intent is to uphold COMENSA’s Code of Ethics and Conduct and where relevant the Behavioural Standards as well as best practice principles within our scope of operation.
 
It is important to note that final decisions on complaints do not rest with the Professional Conduct Committee. Members of the committee are responsible for receiving complaints against members and investigating the complaint to determine whether there is prima facie evidence that the member has breached the code of Ethics and Conduct. Where there is evidence of a breach the matter will be referred with all evidence to the Disciplinary Committee, whose members will take up the case from there. If there is no breach, the case will be closed.
 
Each investigation is conducted by two appointed members of the Professional Conduct Committee in a non-judgemental manner and with strict confidentiality which is maintained throughout the investigation. We are understanding of time constraints and business interruption due to the investigation and try to accommodate as far as possible. This can translate into an investigation becoming lengthy, especially where there may be a number of persons involved. We therefore strive to keep parties informed of progress and updated on a regular basis.
 
Should you be interested in joining our committee, we could really use your help. We can promise you amazing learning and great experience toward your own coaching practice! Please send in your request and/or any questions to us at investigations@comensa.org

Past President Committee

William Bridges asserted that change is situational. transition, on the other hand, is psychological. It is not those events, but rather the inner reorientation or self-redefinition that you have to go through in order to incorporate any of those changes into your life. Without a transition, a change is just a rearrangement of the furniture. Unless transition happens, the change will not work, because it does not ‘take’.

As I transition from the role of President after 4 years in the helm of the organisation to now occupying the role of Past President, I do so with a sense of achievement after reflecting on the journey travelled.

According to paragraph 111 of the MOI “Once a President’s term has come to an end she shall automatically move to the position of Past President. The position of Past President is to ensure continuity on the Board. A Past President shall have the same voting rights as an ordinary Board member and shall have no additional powers. The position of Past President is an ex-officio position and is not subject to the election process. In the event of the immediate Past President not being available to remain on the Board, the Board may co-opt another individual who has previous served as President, who shall serve as Past President until the current President’s term comes to an end.”

The expected role of the Past President shall include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Supporting the President and Vice President in the leadership of COMENSA.
  • Take a leadership role to complete projects as entrusted by the Board and/or requested by the President and Vice President.
  • Mentorship of new Board members.
  • Participate in Committees as guided by the COMENSA By Laws and MOI.

I look forward to supporting the President and Vice President in the leadership of COMENSA. Until then, the show goes on.

Yours in the Coaching and Mentoring Fraternity

Mokadi Max Mathye 

Past President: +2783 325 4676

Chapter Chatter

COACHES AND MENTORS OF SOUTH AFRICA: LIMPOPO CHAPTER: 2023
 
Hello to Limpopo Coaches and Mentors,
 

I write to update all our members, those who could as well as those who could not attend the Annual General Meeting, (AGM) on the 9th of May 2023.
The AGM was a great success and members attended in their numbers. It was wonderful to meet our coaches in Lephalale (former Ellisras) , Thohoyandou, and Thabazimbi. We welcomed a few new members who recently joined COMENSA.
 
The members who were on the call requested that we hold a network session face to face to get know one another in person.
 
We, therefore, agreed to meet on the 10th of June 2023 at number 17 Schoeman Street-Polokwane at 12h30,(this Saturday).
 
The theme for the session is, Networking and peer coaching. We will share some information on the benefits of COMEMSA membership as well as credentialing. I hope to see you.
 
Please check out the invitation in your email inboxes and respond accordingly. We also put the invitation details on the Chapter WhatsApp group. Please RSVP to allow us to estimate refreshments.
 
My favorite quote: “If you want to grow big, first grow small”. Let’s master small things first.
 
Finally, may I please request the following:

  • That Members should check and renew their memberships on time.
  • That members who need to start the credentialling journey, please do so.
  • That members should consider attending events organized by other Chapters.

Should you have any inquiries on the Chapter activities and please contact us or COMENSA Administrator at lpchair@comensa.org.za or administrator@comensa.org.za
A big thank you to our Limpopo Chapter Committee members, Deputy Chairperson, Limpopo Chapter Secretary, and our Membership Secretary for their incessant support.
 
LIMPOPO CHAPTER CHAIRPERSON-0836996600
REUBEN RAMMBUDA
COMENSA MASTER COACH 3179

 

June 2023 Newsflash – KZN Chapter

Warm greetings from a chilly KZN.

Post pandemic things have begun to settle down. Society is almost back to normal. The odd mask here and then reminds us of a those times not so long ago. The Comrades Marathon, dubbed the ultimate human race, has returned to its normal June slot and the province is gearing up to welcome thousands of runners to our province.

Your new KZN committee, Alison Coates & Rajeshree Dessai, are settling in nicely into their leadership role and hosted their first online event post AGM on 25 May 2023.

Our esteemed speaker was Dr Bill Price shared with us How to create your sustainable and successful integrated coaching/mentoring business – the neuroscience way. We learnt that since any successful coaching business relies on clients it is important to know what worth you bring for your clients. If you cannot confidently tell you clients what will happen if they don’t hire you, then you yourself don’t believe in your abilities.

Dr Price drew a lot in his talk from personal experience. It was refreshing to attend a talk with no slides, instead Dr Price started with a clean white board and sketched throughout his talk to demonstrate what goes on in the mind. The object of neuroscience is to change the reality of what is in the mind. Thank you to all who attended – it was wonderful to see that the event had a good attendance.

Save the date for KZN Chapter’s turn to host the supervision committee. Details as follows.
 

  • Date: 22 June 2023
  • Time: 18h30 (via Zoom)

 
Wishing all our coaches, mentors and supervisors who are fathers/father figures a very happy and enjoyable fathers’ day.

And don’t forget to enjoy the public holiday on 16th June.               
           
Mindful reflections

Alison Coates (Chair), Rajeshree Dessai (Deputy Chair)

June 2023 WC News
 
Greetings to everyone from the Western Cape!
 
In this last month, we were reminded at the national AGM, of the significant role that we play as an organisation to support the development of coaches and mentors. As a chapter, we were pleased to see the strides toward professionalising coaching that has been made by the COMENSA National Leadership team, and the supporting committees and chapters. We acknowledge and commend our Leaders for leading from the front and providing the space for us to learn from and celebrate our successes as an organisation, while also recognising the value in reflecting on our areas for development and growth.
 
As a member organisation, it is important that each of us play our role in making COMENSA an organisation where we contribute, bring our expertise and experience, and identify/request areas where we see the need for further development. As the Western Cape Chapter, we are committed to this and to supporting our national strategy. We invite you join us in this.
 
The Western Cape chapter would like to thank our outgoing National President, Mokadi Mathye, for his service to COMENSA. We have appreciated your leadership over the last four years, and we wish you well as you now serve in the capacity of Past President.
 
Our next event will be a face-to-face event in July. Do keep your eye on your emails for more details and speaker information.
 
For now, save the date and plan to join us!
 
DATE:  Thursday, 20 July 2023
VENUE: TBC
 
Sending you all best wishes,
Claudio, Teresa, Paul and Merlinda

June 2023 NewsFlash: GP

GP Chapter colleagues, your support and participation at the National AGM is highly appreciated.

At the time of going to print, we were on the verge of our first strategic planning engagement (27 May 2023) as the newly elected committee of the Chapter. Our deliberations and proposals will be circulated in due course for broader engagement.

Our theme for the month of June revolves around: “Empowering the youth through coaching and mentorship”. We dedicate this month to youth empowerment. We acknowledge the contributions that our youth have made in our country, in particular their technological skills, and mastery. These skills contribute to the country’s artificial intelligence enhancement. We understand the challenges the youth face relating to peer pressure and the high unemployment rates. We intend to contribute to empowering them to be job creators, not job seekers.

As part of the Gauteng Chapter’s efforts to attract the youth to the job creation and skills production sphere, we would like to invite at least 2 x COMENSA: GP members who are classified as youth to join us to serve in the GP Chapter Committee. Please forward your profile / brief curriculum vitae to Membership Secretary: Motshidisi Letloenyane 061 473 8741. We are ready to receive and journey with you as we build the COMENSA of the future.

Our own GP Chapter Secretary: Joyce Baloyi was an active participant at the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) “Masterclass on Ethics”. She was one of the speakers on Ethics in Coaching, Counselling and Mentoring”. Thank you Joy-joy for making us proud and congratulations on rising to the challenge.

Please join us in welcoming Mohau Mphomela to the seat of GP Chapter Chairperson, as elected in our April AGM.

From the new Chairperson to outgoing Chair: Tsietsi Telite: “Thank you sincerely and dearly for your leadership and contribution to the chapter in the last two years.
Let’s welcome Peter Manyaka and Gabi Gumbi-Masilela to the Chapter Committee. They have volunteered to serve with us in making a valuable contribution to the growth and development of the coaching and mentoring fraternity in Gauteng and beyond.

Please remember those who fell on the 16 June 1976, in the struggle for the betterment of the education and livelihood of the African child. Our hearts and minds are with their families and the nation as we look back at what has been. In the process of looking back, we also ponder what could be and what ought to be. We will use our coaching and mentoring platform to deal with these and a whole host of other critical focus areas in our personal and professional capacities.

Congratulations to the other Provincial Chapters on successfully holding their respective AGM’s.

We are currently trying to stabilize the structure of the chapter to be able to host physical / inhouse events seamlessly

Thank you Mokadi for your leadership as President. Your contributions and continued participation is valued.
Please remember to:

  • Renew / update your membership;
  • Start or continue with your credentialing journey;
  • Visit the COMEMSA website to update your information. It takes 15 minutes. Forgot the password? Reach out to the Administrator to reset it.

Yours in service: Mohau Mphomela (in-coming Chairperson), Joyce Baloyi, Motshidisi Letloenyane, Vesper Nkoane and Tsietsi Telite (final write up and official sign-off as Chair of the GP Chapter).

WELCOME TO COMENSA

COACHES & MENTORS OF SOUTH AFRICA

In a world of constant change, coaching and mentoring are playing an increasing role in empowering future generations to realise their full potential.

ABOUT COMENSA

Inspire | Enlighten | Empower

We provide a platform for all stakeholders to engage, educate, exchange, and evolve in pursuit of best practice.

We support the ongoing evolution of coaches and mentors through the promotion of diversity, inclusion, education, and networking through our community of practitioners.

We reinforce professionalism through a process of credentialing, the maintenance of participation and continued education tracking.

The benefits of
JOINING COMENSA

As you progress from the first step of registering with COMENSA as a Student or Ordinary Member, you will enjoy an increasing array of benefits.

Find more information on which category of membership you qualify for as well as the detail of our very affordable membership fees on our Membership page.

Training Provider
Programme (TPP)

How do Training Provider Programmes work, and why are they vital to the coaching and mentoring professions?

The extensive array of COMENSA approved Training Provider Programmes are vetted to strict standards to further the development of coaches and mentors, helping them maintain their CPD points as well as to stay abreast of rapidly developing industry knowledge.

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FIND

Further your development and
earn Continuous Professional
Development points.

APPLY

Please register with COMENSA to
access our online application portal
to have your programme approved.

EVENT CALENDAR

COMENSA holds a diverse range of events each month, providing insight to the latest coaching and mentoring trends and developments, and the opportunity to earn CPD points.

COMENSA prides itself on the diverse range of events held every month. Providing insight to the latest coaching and mentoring trends and developments.

Each event is hosted by one of our four regional chapters: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, and Limpopo, or by the specialised portfolio committees: Supervision, Marketing, Membership Criteria and Standards of Competence (MCSC), Research, or Social and Ethics.

The majority of our events are presently hosted online and are available free to everyone registered with COMENSA. If you are not yet registered, join us now to have access to this invaluable resource.

Face to face networking events will be returned to as soon as appropriate and will be held in each of the regions. Attendance is free for members and attracts a small fee for non-members.

Newsflash

When March comes in like a lion, it leaves like a lamb.
President & VP update

Care taking and taking care

Dear coaching and mentoring colleagues

As you may be aware we are in the process of electing a new President and Directors for the Board of COMENSA. That means between now and 16 August 2023 I will be the Acting President, care taking the role until the new President is appointed. I am fortunate that our Past President, Mokadi Max Mathye, is still taking an active place in the Board and is there for support and he makes a great thinking partner.

The current Board members have also offered their support to me during this time, and I appreciate their assistance.
This made me reflect on what care taking and taking care means for us as coaches and mentors in different ways:
  • In a coaching/mentoring space we have a responsibility of care for our clients. This means that everything that we do is in service of the client, the client organisation, and the systems within which our clients operate. It can be easy to be so focused on our client that we lose sight of the fact that the organisation is also a client, and so is the manager of the individual. These multi-layered relationships are where it is easy to fall into the trap of colluding with the client against the organisation and so we need to take care.
  • We can often be so focused on others that we neglect to look after ourselves. If you are planning to run a marathon you need to pace yourself, in the same way in our work we need to take the time to stop and care for ourselves; take a break and refresh so that we are able to bring our best selves to our work.
  • We are now also being challenged to take more care of our environment and to save it for our children and grandchildren. If this is something that you care about, please consider joining the Climate Coaching Alliance. They are starting an Africa chapter and you can connect with: Lindelwa Jabavu on Lindelwaj24@gmail.com
At COMENSA we want to take care of you, our members, and so we have started new Meet and Greet sessions to welcome new members. These have proved a great opportunity to answer questions about all sorts of topics such as events, credentialing, and supervision. We are also launching the renewals project where the chapters will reach out to remind members whose membership is due to expire so that they do not lapse their membership or credentials. We will be looking at more ways to offer care and support and if you have ideas about how I can take care of you the members and COMENSA over the next three months, please contact me: vp@comensa.org.za

In the meantime, I challenge you to reflect on how you are taking care of yourself over the next month and to finding time for yourself to rest and recharge.

Quote for the month:
“Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax.”
                                                      Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive
 
Veronica Wantenaar

Acting President and Chair of EXCO
MCSC Committee

MCSC – Membership Criteria & Standards of Competence Committee

To Meet OR not to Meet?
That is the Question!
Sean Fenn
MCSC, June 2023
This month I want to discuss the benefits of COMENSA Coaching and Mentoring online webinars as a means for developing networks and connecting with other coaches and mentors.

I want to highlight how COMENSA develops cohesion through association and that this is enhanced when the members attend webinars and online regional meeting events.

The aim is to motivate COMENSA members to attend the events by pointing out the benefits only.

Benefits of Coaching and Mentoring Online Webinars

Online webinars are a great way for COMENSA coaches and mentors to connect with other professionals in their field. They offer a convenient and affordable way to learn new skills, share ideas, and build relationships.
Here are some of the benefits of attending coaching and mentoring online webinars:
  • Learn new skills: Online webinars are a great way to learn new skills and stay up-to-date on the latest trends in coaching and mentoring. Many webinars offer hands-on training and exercises that can help you improve your coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Share ideas: Online webinars provide a forum for coaches and mentors to share ideas and best practices. This can be a great way to learn from other professionals and get new ideas for your own coaching and mentoring practice.
  • Build relationships: Online webinars are a great way to build relationships with other coaches and mentors. Networking with other professionals can help you find new clients, get referrals, and learn from others’ experiences.
How COMENSA Members Benefit from Online Webinars

Professional associations can also benefit from online webinars. Webinars can be used to:
  • Provide CPD education:  Online webinars can be used to provide continuing education for COMENSA members. This can help members stay up-to-date on the latest trends in their field and improve their skills.
  • Build community: Online webinars can be used to build community among COMENSA members. This can help members feel connected to their peers and feel supported in their professional development.
  • Promote the association: Online webinars can be used to promote COMENSA to potential members. This can be done by providing information about the association’s mission, goals, and benefits.
How to Motivate Association Members to Attend Online Webinars

Here are a number of ways COMENSA tries to motivate association members to attend online webinars. Here are a few tips:
  • Make the webinars relevant to the needs of members: The webinars should be relevant to the interests and needs of the association’s members. This will make members more likely to attend and participate.
  • Offer incentives for attending: The association offer CPD points for attending webinars which helps COMENSA members reach their annual CPD target. This can help to increase attendance.
  • Make it easy to register: The COMENSA registration process is easy and convenient. This will make it more likely that members will register for webinars.
  • Promote the webinars: COMENSA regions and committees like MCSC, promote the webinars to our members through a variety of channels, such as email, social media, and the COMENSA website. This helps to raise awareness of the webinars and encourage members to attend.
COMENSA Online webinars can be a valuable resource for coaches and mentors. They offer a convenient and affordable way to learn new skills, share ideas, and build relationships. COMENSA benefits from online webinars by using them to provide continuing education, build community, and promote the association.

So the clarion call from MCSC is for COMENSA members to make it a habit of attending online webinars and reap the benefits that these events have to offer.

Sean Fenn
MCSC
 
Please check………

Please check your Membership Expiry date and also your Credential Designation Expiry date to ensure you renew it on time. If you require any clarity or assistance, please email me at mcsc@comensa.org.za.

MCSC Webinars

13 June @ 18H30 – Setting the Standard for Coaching and Mentoring, presented by Yolandi Dercksen.
Anjue Hirachund- COMENSA Credentialed Coach
From my experience of the COMENSA credentialing process, I see it as serving two critical purposes –

1. Ensures that coaches carrying the COMENSA banner are committed and maintains the professionalism of the industry; and

2. Through engagement and feedback with the evaluators allows newly credentialed coaches to identify areas for improvement/growth.

Even though the coaching industry is not regulated which creates a low barrier to entry, the COMENSA credentialing process ensures that credentialed coaches are of high calibre and maintain high standards in their coaching.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Two more members were Credentialed:
Paul Diepenbroek – COMENSA Senior Coach
Peter Manyaka – COMENSA Senior Coach 
 
We are here to support you on YOUR Credentialing Journey to make this a pleasant experience for you and to support you in your growth as a coach or mentor. We would love to see your photo and read about your experience of being Credentialed next month.

The question is……WHAT is holding you back from taking this bold step forward???

André Retief

MCSC Chair

mcsc@comensa.org.za
Supervision Committee

Our Recent Event
Community of Practice (CoP)
A group of supervisors met online in May for conversation and to share insights.  The aim of this Community of Practice is to build a thriving community of supervisors.   
June forthcoming event – hosted by the KZN Chapter
We continue our 2023 supervision theme of Psychological Safety.  Over our past two events we have looked at keeping coaches/mentors safe, keeping our clients safe and at this event we will explore keeping our profession safe. 
 
Topic: Keeping our Profession Safe
Date: Thursday 22nd June
Time: 18h00 – 19h30
Please watch out for your invite towards the end of this week. 
 
COMENSA’s Definition of Supervision for Coaches and Mentors
Supervision for coaches and mentors provides a formal space for reflective practice in which a qualified supervisor and supervisee engage in dialogue. It is focused on supervisees’ coaching and mentoring practices, for the purposes of their professional and personal development, so that their clients receive the best possible coaching and mentoring.
 
Did you know…..
Did you know that you can bring any challenge to coaching and mentoring supervision that you may have on a personal, professional, or coaching level?

 
Research Committee

In a somewhat complex research article by Coetzee, Veldsman, and Odendaal (2023) on coaching strategies from a worldview perspective, I found an interesting description of the current coaching strategies:

First-generation coaching – “coaching from a problem and goal perspective. In this case, the purpose of coaching is to assist the coachee to deal with problems and challenges, in order to achieve specific goals and develop action strategies aligned to that goal”. This includes approaches such as the foundational GROW model, goal-setting theory, NLP coaching, psychodynamic coaching, and cognitive-behavioural coaching.

Second-generation coaching – “coaching from a solution- or future-oriented perspective. The purpose of these coaching strategies is to create positive future scenarios and possibilities. There is a strong focus on the strengths of the coachee and building on them for future success”. This includes strategies such as solution-focused coaching, systems theory coaching, appreciative enquiry, and positive psychology coaching.

Third-generation coaching – “coaching in a reflective space. Third-generation coaching includes narrative collaborative coaching (Drake, 2010; Stelter, 2014a, 2014b). It is characterized by a clear relationship symmetry between coach and coachee. The coach is neutral and not the expert (as in first-generation coaching). The coachee is the expert on his or her own life. The coaching conversation can be described as co-creative and collaborative, and knowledge, learning and change emerge between the coach and coachee in a reflective dialogue process”.

One of the foundations of both coaching and coaching supervision is reflective practice. The authors’ description of the 3rd generation of coaching does not focus on setting and achieving a coaching goal, but on having a reflective conversation with my coachee. To do this, I need to know and understand how reflective practice works, and also apply it in my own coaching practice. Two general sources can be found here: Participatory methods and SkillsYouNeed.
 
By Jacques Myburgh

Acting chair

COMENSA Research Committee

Marketing Committee

What are the 3 things that make a great marriage, relationship or in our case community ?
Communication………… Communication …………….  Communication

So having said this, we would like to highlight again the various ways that we currently communicate with you, our members.  And over the next little while we will add a few more new platforms, one of which we would like to share with you now, so look out for them in the future.
 
Just as a reminder, a couple of months ago we changed the formats of our two main communication platforms and think it important to revisit these, being our News Flash and Newsletter.
NEWSLETTER
This is basically what you are reading now and it is our monthly news update that you will receive once a month during the first week of the month. 
 
This is packed with articles from our President, Vice President, Portfolio Committees and Chapters.  Giving you all the news and updates from the previous month, exciting events to look forward to and important and informative views on the coaching world.

NEWS FLASH

Our News Flash is now the communication you receive during the month, at any given moment, when we want to bring your immediate attention to important information such as announcements, launches, invitations, calls for volunteers and positions within COMENSA or to attend the events we hold from time to time, as well as taking part in our on-line surveys etc.  
 
Don’t miss these or you will miss out.

The new kid on the Blog is …….   “On our Blog”

From time to time, we will be adding really interesting and relevant articles, written by Coaches, Mentors and guests from the coaching, mentoring and business community, to our blog platform called “On Our Blog”. 
 
When we have a new article, you will receive a notification from On Our Blog advising of a new item and we urge you to go and read it. 
 
Because this is currently exclusively only for members to enjoy and benefit from, you can find it on your member profile when you log in and go to the communications tab where you will find the platform and from there the articles. 
 
We will be sending out a notification this week of our very first article for you to enjoy, so look out for it.

I urge you to look out for these important news platforms and hope that we can continue to bring you interesting articles to keep you informed and that you will take advantage of any of the events, reviews and workshops you may be invited to.
 

Marketing tip of the month:  To stay relevant and build awareness around your brand you need to keep top of mind and the best way to do this is to communicate, communicate……. communicate. 

Have a great month.
 
Sally Witherden
Marketing Chair
Investigations Committee

COMENSA Professional Conduct Portfolio Committee
Newsletter: June 2023
Janice Hanly – Secretary
 
We are pleased to announce that due to a majority vote at the National AGM held on 18th May last week, the Investigations Portfolio Committee will now change its name to the Professional Conduct Portfolio Committee.
 
Why the name change? In our discussions as a committee, our rationale was that the new name will be perceived as less “threatening” than the name “Investigations”. This is important to us as we, the members of the committee, certainly do not want to put out this perception. Our intent is to uphold COMENSA’s Code of Ethics and Conduct and where relevant the Behavioural Standards as well as best practice principles within our scope of operation.
 
It is important to note that final decisions on complaints do not rest with the Professional Conduct Committee. Members of the committee are responsible for receiving complaints against members and investigating the complaint to determine whether there is prima facie evidence that the member has breached the code of Ethics and Conduct. Where there is evidence of a breach the matter will be referred with all evidence to the Disciplinary Committee, whose members will take up the case from there. If there is no breach, the case will be closed.
 
Each investigation is conducted by two appointed members of the Professional Conduct Committee in a non-judgemental manner and with strict confidentiality which is maintained throughout the investigation. We are understanding of time constraints and business interruption due to the investigation and try to accommodate as far as possible. This can translate into an investigation becoming lengthy, especially where there may be a number of persons involved. We therefore strive to keep parties informed of progress and updated on a regular basis.
 
Should you be interested in joining our committee, we could really use your help. We can promise you amazing learning and great experience toward your own coaching practice! Please send in your request and/or any questions to us at investigations@comensa.org

Past President Committee

William Bridges asserted that change is situational. transition, on the other hand, is psychological. It is not those events, but rather the inner reorientation or self-redefinition that you have to go through in order to incorporate any of those changes into your life. Without a transition, a change is just a rearrangement of the furniture. Unless transition happens, the change will not work, because it does not ‘take’.

As I transition from the role of President after 4 years in the helm of the organisation to now occupying the role of Past President, I do so with a sense of achievement after reflecting on the journey travelled.

According to paragraph 111 of the MOI “Once a President’s term has come to an end she shall automatically move to the position of Past President. The position of Past President is to ensure continuity on the Board. A Past President shall have the same voting rights as an ordinary Board member and shall have no additional powers. The position of Past President is an ex-officio position and is not subject to the election process. In the event of the immediate Past President not being available to remain on the Board, the Board may co-opt another individual who has previous served as President, who shall serve as Past President until the current President’s term comes to an end.”

The expected role of the Past President shall include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Supporting the President and Vice President in the leadership of COMENSA.
  • Take a leadership role to complete projects as entrusted by the Board and/or requested by the President and Vice President.
  • Mentorship of new Board members.
  • Participate in Committees as guided by the COMENSA By Laws and MOI.

I look forward to supporting the President and Vice President in the leadership of COMENSA. Until then, the show goes on.

Yours in the Coaching and Mentoring Fraternity

Mokadi Max Mathye 

Past President: +2783 325 4676

Chapter Chatter

COACHES AND MENTORS OF SOUTH AFRICA: LIMPOPO CHAPTER: 2023
 
Hello to Limpopo Coaches and Mentors,
 

I write to update all our members, those who could as well as those who could not attend the Annual General Meeting, (AGM) on the 9th of May 2023.
The AGM was a great success and members attended in their numbers. It was wonderful to meet our coaches in Lephalale (former Ellisras) , Thohoyandou, and Thabazimbi. We welcomed a few new members who recently joined COMENSA.
 
The members who were on the call requested that we hold a network session face to face to get know one another in person.
 
We, therefore, agreed to meet on the 10th of June 2023 at number 17 Schoeman Street-Polokwane at 12h30,(this Saturday).
 
The theme for the session is, Networking and peer coaching. We will share some information on the benefits of COMEMSA membership as well as credentialing. I hope to see you.
 
Please check out the invitation in your email inboxes and respond accordingly. We also put the invitation details on the Chapter WhatsApp group. Please RSVP to allow us to estimate refreshments.
 
My favorite quote: “If you want to grow big, first grow small”. Let’s master small things first.
 
Finally, may I please request the following:

  • That Members should check and renew their memberships on time.
  • That members who need to start the credentialling journey, please do so.
  • That members should consider attending events organized by other Chapters.

Should you have any inquiries on the Chapter activities and please contact us or COMENSA Administrator at lpchair@comensa.org.za or administrator@comensa.org.za
A big thank you to our Limpopo Chapter Committee members, Deputy Chairperson, Limpopo Chapter Secretary, and our Membership Secretary for their incessant support.
 
LIMPOPO CHAPTER CHAIRPERSON-0836996600
REUBEN RAMMBUDA
COMENSA MASTER COACH 3179

 

June 2023 Newsflash – KZN Chapter

Warm greetings from a chilly KZN.

Post pandemic things have begun to settle down. Society is almost back to normal. The odd mask here and then reminds us of a those times not so long ago. The Comrades Marathon, dubbed the ultimate human race, has returned to its normal June slot and the province is gearing up to welcome thousands of runners to our province.

Your new KZN committee, Alison Coates & Rajeshree Dessai, are settling in nicely into their leadership role and hosted their first online event post AGM on 25 May 2023.

Our esteemed speaker was Dr Bill Price shared with us How to create your sustainable and successful integrated coaching/mentoring business – the neuroscience way. We learnt that since any successful coaching business relies on clients it is important to know what worth you bring for your clients. If you cannot confidently tell you clients what will happen if they don’t hire you, then you yourself don’t believe in your abilities.

Dr Price drew a lot in his talk from personal experience. It was refreshing to attend a talk with no slides, instead Dr Price started with a clean white board and sketched throughout his talk to demonstrate what goes on in the mind. The object of neuroscience is to change the reality of what is in the mind. Thank you to all who attended – it was wonderful to see that the event had a good attendance.

Save the date for KZN Chapter’s turn to host the supervision committee. Details as follows.
 

  • Date: 22 June 2023
  • Time: 18h30 (via Zoom)

 
Wishing all our coaches, mentors and supervisors who are fathers/father figures a very happy and enjoyable fathers’ day.

And don’t forget to enjoy the public holiday on 16th June.               
           
Mindful reflections

Alison Coates (Chair), Rajeshree Dessai (Deputy Chair)

June 2023 WC News
 
Greetings to everyone from the Western Cape!
 
In this last month, we were reminded at the national AGM, of the significant role that we play as an organisation to support the development of coaches and mentors. As a chapter, we were pleased to see the strides toward professionalising coaching that has been made by the COMENSA National Leadership team, and the supporting committees and chapters. We acknowledge and commend our Leaders for leading from the front and providing the space for us to learn from and celebrate our successes as an organisation, while also recognising the value in reflecting on our areas for development and growth.
 
As a member organisation, it is important that each of us play our role in making COMENSA an organisation where we contribute, bring our expertise and experience, and identify/request areas where we see the need for further development. As the Western Cape Chapter, we are committed to this and to supporting our national strategy. We invite you join us in this.
 
The Western Cape chapter would like to thank our outgoing National President, Mokadi Mathye, for his service to COMENSA. We have appreciated your leadership over the last four years, and we wish you well as you now serve in the capacity of Past President.
 
Our next event will be a face-to-face event in July. Do keep your eye on your emails for more details and speaker information.
 
For now, save the date and plan to join us!
 
DATE:  Thursday, 20 July 2023
VENUE: TBC
 
Sending you all best wishes,
Claudio, Teresa, Paul and Merlinda

June 2023 NewsFlash: GP

GP Chapter colleagues, your support and participation at the National AGM is highly appreciated.

At the time of going to print, we were on the verge of our first strategic planning engagement (27 May 2023) as the newly elected committee of the Chapter. Our deliberations and proposals will be circulated in due course for broader engagement.

Our theme for the month of June revolves around: “Empowering the youth through coaching and mentorship”. We dedicate this month to youth empowerment. We acknowledge the contributions that our youth have made in our country, in particular their technological skills, and mastery. These skills contribute to the country’s artificial intelligence enhancement. We understand the challenges the youth face relating to peer pressure and the high unemployment rates. We intend to contribute to empowering them to be job creators, not job seekers.

As part of the Gauteng Chapter’s efforts to attract the youth to the job creation and skills production sphere, we would like to invite at least 2 x COMENSA: GP members who are classified as youth to join us to serve in the GP Chapter Committee. Please forward your profile / brief curriculum vitae to Membership Secretary: Motshidisi Letloenyane 061 473 8741. We are ready to receive and journey with you as we build the COMENSA of the future.

Our own GP Chapter Secretary: Joyce Baloyi was an active participant at the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) “Masterclass on Ethics”. She was one of the speakers on Ethics in Coaching, Counselling and Mentoring”. Thank you Joy-joy for making us proud and congratulations on rising to the challenge.

Please join us in welcoming Mohau Mphomela to the seat of GP Chapter Chairperson, as elected in our April AGM.

From the new Chairperson to outgoing Chair: Tsietsi Telite: “Thank you sincerely and dearly for your leadership and contribution to the chapter in the last two years.
Let’s welcome Peter Manyaka and Gabi Gumbi-Masilela to the Chapter Committee. They have volunteered to serve with us in making a valuable contribution to the growth and development of the coaching and mentoring fraternity in Gauteng and beyond.

Please remember those who fell on the 16 June 1976, in the struggle for the betterment of the education and livelihood of the African child. Our hearts and minds are with their families and the nation as we look back at what has been. In the process of looking back, we also ponder what could be and what ought to be. We will use our coaching and mentoring platform to deal with these and a whole host of other critical focus areas in our personal and professional capacities.

Congratulations to the other Provincial Chapters on successfully holding their respective AGM’s.

We are currently trying to stabilize the structure of the chapter to be able to host physical / inhouse events seamlessly

Thank you Mokadi for your leadership as President. Your contributions and continued participation is valued.
Please remember to:

  • Renew / update your membership;
  • Start or continue with your credentialing journey;
  • Visit the COMEMSA website to update your information. It takes 15 minutes. Forgot the password? Reach out to the Administrator to reset it.

Yours in service: Mohau Mphomela (in-coming Chairperson), Joyce Baloyi, Motshidisi Letloenyane, Vesper Nkoane and Tsietsi Telite (final write up and official sign-off as Chair of the GP Chapter).

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