What is COMENSA

WHAT IS COMENSA

COACHES & MENTORS
OF SOUTH AFRICA

Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA), a non-profit company and public benefit organisation established in 2006, continues to serve as the globally and SAQA recognised, self-regulatory, professional body for coaching and mentoring in South Africa. [NPC 2005/017895/08 and PBO 930062515].

We provide a platform for stakeholders to engage, educate, exchange, and evolve in pursuit of best practice. To achieve this we ensure the professional competence of coaches and mentors and support their ongoing evolution through the promotion of ethical behaviour and continued education, and networking opportunities within our coaching and mentoring community.

WHAT IS COMENSA

COACHES & MENTORS OF SOUTH AFRICA

Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA), a non-profit company and public benefit organisation established in 2006, continues to serve as the globally and SAQA recognised.

THE BOARD OF COMENSA

ABOUT COMENSA

COMENSA is led by a volunteer group of our members, all of whom are coaching or mentoring professionals. The portfolio chairs constitute our board.

Mohau Mphomela

Mohau Mphomela (MBL) Unisa SBL, is the founder of Lead Africa Coaching (PTY) LTD, a Life, Business, Leadership, Executive & Management coach and a Credentialed Senior Coach with Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA). He is a member of the COMENSA Coaching Supervision Portfolio Committee and a qualified and accredited Coaching Supervisor. Mohau has been practicing as a coach for the past 13 years. He holds an Executive and Global Leadership Perspective acquired from Duke University (Delhi India). He has held several Executive and Chairmanship positions of both Private and Public sector companies and organisations in South Africa and regards himself as a globe trotter who has been to over 55 countries and also travelled to both the North Pole (Artic Regions) and South Pole (Antarctica).

Veronica Wantenaar

Veronica is an executive coach, coach mentor, coach supervisor and global change and transition specialist. She is a Director of Chameleon Skills based in UK and South Africa. With over 35 years of business consulting she works with organisations, teams and individuals.

Mokadi Max Mathye

Mokadi Max Mathye (CMP, F.Inst.D, MA,MBL, MPhil, PBCP) is the Director and National President of Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA) since 22nd May 2019 and is currently serving his second term subsequent to 20th May 2021. He is also the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of COMENSA.

Joanne Searle

Jo CA (SA), is the Chair of the Supervision Portfolio Committee and has been a member since its inception. She is a Coach Supervisor, Business and Team Coach working in Africa, USA and Europe. Jo is also currently Co-Chair of The Association of Coach Supervisors, an international membership community and a source of good practice for coaching and coach supervision. Joanne is passionate about the professionalism of coaching and believes that coach supervision is core to our professionalism as coaches.

Joyce Baloyi

Joyce Baloyi is a Transition Coach, Psychometrist and Lecturer She specialises in human resources, leadership development, change management, team building, training and development and coaching. She has relevant experience from various organisations such as the University of South Africa, Business Partners, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and Lehlogonolo HR Consulting.

Sally Witherden

Sally is a Transitional Career & Life Coach and NLP Practitioner, serving her first term as Chair of the Marketing Committee. She has over 30 years of marketing experience, coaching and mentoring many young graduates to become marketers over the years and now focuses on career and life change on all levels.

David Davis

David Davis (Ba. Hons. MBA) is a Leadership, Business and Financial Coach with extensive Executive and Director experience in multiple industries, cultures, and international levels. David is the Founder/Director of BeyondPossible, which provides Leadership Development, Business Coaching and Financial Inclusion development to many well-known organisations nationally and internationally. David Chairs the Investigations Portfolio Committee.

Theresa Vivian Moila

Theresa Vivian Moila is a qualified Social Worker with an MBA. She has over 20 years experience in Senior Management positions. She has done coaching and mentorship for more than 15 years. She is the current Chairperson of the new established Audit, Risk and Finance (ARF) Committee.

Ajay Jivan

Dr Ajay Jivan leads the thought leadership, research, and alliances at the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP). He co-leads the project to review the HR Standards and is responsible for the professional body’s learning quality assurance and continuing professional development functions. During May to July of 2022, he served as the Acting CEO. He is an experienced senior manager in human capital management with board, policy, and strategy-level experience. His core purpose is the creation of value and sustainable talent, leadership, and organisations. He served on the Ministerial Task Team on Professionalisation of the Public Service. He previously held diverse roles in the public, education, and non-profit sectors. These include management, consulting, research and development, and academic roles. He attained his doctoral degree at the Wits Business School and published in peer-review journals and an academic textbook on people analytics.

Yolandi Dercksen

Yolandi has over 20 years extensive coaching, training, skills development & mentoring experience. She is a registered SETA & QCTO facilitator, assessor & moderator. She is a qualified Occupationally Directed- Education, Training & Development Practitioner and has the following experience & certification: Freight forwarding & Customs Compliance; Skills Development Facilitator; Advanced Certificate in procurement and supply operations; DIPLOMA in Occupationally Directed – Education Training & Development; Master NeuroCoach; NLP Practitioner and iEQ9 Enneagram Practitioner . Yolandi is a Credentialed COMENSA Master Coach & Credentialed Senior Mentor. Yolandi has been a member of COMENSA since 2018 and has served on the MCSC committee for 5 years.

Hudson Maila

Hudson is a qualified and accredited Coaching Supervisor with the Coaching Supervision Academy (CSA, Switzerland) and the Association of Coaching Supervision (AoCS); as well as a Registered Supervisor with COMENSA. He has been a team member of the COMENSA Supervision Portfolio Committee and had a stint as a Guest Lecture on Coaching Supervision for Coaches-In-Training at a master’s degree level. He is part of a Network of Internal Coaches at the largest Water Utility in Africa, and currently serving as a Senior Manager for ≥ 12 years. Overall, Hudson has been involved in coaching and mentoring since 2006, mainly in the Built Environment and the Water Sector.

Ashnee Naidoo

Ashnee is an Executive and Life Coach. She has been a member of the COMENSA’s Social and Ethics Committee for 3 years and has chaired the committee for the last 2 years. She is currently serving her second term as the chair of the committee.

CHAPTER CHAIRS

Peter Manyaka

Gauteng Chapter Members
Peter ManyakaChairGPChair@comensa.org.za
Mpho ModisaesiDeputy Chairgpdeputychair@comensa.org.za
Joyce BaloyiChapter Secretarygpsecretary@comensa.org.za
Motshidisi LetloenyanaMembership Secretarymotshidisid@gmail.com 
Maluke MorobeAdditional Member Membershipjrose40.ml@gmail.com
Puseletso Modimogale MarketingPusemodi@gmail.com
Gabi Gumbi MasalesaAdditional MemberEvents:gabzozo@ymail.com

Alison Coates

KZN Chapter Members
Alison CoatesChair kznchair@COMENSA.org.za
Rajeshree Dessai Deputy Chair kzndeputychair@comensa.org.za
   

Claudio Chiste

WC Chapter Members
Claudio Chiste Chairwcchair@comensa.org.za 
Paul FinniganDeputy Chair wcdeputychair@comensa.org.za 
Merlinda AbrahamsWC Eventswcmembership@comensa.org.za
Teresa Muller Membership Secretarywcsecretary@comensa.org.za

Reuben Rammbuda

Limpopo Chapter Members
Reuben Rammbuda Chair lpchair@comensa.org.za 
Maishibe MabelebeleDeputy Chair lpdeputychair@comensa.org.za 
   
Social and Ethics Committee

Hudson Maila – (Committee Chairperson) – sec@comensa.org.za

Gerard Mofolo – (Committee Deputy Chair) – gerard@iggleconsulting.com

Claudio Chiste (Team Member) – claudio@claudiochiste.com

Bongi Ndimande (Team Member) – coachbongie@hisgraceconsultancy.com

Membership Criteria and Standards of Competence Portfolio Committee (MCSC)

Yolandi Dercksen (Chair) – mcsc@comensa.org.za

Andre Retief (Deputy Chair) – mcscdeputy@comensa.org.za 

Sean Fenn (Secretary) – skafenn@outlook.com

Phil Ridgewell (Team Member) – ridgwellphilip@gmail.com

Dr. Bill Price (Team Member) – bill.price@me.com

Gizelle McIntyre (Team Member) – gizelle.mcintyre@gmail.com 

Nobuntu Tintelo (Team Member) – nobuntulo.tintelo@icloud.com 

Supervision Portfolio Committee

Joanne Searle (Chair) – supervision@comensa.org.za

Kirti Carr (Deputy Chair) – kirti@lightsanctuary.co.za

Dominique Nass (Secretary) – dnass@workandplay.co.za

Phil Ridgwell (Team Member) – ridgwellphilip@gmail.com

Gorette Doria (Team Member) – gorette@thepdi.co.za

Mohau Mphomela (Team Member) – mmphomela@gmail.com

Research Portfolio Committee

Joyce Baloyi (Chair) – research@comensa.org.za

Jacques Myburgh (Deputy Chair) – throughthelinecoaching@gmail.com 

Dr Patrick Ebewo (Team Member) – ebewop1@tut.ac.za

Elona Hlatswayo (Team Member) – hlatshwayoe@tut.ac.za

Rosieda Sabodien (Team Member) – shabodien2010@gmail.com 

Marketing Portfolio Committee

Sally Witherden (Chair) – marketing@comensa.org.za

Livashnie Chetty – livashnie55@gmail.com

Mandla Sibindi – mandlas@unakoconsulting.co.za

Peter Bremner – Peter@3peaksconsulting.co.za

People, Culture and Disciplinary Committee

Ashnee Naidoo (Chair) – pcd@comensa.org.za 

Dr Phumzile Mmope (Deputy Chair and representing the Western Cape Chapter) – info@drphumzilemmope.com

Maishibe Mabelebele (Limpopo Chapter) – mashibej@yahoo.com

Vesper Nkoane (Secretary and representing the Gauteng Chapter) – vsprnkn8@gmail.com

Professional Conduct Committee

David Davis (Chair): pcc@comensa.org.za

Steph Dawson-Cosser (Deputy-Chair): steph@stephdawsoncosser.com

Janice Hanly: coach@janicehanly.co.za

Gerry Nel: gerry@gerrynelcoaching.co.za

Ilana Steyn: ilana@companypartners.co.za

Pearl Tshabalala:  pearlly.mashabane@gmail.com

Perpetua Malianga:  pepmuz@gmail.com

Audit, Risk and Finance

Theresa Elvin Moila (Chair) – arf@comensa.org.za 

Jacques van Heerden (Member) – jacques@mufasacoaching.com

Nivi Singh-Kassiram (Member) – hello@nivibusinesscoach.com

Kgadi Maswanganye (Secretary) – maswanganyek@gmail.com

Maishibe Johanna Mabelebele (Member) – mashibej@yahoo.com

Nominations and Governance Committee

Merlinda Abrahams (Secretary) merlinda@chameleonskills.com

Andre Retief – mcsc@comensa.org.za

Raynold Zondo – rzondo@gmail.com

Lesego Mothowamodimo – lesego@mothowamodimo.co.za

Tsietsi Telite – Tsietsi@coach3sixty.co.za

Khanysile Sibeko – sibekokhanyisile1@gmail.com

Cathy Ramokgopa – lpsecretary@comensa.org.za

IT Committee

Lloyd Poleman (Chair) – it@comensa.org.za

POLICIES

COMENSA’s policies serve as guidelines to
inform our and your decisions, and to
produce rational outcomes.

Below is a list of policies for which documents are provided. In addition you will be able to find important documents such as the minutes of our Annual General Meeting.

e.g Privacy policy

Social and Ethics Committee

sec@comensa.org.za

Ashnee Naidoo (Committee Chairperson) – sec@comensa.org.za

Gerard Mofolo (Committee Deputy Chair) – gerard@iggleconsulting.com

Claudio Chiste (Team Member) – claudio@claudiochiste.com

Bongi Ndimande (Team Member) – coachbongie@hisgraceconsultancy.com

Membership Criteria and Standards of Competence Portfolio Committee (MCSC)

mcsc@comensa.org.za

Yolandi Dercksen (Chair) – mcsc@comensa.org.za

Andre Retief (Deputy Chair) – deputymcsc@comensa.org.za

Sean Fenn (Secretary) – skafenn@outlook.com

Phil Ridgewell (Team Member) – ridgwellphilip@gmail.com

Dr. Bill Price (Team Member) – bill.price@me.com

Gizelle McIntyre (Team Member) – gizelle.mcintyre@gmail.com 

Nobuntu Tintelo (Team Member) – nobuntulo.tintelo@icloud.com 

Supervision Portfolio Committee

supervision@comensa.org.za

Jeremy Clampett (Chair) – jeremy@clampett.net
Kirti Carr (Deputy Chair) – kirti@lightsanctuary.co.za
Dominque Nass (Secretary) – dnass@workandplay.co.za
Hudson Maila (Team Member) 
Veronica Wantenaar (Team Member) – investigations@comensa.org.za
Jo Searle (Team Member) – jo@sacoachingcentre.co.za
Phil Ridgwell (Team Member) – ridgwellphilip@gmail.com

Research Portfolio Committee

research@comensa.org.za

Jacques Myburgh (Deputy Chair) – throughthelinecoaching@gmail.com 

Dr Patrick Ebewo (Team Member) – ebewop1@tut.ac.za

Elona Hlatswayo (Team Member) – hlatshwayoe@tut.ac.za

Rosieda Sabodien (Team Member) – shabodien2010@gmail.com 

Marketing Portfolio Committee

marketing@comensa.org.za

Sally Witherden (Chair) – marketing@comensa.org.za

Livashnie Chetty – livashnie55@gmail.com

Mandla Sibindi – mandlas@unakoconsulting.co.za

Peter Bremner – Peter@3peaksconsulting.co.za

Puseletso Modimogale – Pusemodi@gmail.com

People, Culture and Disciplinary Committee

disciplinary@comensa.org.za

Dr Phumzile Mmope (Deputy Chair and representing the Western Cape Chapter) – info@drphumzilemmope.com

Maishibe Mabelebele (Limpopo Chapter) – mashibej@yahoo.com

Vesper Nkoane (Secretary and representing the Gauteng Chapter) – vsprnkn8@gmail.com

Professional Conduct Committee

ppc@comensa.org.za

David Davis (Chair): pcc@comensa.org.za

Steph Dawson-Cosser (Deputy-Chair): steph@stephdawsoncosser.com

Janice Hanly: coach@janicehanly.co.za

Gerry Nel: gerry@gerrynelcoaching.co.za

Ilana Steyn: ilana@companypartners.co.za

Pearl Tshabalala:  pearlly.mashabane@gmail.com

Perpetua Malianga:  pepmuz@gmail.com

Audit, Risk and Finance

Theresa Elvin Moila (Chair) – arf@comensa.org.za 

Jacques van Heerden (Member) – jacques@mufasacoaching.com

Nivi Singh-Kassiram (Member) – hello@nivibusinesscoach.com

Kgadi Maswanganye (Secretary) – maswanganyek@gmail.com

Maishibe Johanna Mabelebele (Member) – mashibej@yahoo.com

Nominations and Governance Committee

Merlinda Abrahams (Secretary) merlinda@chameleonskills.com

Andre Retief – mcsc@comensa.org.za

Raynold Zondo – rzondo@gmail.com

Lesego Mothowamodimo – lesego@mothowamodimo.co.za

Tsietsi Telite – Tsietsi@coach3sixty.co.za

Khanysile Sibeko – sibekokhanyisile1@gmail.com

Cathy Ramokgopa – lpsecretary@comensa.org.za

IT Committee

it@comensa.org.za

Lloyd Poleman (Chair) – it@comensa.org.za

RESEARCH

A wise man once said: “Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what
nobody else has thought.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

If we are not developing our ways of working, we will not be able to serve our clients who are constantly growing and changing. The purpose of COMENSA’s Research Portfolio Committee is to stimulate and encourage research among our coaches and mentors as well as students emerging in the field.

The body of knowledge in evidence-based coaching and mentoring practice is growing rapidly and it is important that members stay abreast with developments in the industry.

There are two approaches to research in this profession, namely academic research and practice-based research. Both of these approaches play a pivotal role in the growth and development of coaches and mentors, and members are encouraged to have a balanced view of both the practice or industry trends as well as the theoretical underpinnings.

We support student researchers by linking them to thought leaders in the field and guiding them to sources of information that will aid their academic research journey.

We have exciting plans to provide more specific research insights on this website. If, in the interim, you require any specific assistance, please send us an email.

Members are able to access our extensive Research Library including:

If we are not developing our ways of working, we will not be able to serve our clients who are constantly growing and changing. The purpose of COMENSA’s Research Portfolio Committee is to stimulate and encourage research among our coaches and mentors as well as students emerging in the field.

The body of knowledge in evidence-based coaching and mentoring practice is growing rapidly and it is important that members stay abreast with developments in the industry.

There are two approaches to research in this profession, namely academic research and practice-based research. Both of these approaches play a pivotal role in the growth and development of coaches and mentors, and members are encouraged to have a balanced view of both the practice or industry trends as well as the theoretical underpinnings.

We support student researchers by linking them to thought leaders in the field and guiding them to sources of information that will aid their academic research journey.

We have exciting plans to provide more specific research insights on this website. If, in the interim, you require any specific assistance, please send us an email.

Members are able to access our extensive Research Library including:

– Research relating to coaching and mentoring

– Useful links to research resources

– A showcase of research project published by COMENSA members

AFFILIATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS & COLLABORATIONS

COMENSA is proud to have the following affiliations, associations and collaborations.

South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

South African Board for People Practices (SABPP)

SIOPSA Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology (SIOPSA)

Professional Bodies against Racism in Coaching

Joint Global Statement Group (JGSG)

CoachHub

Global Code of Ethics (GCoE)

National Mentorship Movement (NMM)

AFFILIATIONS,
ASSOCIATIONS & COLLABORATIONS

COMENSA is proud
to have the following affiliations, associations and collaborations.

South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

South African Board for People Practices (SABPP)

SIOPSA Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology (SIOPSA)

Professional Bodies against Racism in Coaching

Joint Global Statement Group (JGSG)

CoachHub

Global Code of Ethics (GCoE)

National Mentorship Movement (NMM)