AWF - Anglican Women's Fellowship

Ms Esther Pietersen
36 Concorde Road, Ext 1, Eldorado Park, 1811
011 945 4428  ❘  073 179 3032 
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Bernard Mizeki Guild

Orange Farm

Mr Thobile Mntonga 
7131 Ext 4 Orange Farm 
073 238 1525  

Sebokeng

Revd Douglas Msuthu 
788 Zone 10 Sebokeng 1982
016 592 1299  ❘  073 088 9139

Brotherhood of St. Andrew

Mr Thabiso Mosabala
C/o P.O Box 5, Sebokeng 1982
082 425 1484

Children Ministry

Mrs Mavis Arendse
C/o P.O Box 80, Mondeor, 2110 
011 332 2657  
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DWDP - Diocesan Women's Development Project

Mrs Queen Poonyane
1546 Zone 3 Ext 3 Sebokeng 1984
016 593 5699  ❘  0793717917

Diocesan Counselling Ministry

Ms Estelle August
C/o P.O Box 80 Mondeor 2110 
011433 8838

Diocesan HIV/AIDS Ministry

SIYAFUNDISA

By Ordridge Dingalo


In 2005 The Anglican Aids & Healthcare Trust in Cape Town received funds from the USAID as part of HIV prevention in South Africa. Through this initiative the Diocese of Christ the King played a very important role in piloting the youth HIV prevention programme called Siyafundisa. The programme came to an end in September 2010 because it was given 5 years and since then no activities took place. Seeing a positive difference that the programme has brought to the lives of young people, Fr George Palmer ensured that the programme resumes at St Nicholas-Ennerdale.

I was requested to conduct a series of peer education workshops at St Nicholas in March 2012 and it was an awesome experience which reminded me of the days I used to run the programme alongside Mr Joseph Mokhosi and Ms Jeanette Mofokeng under the mentorship of the diocesan HI/AIDS Coordinator Ms Nandi Tshaka. The workshops were very well received and below is what Janelle Reyneke had to say about them:

“When we were asked to join the Siyafundisa group I was extremely negative. I sat there remembering the times we all got called out on a Sunday morning and a group of youngsters would ask us questions about peer pressure or whatever subject they choose. The presentation was boring nothing seemed planned and no one showed any interest in what was happening.

I was ready for a long and boring start to the training but have since changed my way of thinking. The training started and it is really hectic but with lots of interaction, role play and also input from others it’s been great. The training is facilitated in a way where we can have fun and learn. It makes for positive changes in terms of knowledge, skills, attitude and confidence. There is a strong emphasis on personal development and we can all benefit from credible, up-to-date, relevant and fun inputs delivered by our facilitators and the group with whom we can identify and build positive relationships with.”

Research has proven that most young people talk, think and learn best about sensitive topics with other young people therefore the main purpose of these workshops was to create a safe environment for young people to ask questions, make mistakes and address their challenges. Topics that were discussed included:

· Communication

· Conflict Resolution

· Assertiveness

· Self Esteem

· How to deal with Abuse

· Risky Behaviour

During the feedback session, this is what Dineo Nhlapo had to say:

“Lights, camera, ROLE PLAY! In conflict resolution, we were given scenarios where we had to resolve the conflict using techniques recently acquired. Although no-one was an actor or actress by nature, which made for much comic relief, how conflict was resolved was related well by each pair. We all certainly learned about alternative techniques to use when one finds themselves in a conflict situation.

At the end of the exercises, we learnt that our perception of an individual can be wrong if we don’t take the time to learn about the individual and the situation they find themselves in. This is a crucial character trait of a peer educator, as we need to be non-judgemental when an individual discloses the position they find themselves in. On this training not only did we learn from our facilitator, but learnt from each other. The information gained will enable further education amongst our peers.”