SAAP takes a new direction

At the Annual General Meeting of the Southern African Association for Pastoral Work (SAAP) it was decided that SAAP will cease to exist as an independent body and will amalgamate with the Association for Ministry Training Practitioners (AMTP) to form a new body, the Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP).

SAAP’s members consist of practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and areas of application, varying from lay pastoral workers, counsellors, chaplains, pastors, ministers and specialist counsellors to private practitioners, family and marriage counsellors, trauma counsellors and mediators.

ACRP will apply for SAQA accreditation to be recognised as a professional statutory body in accordance with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act of 2008 ACRP.

 

It was decided that SAAP will cease to exist as an independent body and will amalgamate with the Association for Ministry Training Practitioners (AMTP) to form a new body, the Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP).

 

The statutory status will be different to that of the HPCSA and the SACSSP since the law requires a specific professional category (e.g. health workers or social workers) in order to register with any of these bodies.

Before legislation could be considered, parliament has to be convinced of the need of a body such as ACRP as well as a list of members. The formation of the new body would be a step in this direction.

The 2016 SAAP Conference with the theme “Healing as a Pastoral Challenge” was held on 4 and 5 March in Pretoria. The keynote speaker was Prof Wentzel Coetzer of North West University and workshops were presented by Dr Johan Dill, Prof Elijah Baloyi and Ms Mantoa Nzeku.

SAAP was established in 1991 with the aim to associate, affiliate and represent people who are interested in the study of, training in and responsible exercise of pastoral work in Southern Africa.

 


 

 

 

Roux winner of 2016 Exxaro Arnot Coal Innovation Award 

Dr Johann RouxDr Johann Roux, Managing Director of the Institute of Transdisciplinary Development (ITD) in Centurion, received the 2016 Exxaro Arnot Coal Innovation Award in February. As a consultant Roux is the first non-employee of the company to receive this kind of recognition.

Roux facilitated a Relationship by Objectives (RBO) process at Arnot Coal on 11 and 12 February last year (2015). Both management and organised labour were part of the process. Management identified this process as it was strategically aligned with the relationship building between the two parties.

Prior to ITD’s involvement Arnot Coal experienced relational problems between management and organised labour, resulting in a negative culture, resulting in production performance and bonus targets not being met. The BU Manager approved to have a RBO process done and both management and organised labour attended a session over two days. A number of milestones were reached and as a result production performance started to pick up and employees qualified for bonus for the first time in six years.

Absenteeism declined and there was a positive climate at the mine. The positive relationship between management and organised labour carried the mine among others through a wage negotiation strike.

Absenteeism declined and there was a positive climate at the mine. The positive relationship between management and organised labour carried the mine among others through a wage negotiation strike.

The remarkable aspect is that there has been a continual support from both sides during these challenging times.  

Influence and continual check-ins yielded benefits, which when compared to previous years, had positive, sustainable and satisfactory results for the mine and Exxaro in general.

The group ER Manager requested Arnot to share the successes with other ER Managers, Exxaro-wide.

ITD employs participatory practices to transform complex behaviour in both individuals and communities. Based on experience gained over the last ten years ITD has developed skills to address complex challenges and to improve personal and group interaction across a diverse spectrum of social contexts and capabilities.  

Visit www.itd.ac.za for more information.

 


 

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