About Us

Who We Are

CREATE is a non-government organisation based in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa.  We focus on advocacy for disability rights and community based rehabilitation in its broadest sense. We work with disabled people’s organisations, parents groups, communities, municipalities and government departments as well as other NGOs and businesses.

Our expertise is in training and advocacy work.  We are skilled at developing participatory training courses supported with interactive materials for participants at a variety of literacy levels in both English and isiZulu.  Our advocacy and lobbying activities take place at local, provincial, national and even international levels.  CREATE spearheaded the writing of the first shadow report on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities from South Africa in 2010.  A section of this report was read to the United Nations Conference of State parties in New York in September 2010 by the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, Mr Shuaib Chalklen.

Our History

CBR Education and Training for Empowerment (CREATE) was formed as a Section 21 (not for profit) company in March 2001.  Prior to this Sarah Rule and Bongi Zuma had been operating in KwaZulu Natal as a branch of the Institute of Urban Primary Health Care from Alexandra township in Gauteng.

Initially CREATE ran a community based rehabilitation (CBR) course for mid-level workers called community rehabilitation facilitators.  This course was accredited and a continuation of training initiated at Alexandra Health Centre in 1991.  Unfortunately due to a change in policy of the Occupational Therapy Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, CREATE was required to close down the mid-level CBR training at the end of 2006.

Subsequently CREATE has diversified its work to encompass more aspects of community based rehabilitation, particularly as the concept of CBR has developed internationally.  CREATE was involved in the pilot and field testing and implementation of inclusive education in KwaZulu Natal from 2001 to 2009.  CREATE also assisted the national Department of Social Development to pilot test and train personnel in CBR from 2009 to 2011.

In this website you will also see work that we have done on disability-inclusive development; HIV, sexuality and disability; justice for people with disabilities; advocacy for disability rights; assisting youth with disabilities to access livelihood opportunities and training a variety of personnel.  All these are linked to our understanding of community based rehabilitation.

Our Mission & Values

CREATE strives to promote Community Based Rehabilitation and disability rights in southern Africa and to train people in rehabilitation and disability issues in a way that empowers them and their communities.

CREATE’s core business is advocacy for disability rights and disability and rehabilitation training. CREATE has a number of projects that it is currently running including advocacy for the implementation of Community Based Rehabilitation in South Africa, training youth and adults with disabilities on sexuality and HIV, preparing youth with disabilities for employment and working with traditional leaders in KwaZulu Natal to reduce discrimination against people with disabilities.

CREATE currently works throughout KwaZulu Natal and in other provinces of South Africa if so requested. We work directly with people with disabilities and their families as well as service providers such as VCT counsellors, educators and therapists.

CREATE works with other non-government organisations such as Tholulwazi Uzivikele, Disability Action Research Team and Lifeline Pietermaritzburg. We also work with government departments such as the Office of the Premier of KwaZulu Natal, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

Our Partners

Local

Disability Action Research Team (DART)

An organisation that does disability research and evaluations in southern Africa
dart@sai.co.za

 

Tholulwazi Uzivikele

One of the Oxfam Australia partner organisations
www.tuproject.org

 

Lifeline

 

JAW(JUSTICE AND WOMEN)

 

Gay and Lesbian Network

 

KRCC-KZN Regional

 

Office of the Premier

 

Save Act

 

COGCTA

 

KZNCC

 

DSD

 

Disability Forum Members

 

RURISA

Internationally

CBR Africa Network

A network of CBR and disability organisations throughout Africa that produces publications and hosts an African CBR conference
www.afri-can.org

 

Kindernothilfe e.V.

One of CREATE’s donors
www.kindernothilfe.de

 

 

EU

FELM

Our Team

Bongiwe Zuma

Bongiwe Zuma

Senior Advocacy Officer

Bongi is a trained Community Rehabilitation Facilitator who is disabled herself. She is also a parent of a child with a disability. She has set up and worked in a number of CBR projects throughout KwaZulu Natal. Bongi is currently involved in running workshops on disability for traditional leaders.  She is also involved in supporting groups of parents of children with disabilities. She has worked for CREATE as a CBR worker over 17 years and she is currently studying to become a Paralegal.  Bongi is currently part of the management committee that is steering CREATE’s day to day running until a new Managing Director can be appointed.

 

Adwoa Milumba

Adwoa Milumba

Staff Finance Officer

Mrs Adwoa Milumba joined CREATE in March 2019 as the financial officer. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree in accounting obtained  from the University of Kwazulu-Natal. She has more than 5 years experience in financial  accounting and auditing .She is also a member of the Golden Key Honor society.

Bongiwe Mbona

Bongiwe Mbona

Assistant Advocacy Officer

Bongiwe joined CREATE in September 2017. She has an Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) qualification from the University of South Africa (UNISA). She has experience in community work previously employed by Red Cross as a home-based carer. She conducts workshops with parents of children with disabilities, to enable them to form support groups in rural areas, and to form savings groups. She trains community care givers (CCGs) deployed by the KZN Department of Health in the Ward Based Outreach Teams (WBOTS) on inclusive health which includes an orientation to disability rights and different forms of impairments that may result in disability in children, youth and adults.   Her work also covers access to justice for persons with disability in rural areas.

Anton Archie Roberts

Anton Archie Roberts

CBR Trainer

Archie (Anton) has worked at Community-based Rehabilitation Education and Training for Empowerment (CREATE) as the CBR trainer since 2016.  His work includes facilitation of workshops on community-based rehabilitation (CBR) and disability inclusion as well as work readiness and goal setting for youth with disabilities. His training includes the Bill of Rights of the S.A. Constitution, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (WPRPD).  He is involved with fund raising, the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) portfolio and writing reports.

 

Nokulunga Radebe

Nokulunga Radebe

Advocacy Officer

Lungi is a trained Community Rehabilitation Facilitator who has worked for CREATE in different capacities over the years. She is an experienced community worker and she also has experience in working with non-government organisations, pastors, parents, savings groups to assist them to become disability inclusive.

Nompilo Mtungwa Dlamini

Nompilo Mtungwa Dlamini

Assistant CBR Trainer

Nompilo is a person with a disability who has experience of working with youth with disabilities.  She currently works with savings groups comprised of people with disabilities.  She also works with Anton Archie Roberts in the youth empowerment project.

Bongiwe Princess Kunene

Bongiwe Princess Kunene

Administrative Officer

Princess joined CREATE on the 10 September 2018. She has a number of years of admin experience. She has a National Diploma in Management obtained from Durban University of Technology (DUT) in PMB  and has also furthered her studies and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education obtained from UNISA.

Mr Thulasizwe Zungu

Driver

Bongi is a trained Community Rehabilitation Facilitator who is disabled herself. She is also a parent of a child with a disability. She has set up and worked in a number of CBR projects throughout KwaZulu Natal. Bongi is currently involved in running workshops on disability for traditional leaders.  She is also involved in supporting groups of parents of children with disabilities. She has worked for CREATE as a CBR worker over 17 years and she is currently studying to become a Paralegal.  Bongi is currently part of the management committee that is steering CREATE’s day to day running until a new Managing Director can be appointed. 

 

Mr Thokozani Eugene Ndlovu

Part Time Driver/Gardner

Bongiwe is working as an Assistant Advocacy officer and joined CREATE in September 2017. She has experience in community work. She is conducting workshops with parents of children with disabilities, inclusive health workshops for community health  persons (CCG) and access to justice for PWDS. She has obtained ABET qualification Certificates at UNISA.

 

Miss Zanele Ntshangase

Part Time Cleaner

Bongiwe is working as an Assistant Advocacy officer and joined CREATE in September 2017. She has experience in community work. She is conducting workshops with parents of children with disabilities, inclusive health workshops for community health  persons (CCG) and access to justice for PWDS. She has obtained ABET qualification Certificates at UNISA.

 

Our Board

Peta Diack

Peta Diack

Chairperson

Peta Diack qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Witwatersrand in 1982 and currently works at Kwazamokuhle School for the Disabled which is a Special School in Ephangweni, Kwazulu Natal.

She has special interest in Cerebral Palsy and is a qualified Neurodevelopmental Therapist. She also has a private practice in Estcourt.

Peta was a founding member of the Kwazamokuhle CBR Project. She is an advocate for the rights of children living with disabilities. She is a member of the Fundisisiswe Bursary Fund which is funded by N3TC and supports the secondary and tertiary education of 18 pupils with disabilities.

Peta lives in Mooiriver and is married to Craig.  She is the proud mother to Megan and Mathew.

Dr Saul Cobbing

Dr Saul Cobbing

Board Member

Dr Saul Cobbing is a qualified Physiotherapist and Biokineticist, and currently is a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, UKZN. His duties include teaching and supervising research for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He graduated with a PhD in Physiotherapy in April 2017 and is currently a fellow on the College of Health Science’s Developing Research, Innovation, Localization and Leadership in South Africa (DRILL) Programme. His post-doctoral research aims to develop and implement community interventions for the rehabilitation of people living with HIV and other chronic diseases, in an under-resourced district in KZN. He is married and has two children, Daniel (8) and Lola (6).

Dr Pam Mclaren Secretary

Dr Kieth Wimble Treasurer

Mr Nathi Ngubane

Ms Busisiwe Ximba

Mr Qaphela Dlamini

Ms Cebisile Sibisi