About Us

Who We Are

CREATE is a non-profit organisation (NPO) based in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. The focus is on advocacy for disability rights and community based rehabilitation (CBR) in its broadest sense. The work is with disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), groups of parents with children with disabilities, groups of youth with disabilities, and includes engagement with communities, municipalities and government departments as well as other NPOs and businesses.

CREATE has expertise in training and advocacy work to facilitate the participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in society. The staff are skilled at developing participatory training courses supported with interactive materials for participants at a variety of literacy levels in both English and isiZulu. The advocacy and lobbying activities take place at local, provincial, national and even international levels. In 2010 CREATE spearheaded the writing of the first shadow report on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) from South Africa. 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 Funders

Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (Felm)

Kindernothilfe e.V (KNH)

European Union (EIDHR)

Community Chest

Our Partners

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA)

Office of the Premier

Gay and Lesbian Network (GLN)

KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC)


Department of Social Development (DSD)

Justice and Women



Tholulwazi Uzivikele

Disability Action Research Team (DART)

Our Team

Mandisa Mkhize

Mandisa Mkhize

Administration Officer

Mandisa joined CREATE in August 2019 and is employed as the organisations administrator.  Mandisa has a certificate in project management.  Mandisa is a friendly, meticulous and highly organised person who even though she has been with us for a very short time, is already bringing great value to the organisation using her previously acquired work experience and skills.

Bongiwe Zuma

Bongiwe Zuma

Senior Advocacy Officer

Mrs Bongi Zuma, who is disabled herself and the parent of a child with a disability, trained as a Community Rehabilitation Facilitator (CRF) during 1997-1998 at the Institute of Urban Primary Health Care, Gauteng, She joined Sarah Rule in establishing CREATE in 1999 in Pietermaritzburg. She is currently involved in running workshops on disability rights for traditional leaders, in assisting rural women with disabilities to access health, land and justice and in supporting parents of children with disabilities in forming support groups and addressing the violation of children’s rights. She is about to graduate as a Paralegal practitioner. 

Nokulunga Radebe

Nokulunga Radebe

Advocacy Officer

Ms Lungi Radebe trained as a Community Rehabilitation Facilitator (CRF) during 1996 – 1997 at the Institute of Urban Primary Health Care, Gauteng, She has worked for CREATE in different capacities since 2002. She is an experienced community worker and also has experience in working with non-government organisations, pastors, parents of children with disabilities, savings groups and traditional leaders to assist them to become disability inclusive.

Bongiwe Mbona

Bongiwe Mbona

Assistant Advocacy Officer

Mrs Bongiwe Mbona 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 being employed by Red Cross as a home-based carer. She conducts workshops with parents of children with disabilities, enabling 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

Mr Archie (Anton) has worked at Community-based Rehabilitation Education and Training for Empowerment (CREATE) since 2016.  His work includes facilitation of workshops on community-based rehabilitation (CBR) and disability inclusion as well as empowerment, work readiness and goal setting for youth with disabilities. His training includes the Bill of Rights of the South African 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.

Nompilo Mtungwa Dlamini

Nompilo Mtungwa Dlamini

Assistant CBR Trainer

Mrs Nompilo Dlamini who joined CREATE in 2014 in involved in programmes empowering youth with disabilities and people with disabilities, including parents of children with disabilities, in setting up savings groups in rural areas, in partnership with SAVE ACT.

Our Board

Peta Diack

Peta Diack

Board Chairperson since April 2017

Mrs Peta Diack qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Witwatersrand in 1982. She has been associated with CREATE since its inception in 1998. She currently works at KwaZamokuhle School for the Disabled, a Special School in Ephangweni, near Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal. She has a special interest in Cerebral Palsy (CP) and is a qualified Neurodevelopmental Therapist (NDT). She was a founding member in 1991 of the KwaZamokuhle CBR Project which is supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Mission (ELM) in Germany and served on that Management Committee until 2018. She is a committed advocate for the rights of children living with disabilities and a member of the Fundisisiswe Bursary Fund, funded by N3TC which supports the secondary and tertiary education of 18 learners with disabilities. She has a private practice in Estcourt.

Saul Cobbing

Saul Cobbing

Board Member since August 2017

Dr Saul Cobbing is a qualified Physiotherapist and Biokineticist, and currently a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal (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 under-resourced district in KZN.

Dr Keith Wimble

Dr Keith Wimble

Board Treasurer since April 2019

Dr Keith Wimble is a medical doctor – MB. BCh. (Rand) and has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Cape Town (UCT). He was the President of Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Commerce (PCC) in 1985, and the Director of The Valley Trust from 1992 – 2006. Presently he is a businessman and a Primary Health Care (PHC) Consultant.

Busisiwe (Zama) Ximba

Busisiwe (Zama) Ximba

Board member since June 2017

Ms Busisiwe Ximba is an admitted attorney having studied law and graduated with a postgraduate Bachelor Laws degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in 2015. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in philosophy, politics and law from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (PMB). She joined Randles Incoporated in 2015, for her articles of apprenticeship, which she completed in 2018. She is versatile using her legal knowledge and expertise for the greater good of the community. She also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the KwaZulu-Natal Language Institute in Pietermaritzburg.

Mr Qaphela Professor Dlamini

Mr Qaphela Professor Dlamini

Board member since November 2019

Qaphela Dlamini, an Educator at KwaZamokuhle Special School near Estcourt, KZN for the past 5 years, teaches Mathematics to Grades 4 – 7. As a wheelchair user he holds the position of KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Convener. He is also the chairperson of Fundisisizwe Bursary and Mathematics Educators Coordinator of the Lower Loskop Cluster. Being born in Enyezane Loskop in 1986 he attended KwaZamokuhle special school and then matriculated at AmaHlubi High School in 2006. He studied for a Bachelor of Education (BA) in Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy at the University of Zululand from 2009 – 2013. He completed his honours degree in Education (Leadership and Management) at University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2018. He is currently enrolled for a Masters degree in Education. In April 2019 he was invited by the University of Tennessee, United States of America, to receive an award for ‘Developing Sports for Disabled People in Rural Areas’.