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.
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.
Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (Felm)
Kindernothilfe e.V (KNH)
European Union (EIDHR)
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
Disability Action Research Team (DART)
Duduzile Radebe is a feminist and social justice activist. Her activism commenced as a young person in structures such as Women’s National Coalition, Jubilee 2000 South Africa and Youth for Work. Her working experience has intentionally been within in the Civil Society sector, as early as 1997, in organisations such as SANGOCO, CARE South Africa Lesotho, and Foundation for Human Rights, Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) and currently as a Managing Director of CREATE-CBR, since March 2020. Dudu is committed to advocating, defending and to being in solidarity with marginalised individuals and groups for a transformed society, one which restores their and puts them at the front of their own struggle justice.
Audrey joined CREATE in July 2020 as Finance Officer. She has 15 years NGO Finance and Administration with International and local organisations.
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.
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.
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.
Rev. Lesego Temane
CBR Assistant Trainer
Rev Lesego Martha Temane is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA). She is a mother, a friend, a comrade, a sister, and a feminist advocating for women`s liberation from all forms of oppression and all types of abuse.
She is a PhD student at the University of KwaZulu Natal in the Gender and Religious studies cohort. She joined Hospivision in 2014 and practices in healing ministry for the sick. She is also a voluntary therapist specializing in group therapy for the youth and couple`s therapy. She is a volunteer therapist at Steve Biko Hospital under Hospivision, specializing in trauma counselling. She is registered with the South African Association of Pastoral as a Pastoral Therapist NQF Level 5 as a Pastoral Therapist. She is a member of The Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. She is a member of #WeWillSpeakOut and offer support for victims of GBV. She is a member of Lutheran Action Against Gender Based Violence, advocating for women and creating awareness within the church about GBV issues. She is a founder member of Beauty of a Goddess, and organization that journeys with young people in healing past hurtful memories.
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.
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.
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
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
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’.
Linda Ngidi is an assistant director in Capacity Building Strategy at Cogta. Her greatest achievement has been working together with a team of disabled colleagues to form the Cogta Disability Forum which has been instrumental in contientising the Department about disability awareness activities/programmes which have given rise to lots of positive achievements. She is now serving as a CREATE Board Member from August 2019 where she contributes positively in the running of the organisation.
Esther Wanjiru Odindo
Esther Wanjiru Odindo is a qualified Certified Public Accountant – Kenya (Section IV) with extensive experience in administration and finance with a demonstrated history of working with the non-governmental sector in Kenya for more than 10 years. Esther is skilled in Corporate Social Responsibility, Financial Accounting, Auditing and Financial Analysis. She has a passion for societal problems and has been involved in several initiatives, mobilising support and resources for vulnerable groups in society including orphans and senior citizens. She has also a strong interest in public advocacy and support for community-led lobbies mobilising for improved service delivery to local residents and for community empowerment. Currently, she is working as the Secretary/Church Administrator at St Mathews Church, Hayfields in Pietermaritzburg.
Cebisile Sibisi joined the CREATE Board in 2019. She studied at University of KwaZulu-Natal where she acquired her honours degree in a Bachelor of Commerce in Industrial Relations. She is currently employed at KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury as a Human Resource Manager and Development Officer.
Noluthando “TeeGee” Gasa is a social justice activist who has been appointed as the new People’s Theology coordinator at the uJamaa Centre for Biblical and Theological Community development and Research based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal at the Pietermaritzburg campus. Her passion is community activism, advocacy and giving a voice to the marginalised in the community. As a person living with albinism, she understands being marginalised and has made it her goal to stand in solidarity with those from disadvantaged and marginalised communities. She has a Bachelor of Theology and is studying towards an Honours degree in Theology, under the programme of Gender, Religion and Health. As a development practitioner she, has worked on gender, HIV/AIDs, youth and a bit on economic justice issues. The motto “nothing about us, without us” resonates deeply with her. She has been a part of organisations like PACSA which are known for their contribution in the work of social justice and activism.
Nomvelo Phungula has over 18 years of experience in public health program especially for Orphans and Vulnerable Populations and HIV/AIDS implementation. She has worked both in the public and private sectors, holding positions with South African Provincial and District Health Departments as well as the Non-Governmental Organisations. She is currently doing PHD in Nursing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and hold Master’s degree in Public Health, Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Bachelor degree in Social Science as well as other qualifications like diploma in Health Management Diploma and others.