Community Mediation & Facilitation

Community Facilitation

We work closely with communities and their leadership, government and stakeholder organisations in efforts to bring about sustainable peace and social cohesion. Our team of community mediators and facilitators understand the nature and drivers of community conflict and have an established track record in the sector.

Our areas of expertise:

  • Crisis interventions in social conflicts
  • Land, housing & services disputes
  • People & parks processes
  • Taxi violence interventions
  • Xenophobic violence
  • Election monitoring & peace work
  • Training, assessments & evaluations
  • Research, facilitation & development projects

We Mediate & Develop.

Nomvuyo Simethu (Vuvu)

Vuvu is passionate about youth and community development. She views her experience of growing up in a township as providing her with a deep understanding of the tough lived realties that youth and local citizen are exposed to on a daily basis across South Africa.

Through her work as a freelance facilitator, Vuvu has acquired a wide range of knowledge, skills, and experience: she designed a Life Skills Programme for youth development in Khayelitsha(CWD); taught students for Contact Centre Nodes (MTG; taught at Woolworths Business Practice and, Triple L Academy) ICB programme for the Department of Social Development; acted as the Project Coordinator for Xenophobia and Gender Survey (HRMC); the Project Manager for a House Audit (DAG) for the unblocking of blocked housing projects in Khayelitsha. More recently Vuvu provided training, coaching and mentoring support for DAG’s Development Facilitator Youth Internship Programme in Khayelitsha. Vuvu also has extensive experience and knowledge on Participatory Action Planning for informal settlement upgrading

Her commitment to community based approaches/projects and workplace learning is reflected in some of her work and interests:  facilitation for different SETAs (TETA, WRSETA); community mobilisation using a participatory and people centred approach; informal settlement upgrading; gender education training and development through different SETA’s; stakeholder management and public participation; and, community development facilitation.

Josette Cole

Josette brings more than 40 years of development, NGO, public sector, policy formulation, para-legal, mentoring, and community-based experience and strategic skills to IR Change Community Facilitation and Development Unit.  Her knowledge and experience derived from years of organizing, working with, and undertaking research (policy-related, community-based, action-research) in urban and rural communities across South Africa for a range of public sector and NGO institutions. She has also served in senior management positions; built a range of institutions; and, is well known for her design of innovative projects and programmes to address diverse development challenges. The combination of her design and strategic thinking, analytical acumen, writing, and grassroots experience adds invaluable knowledge and expertise to the Community Facilitation Service. Josette currently serves as an Honorary Associate on the Archive and Public Culture Research Collective at the University of Cape Town and is a Member of the Dean’s EBE (Engineering and Built Environment) Advisory Board at the University of Cape Town.

Boyisile Mafilika

Boyisile brings a sound understanding and solid experience in community organizing, meeting and workshop facilitation, and research to the Community Facilitation and Development Unit at IR Change.  Boyisile’s knowledge and skills are derived from years of community-based experience as a fieldworker, project officer, researcher, and Ward Councillor. During his tenure as a previous Ward Councillor in Philippi Boyisile gained invaluable on-the-job experience of the challenges facing local government and citizens in the South-east Metro and Cape Metro. During his work at the Development Action Group (DAG), as a Project Support Officer for its housing and internship (youth development) programme, Boyisile was exposed to the challenges facing affordable housing delivery, informal settlement upgrading, and played a key role as a role model and mentor to the youth in Khayelitsha. In summary, Boyisile brings invaluable skills, knowledge, experience and added value to the work of the Community Facilitation and Development Unit.