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"Well done, Adolph and the SAPTA G-team. Again, you have assembled an impressive speaker list and value-creating and industry-relevant topics. Please keep up the very good work. I look forward to attending this Networking and Development event…"
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SAPTA Gauteng Chapter Network and Development at Midrand Training Centre - Midrand

September 10, 2016 from 8:30am to 12:30pm
The Theme of this Networking and Development event is crucial to all trainers and their businesses.The Keynote address on Personal Brand Equity (Derek Hendrickz) will set the scene for the panel discussion which followsThe Panel Discussion will be focussed on what Corporates and Govenment need and want from a trainer when they are In-sourcing them for training Interventions. Panelists are:-***Elana Jacobus -- from Smollen***Karen Levy-Strauss from Standard Bank***Willie Venter from SAPSIf you…See More
Aug 25, 2016
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"Thanks for this valuable initiative, Adolph - much appreciated. "
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Charles Cotter replied to Adolph P Kaestner's discussion SAPTA Gauteng Meeting 13 August 2016 in the group SAPTA Gauteng
"Thanks, Adolph.  This is a very exciting event, with some high profile speakers and industry-relevant topics. I would strongly encourage all Gauteng-based trainers and training professionals and practitioners to support this event.   I…"
Jul 20, 2016
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"Adolph, this is a very exciting innovation - a "trilogy" of related topics, delivered by practitioners and industry experts.  "
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Charles Cotter commented on Adolph P Kaestner's group SAPTA Gauteng
"Thanks, Adolph. The topic selection is very relevant as there are significant, trainer fees disparities within the industry. "
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"Thanks, Adolph. After the very successful event on Saturday, I look forward to these future events. "
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Charles Cotter replied to Ilana Smit's discussion SAPTA Networking and Develoment Event 2 July in the group Freelance Facilitators
"Ilana, thanks to you, Adolph and the other SAPTA Gauteng Chapter Committee members for all your hard work in arranging and promoting this event. I'm definitely attending and I look forward to an exciting and successful event. All fellow,…"
Jul 1, 2016

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Charles Cotter is an independent Learning, Training & Development Practitioner (LTD), specializing in management & leadership training, with over 16 years’ industry experience in talent development. He was a contract lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), in Business Management & HRM/D for over 11 years. He has also facilitated for the NWU School of Business Management; Enterprises University of Pretoria; Southern Business School; TUT Business School & Ibadan Business School.

Since 2004, Charles has offered training programmes, strategic planning facilitation & management consultation services in a vast array of disciplines ranging from management; HRM to business communication for companies in the automotive (BMW, Nissan & Ford); pharmaceutical (Aspen Pharmacare); FMCG (Unilever); mining (Siyanda Resources, Samancor & NCS); public service (National Treasury, EC DPW/DPWRT, EC OtP, DoL, GPG, DST, DHA, DRDAR, DoE, SAPS, DoH, DCS, DoT, DRD&LR & DAFF); manufacturing (Hulamin, Bridgestone S.A & Marley Pipe Systems); governmental agencies (NIPMO; RAF; UIF; IEC, SEDA; ITAC, SARS, CIDB, NIPAM & NRF); parastatal (RFA; DTF; TransNet, SANRAL, NPA & PSIRA); power utilities (FUNAE, NamPower, Eskom & City Power Jhb); petrochemical (Advanced & SASOL); sugar production (Illovo); engineering (Voith Turbo SA, EBH Namibia & Lesedi Nuclear); telecommunications (SPTC & Vodacom); FET (Flavius Mareka, Ekurhuleni East, Sedibeng, Ehlanzeni & Capricorn colleges); construction/professional services (Penny Farthing; Hillary & Miletus Consulting); education/research (UNISA, ARC; UL & SMU); fleet management (Mix telematics); banking (SwaziBank, Ecobank & Bank of Namibia); the AU (Peace & Security); NGO (OUT), gaming (Emerald Casino, Sun International & Tsogo Sun); local government (CTMM, Amathole, Francis Baard, Dannhauser, Makana, Ethekwini, CoJhb, NMMM, Ekurhuleni, Namakwa, Cacadu & Mogalakwena), law (KZN & NC Legislatures & Legal Aid S.A) & Water Boards (Mhlathuze & Rand) & Broadcast/electronic media (SuperSport & NEMISA) industries. Charles has also offered public training programs for reputable S.A & international companies inter alia MarcusEvans; Raseel; RMT; ABC; Intelligent Africa; Ferford; Joshua West; ABS International; EduNetworks; Sterling Afrika; Millennium Business Solutions & Ayihlome Training Projects.

Prior to 2004, Charles was a Training Programme Manager (Corporate MDP portfolio) for a 4 year time period at the CTMM, targeting the training needs from supervisory to senior management levels. Prior to this position he was an Assistant Director: Logistics Management at the CCP.

Charles has a Master of Business Administration degree (cum laude), a B.A Honours degree (cum laude) in HRD & a B.A degree (Communication). He is currently a registered Ph.D candidate (expected completion 2017).

Charles was professionally registered as a Chartered HR Practitioner, Learning & Development specialist, at the SABPP. He is an Associate member & current Vice President of the Southern Africa Professional Trainers Association (SAPTA). In this role he has drafted the approved Code of Ethics & the (interim) Constitution. He is a registered constituent assessor with the SERVICES SETA in generic management/business practice/business writing. He is also an external marker for UNISA.

Charles is a published feature article writer in prominent HRM publications like HR Future, People Dynamics, Career Success & a number of specialized, on-line publications. He is also a noted public speaker at national, continental & international conferences (Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Ghana, Namibia, Lesotho, Seychelles, Rwanda, Swaziland, Kenya & Nigeria) & widely regarded as a subject matter expert in the field of strategic talent development.

Charles was born, bred and educated in P.E and has been living/working in Pretoria for the past 21 years. He is married to Christine (20 years) & has two, beautiful teenage children, Dylan and Courtney.
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SAPTA company registration

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 15:33 0 Comments

The Southern Africa Professional Trainers Association (SAPTA) registered as a NPO with CIPC. Registration no. 2013/013376/08. Full steam ahead now.  

Kudo's to Derek Hendrikz, SAPTA President; Graham Reid, Treasurer and Michael Wright, Accountant in facilitating this registration process. 

South African Professional Trainers Association (SAPTA)

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 13:14 5 Comments

I'm really excited about the 3rd SAPTA meeting this Saturday. We've laid some of the initial ground-work and 2013 is a year of action and results. 

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At 20:57 on January 6, 2015, Nduduzo Makhanya said…

Thank you for the invite Chales

At 13:15 on August 5, 2013, Judy Molefi said…

Hi Charles - shows how bad I am with the social media!

My birthday was also in January and I only sent a "Thank you" note to Sylvia today!

Have a fantastic day!

At 8:38 on January 31, 2013, Juanita Franken said…

Thannks Charles....appreciated....

 I am looking for a Human Resources and/or Training and Development and/or Health and Safety position.  I hold a degree in Higher Education a degree in Human Resources Management and a Certificate in Health and Safety.    I have years of experience across fields.  Can you please refer me?

Alternatively can you please refer me for freelance opportunities? 

At 23:28 on January 29, 2013,
Marie Smith

Hi Charles - positive objectives and there certainly is a need. I will endeavour to stay up to date on developments but am not sure at this stage that I can make a valuable contribution to the establishment of a new organisation. There are so many new organisations being established and registered as Professional Bodies that one needs to consider and select one's focus areas. Have been a member of SABPP for more than 20 years and recently joined CIMAP as fellow member. I have wondered whether any professional organisations exist for developers of leaning material. Recently saw a draft  and contributed comments on Assessor Practitioner Pre-scoping document. Please keep us updated on developments.

At 22:37 on January 29, 2013,
Marie Smith

Interesting, Charles - did not know about SAPTA. More information?


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