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Charles Cotter replied to Rudy Maritz's discussion Warning to all Freelance Facilitators - Credit Risks in the group Freelance Facilitators
"I concur with and support Graeme's statement and advise."
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Charles Cotter replied to Rudy Maritz's discussion Warning to all Freelance Facilitators - Credit Risks in the group Freelance Facilitators
"Rudy, thanks for alerting the training community to this unscrupulous (and ever-increasing) business practice and your constructive initiative in this regard. I do concur with and support Alexander's statements and advise. These very same…"
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Charles Cotter replied to Kathy Stoop's discussion Freelance Facilitators and Assessors being abused by Training Providers in the group Assessors & Moderators
"A similar discussion thread emanated in the Independent Consultants group about 3 weeks ago. I fully support and endorse the advise, comments and responses provided by Alexander regarding the collective unity and strength offered through affiliate…"
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"Thanks for being a communications facilitator/conduit, Sylvia - much appreciated. "
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Charles Cotter replied to Rufaz M Mavhure's discussion Abuse of Freelance Facilitators and Assessor in the group Independent Consultants
"Themba, leaving this profession is not an option for me - I've invested too much time, energy and effort. There are more constructive alternatives like the collective strength offered by SAPTA. "
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Charles Cotter replied to Rufaz M Mavhure's discussion Abuse of Freelance Facilitators and Assessor in the group Independent Consultants
"Marufu, you have succinctly captured the degree of exploitation of independent trainers in the S.A training industry. Please check out the Southern Africa Professional Trainers Association (SAPTA) website We seek to protect the…"
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"Thank you for the invite Chales"
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Charles is an independent, professional Education, Training & Development Practitioner, specializing in management & leadership training, with over 14 years’ industry experience in human resources development. He was a contract lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), in Business Management & Human Resources Management & Development for over 11 years. He has also facilitated for the North West University School of Business Management; University of Pretoria Continuing Education; Southern Business School; TUT Business School & Ibadan Business School.

Since 2004, Charles has offered training programmes & management consultation services in a vast array of disciplines ranging from general management/supervisory skills; leadership development; human resources management; business communication to project management for companies in the automotive (BMW, Nissan & Ford); pharmaceutical (Aspen Pharmacare); consumer goods (Unilever); mining (Samancor & NCS); public service (DoL, GPG, DST, DHA, DRDAR, DPW/DPWRT, DoE, SAPS, DoH, DCS, DoT, DRD&LR & DAFF); tyre manufacturing (Bridgestone S.A); governmental agencies (ITAC, SARS, CIDB, NIPAM & NRF); parastatal (SASOL, TransNet, SANRAL, NPA & PSIRA); power utilities (FUNAE, NamPower, Eskom & City Power Jhb); sugar production (Illovo); marine engineering (EBH Namibia); telecommunications (Vodacom); FET (Flavius Mareka, Ekurhuleni East, Sedibeng, Ehlanzeni & Capricorn Colleges); professional services (Miletus Consulting); medical education (MEDUNSA); fleet management (Mix telematics); the African Union (Peace & Security department); NGO (OUT), gaming (Emerald Casino, Sun International & Tsogo Sun); local government (Amathole, Francis Baard, Dannhauser, Makana, CTMM, Ethekwini, CoJhb, NMMM, Ekurhuleni, Namakwa, Cacadu & Mogalakwena) & Broadcast/electronic media (SuperSport & NEMISA) industries.

Charles has also offered public training programmes for companies including MarcusEvans; RantsaneMario Training Solutions, Peganix; ABC, Intelligent Africa, Smart-Link, HighPro Skills, Joshua West, Supreme Management Consultants; Precision HR Consultants; Dream Finders Training Projects; IQPC, ExecuPrime, Cornerstone Consultancy International & Positive Partnerships Masterclass.

Prior to 2004, Charles was a Training Programme Manager (Corporate Management Development 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 and a B.A degree (Communication).

Charles was professionally registered as a Chartered HR Practitioner, Learning & Development specialist, at the South African Board of People Practice (SABPP). Charles 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 Constitution. He is a registered constituent assessor with the SERVICES SETA in generic management/business practice. He is also an external marker (under/post graduate level) for UNISA (Business/Marketing Research; HRM & MOT)

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 conferences (Namibia, Lesotho, Seychelles, Rwanda, Kenya and Nigeria) & widely regarded as a subject matter expert in the field of talent development.

Charles was born, bred and educated in P.E and has been living/working in Pretoria for the past 19 years. He is married to Christine and has two beautiful 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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