Spw 2014 Umlazi

Saturday and Sunday the 29th and 30th of March saw Umlazi host it’s second ever Strategic planning weekend.  The Branch staff was joined by the District coordinator, 4 learner reps and 20 volunteers for the weekend.


Volunteers and Learners reps at SPW

Saturday kicked off with a fun ice-breaker to get everyones blood and minds going. Straight from there we went into the expectations and ground rules for the weekend for everyone to follow.

It was not long before we had covered the timeline of the organisation and got into the more strategic work we had set out to do on the weekend.


Volunteers and learners in groups during Values discussion

The team broke off into 5 groups and each group discussed one of the 5 values of IkamvaYouth. Time was spent in the group to discuss and following that, we then discussed the values as a big group. Once we all finished the values discussion we moved on to reflect on the previous year.

We looked at some of the successes that the branch celebrated and some the challenges that we faced as a branch in the year 2013.


Group discussion

What followed was an introduction to each of the 5 portfolios that IkamvaYouth offers to learners. During the time the groups discussed what the aim of each portfolio is, what were the challenges and successes in 2013 and also the roles of branch com at the branch. After that we had a presentation from each group on what they had discussed.  The last part of the day were nominations for the portfolio heads voting to take place on day 2.


Circle of trust

Day 2 began with the branch coordinator giving feedback on portfolio activities from 2013. What the targets were and which were met which were not, also why some of the targets were not met. A brief budget talk was also on the cards before the team split into groups once again to do planning for 2014 targets.  Once the targets were done, the groups then presented to us what each portfolio had come up with for the year.


Phumla Nyaba (Head of Life Skills and health)

This was the last part of the day. The day came to a close after we had all agreed to discuss any further matters at the next branch com meeting to be held at the branch. A big thank you to everyone who was able to attend the SPW.

Lloyd Lungu

031 909 3590
2525 Ngcede Grove, Umlazi AA Library, 4031

Lloyd is a self-disciplined and highly goal-driven Industrial Psychology Honours graduate. He is currently a Master's candidate completing his second year of M.Com in Industrial Psychology at the University of the Free State. Lloyd joined IkamvaYouth as a learner in 2012, after matriculating he came back and volunteered as a tutor for the duration of his undergraduate studies at UKZN. He later worked as an Intern in the Chesterville branch. His passion for youth empowerment and inclusion has grown enormously through his time and experience gained within IkamvaYouth and has inspired him to provide career guidance to young township people. He is currently working at the Umlazi Branch as a Branch Assistant.