PHAKAMISA is pronounced pa-ga-mee-sa.
A Zulu word meaning 'to uplift.'


We are a team of committed people, living out our Christian faith and values, using our skills and talents we work to serve people in impoverished communities.

Meet some of the Phakamisa people and revisit regularly as we monthly post the profiles of different staff members.



My name is Dumazile and my home is in Estcourt (150km from Pinetown) where I live with my husband and six children. My eldest two daughters are both studying to be teachers through UNISA (University of South Africa – an open distance learning institution which offers internationally accredited qualifications).

I have worked as a facilitator to train teachers who are studying Early Childhood Development Levels 1, 4 and Diploma at Further Education Training Colleges in Emnambithi and Universal College Outcomes (U.C.O.).  Alongside this I have taught students CAPS (Curriculum Assessment Policiy Statements) which is a concise document that provides details on what teachers need to teach and assess on a grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject basis and which aims to ensure clear guidance and consistency for teachers when teaching.

I have also taught HIV and AIDS awareness to give hope to those who loose their trust and confidence in life.

I am very glad to be now working at Phakamisa and am enjoying teaching my students who themselves teach young learners. In the time I have already been working here I have ideas and future plans to help with the development of Educare and Childminder course which would take Phakamisa to the next level.


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