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South Africa K4C Hub (Durban, Rhodes & NWU)

The South African Hub comprises two independent regional offices, which include four collaborating universities.  Durban University of Technology (DUT) and Rhodes University (RU) constitute the Southern Office of the Hub and North-West University (NWU) and University of the Free State (UFS) the Northern Office.

Our Partners

  • Durban University of Technology – www.dut.ac.za
  • St Monica’s Child and Youth Care Centre – https://www.stmonicas.org.za/
  • Gandhi Development Trust – https://www.gdt.org.za/gdt/about-us/



  • Heleen Grobbelaar: A qualified Dietitian specializing in Community Nutrition, and is a senior lecturer in the Department of Food and Nutrition at the Durban University of Technology. Her work addresses the development needs of children and youth care workers, and current research include developing National Food Based Dietary Guidelines for the Elderly through participatory research.
  • Kristena Doorsamy: Ms Doorsamy completed her undergraduate in Child and Youth Development, currently finalising her Masters Degree in Public Administration, and is currently coordinating and lecturing in General Education at Durban University of Technology, aimed at nurturing and developing graduate attributes. The facilitation of this module allows her to encourage critical thinking, social responsibility and civic mindedness.
  • Kanya Padayachee: Works at the Gandhi Development Trust, a Non Profit Organization that promotes peace, justice and nonviolence. She coordinates their flagship education project, a community-based Early Childhood Development (ECD) Training Programme. Kanya is currently engaged in community based participatory research towards her PhD to develop an Integral Education ECD programme incorporating African Indigenous Knowledge.


Lesley Wood: Professor and Director of Community-based Educational Research, North-West University. Lesley is the supervisor the Northern Office. She conducts action research of various genres to bring about transformation in diverse educational contexts.

Karen Venter: Karen is the head of the Service-Learning Division, within the Directorate of Community Engagement, at the University of the Free State. Under supervision of Professor Lesley Wood, she leads the K4C partnership at the University of the Free State. She works under the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Institutional Change, Student Affairs, and Community Engagement, Prof Puleng LenkaBula, and the Director of  Community Engagement, Mr Billyboy Ramahlele, where she is responsible to advance engaged scholarship through training and networking to advance engagement glocal higher education

Michael Matlapeng: Founder of Gatelepele Youth Skills Development and Consultancy, in Khuma, North West province. Gatelepele NPO aims to support youth to develop the skills, attitudes and values to enable them to create a meaningful life for themselves and make a positive contribution to society.

Alfi Moolman: As a community champion for change, Alfi is passionate about community engagement initiatives that improve people’s lives, having more than 20 years of experience in community and youth development.  She has worked in various sectors including government, donor, private and tertiary education, which equipped her with strategic, collaborative and proactive skills for facilitating organisational and community development

Southern office:

  • Workshops on CBPR offered to students on various programmes an also youth organizations. The focus during the sessions is on blended learning which takes place through integration of classroom teaching, online instruction and fieldwork practice. Classroom instruction and interaction include face-to-face and case-based teaching, role play, simulations, storytelling video cases, community members’ participation, and small group discussions. Online instruction allows the participants to construct knowledge through questioning, discussions, sharing of ideas, the analysis of resources from multiple sources, and instructor feedback.
  • Students who register for the Community Engagement module in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the Durban University of Technology are exposed to the CBPR training as part of the registered Community Engagement module.
  • Discussions are currently being held to offer the CBPR Course to students, academics and civil society organizations on a broader scale


  • Short Learning Programme: “Higher Education & Community Engagement” – Introduction to CE which includes content on the forms of CE, so CBPR is included
  • Workshops on CBPR
  • Online CBPR course aimed at Academics by 2020
  • DST online course
  • Community-based Service-Learning Course
  • ‘CE in my Context’ module

Northern office:

  • Short learning programme aimed at capacitating academics and NGO leaders to conduct CBR. Online/face to face.
  • Workshops on all aspects of CBR.


  • Short learning programme aimed at capacitating academics, students and NGO leaders to conduct CBR. Online/face to face.
  • Workshops on all aspects of CBR
  • Short learning programme engaged service-learning, community based and interprofessional learning in the context of community higher education partnerships
  • Short learning programme on engaged citizenship from local to global

The following SDGs are addressed through the CBPR components in the Community Engagement and Development modules:

  • SDG 1: No poverty
  • SDG 2: Zero hunger
  • SDG 3: Good health and well-being
  • SDG4: Quality education
  • SDG5: Gender equality
  • SDG 10: Reduce Inequalities
  • SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 15: Life on land
  • SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

For more information about the K4C South Africa Hub, please contact the following hub supervisors:

  • Heleen Grobbelaar

Durban University of Technology: Department of Food and Nutrition Consumer Sciences

  • Lesley Wood

COMBER: North-West University, Lesley.wood@nwu.ac.za


K4C Hub Launch- South African hub

Date/Time – 2nd November 2020, 16-17:30 CAT

Event Description-

The K4C South African Hub hosted the launch event on 2nd November 2020. It is one hub working in two regions which has been launched. All 4 universities have made huge contributions to the leadership of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum.

To watch the full launch event, click- https://youtu.be/i_Qz5GBEfpw

To see the presentation of the Mr. Matlapeng from the Northern Office, click here

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