KSA Highlights

In this newsletter an update will be given on the highlights of the last few months for KSA. Updates will include the Work Opportunity Program, like the trip to Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth, the Gugulethu Careerday and a suc- cess story. Also the Kolping Families, the Early Childhood Develop- ment and SPARK will be discussed. The last part of the newsletter will include the Kolping International news.   Click here to download PDF...

BLESSED ADOLPH KOLPING COMMEMORATION DAY

The 4th December is the Commemoration Day of Blessed Adolph Kolping. On or around this date, members of the International Kolping Society come together to commemorate his life and work and to honour him with prayers. The Kolping Society of South Africa celebrated this day on Sunday, 6th December at the parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Bellville. Members of 13 Kolping Families from Cape Town and surrounding areas came together and shared their experience of being Kolping with each other. Each Kolping Family had a display of their work and NEW Kolping Families could walk around, observe and draw inspiration from the older Families. (see pg 2 on pdf for pictures of Kolping Families) Further celebrations were held by the Kolping Families in Johannesburg as well as the Kolping Family in Uitenhage. Fr Christian Frantz, the National Praeses, inspired the Kolping members to be true to the spirit of Kolping by their commitment to prayer and working towards a better society.   Click here to download PDF (156...

Skills Development Graduations in 2014

  Kolping Graduation Ceremonies have been a celebration of our  motto “hard work really pays off”! To date this year 160 WOP learners have graduated in a variety occupational skills courses. In April the Kolping Society WOP awarded 90 students with certificates and another 70 were awarded in June. Our Work Opportunity Programme (WOP) focuses on the development and empowerment of unemployed youth. The programme starts with a 13-day Life Skills programme, whereafter the learners follow a chosen occupational skills course. The Life Skills component includes topics such as self-esteem, relationships tools, communication, personal finance, career development and HIV/Aids. The elected occupational skills training includes hairdressing, home-based care, office administration and culinary skills. Ongoing assistance are given to the graduates and with our support more than half of them have actively been to job interviews and many have since found employement. The June graduation ceremony was held on National Youth day, 16 June at the Kolping Training Centre. This celebration was a relevant expression of our mission to develop the youth of South Africa. In addition to the WOP training programme, we have also assisted 328 youths in a variety of ways, based on their individual needs. “We were all reminded that education and skills development is the key to success and achievement.” WOP Coordinator All our learners felt proud in their accomplishments, and many remarked that “they thought they would never achieve anything in life, with the Kolping certificates and experience they now know that anything is possible.” This affirms the inspirational words of Fr. Adolph Kolping: “We can achieve a lot, only if we really want to;...

First Johannesburg Kolping Family inauguaration in 62 years

In the presence of a packed Sunday mass at the parish of Emdeni, history was made on Sunday 16 February when the first Kolping Kamily (KF) was inaugurated in Gauteng in 62 years. Led by dynamic parish priest, Fr. Bernard Sompane SCJ, and the chairman of the Johannesburg KF, Eckehart Seidler – the 21 new members were declared a family.  They are now part of the over 400 000 Kolping members in over 60 countries. The official Kolping flag was solemnly blessed and handed to them, and a letter of welcome from the international chaplain was read. Interesting it is that all the members were unemployed and somewhat rudderless when we engaged with them 4 years agon.  They joined the WOP Programme under the guidance of Beatrix van Rooyen (lovingly know as aunty B) and her team. It was an inspiration to see life and hope written all over their faces. They are all now feasibly employed, and they have found their way in life....

Zandspruit KF inauguration

The existing members of the Zandspruit KF together with an adition 21 new members were inaugurated and founded the Kolping Family Zandspruit in March. The ceremony was conducted by the regional chaplain, Fr. Emil Blaser OP and chairman, Eckehart Seidler during the Sunday mass at St. Bonifatius Church in Honeydew. After a delay in starting, due to transport, the congregation swelled to one of the largest Kolping functions we have ever had. The presence of Kolping National Coordinator, Anna Oppel from Cape Town, and Volker Greulich from Kolping Germany added to the significance of the event. The procession wass led by the flags of the already existing families and the unfurled flag of the new family. After the homily the 21 new members were inaugurated and given their personal lapel medals. They then greeted the inaugurators with the traditional handshake over the flag. The inauguration, blessing and unfurling of the new family flag of Zandspruit then took...