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ASDSA KZN Conference


Our CEO, Irene James, enjoying the company of L&D Specialists from Barloworld SmartMatta at the recent ASDSA KZN Conference, Sumesh Ramkrishen; Charlene Peens; Megan Rennie and Ruth Majola. Attending the annual ASDSA (Association for Skills Development South Africa) conference is like attending a family reunion. Learning and Development practitioners gather from all over the province to swop and share stories ... Read More »



Recently a group of 12 candidates from SACD (South African Container Depot) embarked on a learnership for Team Leaders (National Certificate: Generic Management). Dionysus Master Facilitator, Pat Pillay, remarked that the candidates are extremely excited, motivated and committed to the programme. Fortunately the group is watched over by a very supportive Human Resources Manager, Lauren Bonhomme, as well as a ... Read More »

Our Master

the irene thew award

Irene James, our CEO of Dionysus was recently awarded a Professional Designation – Master Skills Development Practitioner by the Professional Body – Association for Skills Development in South Africa (ASDSA). This title was conferred on 12 South Africans in recognition of their expertise and contribution to skills development in South Africa. It is not only the first of its kind ... Read More »

Quality Products from Polyoak Packaging


Posted by Irene James, 01 July 2014 There are some groups and clients that you never want to let go of when you are a training provider. Polyoak Packaging is one such client that is very close to Dionysus’ heart. The organisation has a national network spanning 13 manufacturing and distribution centers in Southern Africa. Polyoak Packaging was established in ... Read More »

Team Leader 3 – Spar Graduation Ceremony


Posted By: Irene James on June 27, 2014 SPAR’s training centre in Phoenix, Durban, was transformed into a beautifully draped venue, with fairy lights, goodie bags and treats, and abuzz with excited, proud robed graduates. The beautiful occasion, put together by HR Development Manager, Natalie Busby and her hard working team, laid the platform for a very happy occasion. The Dionysus ... Read More »

Jeannette bids us Farewell


Posted By: Jeannette Shelton on June 11, 2014 I started at Dionysus on 1 July 2007 as a contract Programme Manager.  The programme was a Department of Environment and Tourism (DEAT) ABET and Business Skills Programme.  Wow, what a baptism of fire!  I had never programme managed before and it was a huge project.  Learners came from Harding in the South ... Read More »

What The ASDSA Function Looked Like


Posted By: Olwethu Bandezi on June 03, 2014 The 30th of May served as a phenomenal experience for us as Dionysus. The ASDSA breakfast meeting we had the pleasure of hosting turned out to be a fulfilling and quite informative day. Since all the talking was done then, we won’t keep people waiting any longer. Here are the photos for ... Read More »

A Thesis on Quality Assurance Challenges for Private Providers


Posted By: Olwethu Bandezi on June 03, 2014 Jacqueline Baumgardt is an Accreditation & Assessment Manager at Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa, with over ten years of experience in the field. She is also the person behind a thesis we recently came across in a Skills Universe discussion.  The research which she recently did under UNISA, examines the quality assurance structure, ... Read More »

ASDSA Supports Skills Development Practitioners


Posted By: Irene James on May 22, 2014 Calling all SDFs and associated stakeholders.  The ASDSA – Association for Skills Development in South Africa is a Section 21 company run by SDPs for SDPs. The life of a Skills Development Practitioner (SDP) can be an altruistic, and often lonely one – and one that can drain the individual who has ... Read More »

Farewell Don Kirkpatrick


Posted By: Irene James on May 13, 2014 For the hundreds of you who have completed the OD-ETDP NQF 5 qualification/learnership through Dionysus, you will recall the story Seth and I have often told – of the Godfather of Evaluation, Don Kirkpatrick, at the 2008 ASTD conference in San Diago. Seth and I attended this conference, and were treated to ... Read More »

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