The ADC focusses on providing two foundation courses / opportunities for members of the ADC:

Thabiso Life Skills Course:

This three-week course is offered to young people 6 times in a calendar year.  The target group is 20 to 30 year olds from the greater Joza community, and the tried and tested course aims to help young people identify what their purpose is in life.  The course was developed by the Salesian Institute in Cape Town and it has been developed in partnership with communities to ensure that the content speaks to the needs of young people within the community that is served.

The course is advertised in the local media, including print media and radio, and each intake is comprised of between 20 and 30 young people. By the end of 2016, it is anticipated that a minimum of 60 young people would have successfully completed the Thabiso Life Skills Programme in the greater Joza community.

To find out more about the Thabiso Life Skills Course, contact Luyanda Kota, the ADC Centre Manager, and Thabiso Facilitator at


Members of the ADC are encouraged to start savings groups using the SaveACT model.  The focus for participation is to develop a culture of savings, where there is group accountability, and the option of lending money from the group at a reasonable rate i.e. a maximum, decided by the group, of 10% interest.  The group meets monthly and there is a maximum of 20 people per group.

There are currently 4 ADC SaveACT groups affiliated to The Grahamstown Collective, which has a total of 14 groups.  Collectively, as of July 2016, there is R250,000 saved by The Grahamstown Collective. 

To find out more about the SaveAct groups at the ADC, or to become part of one, contact Maso Nduna, the ADC Programme Coordinator and SaveAct Facilitator at