The ADC has a computer room with 10 web-connected computers which is available for the Joza community to use. It is a space that is utilised by ADC affiliated businesses for research, invoicing and the design of marketing material.
This is provided to the 7 businesses that are affiliated to the ADC. Monthly meetings are held to which guest speakers are invited in order to provide extra insights into running small businesses.
In partnership with Rhodes University Business School, a model of mentorship for the businesses is being set up involving Business School Alumni, MBA students and PDM students. The aim is to get all 7 businesses to a level of internal governance which will enable them to have access to funding should they choose this route.
The Rhodes Legal Aid Clinic (RULAC) offers free legal advice - by an attorney and a candidate attorney - to members of the Joza community, from 09.00 to 12.00 every Thursday morning.
RULAC also run fortnightly workshops for the Joza community on Wednesday afternoons dealing with issues such as small claims court procedures, wills and succession, credit agreements and divorce proceedings.
CV and Business Plan Development
With the support of the Rhodes University Psychology Department, CV and Business Plan Workshops are offered periodically throughout the year.
Asset Based Community Development workshops are offered periodically throughout the year, at the ADC by the Raphael Centre.
GBS Bank, Grahamstown’s oldest bank, is committed to running financial literacy workshops at the ADC. 5 courses are offered per calendar year, and the courses run from 09h00 to 13h00 on Fridays for a 5-week period. The course is facilitated by Mr Mfuzo Dyira, the Financial Life Skills Co-ordinator at GBS Bank and the medium of instruction is isiXhosa, mixed with English, as needed. Modules covered include Financial Goals, Budgeting, Managing Debts, Savings and Banking. This very practical and engaging course has been offered by GBS at the Assumption Development Centre (ADC) for the last two years, to groups of interested people in the Joza community.
With the support of Grahamstown businesses, the ADC is able to offer work placements to a small number its members who have been through the Thabiso Life Skills Course and who have shown that they are ready for the work place. In this regard, the ADC has partnered with Makana Brick, the National Arts Festival and PG Glass, and it hopes to extend to the National Science Festival and other businesses in the future, through its engagement with the Grahamstown Business Forum.