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  • 12 Jan 2021 23:32 | Anonymous

    Following the announcement by Chief Executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, that they are going to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger on one technical infrastructure platform, effective the 15th January 2021, we are aligning our Social Media practices accordingly.

    FIRST, OUR OBSERVATIONS: The three, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, are the world’s biggest Social Media Messaging Platforms. This new development makes it possible for all businesses to access and consolidate all contacts on the three platforms into one database. 

    OPTIONS: Apparently those who do not support this move by Facebook are free to opt out of WhatsApp. 

    DEVELOMENTS: There is already a growing number of WhatsApp users globally who are not happy with this move and are thinking  of moving over to alternative platforms. Facebook does not seem to be perturbed by this threat. 

    OUR VIEW: We do not necessarily expect many users of WhatsApp to move away from it. Too many people have made it part of their lives. 

    COMETSA RESPONSE: We are no longer going to operate big WhatsApp Groups. Our Facebook pages will become the main platforms to continue the communication we are doing on WhatsApp. 

    YOUR GROUP: This group, COMETSA LEKGOTLA NETWORK and all other COMETSA big WhatsApp Groups are going to be closed. 

    RECOMMENDATION: We recommend to the members of this group to follow COMETSA Friends & Supporters Club NPO Facebook page or use our revamped eCommerce page, if you are a member.

    GOOD NEWS: For the members of COMETSA Friends & Supporters Club NPO we have the following good news; Our revamped eCommerce website is fully integrated with all main social media platforms. 

    WHAT MEMBERS CAN DO: Here is the list of the activities that members of COMETSA Friends & Supporters Club NPO can perform on our revamped eCommerce site: https://cometsafriendsandsupportersclub.wildapricot.org/

    1. JOIN = apply for the membership online

    2. FORM = register to be added to our database and receive our newsletters and public announcements 

    3. STORE (under construction) = view and buy merchandise (t-shirts, caps, etc) and buy discounted coaching, mentoring and advisory services 

    4. PROFESSIONAL FORUM = register and join the forum, participate in professional discussions

    5. SOCIAL FORUM = register and join the forum, participate in social discussions 

    6. FACEBOOK PAGE = link directly with the organisation Facebook page and like it

    7. ORGANIZATION AND MEMBERS ALBUM = view the organization’s photo gallery; build your own album as part of your profile

    8. CONVERSATIONS = enter into conversation on current topics 

    9. ENGAGE = share our organization website with your social network and invite them to join or follow our organization 

    10. SLIDE VIEW = view rotating slides 

    11. DIRECTORY = search fellow members, obtain their contact details and directly send them email from the site

    12. NEWS = read latest news posted on the landing page

    13. EVENTS = view the upcoming events on the site and register online

    14. PUBLISH OWN BLOG = link your own blog and publish it directly under Members Only Network Section of our website. Other members are able to read your blog posts, like them and follow you. 

    15. SOCIAL MEDIA LINK = connect with our Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest ages directly from the site

    So, our members’ site is truly interactive and works like any social media platform. If you are our fully paid up member enjoy the site. If you are not a member we encourage you to seriously consider joining.

    NB: The only big WhatApp group we are going to keep operating is COMETSA Radio DJs/Broadcaster group as it is integrated into our Radio Business Model. However, here we are going to remove those members who are not active in our radio programmes, namely, COMETSA Radio DJs/Broadcasters Development Programme (2020 - 2021), Shows, etc. 

  • 4 Apr 2020 05:38 | Anonymous

    In this April 2020 Members Update we would like share with you valuable information about your organization. 

    Social Media Pages: We have created new Facebook and LinkedIn Pages for COMETSA Friends and Supporters Club NPO. Please like it, and share it among your Facebook friends and LinkedIn followers. Here are the links! FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/CometsaClub/?modal=admin_todo_tour , and LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8918602/

    Corporate Membership Application Form: https://www.slideshare.net/Patjane/cometsa-corporate-membership-application-form

    Individual Membership Application Form: https://www.slideshare.net/Patjane/cometsa-individual-membership-application-form

    NPO Registration Certificate: https://www.slideshare.net/Patjane/certificate-cometsa-friends-supporters-club-npo

    Privacy Policy: https://www.slideshare.net/Patjane/cometsa-privacy-policy

    MoU Form: https://www.slideshare.net/Patjane/cometsa-mou-form

    NDA Form: https://www.slideshare.net/Patjane/cometsa-nda-form

    Online Payments: We have signed up with the online payment gateway provider, PayFast, www.payfast.co.za , for you to be able to complete payments with the organization online. This is a major milestone for us. 

    New website: Our new dedicated website, www.CometsaClub.Africa , is under construction and will be launched soon. Watch the space! 

    For further information feel free to contact our office at callcentre@cometsa-goc.com or call us at cell. +27 (0) 72 376 7503

  • 5 Mar 2020 19:14 | Anonymous

    Dear Member,

    It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you as a member of COMETSA Friends & Supporters Club NPO, a non-profit making organization serving the interests of its members, and those of the friends and stakeholders of COMETSA Development Agencies, and Commercial Enterprises.

    Our Vision is to provide development and social life opportunities for the members, friends and supporters by organizing networking functions, events, special offers, and development programmes.

    Your membership gives you access to COMETSA Programmes, Events and Business Activities, our monthly LEKGOTLA. It is also a prerequisite to becoming our Associate Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Mentor, Facilitator, Business Advisor, and Public Speaker.

    Our Corporate Members are guaranteed access to a pool of young talent, graduates and specialists like coaches, mentors, business advisors, consultants, project managers, facilitators, professional public speakers, and volunteers, whereas our Individual members are introduced to our corporate members and all other stakeholders, and exposed to continuous development programmes on a monthly basis - The Lekgotla Way, etc.

    Note: It does not matter where our members and/or their companies/organizations are in the world, as members they are always engaged and supported. We have gone digital, stream and podcast all our events live on Periscope, Twitter, Facebook, and on COMETSA Professional Conversations (CPC) podcast on Spreaker, and Anchor. The episodes are distributed on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Deezer, Podchaser, iHeartRadio, Castbox, Podcast Addict, Breaker, Overcast, Pocketcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, and more will be added. It is the 4th Industrial Revolution Era (4IR). One is left behind by choice.

    Please share this good news with your friends, family members, colleagues, neighbours, schoolmates, and any other person who are keen on joining us to build societies and our world. They need the kind of development programmes, networking and business opportunities COMETSA is making available to its members, friends, and supporters.

    Online membership application can be done at www.CometsaFriendsAndSupportersClub.WildApricot.Org ; click on JOIN US icon and follow the easy guidelines (steps). If the link does not take you to the portal, write to us at callcentre@cometsa-goc.com for the link to be emailed to you.

    Our annual individual and corporate membership fees are truly affordable (Individual Membership Fee = R150.00 per Year; and Corporate Membership Fee = R5,500.00 per Year)

    There are few points I would like to share with you to make your membership worthwhile;

    1. Validity of your membership: - your membership is valid for a year, from the date of activation.

    2. Membership renewal: - A month before the anniversary of your membership our membership portal will automatically generate a renewal invoice, and follow up with reminders. If your membership is not renewed before or on the due date, the system will automatically give you a month within which you can still renew the membership. If after a month you still have not renewed the membership the system will lapse your membership, and archived your records. That means your membership would have ceased to exist. You would have to reapply for your membership. We encourage you to please not allow your membership to lapse as this will produce negative record for you.

    3. Membership portal: - we run a membership portal on Wild Apricot, which you can access at www.CometsaFriendsAndSupportersClub.WildApricot.Org , We encourage you to login, using your email address we have registered you with, and the password you would have received when we activated your membership. If you have not received it or you misplaced it, write to us at callcentre@cometsa-goc.com requesting membership reset. The administrators will help you.

    4. Allocation to groups: - when your membership is activated we allocate you to your Province of residence, and South Africa members groups. If you are an approved associate of COMETSA GoC International (Pty) Ltd, you will also be allocated to your business area of specialization, e.g. Coach, Mentor, Advisor, Facilitator, Public Speaker, Consultant, etc. These are the groups you belong to and you will receive group specific communication, including projects and programmes in which your expertise may be required.

    5. Membership categories: - we have three categories of membership; (i) Individual Membership, (ii) Corporate Membership; (iii) Pro-Bono (Director) Membership - which reserved for the volunteer(s) members of the Boards of Directors of COMETSA Development Agencies (Non-Profit Companies)

    6. The organization you are a member of: - The organization for which you are a member of is COMETSA Friends & Supporters Club NPO, which is a sister company of the other COMETSA companies, independently registered with the South African national department of Social Development, and therefore governed by the department’s policies and acts. It is independent from other COMETSA companies and produces its own Annual Financial Reports. It however benefits from administrative support by the Shared Services Management Division at COMETSA GoC International (Pty) Ltd. It frequently receives funding from COMETSA GoC Development Foundation NPC whose business objective is to give financial support to all COMETSA Development Agencies.

    8. Participation at COMETSA Events: - not all the events, activities, projects and programmes are organized by COMETSA Friends & Supporters Club NPO. However, the members are always given either free entry or preferential rates to the non-members. It is therefore beneficial to keep your membership status intact.

    9. Members Mobile App: - we encourage you to download the Wild Apricot (for Members) App from App Store or Google Play Store and login with your email address and password. This will keep you connected with us and other members on the go.

    10. Membership support: - should you need any assistance with your membership, contact COMETSA Shared Services Management Division at callcentre@cometsa-goc.com ; cell. +27 (0) 72 376 7503

    Heads Up: The next event is our monthly COMETSA Development Summit 2020 - The LEKGOTLA Way! on Saturday, the 28th March 2020 at aha Kopanong Hotel & Conference Centre, City of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng Province, South Africa. You can book online at www.Cometsa-GoC.com/Events and click on the calendar (28/03/2020); the link will also prompt you to pay online using various methods like credit card or eft. Alternatively you can RSVP directly with the COMETSA Office at callcentre@cometsa-goc.com or cell. +27 (0) 72 376 7503

    I wish you a great year and happy membership at COMETSA Friends & Supporters Club NPO

    Sam TSIMA


  • 1 Mar 2020 01:33 | Anonymous

    Applying for membership at COMETSA Friends & Supporters Club NPO has never been so easy. Our potential members have a choice to apply for membership manually or online. The online membership application is the most preferred. You will experience seamless process from completing online application form to receiving membership invoice, receiving membership number, membership card, login details into our portal, and receiving membership renewal reminders. 

    Once we receive your proof of payment of your membership invoice we will activate your membership and allocate you to groups like your provincial members group, South Africa Members Group, and if you are our associate, you will be allocated to your area of specialization like Coaching, Mentorship, Consulting, etc.

    So become a member of COMETSA Friends & Supporters Club NPO apply online at www.CometsaFriendsAndSupportersClub.WildApricot.Org ; if the link does not take you to the portal, write to us at callcentre@cometsa-goc.com for the link to be emailed to you.

    WE HAVE GONE DIGITAL: We stream and podcast all our events live on Periscope, Twitter, Facebook, and on COMETSA Professional Conversations (CPC) podcast on Spreaker, and Anchor. The episodes are distributed on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Deezer, Podchaser, iHeartRadio, Castbox, Podcast Addict, Breaker, Overcast, Pocketcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, and more will be added.

COMETSA Friends & Supporters Club (Registration No. 046-705-NPO) is a non-profit organization serving the interests of its members, and that of the friends, supporters and stakeholders of COMETSA Development Agencies, and Commercial Enterprises.

COMETSA House, 13 Somer Street, Klopperpark, Isando, 1601, South Africa, callcentre@cometsa-goc.com ; www.cometsafriendsandsupportersclub.wildapricot.org

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