In the late 1990s after the new dawn in South Africa, and while working to develop programmes for local government, a realisation struck us that capacity development should firstly be focused on our people. Especially on those living in remote villages, far away from the fast spinning resources and opportunities opening up in our urban hubs.

A group of individuals with a passion to make South Africa work, came together to gestate a vision on how to operationalise what was then only a bunch of ideas. Confronted with what seemed like insurmountable and overpowering challenges, we knew we needed a devoted, experienced team (with no expectations of high earnings) to lay the ground work for a great organisation. This was the start of our ingrained teamwork and mutual commitment to render the best of our abilities and deliver quality work. Various pertinent questions popped up then.

What will be our intended scope of work? What legal structure will we follow? The name? Areas of operation? What will be our main source of income and survival? Are we going to work to earn income or be funding driven, or both? What about partnerships? With whom? Branding? Equity? To name only a few questions.

After many hours and debates under the trees, it was decided! We wanted to be a national multi-disciplinary organisation bringing together an array of skills into programmes to address the needs of our society in an ethical and professional manner. We decided to vest this intended organisation in a legal trust which should reflect our utmost trust and faith - uberrima fides - firstly to ourselves and our organisation, but most importantly, to our beneficiaries and clients. That was 1999!

NICDAM, the National institute Community Development Management saw the daylight. What a challenge it was to agree upon a name, and then so many people struggled to pronounce it correctly. We have heard it all: Niccam, Nidcam, Nican but eventually people got used to NICDAM. At long last.

We envisaged a synergy of complementary and interconnected work streams serving the health and social development spaces to be implemented through programmes and projects, supported by the main drivers of capacity development, education and training. We wanted to take our programmes and projects to all the corners of South Africa, across all provinces and reach all groups. It is now 2019, twenty years later, and with a feeling of excitement we can say: look what we have achieved!

Arrival of guests and guests visiting exhibitions

Guests visiting cultural food stalls for tasting

Welcoming Speeches, Toasting and Grace

Guests visiting exhibitions

Entertainment and Cake Cutting


Number of Verifications to date: 31

Number of Certificates issued to date: 43 582

Number of Accredited Full Qualifications: 13

Number of Skills Programmes: 33

Current BBBEE Status: Level 1

Current number of Staff: 311

Current Staff Demographic Profile: Youth: 185 (60%)

Kilometres travelled since 2010 in projects: 5 146 348km

Money spend on petrol since 2010: R3 146 350.00

Number of staff lost due to motor accidents on duty: 1

Current Number of project offices: 9 offices in 4 provinces

Longest project to date: National Department of Health -13 years

Biggest Funders to date: USAID-FHI360/PACTSA and National Departments of Health and Social Development

Oldest Staff member: Alta Grobler just beating Bra T (Themba)

Age of the youngest Staff Member: 20

Number of project vehicles: 15

Longest serving Staff member: Bra T (Themba)

Average period of service by current staff: Almost 9 years, they just don’t leave

Number of project sites served from 2010 to date: 197

Number of pages printed since 2010 to date: 11 830 000, more than a million per year.