Meet the Founder
Nozabelo Ruth Bhengu
Ms Nozabelo Ruth Bhengu has earned a Certificate in Community Development in Change Management and a Certificate in Managing Economic Development Strategies.
She has chaired both the Portfolio Committee in Infrastructure, Economic Development and Tourism the Portfolio Committee in Provincial & Local Government, Portfolio Committee on Transport, Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development and has been a member of the Portfolio Committee in Sports & Recreation.
Ruth Bhengu is a Community Development Practioner and a Change Agent trained in Wilgespruit Fellowship Center and Coady International Institute of the St Francis Xavier university in Halifax Canada. In 2016 while serving as a Deputy Mayor of Ugu District Municipality she started a process to develop the Cooperatives Based Community Economic Development Model which gave birth to the Institute for Cooperatives and Community Economic Development. She exited parliament in 2019 to lead the process of implementing the CBCED Model and link it to the District Development Model in order to build Social and Solidarity Economy through proper training and community development facilitation provided by ICCED.
While serving as the Deputy Mayor of Ugu District Municipality she started to develop the Cooperatives Based Community Economic Development Model which gave birth to the Institute for Cooperatives and Community Economic Development Model.
Established in 2016, ICCED is an Non-profit organisation that facilitates active participation of underdeveloped communities in the economy by creating jobs and reducing their dependency on government social grants and free services.
“As we celebrate the International Cooperatives Day in South Africa, we do so in a very challenging situation in the sense that the failure rate of cooperatives is 88%” – Ruth Bhengu, 2020