Introduction to Financial Management


The aim of this programme is to give participants an overview of the role of managers in controlling financial resources.

Training outcomes

By the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the main elements of financial management and assess whether the Financial Management in their organisation is adequate
  • Identify the financial policies needed in an organisation
  • Develop a budget
  • Do a cash flow projection
  • Develop and interpret a variance report


  • What is Financial Management
  • Financial Policies
  • Managing Budgets
  • Planning and Budget Cycle
  • Financial Planning

For every section that is covered in the Content, there is an Activity. The approach that is used when running this course is to reflect the participant’s own knowledge and experience in handling finances. We work with what the participants know and enhance it. The practical activities that are given to participants relate and will apply in their everyday lives and everyday running of their organisations.


The course is run over 2days


R 750,00 per person, with a minimum of 10 for a booking.




How to use less electricity

Saving electricity saves you money, and saves our environment as well. The business of making electricity in South Africa contributes heavily to air pollution and climate change. It is important to learn how to use less electricity.

Tips on how to use less electricity:

The Geyser

We all know that the Geyser is one of the most power hungry domestic appliances there ever was invented. It takes long to boil, and most of the time it needs reheating for the water to get warm. Therefore, you must

  • Put a blanket around your geyser – this keeps your water hot.
  • Put a timer on your geyser – it will switch itself off during the many hours it is not needed.


Eating is the one thing that no one can go on without, so everyday one must cook. There are also ways of saving electricity while doing so:

  • Cook with the lid on your pot – your food will cook much quicker.
  • Cook with a Hot-Box. You can make one yourself with blankets or cushions. Just bring your food to the boil, then take it off the stove and wrap it in a blanket/cushions – your food will carry on cooking.

Solar Water Heating

Install a Solar Water Heater that will use the heat from the sun to heat your water to wash – this will save you electricity.


Use Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs instead of regular ones. They use 5 times less electricity, but last 8 times longer.


  • Insulate your water pipes – use insulation foam or just use newspaper.
  • Insulate your ceiling – use wine bags, tins, cardboard, wool, rags, straw bales, etc.

Your House

Design your house to be cool in summer and warm in winter. Make sure it:

  • Faces North
  • Has a ceiling
  • Has a roof overhang
  • Has a thick, damp-proof floor

Adapting to climate change

It is important that we know how to adapt to climate change, so that:

  • we can prepare ourselves,
  • adjust our living ways, and
  • to take action in ensuring sustainable development and livelihoods become a reality for the present and future generations.

What is Climate Change?

Climate Change is the natural cycles of weather patterns on earth resulting from changes in the amount of heat received from the sun. The climate goes through warm and cold periods, taking hundreds of years to complete one cycle.

These changes affect the temperature which also influences the rainfall. Plants and animals are able to adapt to a changing climate if these changes take place over hundreds of years. Unfortunately, human activity is currently causing the climate to change too fast.

For more information on what causes climate change, what is climate change adaptation and more, you can visit the climatetalk website. A website which is dedicated to sharing this information and where you will be able to share your experiences; learn from others and in this way build a new community of practice that will reduce the vulnerability of the people to the inevitable changes that will come with global climate change.


Carbon Household Footprint Calculator

It is important to know that everything that we do on earth has an impact on the environment. whether it be direct or indirect. Sometimes we make unconscious decisions as to the actions that we take and sometimes it is because we do not know what their impacts will be on the earth and how it will affect our environment. So, the next time you decide to litter instead of recycling, burn coal, cut down trees instead of planting them, you must do it knowing that you are killing our environment and that you are messing with nature’s cycle.

Climate change has become one of the most significant human induced disasters we are facing today. But we can make a difference, each and every one of us. Find out what impact you are having on the planet and take action today!

Click here  for the Carbon Household Footprint Calculator

Once you have the results share this knowledge with your family, friends and colleagues so that they too will know what impact they have.And then take action to fix it!

News & Events

SA faith leaders speak out on climate change

In the climate negotiations, South Africa must stand again with Africa – not with the big polluters. Here is the Lusaka Declaration, issued by the Regional Climate Change Meeting for Faith-Based Organisations in Southern Africa, which included representatives of Christian and Muslim religious organisations from across Southern Africa, including four secretaries general of national councils of churches. The meeting was attended by Liz McDaid.