Centre for Coaching UCT

Kim Ikel

Kim Ikel (Life and Business coach UCT - Coaching Excellence)

Defining Coaching

Coaching is more than being an accountability partner that supports someone in reaching their goals or a disciplinarian who changes someone’s unwanted actions

Coaching is a skillful methodology for developing self and others so that people are more effective and fulfilled It involves the development of increasing competence in the person being coached, ultimately benefiting the individual, company and the economy. - UCT Graduate school of Business

Benefits of IGA Coaching


  • Increased productivity
  • Improved quality of work
  • Improved relationships with both direct reports and supervisors
  • Increased job satisfaction and a sense of fulfilment
  • Greater adaptability


  • Improved individual performance
  • Focused and effective development of people
  • Increased retention of staff – specifically, coaching supports the retention of top performers as it enables these individuals to optimise their feelings of fulfilment in the workplace, and to find their own, authentic working and leadership style

3 Formats of Coaching

Individual, one-on-one coaching

The coach works with an individual to achieve th goals and outcomes set and agreed by the person

Example: Company Executives, various management  levels, private individuals, staff members etc

Team coaching

A team is regarded as a natural person, i.e. a group of people assembled (eg: selected, elected, picked) to achieve mutually agreed goals and outcomes for their own purposes and to the benefit of others.

Example:a Board, a business unit (eg:  sales team), project team, a committee, an organization as a whole

Group coaching

A  group in this case refers to a loose collection of individuals who share major areas of common interest (eg: new person in an organization, fellow mananters in the same copany.  Executives from different companies, women etc.) wishing to be of assistance to one another.  The coach works with (the) individuals in group context using the resources in the group to assist individual’s goals and outcomes.

Programs Offered

We offer Life and Business coaching for the following target audiences:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Individuals in transition
  • Executives and Managers
  • Executive/Management Teams
  • Families: Parents and Teens
  • Leadership coaching

International Accreditation

The Centre for Coaching is one of the few coaching bodies in South Africa with both local and international accreditation.

Due to the nature of the coaching industry in South Africa in particular, it is vital that a client ensures the Life and Business Coach has the relevant accreditation which tells the public there are quality measures in place. The Centre for Coaching is currently the only coaching body in South Africa to have both local university and international coach accreditation and is recognised by the International Coach Federation – the largest coach association in the USA.

While in the past little measurement has been conducted on the effectiveness of coaching, one of the of the first studies to do so has been conducted at UCT and the results show that an accredited coaching course makes a major impact.

Through its affiliation with New Ventures West in the USA, courses are recognised and fully accredited by the International Coach Federation.

Local Accreditation

The Centre for Coaching’s programmes are all underwritten by the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business – and so are informed by both academic rigour and coaching practice.

Coaching Links

What our clients say

“In the day-to-day struggle to progress in business we all need tangible tools to empower our staff and ourselves. I believed an MBA at a top university would bring me all that I needed. The MBA was great, but I experienced truly great value by attending IGA courses. In a single day of listening to Kim I have been empowered with more, and better tools than an entire MBA could offer me.”...

Paul Venter
MD, Estates in Africa

Right from the word go my dealings with IGA were of complete professionalism. The insights you provided me with during the personality profiling, the personal conversations we’ve had regarding my individual life skills and test results during the day’s proceedings, and the opportunity to spend a day with an individual that obviously had so much to teach and give, was life changing."...

Corne Groesbeek
Customer Services Manager, NetCB Solutions (Pty) Ltd

As a relatively unknown person I was nominated to stand for Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the largest Golf Estate in South Africa. From the time I briefed Mike, he took control and ownership of the entire campaign. Very soon I was presented with a comprehensive strategic election campaign that was not only professional, but very structured and focused on the key areas. Needless to say, the results far exceeded my expectations..."

Pieter van der Merwe
MD, Various Companies

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