NEW Programme

Wits Development Communication programme is changing in tune with changing times. While the theories remain the same, content reflects the changing needs of communicators from different sectors. Our two block release Honours Level Certificates promote the notion of participatory communication as a catalyst for behavioural change and social development. Students receive a grounding in development communication theory and explore the use of the mass and social media to disseminate information and encourage participation.

These high-level certificates, equivalent to NQF 8, are not credit-bearing but If you obtain an average of 70% for Certificate B and have been accepted for Honours in Journalism and Media Studies, you will be credited towards a course in the degree. Alternatively, there will be other avenues open to you once you have completed. Talk to us.



Module 1: 
Development communication in the South African context
The development media environment and media channels
Overview of commercial and community media

Module 2: 
Evaluating development communication tools
Effective use of media releases and social media
Speeches that communicate development

Module 3: 
Publishing to communicate development
Writing features and profiles
Critical evaluation of advertorials


CERTIFICATE B (you need to first complete Cert A)

Module 1: 07 March – 11 March 2022
Setting up a communication strategy for development communication
Assessing development communication systems
Reporting development communication initiatives

Module 2: 28 March – 1 April  2022
Civil society and advocacy in development communication
Writing development case studies

Module 3: 25 APRIL – 29 APRIL 2022
Development Journalism theory and practice
Writing opinion & analysis for development communication
Broadcasting and development communication

Why Development Communication

The focus is on participatory communication. For the public sector, community protests testify to an increasing demand to be included in development decisions. For the private sector, doing business entails communicating its investment in development. For the non-profit sector, effective communication is a critical ingredient for success. In all sectors, development communication demands skilful employment of techniques, critical thinking and ability to evaluate outcomes within a structural framework.


Structure of the programme

Pitched at Honours level (NQF 8), the programme is practical and based on measurable outcomes while encouraging critical analysis on an academic level. Assessment will take the

form of evaluation of individual assignments and performance demonstrating the application of skills acquired.

The programme is usually presented through modules that require full-time attendance for five days each. Certificate A is now available on the basis of remote learning, making it possible for students to obtain this qualification without having to travel to Johannesburg.



2022 dates

Certificate A: TBC

Certificate B: 

Week 1 Module 1: 28 February – 4 March

Week 2 Module 2: 21 March-  25 March

Week 3 Module 3: 11 April –  15 April 2022



Click here an application form.


Further information