Historical Milestones to COMETSA 20th Anniversary 2017 Celebrations


From Human Capital Development through football to comprehensive Commercial and Socio-Economic Development Agencies Group

1988:  On the 1st May 1988 Sam left for the Federal Republic of Germany to   undergo Business Management Training. During his stay in Frankfurt am Main, he played amateur soccer for SC Goldstein Frankfurt.  This is the club after which his football club, 1.FC Cometsa Goldstones 1997 is named (Goldstones = Goldstein). He returned to South Africa on the 31st October 1989.

 1990: On the 22nd September 1990 Sam returned to the Federal Republic of Germany under Siemens AG Corporate Management Training Programme. He was again stationed at Cologne. He immediately rejoined SC Goldstein (Frankfurt am Main), while based in Cologne. He was later transferred from SC Goldstein Frankfurt to Köln Neubrueck FC.

1994: At the beginning of the South African Soccer season (then January - December) Sam rejoined Wits University FC (as a Public Relations Officer). During this year Sam continued working for Siemens Ltd at the same time.

1995: Sam resigned from Wits University FC to focus on his career at Siemens Ltd and later at ABSA Bank.

1997: On the 1st August 1997 1.FC Cometsa Goldstones 1997 (a football club) is launched. The 1st of August is celebrated as the anniversary date of Cometsa.

1998: Project 2002 (from 1998 to 2002) was launched and referred to as Development Phase. We initially introduced Saturday classes in Sports Coaching, administration, management and leadership.

2000: The Introduction Phase (2002 – 2007) was launched, to take the organization to a ten year landmark.

2001: On the 7th March 2001 Cometsa Sports Development Agency is registered as an Association Incorporated under Section 21.

2006: The launch of Cometsa website, www.cometsa.co.za ; and Cometsa “RELEASE” Concept. Forms exchange partnership with SV Gehlerte.V., football club in Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany)

2007: Cometsa Friends & Supporters Club, a non-profit organization, and Cometsa Mafrika Band are formed. Cometsa Mafrika Music Studio is built. Cometsa is ten years old (1st August 2007).  

2008: TsimaCometsa Management CC t/a Cometsa Human Capital Investments, and Cometsa Professional Management Services are launched.

2009: Sam Tsima leaves Motorola SA (Pty) Ltd to run Cometsa Group full time


Sam Tsima is Executive Business Coach, and the President & Chairperson: Cometsa GoC International (Pty) Ltd , Member of the Senior Council of the Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Non-Executive Director of South Africa – German Training Services (SAGTS), former CEO of Dr Richard Maponya Institute for Skills and Entrepreneurship Development; Member of the Panel of Advisors: Shanduka Black Umbrellas Incubator (Gauteng Region), former Vice-President: Stakeholder Relations, Institute of People Management (IPM); a Registered Coach & Member of Coaches & Mentors of South Africa (Comensa)

Sam is a former Programme Manager: Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE), Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria.

Before Sam went full time on Cometsa Group in July 2009, he was Regional Human Resources Director: Sub-Sahara Africa at Motorola SA (Pty) Ltd, reporting into the Middle East Africa Region in Dubai. He is the former Manager: Centre of Expertise-Group Diversity Management at Sasol Group, responsible for Employment Equity, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Black Economic Empowerment (from HR perspective), Accelerated Leadership Development Programme (ALDP), and Sasol HIV/Aids Response Programme (SHARP).Before joining Sasol, on the 1st December 2002, Sam was with ABSA Group for seven years (10/1995-11/2002) as the Group Consultant: Employment Equity.

He worked for Siemens AG (Cologne, Germany) as Corporate Trainee for two years, and Siemens Ltd (Johannesburg, South Africa) as Commercial Administrator, and later Head of Commercial Training for three years. Sam has a strong Commercial Administration background after training and working in Germany over four years (1988 – 1992). He did his training at Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft (Cologne), Kuehne & Nagel Luftfracht GmbH (Frankfurt International Airport), Lufthansa German Airlines Aircargo Centre (Frankfurt International Airport) and Siemens AG (Cologne) in Germany.

Sam is fluent in German Language and has the following German Language qualifications: Diplom Deutsch (Studiengemeintschaft Darmstadt) and Zertifikat Deutsch Stufe 5 (Carl Duisberg Centre Cologne).

He is also qualified in Industriekaufmann (IHK, Germany), Certificate in Commercial Administration (CATS – South Africa German Training Services), Bachelor of Commerce - Transport Economics & Business Management (UNISA), Certificate in Sport Management (Allenby), Certificate in Sport Psychology (Intec), Youth Development Through Football Coach (YDF, GIZ), Level 1 Soccer Coaching Certificate (South African Football Association). Sam is the former Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Wits University FC (now Bidvest Wits FC), in the Professional Soccer League (PSL).


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