About Us

Populus means ‘community’ in Latin.

Populus Development Consulting provides business soft skills training. Through this we equip individuals with business skills but empower them to apply it interdependently within their business communities.  

Delivery methods

The courses are delivered as Instructor-led Training (ILT) which are highly interactive and only utilises adult learning methodologies. These ILT’s are offered as on-site sessions or open public sessions.

The on-site option is available to companies who enroll 10 participants or more. The on-site option allows for a customised solution to be offered at your choice of location or on-site. Our business account managers are highly adept at listening to understand, diagnosing your business soft skill challenge and then proposing a business soft skill solution.


As an innovator in the training industry, Populus Development Consulting also offers the courses as mobile friendly eLearning programs. This allows clients and participants more flexibility in the rollout and completion of their skills plans. The process is more efficient and more affordable, saving our clients time and money.

Online profiling

Populus Development Consulting also offers online profiling for participants. This serves as a means of measuring the impact of the intervention on the individual and the business unit.   If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.

In Peter Drucker’s words: “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. Meaning, you can’t know whether or not you are successful unless success is defined and tracked.

Our online profiling allows you to track the business soft skill growth of your staff. 

Professional coaching service

Since 2013, Leadership Coaching and Team Coaching has been added to the Populus Development Consulting list of services.

Professional coaching releases the untapped creative potential of your key staff, empowering them to find their own creative solutions to the business challenges they encounter.  Populus Development Consulting coaching associates are exclusively practitioner coaches who have completed an International Coach Federation (ICF)Accredited Training Program.

Our practitioner coaches adhere stringently to the code of conduct as prescribed by COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa) and ICF (International Coach Federation).

Course bookings

Our suite of 160 business soft skill courses provide a broad range of solutions to a variety of business challenges your staff may encounter.

Our course calendar allows you to peruse when the different courses are offered and where they are scheduled to occur. Courses are scheduled throughout the year at conference facilities in Jhb, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein and PE.

Our website allows you to view course profiles, check the suitability of the program outline and modules, check the course availability on the calendar, indicate your preference, confirm your choice by making payment via the website and receive confirmation of your booking via email and sms.

Our Equity Credentials

Populus Development Consulting is driven by a team of highly experienced and passionate professionals who were educated at Hewat College of Education in Crawford, Athlone.

Both co-founders are PDI’s and have more than 30 years’ experience in the training and development industry.

Populus Development Consulting has 100% Black Shareholding, 60% Black Female Shareholding and 100% Black Management Control.  

Preferential Procurement

Populus Development Consulting is a B-BBEE Level 1 Contributor and has 135% procurement recognition.

In addition to this and where appropriate we seek out, select and engage suitable BEE and EME supplier companies.

Employment Equity

Populus Development Consulting is fully committed to the principles of the Employment Equity Act and Skills Development Act and are committed to the ongoing training and development of our own team.

As an EME we are not a designated employer by virtue but nonetheless strive to recruit based on the principles of the EE Act.

What Makes Us Different

Populus Development Consulting offers a solution as opposed to a product, which includes:

  • Online profiling to identify business soft skills gaps.
  • Business soft skills courses to close those gaps. A variety of delivery methods are available: Facilitator Led Public sessions, Customised On-Site sessions, eLearning that is Mobile friendly.
  • Professional coaching to assist with transferring the newly acquired business soft skills into the workplace.
  • Post course profiling to assess and evaluate the return on your investment by measuring the growth of your individual employee and business unit teams.