Conference Theme

Voices for Development: Social Workers' and Peoples' Perspective on Goals for Sustainable Development


Conference - Day 1: Wednesday 25 September 2013

07h00 - 09h00 Registration
09h00 -09h30 Welcome Address: Ms Nomvula Mokonyane (MP), The Honourable Premier of Gauteng
09h30 -10h:00 NASW -SA Presidential Address : Ms Civil Legodu
10h00 -11h00 Keynote Address: Prof. Abye Tasse, Former President of IASSW
11h00 -11h45 Networking Tea/Coffee
10h45 -11h30 Ministerial Address: Ms Bathabile Dlamini (MP), The Honourable Minister of Social Development
11h30 -13h15 COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS (Breakaway Sessions)

Commission 1: Sustainable Development with vulnerable groups
Chair: Prof Antoinette Lombard

A community-based disability programme for rural areas – Dr Lizel Pretorius, SAPS

Sustainable livelihood and poverty alleviation - Mr Kgomotso Jongman, Botswana National Association of Social Workers

A social development policy and strategy for a local government in South Africa - Ms Marguerite Holtzhausen, University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Social work in conflict and post-conflict situations: challenges in Africa's great lakes region - Prof Helmut Spitzer, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

A social development perspective on capacity building among workers on wine farms – Prof Sulina Green, University of Stellenbosch

Commission 2: Social inclusion and Social Justice
Chair: Mr Daniel Asiedi

Disaster, disability and HIV and AIDS in Botswana: the forgotten population? - Mr Kgosietsile Maripe, University of Botswana

Using a human-right based approach in social work - Dr Boitumelo Marilyn Setlalentoa, North-West University

Community based family support services for at-risk children and families: the South African reality – Dr Marianne Strydom, Stellenbosch University

Finding new social work knowledge and discourse for social change in South Africa. Amandla Ngawethu! – Dr Linda Smith, University of the Witwatersrand

Commission 3: Policy for sustainable development
Chair: Mrs Poppy Masego

Policy for sustainable development: a leadership opportunity for social work – Dr Robyn Mason, Monash University Australia

Build new partnerships that strengthen the interface between policy and practice with specific reference to South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP). - Ms Norah Segoati, SACSSP

Build new partnerships that strengthen the interface between policy and practice with specific reference to professional conduct -Ms Marina Greyvenstein, SACSSP

Transformation of social work in South Africa: Reality or Illusion? Focus on difference, validation and inclusion as concepts for social justice - Mrs Mary-Ann Damons, Department of Social Development

The role of IKS in child protection among the Shangane of Chiredzi, Zimbabwe: implications for a sustainable social development policy for children - Mr Samuel Mahuntse, National association of social workers Zimbabwe

Commission 4: Developmental Social Work in health care settings
Chair: Mr Charles Mbugua

Cultivating and sustaining effective community-academic research partnerships to address health care access: implications for developmental social work – Dr Tiffany Baffour, Winston-Salem State

Developing social work in health care setting: a challenge to health social workers in Africa –Dr Ojedokun Isaiah Mobolaji, University of Ibadan

Commission 5: School-based social work: achieving universal primary education
Chair: Dr Gerna Wessels

A call for school social work practice in South Africa: A research based approach – Ms Goodness Zulu, UNISA

School social work: Addressing the social barriers to learning and development in order to ensure educational achievement – Mrs Mollie Kemp
13h15 -14h15 Networking Lunch
14h15 -15h450 COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS (Breakaway Sessions)

Commission 6: School-based social work: achieving universal primary education (continue)
Chair: Dr Rory Truell

Can school-based social work contribute to achieving quality primary education in South Africa? – Dr Edmarie Pretorius, University of the Witwatersrand

School- based Social Work: Achieving universal primary education – Mr Charles Mbugua, IFSW

Commission 7: Sustainable infrastructures to render social welfare services
Chair: Mrs Erna Eloff

Social work matters, a South African perspective – Mr Ashley Theron, Ashley Theron Consulting

Public - Private partnerships: towards sustainable social welfare infrastructure – Mrs Agnes Wasike, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Uganda

Infrastructure as a fundamental prerequisite towards sustainable social welfare services – Mrs Marieta Kemp, SAVF

Sustainable service delivery in Development: The quest for funding – Prof Willem Roestenburg, UNISA

Issues and challenges in social work management and supervision: South African echoes – Prof Lambert Engelbrecht, Stellenbosch University

Commission 8: Gender equalities, specifically women development
Chair: Mr Noel Muridzo

From marginalisation to inclusion: Experiences of an entrepreneur woman with a disability – Ms Poppy Mashego, University of Pretoria

Intimate partner violence (IPV) at a tertiary institution – Dr Kalli Spencer, University of the Witwatersrand

Types of domestic violence experienced by women in abusive relationships – Dr Ilze Slabbert, University of Stellenbosch

Commission 9: School-based social work: achieving universal primary education
Chair: Mr Tebogo Itumeleng

Social entrepreneurship: re-centering the voices of the marginalised - Ms Faith Chirinda

"I'm homeless not Hopeless: promoting sustainable livelihood strategies among homeless youth – Towards Developmental Social Work" – Mr Trevor McArthur, University of Stellenbosch

Development tourism……fact or fiction – Mrs Deborah Ann Van Stade, UWC

Commission 10: Ensuring effective Social Work Training
Chair: Mr Jongman Kgomotso

Towards developing and strengthening a competent social work workforce for the next decade: a critical review of social work training – Mrs Iveda Smith, SACSSP

Burnout and Engagement among fourth-year social work students – Dr Francois Steyn, University of Pretoria

A capabilities approach to strengthening the social work force through training – Dr Anneline Keet, University of the Free State

Vicarious trauma: a forgotten cost of caring for victims of violence and crime - Mr Vusi Khoza, Provincial Department of Social Development: KwaZulu-Natal
15h45 -16h00 Afternoon Networking Tea
16h00 -17h00 Closed Meeting: NASW (SA) Constitution ratification
17h00 -20h00 Cocktail Reception in Exhibition Hall


Conference - Day 2: Thursday 26 September 2013

08h00 -15h00 Registration
09h00 -09h30 Mr Daniel Asiedu: International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Africa President Address
09h30 -10h15 Plenary Keynote Address: Professor Antoinette Lombard - Head of Department of Social Work and Criminology, University of Pretoria(Global Agenda)
10h15 - 11h00 Plenary Keynote Address: Professor Vishanthie Sewpaul and Dr Rory Truell
11h00 -11h30 Networking Tea/Coffee Break
11h30 -13h00 COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS (Breakaway Sessions)

Commission 1: Social Work with youth at risk and environmental sustainability
Chair: Mrs Sita Rootman

South African child and youth care understanding of restorative practices - Mrs Varoshini Nadesan, University of Johannesburg

The role of social work in climate change: working towards environmental sustainability - Mrs Allucia Shokane, University of Venda

Commission 2: Ensuring the dignity and worth of a person
Chair: Mrs Marieta Kemp

Towards ensuring the dignity and worth of a person: a personal encounter – Dr Gerna Wessels, University of Pretoria

Ensuring black women are a[part] of the global agenda: perceptions of posttraumatic growth in the aftermath of historical and contemporary trauma – Dr Selena Rodgers, CUNY/York College

Assessing prospective foster parents with dignity: A contextual model and protocol for South African social workers – Mrs Juliet Carter

Ensuring the dignity and worth of persons in Uganda - the role of the national association of social workers of Uganda (NASWU) –Ms Peninah Kansiime, NASWU

Chair: Dr Ulene Schiller

The Development of Safety and Risk Assesment tools and training materials for the assessment of the child at risk - Prof Vollie Spies, University of Pretoria

Commission 4: Promoting wellbeing through sustainable human relationships
Chair: Prof Vishanthie Sewpaul

Social Cohesion – Ms Marlene de Beer, University of Johannesburg

Inter-sectoral response to victims of human trafficking: lessons learnt from KwaZulu-Natal human trafficking, prostitution, pornography and brothels (HPPB) Task Team – Mr Vusi Khoza, Provincial Department of Social Development: KwaZulu-Natal

How do they fare: transitioning out of care in South Africa - Mrs Lisa Dickens, Girls and Boys Town South Africa

Commission 5 Ensuring an appropriate environment for practice and education
Chair: Mr Ashley Theron

Social Work Students Perspectives on the Global Agenda: Views from South Africa and the United States – Dr Tanusha Raniga, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Social work supervision: The need to get back to basics! – Mrs Crystal Theron, Le-Shika Development & Training

BSW Selection: let not a man guard his dignity, but let his dignity guard him - Mrs Corlie van der berg, University of Pretoria
13h00 -14h00 Networking Lunch
17h00 - 18h00


14h00 -16h00 Fieldtrips for international delegates only
19h00 -22h30



Conference - Day 3: Friday 27 September 2013


Registration / Tea/Coffee on arrival

09h00 - 09h30 Dr Rory Truell: International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Secretary General
09h30 -10h30 Professor Joseph Ayee: Keynote Address on Human Rights
10h30 - 11h00

Mr Charles Mbugua: Global Agenda Coordinator for Africa

11h00 – 11h30

Conference Resolutions and Closing (CPD Certificates)

11h30 - 12h00 Vote of Thanks: MsThandiMayathula-Khoza, (MP),The Honourable MEC of Agriculture, Rural and Social Development – Gauteng
12h00 - 12h30 Networking Tea/Coffee Break