Approximately 17 academics and social thinkers from all over the world presented research and projects that give insight into individual, community and societal resilience at Cornerstone Institute, Salt River, Cape Town on 26 July.
In opening the conference, Minister Fritz expressed the importance of all discussions to be geared towards action. “Let today be more than just another talk-shop. You are in the fortunate position of being able to influence the Western Cape Government, and specifically DSD, which has a team of well over 900 social workers, who on a day-to-day basis deal with fostering individual and community resilience in the province”, said MEC Fritz.
The conference saw the presentation of nine data and experience-driven presentations from academics, expert officials from the department and leaders of NGOs. They touched on matters related to gangsterism, individual psycho-social resilience, and community resilience increasingly through organized social movements. The presenters included key thinkers from within the province and internationally, such as Dr. Heidi Sauls (Social researcher, Department of Social Development); Dr. Kyle Farmby (Dean: Graduate School – Rutgers University) and Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina (Executive Manager – SA Cities Network)
(Adapted: allAfrica press release 26/07/2016)