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IN SOUTH AFRICA, THE JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS IGNITED ANGER OVER COLONIAL AND STRUCTURAL INJUSTICES FOLLOWING THE JAILING OF FORMER PRESIDENT JACOB GEDLEYIHLEKISA ZUMA. What are the lessons for social work?

On 8 July 2021, former South African President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma was jailed for 15 months by the Constitutional Court for contempt of court after failing to appear before a commission investigating crime in the country. The jailing of the 79-year-old freedom fighter and anti-apartheid hero ignited nationwide discontent, massive ‘free Zuma’ demonstrations and looting.Continue reading “IN SOUTH AFRICA, THE JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS IGNITED ANGER OVER COLONIAL AND STRUCTURAL INJUSTICES FOLLOWING THE JAILING OF FORMER PRESIDENT JACOB GEDLEYIHLEKISA ZUMA. What are the lessons for social work?”

Kenneth Buchizya Kaunda’s contribution to the philosophy of African humanism (ubuntu) and pan-African theory

Contributors: Jacob Rugare Mugumbate and Joachim Cuthbert Mumba On 17 June 2021, former Zambian president and pan-Africanist Kenneth Kaunda died in Lusaka at the age of 97. He was born at Lubwa Mission in Chinsali, then part of Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, on 28th April 1924. He together with his compatriots led a struggle againstContinue reading “Kenneth Buchizya Kaunda’s contribution to the philosophy of African humanism (ubuntu) and pan-African theory”

‘Come through the door, not the window’: The San Code of Research Ethics (San Code)

The San Code: A great resource for social workers Cite the Code as: South African San Institute (SAAI) (2017). The San Code of Research Ethics. Kimberly: South African San Institute The San Code of Research Ethics is comprehensive, and addresses ethics in non-academic, non-technical and non-foreign terms. It details ethics from a standpoint of SanContinue reading “‘Come through the door, not the window’: The San Code of Research Ethics (San Code)”

ድር ቢያብር አንበሳ ያስር – THERE IS SO MUCH SOCIAL WORK KNOWLEDGE IN AFRICAN PROVERBS, A LOOK AT SOME PROVERBS FROM ETHIOPIA

ድር ቢያብር አንበሳ ያስር፡፡ means when webs of a spider join together, they can trap a lion. Ethiopian people have enormous proverbs which can explain social work knowledge in the same manner as western theories. Some of these proverbs can articulate and detail social, economic, political, spiritual, environmental, and psychological subjects within one sentence. TheContinue reading “ድር ቢያብር አንበሳ ያስር – THERE IS SO MUCH SOCIAL WORK KNOWLEDGE IN AFRICAN PROVERBS, A LOOK AT SOME PROVERBS FROM ETHIOPIA”

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURES OF SIDI PEOPLE BELOW, YOU WOULD THINK THEY ARE SOMEWHERE IN AFRICA, BUT NO, THIS IS INDIA! How did these 850 000 African descendent Bantu end up in Asia?

Sidi is not a country but the BaSidi, VaSidi or The Sidi are African diaspora people in Asia, mainly in Makran and Karachi in Pakistan and Karnataka, Gujarat and Hyderabad in India. They are Bantu. In historical texts, they are also referred to as Zanj, which means country of the blacks. Some of them areContinue reading “WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURES OF SIDI PEOPLE BELOW, YOU WOULD THINK THEY ARE SOMEWHERE IN AFRICA, BUT NO, THIS IS INDIA! How did these 850 000 African descendent Bantu end up in Asia?”

INNOVATIVE FIELDWORK PRACTICUM IN AFRICAN SOCIAL WORK TRAINING: LESSONS FROM RURAL CAMP INITIATIVE IN INDIA

Sanjoy, R. (2021) Rural camp in social work practicum: A lively pedagogy of learning. African Journal of Social Work, 11(1), 12-22 In social work, learning comes from varied pedagogical dimensions of activities and interventions. These include observation and analysis of field work settings with social realities and participation in designing and providing social work interventionContinue reading “INNOVATIVE FIELDWORK PRACTICUM IN AFRICAN SOCIAL WORK TRAINING: LESSONS FROM RURAL CAMP INITIATIVE IN INDIA”

COVID-19 and Changing Family System: Evidence from India

Professor Roy@Indigenous Social Work Family refers to a universal, permanent and pervasive institution characterized by socially approved sexual access and reproduction, common residence, domestic services and economic co-operation. The family is generally regarded as a major social institution which plays an important role in the socialization of individuals. The family is also the locus ofContinue reading “COVID-19 and Changing Family System: Evidence from India”

History of South African Social Work – the founding role of Charlotte Makgomo-Mannya Maxeke (1871-1939)

For more about the history of social services, welfare and social work in South Africa, see https://africasocialwork.net/south-africa/ Regarded as the Mother of Black Freedom in South Africa, Mama Maxeke is a founder and and mother of social work in the country. Mama Maxeke was born in 1871 (other sources say 1874) in Ramokgopa, Polokwane DistrictContinue reading “History of South African Social Work – the founding role of Charlotte Makgomo-Mannya Maxeke (1871-1939)”

A thesis in an African Language: Why it is important to use African languages in education, research and publishing

Recently, renowned African author Ignatius Mabasa completed his doctor of philosophy (PhD) thesis in his language. He conceptualised, wrote and published his thesis in Shona. The thesis is titled Chave Chemutengure Vhiri Rengoro: Husarungano Nerwendo Rwengano Dzevashona, meaning The folktale in confrontation with a changing world: a Shona storyteller’s autoethnography. The Zimbabwean was a studentContinue reading “A thesis in an African Language: Why it is important to use African languages in education, research and publishing”


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