Journey with us... Our history
Seriti Institute is a social enterprise formed in 2009 as a Section 21 company. It is a creation by members of the then independent organizations: Eventually Africa and Intselelo Youth Development. Its founders, Dr Gavin Andersson, Mr Mfanafuthi Khanyile and Mr Sibusiso Mkhize had worked together for more than a year in these separate organizations when they recognised that their complementary strengths enabled innovation and community initiative. Together, they have over 70 years ‘experience in community development. It is this experience that has built the success of the organisation in developing and applying methodologies which promote a community-wide mobilisation while capacitating communities to organize and implement development activities of their choice.
We are pleased to share that the Institute boasts a sturdy BBBEE profile with strong representation of women in its leadership. 90% of its senior managers are historically disadvantaged individuals, and 75% of its executive directors are Black Africans. Seriti has 201 staff working in 6 Provinces, of whom 199 are Black African. 83% of its non-executive directors and 50% of its senior managers are women.
WHAT ‘SERITI’ MEANS…
The Seriti Institute has its origins firmly rooted in the meanings of the word ‘Seriti’. While the word’s literal meaning is ‘dignity’ or ‘integrity’, we love the idea of Seriti, as expressed beautifully in a piece written by our colleagues at ‘Learning to Lead’. We share the piece with you:
Africa is a land filled with many wonders. The Sotho people refer to one such wonder as ‘Seriti’ or the shadow that you cast.
Mountains, trees or objects cannot cast this shadow, only humans. It is unique to you. No two are alike. In the Seriti you can read the life story of a person. It is the legacy you leave behind, the consequences of each and every choice you make.
Humans do not live in isolation, but rather cast their shadows on all those around them, they leave their footprints on the soil of Africa.
To know your Seriti, you need to be true to yourself, you need to be real. Becoming real does not happen all at once, it takes a long time. It does not happen to people who break easily or who have sharp edges. Sometimes your journey to becoming real will hurt, but when you are real you don’t mind being hurt because when you become real, it lasts for always.
Let your Seriti dance together with others to weave the fabric of your legacy.
Share, grow and discover your Seriti and Diriti of others around you. Build a legacy of your Seriti as you grow in knowledge and wisdom and as you touch the lives of others.
Celebrate your uniqueness
Cast your shadow
Leave your legacy
Gabriel Setiloane, an African theologian echoes and cements it for us in the way that he describes Seriti –
‘the human person is like a live electric wire which is ever exuding force or energy in all directions. The force that is thus exuded is called seriti. It is like an aura around the human person, an invisible shadow or cloud or mist forming something like a magnetic or radar field. It gives forth into the traffic or weltering pool of life in community the uniqueness of each person and each object. The kind of energy that gives without being depleted itself…'