Organisation Workshop

The Organisation Workshop fosters organizational literacy; participants learn new repertoires of organization to deal with social challenges and to manage economic enterprises. It is activity-based, and works with large numbers of people e.g. 400. Products of the OW include infrastructure and new enterprises. The OW creates the conditions for all social partners to collaborate in activity that improves the quality of life in a community.

Seriti is one of only four agencies internationally with the expertise to implement the methodology. It is part of Integra Terra, the international network of OW practitioners, and adheres to the competence standards and accreditation procedures set by the network.

As the table below shows, there has been a gradual increase in the use of the Organization Workshop over the last few years. This is a result of its effectiveness in bringing organizational awareness to communities at the same time as establishing enterprises, creating production infrastructure and catalyzing responses to social challenges. The dramatically positive effects of the OW were highlighted in the Impact Evaluation carried out by Singizi in July 2010. Langa & von Holdt (2011, New South African Review 2, Wits University Press) documented its effects in strengthening social cohesion and combating xenophobia.

Table 1: Organisation Workshops held by Seriti Institute before 2012

YearPlacePractical Work
2007 Munsieville – 150 people Pilot for social issues within the OW. Other work included restoral of buildings, tree planting, food gardens, rebuilding of farmhouse.
2008 Bokfontein – 200 people Informal settlement. Created cooperative garden, sunk borehole, developed road & recreation area, planted trees. Crèche enlarged
2009 Kwanda Learning Camp – 450 people 4 ha Citrus and 3 ha Vegetables planted, and irrigation installed. Chicken Farm initiated, Crèche enlarged, park created, trees & food gardens planted; campaigns on HIV prevention, care of OVC; 36 ECD Practitioners trained to Level 1
2010 Diepsloot – 200 People School renovation & fencing; social contracts in HIV prevention, care of children; 28 ECD Practitioners trained to level 1; reduction of alcohol abuse; sports coaching; established orchards and shade trees planted; assisted gardening enterprise to expand to 3 hectares of production; cleared 6km hot spots off reeds and long grass; built 4 safe crossings zones for school children along stream; cleared taxi rank and repainted toilets; renovated youth centre
2010 Galeshewe – 187 people 2 Schools renovated; established 9 school gardens and orchards; established 0.8ha garden; built 20 stoeps around water sources in informal settlement; social contracts in HIV prevention, care of children, reduction of alcohol abuse – Phuza Wize campaign; 2 recycling enterprises formed; 21 ECD Practitioners trained to level 1.
2011 Muyexe - 183 people School and crèche gardens established; social contracts in HIV prevention, care of children, reduction of alcohol abuse; 24 ECD Practitioners to level 1; conducted social survey for entire village of 900 households; Planted 2000 citrus trees at household level; Assisted gardening cooperative expansion from 3 hectares to 11.5 hectares, established poultry and piggery enterprises; built ablution facilities, fencing and paving at grave yard; donga rehabilitation; repaired 2 bridges.
2011 Riemvasmaak – 160 people Local crèche expanded; renovated multi-purpose centre; established 1 hectare community garden; conducted social survey of 500 households; social contracts in HIV prevention, care of children, reduction of alcohol abuse – Phuza Wize campaign; established brick making enterprise; 22 ECD practitioners trained to level 1; established 4 institutional gardens.
2011 Dysselsdorp – 180 people Established 3 hectare vegetable garden, expanded 7 institutional gardens, cleared 3 graveyard sites; alien vegetation eradication; 20 ECD practitioners trained to level 1; renovated crèche; planted 3 hectares of spekboom for grazing; planted 3 hectares of liquorice root for local extraction enterprise; social contracts in HIV prevention, care of children, reduction of alcohol abuse – Phuza Wize campaign; established 1000 tree fig orchard; build ablution facilities and ramps for disabled access at computer training centre; conducted social survey of 2500 households.

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