Seriti Institute strengthens community organisation for social health and local economic development. It uses large scale participatory methods, and in its systemic interventions forges partnerships involving communities, government departments, non-governmental organisations, civil society and business.
Seriti's programmes are all designed to achieve social scale impact, with participation of hundreds of people and collaboration of all actors within an activity system. A coherent theory informs Seriti’s approaches, and is perhaps best expressed in the Organisation Workshop which forges organisational literacy amongst a large group of participants, while creating enterprises and social cohesion.
Seriti is one of the Implementing Agents for the South African government’s Community Work Programme, and was one of the main partners in the Kwanda reality TV show. Read more »
Midway through 2014 a joint meeting of GoldFields and Sibanye Gold board members and community relations managers asked Seriti Institute (Seriti) to consider a developmental intervention in Westonaria. This community and its well-being are vital to both companies’ operations and yet both mining houses and the local municipality have poor working relationships with residents. Indeed Bekkersdal has become renowned as a site of angry protest.
Although training in CWP is sometimes looked at as internal and only focusing on ensuring that CWP participants are able to do their work better and more efficiently, Tshepang Balemi;
On 21 June 2016 the Deputy Ministers of CoGTA and of Small Business Development along with the Tshwane Municipality visited the community of Erasmus. The purpose of the visit was to hand over certificates to registered cooperatives, who are CWP participants in ward 39.
A prerequisite for CWP is that all sites must consult with their local communities when planning work to be done for the year. This exercise makes sure that work done by the CWP is what’s needed by the community that it’s useful and the community has a complete buy-in.