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.
Deputy Ministers Nel and Thabethe Visit CWP Sites in Erasmus, Pretoria
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.
25 cooperatives received certificates and 9 certificates are still outstanding. Cooperatives ranging from agriculture, art and sewing, catering and construction were formed. The Deputy Ministers were impressed with the progress that the cooperatives made over a short space of time. Deputy Minister Andries Nel said “Erasmus CWP is one of the best sites in the country”. Whenever in parliament, he uses Erasmus CWP as an example of a community that is working hard towards improving peoples’ livelihoods.
The Community Work Programme will continue to support and help cooperatives to stand on their feet and create an exit opportunity for members. The Tshwane Municipality will also give after care programs to the cooperatives, they said it doesn’t end with the handing over of certificates; it is an ongoing relationship towards the success of the cooperatives. The two Deputy Ministers pledged their support to the cooperatives, they said that they will ensure that the cooperatives receive financial and non-financial support, Deputy Minister Thabethe said that in her next visit she won’t be coming empty handed she will be bringing equipment like tractors and irrigation systems to help the cooperatives.
Furthermore, the Deputy Ministers conducted a site visit and the cooperatives got a chance to show case their work and interact with them. At the end of the event cooperatives gave gifts to the Deputy Ministers as a token of appreciation.
Figure 1 receiving certificates from the Deputy Minister and Councillor