Two social auxiliary workers from Gauteng walked away with the acclaimed SAVF Social Auxiliary Worker of the Year Award at the SAVF’s 83rd Congress that is taking place in Limpopo this week.
Leslie Masupane , social auxiliary worker at SAVF Môreglans Old Age Home in Mogale City and Lebogang Murokani, social auxiliary worker at the SAVF Mamelodi social work office are the joint winners of the award that is given to most deserving social auxiliary worker over a three year time span.
According to Marieta Kemp, SAVF Director: Social Services, social auxiliary workers render an invaluable service to SAVF and South African communities as a whole. “The 28 social auxiliary workers in SAVF employment are the right-hand of our social workers. Due to the shortage of social workers and their immense workload, auxiliary workers play a vital part in the upholding of the offices and rendering services under the supervision of social workers”, Kemp said.
Joint award winner, Leslie Masupane, started out as a SAVF volunteer in 2002. “At that stage I was between jobs and the SAVF was active in my community in Swannieville. I volunteered my services and was involved in youth holiday programs and other outreach projects. The SAVF regional manager at the time approached me and asked if I were interested in becoming a social auxiliary worker. This was a great opportunity for me; I feel very passionate about helping people. I since graduated as a social auxiliary worker and is actively involved in the Rietvallei community on the Westrand”, Masupane said.
Masupane initiated an exercise routine for elderly people in the community and also assist them when applying for old age grants. “There are lots of senior citizens that have difficulty with the bureaucratic application process. I act as a mediator between them and the SASSA”. Masupane is currently furthering his studies in Personal Relations with the hope that this skill will aid him in his social development work.
Lebogang Murokani, joint winner of the SAVF Social Auxiliary Worker Award, resides in Soshanguve and is based in the SAVF Mamelodi Social Work office. “When I was young I dreamed of becoming a social worker. My mother was a single-mother and was employed as a domestic worker. When I finished matric there was not enough money to further my studies. When the opportunity arose at the SAVF to become a social auxiliary worker, I grabbed it with both hands. Being a social auxiliary worker enables me to support my family while working towards my goal to become a social worker”, Murokani said.
Murokani renders family support services and foster supervision services in Mamelodi. She is also involved with training and group work in her community. During a recent period, where all social work post were vacant in the Mamelodi office, Murokhani managed to ensure the smooth running of the office under supervision of the regional SAVF social worker. “The acknowledgement of the work I do means a lot to me. It strengthens my resolve to become a social worker and uplift and empower my community”,Murokhani said.
SAVF is active in 5 provinces, namely; Limpopo, Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and Kwazulu/Natal. In the past year, the Organisation managed to reach out to more than 80 thousand people with poverty alleviation programs. Other services include child and youth care, social development and care for the aged and disabled.
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