SOCIAL WORK MATTERS

The Fourth Industrial Revolution can be described as the advent of “cyber-physical systems”, involving entirely new capabilities for people and machines. The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents entirely new ways in which technology becomes embedded within societies and even our human bodies.

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, says:

‘I am a great enthusiast and early adopter of technology, but sometimes I wonder whether the inexorable integration of technology in our lives could diminish some of our quintessential human capacities, such as compassion and cooperation. Our relationship with our smartphones is a case in point. Constant connection may deprive us of one of life’s most important assets: the time to pause, reflect, and engage in meaningful conversation.

Therefore, irrespective of many changes in society awaiting us, the need for care, protection, warmth and comfort will not easily be replaced by artificial intelligence and robots.

As a profession, we are founded on ethical principles, norms and values.

As an organisation, we strive to serve children, families and the elderly who are dependent upon us.

As Social Workers and Social Auxiliary Workers we become the change makers in people’s lives and also the instrument to give people HOPE.

One of the pillars of a democracy is a vibrant civil society that influences the wellbeing of its citizens.

Social Workers are part and parcel of civil society and therefore need to be the conscience of society.

The late Minister Kadar Asmal once said:” If the constitution is the head of a country, welfare is the heart of a country.”

As SAVF, we honour every Social Worker and Social Auxiliary Worker who goes the extra mile and ensures that our mission is accomplished.

We salute you on Social Worker’s Day, 19 March 2019.

Marieta Kemp – Director Social Services

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