Local Organising Committee - (LOC) Bios
Prof Annaline CS Keet
International Representative: ASASWEI
Annaline Keet trained as a social worker at the University of the Western Cape. She has a Masters and PhD in social work with specialization in Employee Wellbeing Programmes, from the University of Pretoria. She entered academia in 2010, working at Fort Hare University, Free State University (where she also served as Head of the Social Work Department), and is currently an Associate Professor at Mandela University. Annaline authored 9 academic publications. She has been involved in the evaluation of undergraduate and postgraduate curriculums nationally and in the region. She served on the previous executive of ASASWEI (2015-2017), and currently serves as the international representative of ASASWEI (2019-2023). Her primary research interests include social marginalization, cultural trauma and working with older persons.
Dr Tlale Nathane
University of Witwatersrand
Tlale Nathane is a qualified social worker. She is a lecturer at the Department of Social Work at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). She has been in academia for 14 and holds a Bachelors, Masters and PhD in Social Work from Wits University. She is a member of the National DSD Task Team on the development of a Supervision Framework for Social Services Professionals.
Tlale has co-authored a newly published book by HSRC titled Black Academic Voices: The South African Experience. She is involved in research collaborations on fatherhood, families, absent fathers and academic experiences of students. She is the Secretary of ASASWEI.
Dr Mbazima Simeon Mathebane
University of South Africa
Mbazima is a senior lecturer at the Department of Social Work at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He lectures of community work and welfare policy, chairs the departmental scientific review committee (higher degrees committee), and supervises postgraduate students. His research interests include African indigenous knowledge systems, Afrocentrism and decoloniality applied to both practice and educational issues. Mbazima completed his doctoral thesis on indigenous and decolonial social work from UNISA in 2017. In 2017 he received the ASASWEI Up-and-Coming Educator of the Year Award. He has published scholarly articles in accredited peer reviewed journals as well as contributed to book chapters. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Indigenous Social Development (University of Calgary). He is the treasurer of ASASWEI (2019- 2023).
Ms Thobeka Ntini
University of Zululand
Thobeka is a lecturer in the Department of Social Work at the University of Zululand. She has a Master of Social Work degree (Cum Laude) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is currently pursuing her PhD studies. She also holds an international Master of Social Work with Families and Children obtained from a multi-country Erasmus Programme coordinated by Lisbon University Institute (Portugal), University of Stavanger (Norway), University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Makerere University (Uganda). Her work is largely framed by intersectionality, anti- oppressive practice and participatory research. Her recent projects explored the experiences of children and families during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa. She has published peer-reviewed articles in local and international journals.
Ms Sithuthukile Sibusisiwe Myeni
University of Zululand
Sithuthukile is a lecturer at the University of Zululand. She holds a masters in social work and is currently registered for her PhD studies at the University of Zululand.
Her research focus is on gender-based violence, victim empowerment and social work practice.
As a social worker, she is committed to empowering people to help themselves in moving from a state of helplessness to hope and purpose to change their state of dysfunction.
Dr Peter Masibinyane Dimo
University of Zululand
Peter Dimo is a lecturer at University of Zululand. He entered academia in 2009 where he worked at the University of Limpopo as fieldwork coordinator. In 2014, he was appointed at lecturer at North-West University. He joined the University of Zululand in 2018.
Peter’s research interests include public health and social work. He has published several papers on organ donation and transplantation.
He supervises masters and doctoral candidates.
Dr Corlie Giliomee
University of Pretoria
Corlie joined the University of Pretoria 10 years ago as lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Criminology. She holds a masters and completed her doctorate in 2020 with a focus on human rights education at schools of social work in Southern and East Africa. She teaches developmental social work and theories for social work practice and social development. She has vast practice experience spanning 15 years in various fields of social work. Her academic and research interests include human rights and human rights education, social justice, social work education, social development and homelessness.
Corlie serves as the treasurer of the Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa (ASSWA) since June 2018.
Dr Rika Swanzen
Independent Institute of Education
Rika is the programme manager for the School of Social Sciences at the Institute of Independent Education (MSA), and between 2015-2018 was Adjunct Associate Professor with the Caulfield campus of Monash University. Rika has developed and taught in child and youth care at MSA since 2009. She has authored 18 peer reviewed publications and made 18 presentations at international conferences. She is a postgraduate supervisor, an external examiner and an editor for the Relational Child and Youth Care Practice journal. She has practice experience in child and family welfare, adolescent mental health, community development, residential care, foster care training and practice model development. She has a master’s degree (cum laude) in clinical social work and a doctorate in social work. She was appointed by the Minister of Social Development as the education and training sector representative on the SACSSP (2016-2022).
Ms Rene Morcom
Rene graduated from UNISA with a Bachelor of Social Work and is currently studying for a master’s degree in Clinical Social work at the University of Johannesburg. In 2018 (pre-covid days), she developed an interest in online social work intervention.
Rene been instrumental in facilitating the formation of SASSWA and sees this as a great forum to support social work students in South Africa. Her passion for supporting social work students started four years ago when she began offering free mentorship for final year UNISA students, which she is still very involved in today.
Dr Darla Spence Coffey
Council on Social Work Education
IASSW Education Sub-Committee Chair
Darla is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) which represents over 800 accredited undergraduate and graduate programs of professional social work in the USA. Dr Coffey received her BSW from Eastern College, her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She has an extensive background in social work practice in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence. More recently, Darla has been focusing her presentations and writings on provider well-being and leadership.
Darla is the Chair of the Education Sub-Committee at the IASSW.
Mrs Civil Legodu
Chief Director: Professional Support and Older Persons, National Department of Social Development
Civil is a social worker with 30 years’ experience in practice and management. She has served on various service delivery professional structures and committees to ensure reach and impact realisation of social work interventions in the community. Since 2000, she has been attached to the National Department of Social Development and served in various senior and management portfolios. In these roles, she has been instrumental in furthering the development of key programmes, policies and legislative frameworks for the social services sector. She also served on the local organising committee for the planning of previous ASASWEI conferences and served as past- President of National Association of Social Workers (NASW)(SA).
Civil currently holds the position of Chief Director: Professional Support and Older Persons and serving as a Ministerial appointee on the SACSSP for the National Department of Social Development.
Prof John Victor Rautenbach
Head of Department Social work:
University of Zululand
John is a Professor and Head of the Department of Social Work at the University of Zululand and previous Head of the Department of Social Work and Social Development at the University of Fort Hare. He has served as a member of Senate, Faculty Board, Faculty Planning Committee, Teaching and Learning Committee, Recognition of Prior Learning Committee and the Higher Degrees’ Committee.
He is a former international representative of ASASWEI, and former Board Member of the IASSW. He continues to Chair the Standing Committee on the World Census of Social Work Programs.
John is a postgraduate supervisor, has published in local and international peer-reviewed journals, presented at national and international conferences, served on scientific committees, and was a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at the University of Lincoln, UK. His teaching and research areas include social justice, human rights, relationships, marriage and family transitions, and clinical social work practice.