SOWASK: Sustainably Green with the Community

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May 5, 2017 by Student 24/7 Blog

Actions speak louder than words. This seems to be a motto that the Social Workers with Attitude, Skills and Knowledge (SOWASK) of the North-West University’s Vanderbijlpark Campus (NWU Vaal) followed while celebrating Social Work Day in March. SOWASK celebrated the day by participating in a clean up project; the first of many to come.


Let’s get this project on the road!

Abiding by the International Federation of Social Work’s (IFSW) theme of environmental sustainability, went to Bophelong, a township in Vanderbijlpark, to clean the streets of litter. SOWASK, along with other social work students of the Campus, and the Smile Virus affiliated society came along to not only clean up the streets, but also learn and teach lessons to the community.

“The Bophelong community benefited from SOWASK’s first of many projects” states Sifiso Sibeko, the Public Relations Officer of SOWASK. The project was aimed at showcasing the significance of not only social work and they way they can help a community, but also the importance of a clean environment.

Big thank you’s are needed!

“The entire SOWASK committe was present, and accompanied by a well-represented contingent of its members, ranging from first year to final yea students” explains Sifiso.
The students who participated include:

  • Marie Morake
  • Nomthandazo Mbuyisa
  • Kamogelo Mathule
  • Vuyelwa Plaaitjie
  • Shana-Lee Jacobs
  • Mahlodi Siima
  • Elias Mokhete
  • Refilow Setsetse
  • Nyakalo Mzizi
  • Carol Ankiewicz
  • Trix Beatrice

SOWASK would also like to thank the following people who made the day possible:

  • Ms Tracy Mkwnazi – Social Work Lecturer
  • Dr Elmien Truter – Social Work Lecturer and SOWASK Guardian
  • Dr Elrie Botha – Director School of Behavioural Sciences
  • Smile Virus – an NWU Vaal affiliated society
  • The community of Bophelong

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