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Brief History of the Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work, led by Prof. von Bochove with the help of two other staff members, began offering professional training in Social Work in 1986. Prof. Thabede (then Mr. Thabede) took over the headship of the department from Prof. von Bochove in 1992, on her retirement. By 2010, there were six full-time staff members.

Since its inception, the department has focused on offering only a four-year’ undergraduate training program (BA (Social Work)), and from 2007, a revised BSW program. The department has grown from strength to strength. As an example, it produced only 6 graduates in 1992, ten years later (2002) some 53 students graduated from the program, and by 2010 it produced 116 graduates. The BSW program is currently one of the popular choices of a large number of newly enrolled students in the School of Human and Social Sciences. During 2003, first-year class had no less than 125 students, with 90 in the second-year, 56 in the third-year, and 40 in the fourth-year. By 2010, first year class had 160 students, while fourth and final year class had 158 students.

Vision and Mission of the Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work at the University of Venda sees itself as an organ of social development, that is aimed at producing Social Work professionals who are capable of initiating and participating in sustainable social interventions in line with the statutory requirements for Social Work in South Africa.

The mission of the Department of Social Work is to train Social Workers who are capable of using skills and knowledge to assist individuals, groups and communities through professional interventions. The department also sees itself as an active participant in community development and research aimed at poverty alleviation.

Designation Name Contact
Associate Professor DG Thabede
BA (Hons) (SW) (Unizul), MSW (Ohio State) (PhD) (Stell)
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Senior Lecturers JLF Dederen
Kol, Lic (Ku-Leuven), PhD (Rau)
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Senior Lecturers EOM Hanisch
MA (Pret)
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Senior Lecturers LD Mogorosi
BA (SW) (Unin), BA (SW) (Hons) (Unizul), MS, DSW (Columbia), PhD (Col)
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Lecturers M Jacobz
BA (Hons) CUM LAUDE (Steel), MA cum Laude (Stell)
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Lecturers GM Lekganyane
BA (SW) (Unin), BA (SW) (Hons) (Pretoria), MA (Rau)
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Lecturers D Mabale
BAHARC (Univen)
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Lecturers PE Matshidze
BA (Hons), LLB (Univen), LLM (Unisa), UED
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Lecturers N Phiri
B.A.(SW) Fort Hare M.A(SW)(UNISA)
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Lecturers R Tshifhumulo
BA (Hons), (Univen), MA
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Lecturers PTS Zikhali
BA (Hons) (Unizul), MA, PhD (Unizul)
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Junior Lecturers NJ Budeli
BASW, (Univen)
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Junior Lecturers V Nemutandani
BASW, (Univen)
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