Relate your Research - a social work podcast

RELATE YOUR RESEARCH - A SOCIAL WORK PODCAST  |  Podcast , ±32 min episodes every 3 weeks, 5 days  | 
To generate, disseminate and preserve lessons and stories of social work researchers in South Africa. To provide a collaborative platform for social workers and researchers to share their unique experiences, creating an innovative dialogue while preserving knowledge.

Endorsed by Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University
Produced by Ward Wide Music, Cape Town

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S1/Ep.10 "ECD Forums – creating community support with Jessica Blom"

ECD Forums are formal or informal gatherings of Principals, Practitioners and community members with the function role of connecting with each other in areas or communites.

Jessica Blom shares her research highlighting the value of a collective experience and shared knowledge which is strengthening the ECD sector in a number of ways.

Links from Episode:

Thesis still to be published online *Link to follow*

This episode was supported by the DG Murray Trust

S1/Ep.9 "The South African 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Birth to 5 with Simone Topaz & Catherine Draper"

The South African 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Birth to 5 Years: Results From the Stakeholder Consultation

Featuring both, Catherine Draper, Senior Lecturer at Wits University and Simone Tomaz, University of Stirling who both worked on the development of the Movement Guidelines for South Africa..

Useful Tools:

Articles & Related Research:
Draper, C.E., Tomaz, S.A., Stone, M., Hinkley, T., Jones, R.A., Louw, J., Twine, R., Kahn, K. and Norris, S.A., 2017. Developing intervention strategies to optimise body composition in early childhood in South Africa. BioMed research international, 2017.

Tomaz, S.A., 2018. Physical activity and gross motor skills in rural South African preschool children (Doctoral dissertation, University of Cape Town).

Draper, C.E., Tomaz, S.A., Stone, M., Hinkley, T., Jones, R.A., Louw, J., Twine, R., Kahn, K. and Norris, S.A., 2017. Research Article Developing Intervention Strategies to Optimise Body Composition in Early Childhood in South Africa.

Jones, S., Hendricks, S. and Draper, C.E., 2014. Assessment of physical activity and sedentary behavior at preschools in Cape Town, South Africa. Childhood Obesity, 10(6), pp.501-510.

This ECD Series is supported by the DG Murray Trust

S1/Ep.7 "Talking about Social Protests & Social Action with Hilary Chibaya"

Why do people protest? Should social workers be involved in social protests? We hear from Hilary Chibaya a social work Phd researcher at Stellenbosch University looking at social action & protests in South Africa


S1/Ep.8 "The Trajectory of ECD Policy in South Africa with Eric Atmore"

Atmore is the director of the Centre for Early Childhood Development and his thesis focused on an in-depth analysis of the South African Early Childhood Development policy.

This episode starts off our ECD series by looking at the pathway and progress of ECD policy in South Africa and the implications of this in the ECD sector.

Centre for Early Childhood Development:

Atmore, E., 2019. An Interpretive Analysis of the Early Childhood Development Policy Trajectory in Post-apartheid South Africa.

Van Niekerk, L. Ashley-Cooper, M and Atmore, E. (2017) Effective early childhood development programme options meeting the needs of young South African children. Cape Town: Centre for Early Childhood Development.

This Podcast Series is supported by the DG Murray Trust

S1/Ep.6 "The experiences of the unemployed in South Africa with Dr Melinda Du Toit "

What do we really know about the lived experiences of people who are unemployed? In this episode, Dr Melinda Du Toit passionately describes her journey and doctoral research which focused on the qualitative inquiry into the experience of unemployment of individuals living in South African townships.

Melinda is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) at the University of Johannesburg

Recent article in the

Contextual factors and the experience of unemployment: A review of qualitative studies:

Exploring experiences of unemployment in South African townships [PhD (Industrial Psychology):

S1/Ep.5 "The Unseen Neoliberal Implications on Social Work & NGOs with Dr Abigail Ornellas"

Part 2 of 2
This episode denatures the doctoral research exploring the contemporary issues facing NGOs today. Termed the 'neoliberal tenants', this study presents the voices of South African, NGO-based frontline social workers.

We talk NGO sector funding, burnout and the challenges that social workers are facing in an ever growing global economy.

Links from the episode:

S1/Ep.4 "My journey as a social work researcher with Abigail Ornellas "

Part 1 of 2 Episodes with Abigail Ornellas, Post Doc Fellow& Researcher from Stellenbosch University.

In Part 1, we hear the personal journey and the road to becoming a social work research as well as the stories behind wanting to leave an impact in South Africa through research and academia.

Part 2: The Unseen neoliberal implications on social work :voices of South African Social workers with Abigail Ornelles [Link to come]

Links from Episode:

S1/Ep.3 "Traditional healers & social workers in South Africa"

In South Africa, health issues such as HIV/AIDS are a reality for many. Different cultures tackle and cope with these challenges in different ways, one of which is traditional healing. Dr Zibonele Zimba explores these issues in some of his research and shares his experiences as a social work researcher.

Links from the episode
SU Staff Profile:

Challenges faced by traditional healers when treating people living with HIV and AIDS: the case of Intsika Municipality, Eastern Cape province. Link:

Zimba, Z. and Tanga, P.T., 2014. Challenges faced by traditional healers when treating people living with HIV and AIDS: the case of intsika municipality, Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Studies on Ethno-Medicine, 8(3), pp.269-275.

Zimba, Z.F., 2017. The impact of family preservation and family reunification services on families in South Africa: a case study of Amathole District Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province. Link :

S1/Ep.2 "Caring for people with physical disabilities with Noreth Muller-Kluits"

Living with physical disabilities can be a challenge for anyone, and caregivers of persons with disabilities are a unique group of people who require support, resources and knowledge to care adequately for the challenges that arise when caring for people with special needs.

In this podcast call, Noreth Muller-Kluits, lecturer from College of Cape Town an PhD Candidate from Stellenbosch University shares her findings, resources and research related to caring for people with disabilities.

Links from Episode
Informability Blog:
Masters Research Thesis:

S1/Ep.1 "Social Work Supervision with Thea Wynne"

Social Work Supervision is a field of interest for social workers and managers working in the social service sector. Supervision is a valuable tool to foster growth and professionalism in organisations, what is interesting is that barriers exist that hinder social workers and leave them vulnerable to inadequate and even harmful supervision.

Social worker and postgraduate researcher, Thea Wynne shares with us her research lessons, findings and reflections on her Masters Study titled: The potential factors contributing to harmful supervision of social workers.

For research outputs:

Stellenbosch University Social Work Department:

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