Mrs. Laurencia Mathekga

Mrs. Laurencia Mathekga. Co-presenting with Dr. Johanah Sekudu
UNISA PHD Candidate. Supervisor: Dr. Johanah Sekudu, DPhil Social Work
Employed at: SANPARKS

The research was done in KZN and sponsored by UNISA

Presentation Title
Towards Resilience: A Model To Assist Rangers Deal With Workplace Challenges
Content Focus Area
Organisational Level
Role Of Surveys In Improving Programmes
Biographical information related to the topic
I have over 21 years’ experience of employee wellness and social responsibility programme management at various businesses such as government, nuclear institute, conservation and tourism rooted in a rock-solid background of social work profession. Currently I’m a corporate manger at SANPARKS responsible for overseeing and managing employee wellness at South Africa’s 19 national spread across the country. In 2015 I embarked on a PHD journey under the supervision of Dr J Sekudu at UNISA Social Work Department and the research is about developing resilience building model to assist rangers faced by wild life poaching cope with their workplace challenges.

J Seduku Biographical Information:

Qualified as a social worker in 1989 at the University of the North, obtained a master’s degree in 1994 at the University of Pretoria and a doctoral degree in 2002 at the University of Pretoria. Worked for 1 year at Pretoria Child Welfare, seven years at GaRankuwa Hospital, 14 years at the University of Pretoria, 3 years at North West University, Mafikeng Campus and joined Unisa in 2013 to date.

South African National Parks like other world conservation sectors is grappling with wild life poaching. The task of protecting wild life lies mainly on the shoulders of the rangers, who spent most of the time engaged in protecting the animals against poachers. The psychosocial support and care of these rangers is often neglected, as the focus is on saving wild life. This presentation is based on the study that was conducted at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HIP) and Mkhuze game reserve, with the aim of exploring and describing the experiences of the rangers from their world view, regarding how they cope with the challenges that they are faced with when executing their daily tasks. The second aim was to use their experiences to develop a model that could be implemented to enhance their resilience. The study was qualitative in nature as well as exploratory, descriptive and contextual. Data were collected by means of focus group discussions with rangers and semi-structured interviews with managers. Data was analysed thematically and it was evident that they rely on their traditional believes to cope with their everyday challenges. Ethical considerations were applied to protect participants.
Session Description
Culture brokering wellness with resilient outcome
Learning Objective 1
To promote wellness as a strategic partner
Learning Objective 2
To promote savviness in responding to the needs of the employer and the employees
Learning Objective 3
To encourage comprehensive services delivery that is robust, proactive, promotive, and dynamic and culture sensitive
Audience Level