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​​Siyakhula Staff Programme

The Siyakhula Staff Programme has been relaunched and expanded as part of the Employment Equity and Diversity Capacity Building Programme. Since 2016, more than 600 staff members – at all post levels and from various divisions and disciplines – have joined discussions as part of this transformation competency series. The model of the Siyakhula Staff Programme has always been well received because it recognises the complexity of challenges faced by SU staff in a rapidly changing context. The programme equips staff with diversity knowledge by offering them the opportunity to learn from one another, explore attitudes and share skills to improve the quality of their communication and interaction. For 2020, the trainings have been moved online, the sessions now organised​ and moderated by Katlego Letlonkane, the Programme Manager: Capacity Development in the Employment Equity and the Promotion of Diversity division.



Siyakhula Series presents: 

July 3 – Introspecting our SU Institutional Culture through its History, its Present, and its Future

July 10 (repeat session) -  Introspecting our SU Institutional Culture through its History, its Present, and its Future

Presented by: Babalwa Gusha, Transformation Office

Moderated by: Katlego Letlonkane, HR

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July 17 – Accessible teaching, learning and assessments

July 24 (repeat session) - Accessible teaching, learning and assessments

Presented by: Dr Marcia Lyner-Cleophas, Head Disability Unit; Luigia Nicholas, Special Needs Manager, SRC Lizelle Apollis; Inclusivity and Access Officer, Disability Unit

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July 31 –  Reflection on Religion and Cultural Inclusion

August 7 (repeat session) – Reflecting on Religion and Cultural Inclusion

Presented by: Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd, Senior Researcher, Peace Practitioner, Historical Trauma and Transformation, Ayanda Nyoka, Researcher, Historical Trauma and Transformation 

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August 14 - Reflecting on Gender and Violence and the Violence of Gender

21 August (repeat session) - Reflecting on Gender and Violence and the Violence of Gender

This training workshop will reflect on:

  • Patterns of violent behavior against women in society
  • Factors and cultural perceptions that contribute to dominating and violent expressions in society
  • How we challenge gender stereotypes and gender based violence
  • How SU students feel about the gender sensitivity and awareness of staff 

Presented by Katlego Letlonkane, Dr Claire Kelly and Grace Mngadi

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August 28 – Women at Work, Reflecting on the stories of women at work 

This training workshop will reflect on –

  • What it means to be a woman in the workplace
  • Sexual Harassment and the threat on women in the workplace
  • The need for Women in leadership 

Presented by Katlego Letlonkane and Shibu Mamabolo

Siyakhula Series presents:

September Decolonization Month 

Each Friday in September, staff is invited to Decoloniality Dialogues aimed at reflecting on practices, beliefs, and ongoing conversations on decoloniality, racial prejudice and social justice and how we can bring anti-bias values to life. Over the 4 weeks, the training workshops will focus on the following themes –

  • Stereotypes, Biases, Racial Prejudice
  • Referencing,  diversity, equity and pedagogies of care

Facilitators: Refiloe Lepere PhD, and Tebogo Radebe PhD Candidate, SU Historical Trauma and Transformation Studies