Johannesburg, Gauteng (October 5, 2020): Khulisa Social Solutions, in partnership with Career Building Blocks, has conducted almost 100 assessments with youth at risk/in conflict with the law, rehabilitating offenders and perpetrators of domestic violence.

The results of this innovative approach to proactively identify the causal factors of broken eco-systems in South African communities will be presented today via Zoom.

“We have captured preliminary findings which will lead us towards the development of a Framework on Social-Emotion awareness: A cutting-edge response Gender-Based Violence.

“The data we have gathered, albeit still in its developmental stage, presents disturbing insights into the significant percentage of participants with suicidal and homicidal ideation.

“It is critical for us to take these alarm signals seriously and start addressing them through targeted interventions.

“We are dealing with broken individuals, living in broken communities and forming broken eco-systems. The recent Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has just started to expose the fault lines that were always simmering under the surface.

“Now is the time to invest in sustainable and measurable interventions to heal people on an individual level. This will empower our communities and help us fix our eco-systems. There is simply no other way,” says Khulisa Managing Director, Lesley Ann van Selm.

Tracking wellbeing

The incorporation of the psychometric tests into Khulisa’s initiatives when working with different demographic groups allows for scientific measurement of the growth of individuals whilst directing them effectively towards their future career orientation and development plans.

Munei Tshiovhe, the founder of Career Building Blocks, is working on a suite of integrated digital personal development programmes with Khulisa.

An innovation of this kind, built on the principles of psychological well-being, is centralised around social and emotional awareness.

With interactions in the various programmes developed, an IT tracking system will manage and document all tests conducted.

In addition to the assessments for perpetrators and victims of domestic and gender-based violence, other programmes include:

  • Youth assessments;
  • Skills tests knowledge;
  • Digital career guidance;
  • Psychometric tests; and
  • Development plans.

Feedback from participants

“My client felt it confirmed the direction and interests he was already discovering in his life. I found it interesting being a part of the process with my client as it helped me understand him better,” Lisa Marqua-Harries from Restore.

“The process was extremely informative. The outcomes were so spot on, it highlighted to myself the areas in which my strengths lie. It also showed me the areas in which my capacities have diminished as a result of negative experiences. It had the potential of reminding me of who I once was and can be again❤️” – Crystal

“The feedback on the assessment has been a remarkable process for the participants. It was both an affirming process, it highlighted their key competencies, deepened their self and social awareness, helped them understand their relationship conflict and brought hope, possibility and an excitement for the future. It was an interesting observation in the majority of participants recognized their competencies but realised that a lack of confidence was preventing them from reaching their goals. We are presently working with the participants on their development plans and we look forward to the journey in working on their goals.” Venessa Padayachee, Social worker, Mid-Way Services.


About us

Khulisa Social Solutions is a non-profit company that helps vulnerable children, youth and communities unlock their potential and develop skills towards a sustainable future.

It operates throughout South Africa, employs over 300 people through 38 offices, by working in 400 communities and reaching close to 500 000 people annually.

Khulisa partners with national and local government departments, schools, correctional facilities, community leaders, corporates, thought-leaders, academic institutions and private companies. Khulisa’s internationally acclaimed and locally rewarded best practice programmes deliver positive and measurable impact with the main focus on youth and community development.

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