Rethinking resilience: Reflections on teaching, learning and health in a time of Covid-19

Pictures and biographies of the speakers and panellists.
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Marie-Louise van Heerden
Prof Christo Lombaard
Suzette Willemse is a facilitator in the School of Social Reformation, Hugenote Kollege.
She describes herself as 'Clinical Social Worker, Social activist, Motivational Speaker, Prayer Warrior, Entrepreneur, and Mentor'.

Brian A Goliath is a social worker in private practice and a social entrepreneur.
He studied social work at the University of the Western Cape and UNISA, and has been registered with SACSSP as a social worker since May 1993.


Dr Nico de Klerk is Director of the Centre for Good Governance in Africa at the School of Social Innovation, Hugenote Kollege. He is also Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary's Department for Spiritual Theology, and CEO of StreetBiz Foundation


Lyzette Schwella holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from the Univesity of Stellenbosch. She has been a counselling psychologist since 1991, and is currently a lecturer and programme co-ordinator at Hugenote Kollege's School of Social Innovation.

Melissa Siegelaar has a BA Masters in Sociology from the University of Stellenbosch

She currently lectures in sociology in the BSW degree programme at Hugenote Kollege.

Prof Yolanda Dreyer teaches in the Department of Practical Theology and Mission Studies at UP.
Her areas of expertise are Practical Theology, Pastoral Care and Counselling, Gender Studies, and Pastoral Psychology.

Prof Adrian van Breda is the Head of Department in the Department of Social Work at the University of Johannesburg.
His research focus is resilience theory - how people, particularly individuals, families and organisations, bounce back from adversity, or even thrive in the face of adversity.


Abstract (to come)
Sandra Bredell

Dr Jessica Johannisen

Dr Annette Potgieter holds the degree of Dr. Theol. from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

She was previously minister at NH Rustenburg Tuine and now lectures in theology at Hugenote Kollege.

Emihiyah Davids has almost 22 years experience in Social Work. She also has a Master's degree in Public Administration. She is co-presenting with Una Petersen, Marquin Smith and Adriana Petersen.

Una Petersen has 33 years experience in Social Work. She is co-presenting with Emihiyah Davids, Marquin Smith and Adriana Petersen.

Marquin Smith has extensive experience in working with youth, particularly vulnerable youth, children and families. He holds the degrees of BSW, BA in Sociology, and MSW. He is co-presenting with Emihiyah Davids, Una Petersen and Adriana Petersen.

Adriana Petersen has degrees in Social Work and Juvenile Deliquency. She has 36 years of work experience, especially in the area of child welfare. She is co-presenting with Emihiyah Davids, Marquin Smith and Una Petersen.



Prof Erwin Schwella
Nadia von Wielligh
Prof Nelus Niemandt
Dr André du Toit
DrKhegan Delport
Nioma Venter
Nosiphiwo Macaula
Neil Büchner
Annerie van der Made
Fraser Jackson
Lourens Bester
Ambor Samuels
Carel van der Merwe
Liza van der Westhuizen
Jamie Saulse
Zanita Erasmus