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Charlotte Maxeke Memorial Lecture

Charlotte Maxeke Memorial Lecture

The Department of Social Development in the Eastern Cape, has positioned itself as a pioneer in transforming our society and building conscious and capable citizens through the provision of integrated social development services.

“We have resolved to adopt Charlotte Maxeke as our icon based on her values and enormous contribution to society. She also laid the foundation for advancing women’s rights as human rights in South Africa” MEC Nancy Sihlwayi.

Charlotte Makgomo Maxwele, was a South African religious leader, Social worker and a political activist, born at Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape. Ms Maxeke, was the first black woman to obtain a BSc degree, she was the first South African to be appointed as a probation officer- thus opening up the way for others to do the same work.

In following her steps the department has adopted 5 values which are a guide to how we render our services:

  • Dignity
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Empathy
  • Empowerment

The department going forward will stand on the shoulders of this giant and continue on its strides in changing the lives of the people for the better.


The Lecture will take place as follows:

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Wesbank Correctional Services, East London



Photo Caption:Charlotte Maxeke Memorial Lecture will take place at the Westbank Correctional Services in East London. Photo courtesy of www.judyseidman.com