Practitioner – Elna van Niekerk

Elna van Niekerk – Practitioners

My motivation to join SaferSpaces:

We are implementing social projects on behalf of corporates. One of our own projects aims to make a change through community dialouge. We are working in North West schools and are thinking of doing a programme on school violence with our drama project.

I'm working in these sectors:

Consultancy / Service provider

I'm specialising in these theme(s):

Alcohol & substance abuse, Bullying, Gender-based violence, Sexual violence


Working with youths for the past few years (together with other colleagues) on creating dramas at school level that addresses social problems identified by learners.  Working with a group of out-of-school youths who have been trained to work in schools. I have been involved in road safety research (working at CSIR until 2005) and am now involved in community safety.


I have studied Sociology and some research modules for Masters at Stellenbosch (Research). Sociology at Honours Level. In our organisation my one colleague is a playwright and drama mentor, and my other colleague is a social facilitator who has been trained in community disaster management.