we-Deliver - Holistic Service Delivery to Older People in Local Government through ICTs


Social inclusion/exclusion of older persons


Age-Friendly Communities

The Research Team at NWU

The three geographically dispersed teams of the we-DELIVER project include researchers, students, and support staff from Mafikeng, Vaal Triangle, and Potchefstroom. The we-DELIVER project applies a snowball recruiting method. This organic approach leaves it open for members to join the project in different phases or in terms of their specific interests or subject expertise. Currently, the different teams consists of the following people:


Vaal Triangle

  • Prof Jaco Hoffman
  • Postgraduate Students of Prof Werner Nell

  • Prof Anél du Plessis with postgraduate students: Angela van der Berg and Estiaan Steyn
  • Prof Gerda van Dijk with postgraduate student Lefa Sobuthongo
  • Dr Melvin Diedericks and undergraduate Public Administration Students
  • Mr Juan Steyn
  • Dr Mareike Rabe
  • Ms Zine Sapula
  • Ms Salome Lubbe (Research Psychology Intern)
  • Mr Johan le Grange
Sustainability and Community Engagement

  • Prof Hendri Coetzee
  • Mr Johannes (Junior) Kwena
Managing Team


Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) – Tirelo Bosha
Belgian Development Agency
South African Local Government Association (SALGA)


The we-DELIVER community project draws on baseline data about the needs of people, 60 years and older for the development of ICT solutions (an app and website) to disseminate information regarding services and resources that could address the social and health care needs of older people in community settings.  It is a trans-disciplinary project that involves faculty members and postgraduate students across the three campuses of the North-West University as well as local communities associated with each of the campuses. The project is funded by the Department of Public Service and Administration through the Tirelo Bosha programme. The project kicked off with meetings on all three North-West University campuses where researchers from various disciplines were invited to learn about the project and indicate their interest to join the project team. we-DELIVER is driven by the values of collaboration and inclusivity. For more information, please click here.

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