Getting to know Margot

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Margot DavidsMargot Davids is no stranger to the social development world, having spent the majority of her career involved in either the government or non-profit sector. Her focus on social development has always at the core been about children.

She has previously held various positions within the provincial Social Development Department and most recently held the position of Director: Children to the National Department of Social Development.

Let’s get to know her better…

1. Why did you decide to join JCW?

I was employed as a Foster Care manager at JCW from 1993 to 1995 and I have spent 20 years in the public service which has provided me with options for development as a person. I have returned to ensure that I can still make a difference in the lives of children particularly in Johannesburg.

2. What about JCW was the biggest attraction?

The biggest attraction was to ensure that JCW continues to provide services to children as they have done for the past 107 years and to continue to make a profound change in the lives of vulnerable children.

I believe I am in the fortunate position at this time in my life to be able to utilise my skills and experience to continue to provide leadership to the staff and clients of JCW and to mentor younger social workers who have just starting out in their careers. When I began in a child welfare environment, I was fortunate to have had good supervision and mentorship ,which has molded me into a social worker with integrity, and qualities which I think can be used as an example to others.

3. What is the one thing that you want to achieve at JCW?

I would like to ensure that JCW continues to be one of the most influential non- government organisations in the child protection sector.

4. What has been your biggest personal achievement to date?

I have spent 30 years in the Child Protection Service and have contributed to the improvement of services for children in South Africa.  I believe I have many achievements that I can be proud of, but the fact that I represented South Africa as part of the team to present the first country report at the Convention on the Rights of Children in Geneva in 1998 and was part of the South African Team who developed “The World Fit for Children” in 2002 at the United Nations in New York, continues to be part of my proudest achievements in my career.

5. How should the team engage with you?

I have an open door policy as a management style and believe that the team should be able to engage with me directly. I also, believe that the managers employed at JCW must be provided with the environment to do their work but I expect that the tasks undertaken must be completed on the date required and the work provided must meet quality standards. I engage with the team through the principles of integrity, honesty and transparency and hope that it will be reciprocated.

6. Why is working for children and their rights so important to you?

I have always been involved with children who have been vulnerable. I hoped to make a small difference to children through my professional and personal life, through my belief in their rights to have access to care and protection, as well as the opportunity to develop into adults who are able to make a difference in the South African Society.

7. Who is Margot when she is at home (how would your family describe you)?

My family is very important to me. I will be married for 35 years in September and have a very supportive husband who is on retirement at this point. I have 3 children who are all adults and pursuing their own career objectives.  I am not certain how they would describe me, but they are aware that I will provide the love and support they require in their lives.  I am Mom, cook and chief bottle washer at home. I enjoy reading, flower decorating and hope when I retire to continue with events management which my daughter pushed me to complete. This was a SITA accredited certificate course at the Wedding School.

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