For most of its 17 years of democracy, South Africa fight against poverty has been fragmented and uncoordinated. South Africa adopted a development social welfare policy in the White Paper for Social Welfare (1997). The SAVF (South African Wowen's Federation), a welfare sector NGO, has designed an integrated development model for social work to address poverty holistically. The model's 6 pillars are discussed, with reference to their application in the Thuthukani project. Conclusions will be based on a discussion of the value of the SAVF model in demonstrating its relevance as an antipoverty strategy within a developmental social welfare approach.