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General information publications, listed alphabetically. These documents are also placed under the relevant life events and categories in Your Life and Topics.


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Water is a shared resource. Don’t use more than your fair share. #SaveWater

Don’t let our water slip right through our fingers. Use it sparingly and carefully. Saving our water BETTER TOGETHER.

2012 Socio-economic profiles – Executive Summaries (Metro and 5 districts) 

The regional Sports Awards are a highlight on the calendar of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS). These regional ceremonies recognised and officially acknowledged the esteemed excellence of sportspeople hailing from the Western Cape.

This guide on how to ensure that your home and garden are safe for you and your children was sponsored by HTH, in association with Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Southern Africa.

This online resource, based on the South African Yearbook, provides detailed and up-to-date information on South Africa and the services and projects of the various government departments.

Keeping children occupied during the school holidays can be a challenge for most parents. If you're looking for ways to keep the kids entertained and safe during the school holiday, you'd be happy to know that a number of programmes will run across the province during the school holiday. Children will be able to enjoy their days away from the classroom in a safe space.

The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) recognises the importance of cultural traditional practices.

As a cultural rite of passage, male initiation illustrates the transition from boyhood to manhood. There are two seasons in the Western Cape for this noble tradition.  Each year winter initiation takes place from May to July and the summer season is from November to January.

Western Cape is ready to welcome tourists. Issued by the World Travel and Tourism Council; the Travel Stamp is for use by the Travel and Tourism sector, globally as best practice guidelines to help restart and speed up the recovery of the sector in the wake of COVID-19.

The Easter holiday is here.  At this time of the year people take the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. This might include travelling long distances.

Whether you make use of public transport or your own vehicle, safety checks are important. The driver of the vehicle can do some checks to ensure that the vehicle being used is safe for use on the road.

Checks include the following, but are not restricted to these only.

Cycling can be fun as long as you are safe. Follow these safety tips to make sure that you and your fellow road user stay safe. 

A lot of people find it challenging to escape the winter chill. Alternatives to electricity such as gas, paraffin and candles are often used, but also pose as a safety hazard. Here's some tips to avoid danger.

This discussion paper considers possible approaches to legally recognising same-sex domestic partnerships and opposite-sex domestic partnerships where the couple has decided not to marry.

This discussion paper considers recommendations for changes to the laws around customary marriages in order to extend the recognition and protections that are enjoyed by civil marriages.

This report highlights the issues around the 1961 Act that need to be considered. It then reviews the discussion and comments contained in and following the Discussion Paper before making a revised recommendation. A draft Bill encompassing these suggestions is appended to the report.

This report considers the proposals made in the Discussion Paper and the public's responses to these. It includes a Draft Bill that encompasses the revised recommendations.

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Week is an opportunity to explore and get in touch with nature. You can access the Parks for free from the 10th to 14th September, with an exception of a few Parks that have extended their offer until Saturday, 15 September.

This manual was prepared in accordance with the Promotion of Access to Information Act No 2, 2000. It explains the structure of the SAPS, the nature of the records held by the SAPS, and how to apply to gain access to those records.

Cleaner Production is changing the way we do and use things, by making them more efficient and causing less pollution and waste. It is based on the principle that prevention is better than cure. This can lead to fundamental changes in people's mindsets and their actions. This publication provides tips on how you can save energy, save water and minimise waste.

Saving a part of your monthly income is important because it gives you greater financial security. Follow these 11 tips and start your journey towards financial freedom.

We need water for drinking, cooking, sanitation and washing. Water is also used for the production of goods, such as food products as well as manufacturing. Sea water makes up 97% of water on our planet, with the remaining 3% being fresh water. Less than half of that can be used for human consumption.

This publication lists the Western Cape school and public holidays for 2005, as well as international focus days.
This document provides information on how school fees are set and what parents need to do if they are unable to pay their child's school fees.

This publications provides parents with information on School Governing Bodies: what they are, what their function is and who participates. It also outlines parents' roles and responsibilities in the governance of the school.

A School of Skills offer a viable alternative for pupils who are unable to cope or develop in mainstream schools or classrooms. Pupils are taught a skill that will enable them to enter the labour market. Pupils receive academic as well as technical training at a School of Skills.

There are many practical ways in which a parent or guardian can prepare their child for Grade R and Grade 1. Here are 6 tips to help you get your child school-ready.

Science helps us understand the world and solve its problems. Encouraging your child to pursue a career in science will lead him onto a career path that is fulfilling and that will contribute to society.

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Detailed guidelines for health workers on how to screen for developmental disabilities in children aged from zero to six weeks, nine months and 18 months. Information is also given on when to refer to cases up the line.

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This map provides information on activities and events in the Western Cape throughout the year.

We are responsible to ensure that the residents of the Western Cape have access to liveable, accessible and safe human settlements.

Service Charter


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If you’re a South African cititzen living abroad or planning to travel or work abroad, find out how you can still access crucial South African services while you’re out of the country.

Extreme weather conditions over large parts of the Western Cape has caused damage over a number of days from the weekend of 7 April 2024. Latest updates will be made available on this page. 

Tygerberg Hospital and Stellenbosch University present their 2009 course list for the Infection and Prevention Control Unit.

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This booklet provides information on interacting with a deaf person, sign language, sign language interpreters and involvement in the deaf community.

Poor rainfall, extremely low dam levels, as well as a hot and dry summer season, increased our need to continuously save water.

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A site diagram of the shell mound within Paternoster North Site A, now a Provincial Heritage Site.
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A site diagram of the area in Mussel Point where the midden, now a Provincial Heritage Site, is located.

Skills Development and Innovation

Programme 7.3: Skills Incentives

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This Handbook provides tourism businesses with a comprehensive list of support services (training, mentorship, etc) that are available to tourism SMMEs.
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This programme outlines the day-by-day activities at the Small Business Week 2004 event. These include seminars, workshops, exhibitions and presentations.

This document sets out what you need to do to institute a claim in the Small Claims Court. It also contains information on the court procedures.

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This presentation outlines the SmartCape Access Project and highlights the key aspects of the pilot project evaluation.

Call for proposal for organisations to submit their credentials in order to be selected as a partner - DOWNLOAD the Call for Proposal HERE



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An up-to-date list of service providers for SMMEs in the Western Cape who provide training, mentorship, business support and finance assistance to small and medium businesses. The service providers are partners of provincial government and charge nominal fees for some services.
Contact details for Early Warnings: City of Cape Town
Tel: 080 911 HELP (4357)
Fax: 086 576 1775
This document highlights some of the Provincial Treasury's most important achievements since its creation in 1995.
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A descriptive document on Iodine Deficiency Disorders in South Africa and attempts made to eliminate the problem. A summary of the findings of the Medical Research Council on the introduction of iodised salt in shops is also included.

This strategy document defines broad-based black economic empowerment and sets out the policy objectives and key principles of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE). It also considers the policy instruments required to achieve BEE and financing for BEE. Finally, the document looks at the IDC's role in financing Black Economic Empowerment.

Sign-up to the South African Bone Marrow Registry, and you could help save someone battling leukaemia and other blood diseases. 

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This publication is intended to support HIV/AIDS education activities. It focuses mainly on education and information material intended for use by the general public. Most of the materials listed are printed materials such as books, booklets, games and posters, with a smaller subset of audio-visual materials. The directory contains publishing details for all materials so that they can be ordered directly from the producers.

You can explore South African National Parks and nature reserves this September,

This publication provides an overview of the science and technology sectors in South Africa. It includes information on the demographic and institutional landscape in SA, the policy context, the structure of the science and technology system in the country, and the size of this system. There are also facts and figures on R&D funding and R&D outputs.

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While some children are born with visual impairments, others may lose their eyesight over time.

Visual impairment can be caused by various conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma or cataracts. Vitamin A deficiencies can also lead to blindness and severe illness in children.


Every year since 1996, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) proudly celebrates the outstanding achievements of committed Western Cape sportspeople in a variety of categories at the annual Sport Awards.

The documents attached are contact details for the various Sport Federations districts in the Western Cape.

The Western Cape Acknowledges Sport Legends

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) is proud to acknowledge and honour legends, heroes and icons who have made a significant contribution to the development, transformation and growth of sport in South Africa and, more specifically, in the Western Cape.

The Sport Legends Awards was introduced in 2005 and hosted annually until 2018. Sport Legends from previous years are as follows:

The Draft National Sport plan has been released by the South African Sport and Recreation Department. The Draft Plan has been released countrywide for comments by sport bodies and the general public.

One of the annual highlights on the sport calendar is the acknowledgement of sport legends for their role in ensuring the growth, development and transformation in the Western Cape. Background on nomination and selection process.
Start Up is a tried and tested entrepreneurship promotion and learning resource. The Start Up package consists of two parts: the Start Up comic story and the Start Up Step-by-Step Guidelines. Copies of Start Up are available from the dti in Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Sesotho. If you want to receive a free sample copy of the Start Up comic, please send an email to, with your address and the language version of your choice.

The 2019 State of the Nation Address was delivered by President Ramaphosa on Thursday, 7 February 2019. 

President Jacob Zuma delivered his sixth State of the Nation Address.

The State of the Nation Address (SoNA), at the opening of parliament affects all South Africans. This year, President Jacob Zuma will deliver his seventh SoNA to Parliament on Thursday, 12 February 2015, at 19:00.

Find out about the current work and future projects of the Western Cape Government with Premier Helen Zille's State of the Province address.

On Friday, 15 February, Premier Helen Zille delivered her last State of the Province Address at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.

Temperatures in the Western Cape can rise to dangerous levels and everyone should be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Babies and the elderly are particularly at risk as are people working or exercising in a hot environment. People using chronic medication need to drink extra water during heat waves to ensure that their kidneys are not further stressed.

If you’re sexually active it’s possible that you might have a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and not even know it. STIs are a serious public health issue in South Africa and it’s important that you protect yourself against STIs. Most STIs can be treated and cured.

What's an STIs

With the Easter weekend and school holidays upon us, we urge all citizens to stay safe and be responsible on our roads. 

Staying in the sun for longer periods of time can cause sunburn and if you’re not properly hydrated, you can suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

We have a few tips to keep you and your family hydrated and protected from the sun during the hot summer months. With the start of school holidays, it’s also important for your children to be made aware of the dangers that too much sun exposure can cause.

Understanding heat exhaustion

Promotional information on Condom Awareness Week.
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This pamphlet will prepare you for your child's visit to the Stomaltherapy Clinic. It serves as a guide, giving you all sorts of helpful information.


Men who have been abused are far more likely to become abusive. Stop the cycle. It can end with you. 


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This booklet provides learners with information on sexual harassment and abuse at school and teaches them how to respond to the situation. It also provides contact details for organisations that can help learners in these situations.

This Directorate renders an administrative support function to the Head of Department by providing an effective communication service and strategic and operational support service, including a monitoring and evaluation service, the implementation of service delivery improvement initiatives, effective client relations, or effective management of intra/intergovernmental relations, and making limited provision for maintenance and accommodation needs.


Telephone:  021 483 9510

Strategic purchasing fundamentally aims to align funding and incentives with intended health services. This is achieved by linking the allocation of pooled funds to services / providers, at least in part, to information on population needs / priority interventions, or aspects of provider performance. Strategic purchasing also exists as a fundamental healthcare financing reform to accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC).


What is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when blood vessels carrying oxygen and nutrients to part of the brain suddenly becomes blocked or bursts. When this happens, part of the brain can’t get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so the affected brain cells die. 

NSFAS is a government entity under the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology established to provide financial support to disadvantaged students who wish to further their studies.

Dear Bidder,

Due to ongoing protest action outside of NBS Waldorf building, access to the building will be limited.

For this reason, it will not be possible to submit bid proposals in the bid box.  We suggest that the person(s) submitting the bid proposals speak to the community safety officials (in blue uniforms) on Burg Street who will usher bidders to the 9th floor.

Bidders may also contact the following officials to arrange for the receipt of the bid proposals prior to the scheduled date and time:

There are healthy babies that die during their sleep. You can minimise the risk of this happening to your baby.

The Western Cape Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement 2005-2008 sets out eight main strategies for the province for the next three years, all of which aim to establish the Western Cape as a "Home for All". This publication includes a brief overview of the policy statement, as well as a summary of the eight priority strategies and links to the full document and accompanying speech.

Safe summer activities for children during the school holiday.

Satey tips and measures for you and your family during this summer holiday.

Break the silence and support the 16 days of activism campaign for no violance against women and chidren.

A list of organisations supporting the relief effort for people displaced by violence in the Western Cape.

Funding for this year's Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP) applications is officially open! Apply for this opportunity before 31 July 2019.

The youth of today face many challenges which previous generations haven't faced. Economic, technological and environmental changes have made life both easier and more difficult for today's children. Challenges of poverty, unemployment, crime, gangsterism, HIV/AIDS and drug or alcohol related problems, all play a role in our personal development.

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This pamphlet will prepare you for your child's visit to the Surgical Clinic. It serves as a guide, giving you all sorts of helpful information.

The Department of Social Development together with local NPOs deliver feeding service to qualifying beneficiates 5 days a week. If you are experiencing malnutrition, growth stunts or undue hardship you can visit your nearest clinic, SASSA office or local Social Development office to find out how to receive a free nutritious meal.

The Western Cape Government (WCG) has embarked on a long-term project of laying fibre optic infrastructure across the province in order to provide government buildings, public schools, communities and businesses with access to affordable telecommunications. 

Through the Cape Access programme, the Slangrivier e-Centre in the Hessequa region in the Western Cape is changing the lives of the community by making information and communication technologies (ICT) readily accessible.

The State of the Nation Address 2018 will be delivered on Friday, 16 February 2018.