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Minister Fernandez welcomes 8th consecutive clean audit

5 November 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has obtained an unqualified audit with no material findings (clean audit) for the eighth consecutive year.

The provincial DSDs core mandate is to ensure the delivery of social welfare and community development services to the poor and vulnerable in partnership with stakeholders and civil society organisations.

The Department has been able to fulfil its core mandates by implementing programmes which prioritize children and families, support to victims of GBV, ECD, restorative services and services to vulnerable persons such as the elderly and disabled. This is fundamental to promoting the human rights, dignity and well-being of all the people we serve.

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez said, “We are mindful that all social service professionals and departmental officials are under increased pressure to serve a rapidly growing population amidst economic constraints, poverty, unemployment and crime. It is a testament to the collective efforts of these professionals that the department has performed as well as it has under these circumstances.        

This audit outcome reaffirms that good and clean governance is at the centre of all our work, as we continue to provide a basket of social services to the people of the Western Cape.”

Despite ever-increasing fiscal pressure, coupled with an increase in the demand for social welfare and community development services, we remain committed to creating a self-reliant society by ensuring the provision of a comprehensive network of social development services that enables and empowers the poor, the vulnerable and those with special needs.

The public can access our services and dedicated team of social workers by visiting any of our regional or local offices closest to them, or by contacting the DSD hotline on 0800 220 250

Media Enquiries: 

Joshua Covenant Chigome

Spokesperson for the Minister of Social Development, Minister Sharna Fernandez

Tel: 021 483 9217

Cell: 083 661 4949