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News and Speeches for Department of Social Development

MEC Fernandez appeals to National DSD to announce opening dates for ECDs

2 July 2020

The Provincial Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez calls on the National Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu to announce a reopening date for Early Childhood Development centres as a matter of urgency, and to finalise the much... Read More

DSD welcomes donations and provides additional support to old age homes

30 June 2020

The Department of Social Development has ensured that 105 000 additional masks have reached various old age homes where the need is the greatest. This brings the total to 120 000 masks distributed to high risk groups, made possible by donations. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes release of World Drug Report 2020

25 June 2020

The provincial Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez notes the findings in the World Drug Report released in Vienna, Austria today, and urges all those who need help with substance abuse to reach out to the Department. Read More

MEC Fernandez welcomes ECD preopening assessments

23 June 2020

The provincial Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez has welcomed the developments in the ECD and Partial Care sector, including the preopening self-assessment, but has called on the national department to commit to timeframes for the... Read More

Youth Café to launch online pilot

17 June 2020

In celebration of youth month, the Provincial Minister of Social Development welcomes a new pilot which will see the ongoing development of young people, while minimizing the risk of the spread of Covid 19. Read More

Minister Fernandez Observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

15 June 2020

In observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez calls on the whole of society to protect the rights and dignity of older persons, particularly in the context of Covid 19. Read More

DSD offers a basket of services to mitigate COVID-19 social challenges

10 June 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has remained steadfast in promoting social inclusion, reducing poverty and tackling many of the social ills present in the Western Cape in order to fully respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and... Read More

Additional support provided to Old Ages Homes amidst COVID-19 pandemic

8 June 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is providing additional support to residential facilities for older persons amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More

Minister Fernandez calls on society to help in fight against child abuse

4 June 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is appealing to each and every resident across the province, to help us in the fight against the ongoing abuse, neglect and murder of our children. Read More

Minister Fernandez supports #WorldFosterDay campaign

1 June 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, supports the #worldfosterday campaign which sheds light on, and raises awareness about children in foster care. Read More

Child Protection Week – 365 Days Of Activism

31 May 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the official launch of the National Child Protection Week, which takes place from Sunday, 31 May to Sunday, 7 June 2020.  Read More

Psycho-social support for people at risk during COVID-19 resctrictions

27 May 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez is urging all families and individuals in need of psycho-social support services, to utilize the department's services during the Covid-19 restrictions. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes SAHRC pronouncement

21 May 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez welcomes the statement on ENCA by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) that any attempt by government to block food provision for those in dire need, is a human rights... Read More

Updated Covid19 Prevention and Management Protocols for Old Age Homes

21 May 2020

The Western Cape Departments of Social Development and Health have updated and provided practical guidelines for the prevention and management of coronavirus infection in residential facilities, such as Old Age Homes. Read More

Early Childhood Development and Partial Care Centres to remain closed

20 May 2020

The provincial Department of Social Development has received confirmation from the National Department that despite the easing of the lockdown, all ECDs must remain closed until further notice. Read More

National Minister fails to respond to draft food relief directions

18 May 2020

On Monday, 5th of May 2020, I wrote to the National Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, requesting that she urgently rejects the proposed draft directions on the distribution of food aid. Read More

Humanitarian relief to continue, amidst debate over draft food relief directions

14 May 2020

In response to the COVID 19 lockdown the Western Cape Government has established a humanitarian relief work stream in order to co-ordinate humanitarian relief efforts in the province. Read More

Minister Fernandez fears new draft directions could threaten food security

12 May 2020

I have become aware that new draft regulations currently before National Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, propose the banning of cooked food distribution by NGOs, and will require all NGOs to apply for permits if they wish to distribute... Read More

Minister Fernandez hails CYCWs amidst Covid-19 pandemic

7 May 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez hails all Child and Youth Care Workers (CYCWs) in the Province, as we recognise the valuable contributions and dedication of child and youth care workers, and the role they play in... Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes re-opening of all SASSA Western Cape offices

6 May 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez welcomes the announcement that the Social African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will reopen their offices on Monday, 11 May 2020. Read More

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