News and Speeches for Department of Social Development

Lwandle Frozen Baby: Department will assist police inquest

18 October 2017

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) will assist the police in their inquest into the death of an approximately 3 month old baby, whose corpse was found in a dustbin in Lwandle. Read More

False claims made in malicious Cape Argus articles

18 October 2017

We fundamentally reject the malicious allegations in the Cape Argus page 3 story of today. Read More

Annual Report 2016/17 - DSD receives fourth clean audit in a row

17 October 2017

Today, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Adv. Albert Fritz, tabled the department’s annual report for the 2016/17 financial year. Read More

World Homeless Day: Department encourages public to ‘Give Responsibly’

10 October 2017

As we mark World Homeless Day, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) continues to call on the public to ‘Give Responsibly’. Read More

World Homeless Day: Department to join NGO in ‘Give Responsibly’ donation drive

10 October 2017

To mark World Homeless Day, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) will join NGO partner Al-Imdaad in donating much-needed hygiene and sanitary packs to shelters for homeless people in Elsies River. Read More

MEC Fritz holds Human Trafficking Awareness Week silent protest

4 October 2017

To mark Human Trafficking Awareness Week, which runs from the 2nd to the 6th October 2017, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, led an anti-human trafficking silent protest in Cape Town. Read More

Human Trafficking Awareness Week: Department to hold lunchtime silent protest

3 October 2017

Tomorrow, 04 October 2017, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD), will lead a silent protest on along St. Georges Mall in Cape Town to raise awareness about the dangers of human trafficking. Read More

Human Trafficking Awareness Week: Department to continue fight against scourge

2 October 2017

Today is the start of Human Trafficking Awareness Week, which runs from the 2nd to the 6th October 2017. Read More

SASSA missing its own handover deadline creates uncertainty for recipients

29 September 2017

I am concerned at reports of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) having once again missed its deadline to enter into a service agreement with the Post Office, for the payment of grants. Read More

Call for Comments on the 2017 Draft Policy on the Funding of NGOs

29 September 2017

The Department of Social Development would like to remind all stakeholders, groups, or individuals that they have one week left to comment on the draft 2017 Policy on the Funding of NGOs. Read More

Child Probation Services Workshop: Dept to establish child justice Task Team

27 September 2017

Child Probation Services Workshop: Department to establish child justice Task Team Read More

Department to host child justice Probation Services Workshop

21 September 2017

Tomorrow, the Western Cape Department of Social Development will host the provincial child justice Probation Services Workshop. Read More

UPDATE - Dept. places children in safe care and will monitor neonaticide case

19 September 2017

The Ministry attended the first appearance of the 32 year-old Mitchells Plain woman, Dalene Petersen, in the Mitchells Plain Magistrates Court. She was arrested over the weekend, and faces a charge of murder. Read More

Minister Fritz visits innovative SHAWCO Kensington Centre

19 September 2017

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, visited the SHAWCO Kensington Centre. The SHAWCO Kensington Centre, built in 1968, is an innovative multi-purpose facility which provides key services to the communities of Kensington,... Read More

REMINDER: Minister to tour innovative multi-service SHAWCO Kensington Centre

19 September 2017

Today, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, will tour the innovative multi-service SHAWCO Kensington Centre. Read More

Mitchells Plain neonaticide: Department investigates murder of newborn

18 September 2017

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) will assist the police in their investigation of a neonaticide (baby murdered within 28 days of life) in Mitchells Plain. A 32 year-old woman, the alleged mother of the baby, was arrested over... Read More

Taxi Strike: MEC condemns violent attacks on social workers

18 September 2017

I condemn the violent attack on one of our social workers in Kraaifontien this morning, allegedly by striking taxi operators. Read More

Ministry attends court appearance of armed robber

12 September 2017

Today, the surviving suspect, Xolisa Baba, involved in the armed robbery of Minister Fritz and his Spokesperson (Sihle Ngobese), appeared in the Athlone Magistrates Court to face charges, and make a bail application. Read More

Ministry to attend court appearance of armed robbers

11 September 2017

Tomorrow, the surviving suspect involved in the armed robbery of Minister Fritz and his Spokesperson (Sihle Ngobese), will appear in the Athlone Magistrates Court to face charges. The Spokesperson to the Minister will attend the court proceedings. Read More

Department to support family and children of murdered De Doorns woman

7 September 2017

Social workers from the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) are rendering trauma counselling and child protection services to the family of murdered 25 year-old Lorina van Wyk. Read More