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News and Speeches for Department of Social Development

Minister Fernandez highlights plans for Overberg Region

13 September 2019

Today, 13 September 2019, the Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez delivered a keynote address on the scope of services that the Department of Social Development (DSD) has dedicated to the Overberg  Region. Read More

Minister Fernandez visits West Coast community in commemoration of FASD day.

9 September 2019

Today, 9 September 2019, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez will mark International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day with site visits to services rendered for FASD, substance abuse and related social challenges in the... Read More

Gender-Based Violence – Don’t Wait to Ask for Help!

4 September 2019

The Department of Social Development (DSD) is part of a system for the protection of victims of gender based violence which compris Read More

Minister Fernandez urges all to #EndDomesticSilence

3 September 2019

In an effort to fight the ongoing scourge of demonic acts of violence against Women and Children in South Africa, Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez joined hands with P♀WA and JOKO to discuss the causes and solutions to this epidemic. Read More

Public encouraged to comment on the draft for washable, reusable sanitary towels

28 August 2019

The Western Cape Department of Social Development encourages the public to have their say on the DRAFT SOUTH AFRICAN STANDARD for the manufacture of washable, reusable sanitary towels. Read More

The Department moves forward with R23m Sanitary Dignity Project

20 August 2019

The Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the progress being made by the Department of Social Development regarding the roll-out of the R23 million Sanitary Dignity Project to female learners across the Province. Read More

Minister to address stakeholders at The African Regional Child Trauma Conference

16 August 2019

On Monday, 19 August 2019, the Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, will be delivering a keynote address at the Cape Town City Hall. The theme of the event is “ Re-rooting Africa: Africa’s Routes to Preventing and Responding to Child... Read More

The Department is working to address the scourge of substance abuse

15 August 2019

The Western Cape Department of Social Development continues to be at the forefront of the fight against substance abuse, focusing on rendering -Early intervention, Inpatient treatment, Community based treatment, and aftercare services. Read More

Celebrating the colourful life of art

12 August 2019

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, It is indeed a privilege to be here this evening. First and foremost, I wish to pay tribute to all our fierce and wonderful women here, Happy Women’s day tomorrow. Read More

Minister Fernandez visits St. Anne’s Homes shelter for abused women and children

8 August 2019

Today, 8 August 2019, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, visited the St. Anne's Homes in commemoration of Women’s Day taking place on the 9th of August. Read More

See the signs of Human trafficking, urges Western Cape Ministers

7 August 2019

In support of the A21 “Can You See Me” campaign, the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz and the Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez calls upon residents to familiarise themselves with the signs of human trafficking and how to... Read More

Working together to empower women and children through supporting shelters

31 July 2019

In support of International Human Trafficking Day that took place yesterday, the Minister of Social Developm Read More

Minister Fernandez launches Child Protection SMS Hotline #31022

29 July 2019

The Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, visited the SA Children’s Home as part of the ongoing Child Protection campaign run by DSD. With a strong focus on children’s rights, an SMS hotline has been launched, where people can report... Read More

Minister Fernandez SOPA Debate Speech

23 July 2019

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Premier and Cabinet Colleagues, Honourable Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Members, guest in the gallery, fellow South Africans Good Afternoon, Read More

Western Cape Government bid farewell to SA Homeless Street Soccer World Cup team

23 July 2019

Last night, 23 July 2019, Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato, Ministers Anroux Marais and Sharna Fernandez officially bid farewell to the team representing South Africa at the 2019 Homeless Street Soccer World Cup.   Read More

DSD invests R 345, 428 to ECD sector over 2019/2020

19 July 2019

Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela's birthday. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first... Read More

DSD provides social assistance in light of alleged child neglect

17 July 2019

A video clip was recently circulated on social media depicting alleged neglect of small children. The community member who raised the alarm, and brought the case to the Department’s attention, feared for the safety and wellbeing of the children. Read More

Minister Fernandez Speech: 2nd Harvest nutritional ECD event in Wellington

17 July 2019

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, It is indeed and honour and a privilege to be here at this occasion. I wish to thank 2nd Harvest, outside the bill and all other stakeholders for the opportunity to address you this evening. Read More

Minister Fernandez Speech: 2nd Harvest nutritional ECD event in Wellington

17 July 2019

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, It is indeed and honour and a privilege to be here at this occasion. I wish to thank 2nd Harvest, outside the bill and all other stakeholders for the opportunity to address you this evening. Read More

World Population Day

10 July 2019

DSD seeks to raise awareness of population growth as forecast show an increase of 700 000 people over next 5 years. Read More

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