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News and Speeches for Department of Social Development

Western Cape’s Social Development Department launches Winter Readiness Plan

6 May 2021

The Western Cape Government’s Department of Social Development (DSD) has been working tirelessly to ensure that winter readiness programmes are operational in each region across the province as heavy rains and colder weather conditions start to... Read More

UPDATE: Increase in COVID-19 recoveries across Old Age Homes

4 May 2021

As of 04 May 2021, the number of residents in old age homes, who have recovered from COVID-19 has increased to 2650. Read More

Western Cape Government to increase nutritional relief support

3 May 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging period for many South Africans, with many people losing their jobs and going without the food they need to live healthy lives. Read More

Parents with children who struggle with drug-addiction urged to seek assistance

28 April 2021

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, calls on parents dealing with issues relating to substance abuse within the home, to seek assistance from her Department. Read More

Employment opportunities for Social Work Graduates remains a priority

23 April 2021

The Western Cape is leading the way in employing and developing graduate social workers. The provincial Department of Social Development has budgeted R20.91 million towards funding a maximum of 143 social work graduates. Read More

Old age homes urged to assist residents to register for the COVID-19 vaccination

22 April 2021

As South Africa prepares for Phase 2 of the vaccine roll out programme in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is urging all old age homes and service centers for the elderly to... Read More

ECDs urged to verify ECD Stimulus Employment Relief Fund applications

19 April 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is urging all Early Childhood Development programmes and services that applied for the ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund, to verify their details that have been captured on Government’s... Read More

DSD continues ahead with Sanitary Dignity Project

16 April 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has budgeted R 10. 5 million towards the Sanitary Dignity Project (SDP) for the 2021/22 financial year. Read More

SASSA UPDATE: Final report on lapsed Temporary Disability Grants

13 April 2021

On Monday 12 April 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with SASSA regarding the nearly 53 000 Temporary Disability Grants (TDGs) and Care Dependency Grants that were suspended by the national agency, across... Read More

UPDATE: Covid-19 recoveries increase in old age homes

31 March 2021

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is calling upon all members of the public to be extra vigilant when visiting your loved ones at old age homes this Easter weekend. Read More

Budget VOTE 7 Social Development speech 2021/2022

30 March 2021

It is important that we recognize the impact of Covid 19 on our country and Province. The first and second wave required that we dig deep as a Province to combat the consequences of Covid 19 in the Social Sector. Read More

SASSA UPDATE: More than 12 000 unaccounted Temporary Disability Grant clients

30 March 2021

On Monday 29 March 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with SASSA regarding the nearly 53 000 Temporary Disability Grants (TDGs) and Care Dependency Grants that were suspended by the national agency, across... Read More

Minister Fernandez launches new GBV shelter

29 March 2021

On Friday, 26 March 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, launched the newly established Marigold Safehouse in the Central Karoo. Read More

Human Rights Day: Promoting the dignity of Intellectually Disabled Persons

23 March 2021

Every year, both Human Rights Day and World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on 21 March.   Human Rights Day commemorates and honours those who fought for the rights & freedom that all South Africans enjoy today.  Read More

Additional beds spaces for homeless citizens

23 March 2021

Today, Tuesday 23 March 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, conducted an oversight visit to the OWL Haven Shelter, a provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) funded shelter for homeless citizens... Read More

UPDATE: COVID19 recoveries across old age homes continue to increase

17 March 2021

As of 15 March 2021, the number of residents in old age homes, who have recovered from COVID-19 has increased to 2542. Read More

DSD urges ECDs to verify Employment Stimulus Relief Fund applications

15 March 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is urging all Early Childhood Development programmes and services that applied for the ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund, to verify their details that have been captured on Government’s... Read More

'Tik', Cannabis, Alcohol and Heroin remain primary substances of use

11 March 2021

The latest Phase 47 report (2021) compiled by the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU) reveals that in the Western Cape, the primary substances of use reported by 37 specialist treatment centres/programmes participating... Read More

All Residential facilities for Older Persons must be registered

9 March 2021

All residential facilities for older persons are required to be registered with the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD). Read More

Min Fernandez visits safe-houses in celebration of International Women’s Day

8 March 2021

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, visited the Department of Social Development (DSD) funded safe-houses for women and children in the Western Cape, namely, Sisters... Read More

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