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News and Speeches for Department of Social Development

DSD observes World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

30 July 2021

Today, Friday 30 July 2021, marks the observance of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Read More

Minister Fernandez visits social services sector COVID-19 vaccination site

29 July 2021

Today, Thursday 29 July 2021, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, conducted an oversight visit at West EMS Pinelands COVID-19 vaccination site, which is one of seventeen sites around the province where members of the... Read More

3 more days left for social sector vaccinations

28 July 2021

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is encouraging all members of the social service sector who qualify to be vaccinated to do so, before the vaccination rollout for the social development sector comes to an end on... Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes reinstatement of special R350 SRD COVID-19 grant

27 July 2021

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the reinstatement of the special R350 COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant. Read More

Social sector vaccinations extended

25 July 2021

The vaccination rollout for the Social Development sector in the Western Cape, which includes the Early Childhood Development (ECD) workforce and social service professionals, has been extended to Friday, 30 July by the National Department of Social... Read More

Western Cape ready to vaccinate social development sector

19 July 2021

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is happy to confirm that the Western Cape Government is ready to rollout vaccinations in the social development sector in the province. Read More

UPDATE: Vaccinations at old age homes continue, 34 058 people vaccinated so far

7 July 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) continues to work closely with old age homes to ensure that their residents and staff receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Read More

NPO Help Desk Walk-In-Centre is closed under Alert Level 4 regulations

1 July 2021

In light of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the shift in the COVID-19 Risk Adjusted Strategy to Alert Level 4, the NPO Help Desk situated at 7 Wale Street, Cape Town will be closed until further notice. Read More

UPDATE: 32 502 COVID-19 vaccinations across old age homes in the Western Cape

30 June 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) can report that the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out programme continues to make steady progress at old age homes in the Western Cape. Read More

ECDs remain open under Alert Level 4

29 June 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) wishes to confirm that Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres and partial care facilities will remain open, under the 14 days Adjusted Alert Level 4 Disaster Management Act regulations. Read More

Sharing the facts ahead of World Drug Day

25 June 2021

The Department of Social Development encourages members of the public to seek help and information from reputable sources and registered substance use treatment facilities, as this could assist with saving and changing lives. Read More

UPDATE: 29 902 COVID-19 vaccinations across old age homes in the Western Cape

22 June 2021

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is pleased to report that the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out programme continues to make steady progress at old age homes in the Western Cape. Read More

Western Cape Government observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

15 June 2021

Today, 15 June 2021, is recognised as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This day is observed to raise awareness of the harm and distress deliberately caused against senior citizens in society.  Read More

Youth Month: Young people remain key to social development

10 June 2021

The month of June, Youth Month, has traditionally been associated with mass gatherings amongst young people in the form of dialogues, discussions, conferences and engagements, where Government and stakeholders bring together youth, from various... Read More

UPDATE: COVID-19 vaccination rollout programme at old age homes continues

7 June 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is pleased to report that the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out programme continues to make steady progress at old age homes in the Western Cape. Read More

Counselling and psycho-social support for vulnerable children

4 June 2021

Counselling and psycho-social support are hugely beneficial for both young children and adolescents. Both practices provide help and support to young children, who have experienced trauma, and those children who are experiencing a dysfunctional or... Read More

Child Protection Services for Children with Disabilities remain a priority

2 June 2021

As we continue to recognise Child Protection Week, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is reminding the public that her Department offers a basket of specialised child protection services for children with... Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes Launch of National Child Protection Week

31 May 2021

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the official launch of the National Child Protection Week, which takes place from Sunday, 30 May to 6 June 2021. Read More

World Foster Day presents opportunity to partner with DSD

31 May 2021

In observance of World Foster Day which is recognised annually on 31 May, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is encouraging  residents who meet the criteria to consider becoming either foster or safety parents. Read More

Minister calls on National DSD to re-open applications for ECD Stimulus Fund

27 May 2021

I  note with great concern, the low number of  ECD centres and programmes in the Western Cape that have been received thus far  for the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Employment Stimulus Relief Fund. Read More

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