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News and Speeches for Department of Social Development

Minister to attend official opening of the Philisa Abafazi Bethu Family Centre

24 November 2020

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 25 November 2020, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, will be attending the opening of the Philisa Abafazi Centre in Retreat.  Read More

Minister Fernandez calls on all men to be positive role models for the youth

19 November 2020

International Men's Day 2020 is observed annually on November 19, to create awareness about men's health Read More

Minister Fernandez urges Public to utilize Disability Day Care services

18 November 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, urges all children with disabilities to utilise the Day Care services offered by her Department and its Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) partners.   Read More

Promoting well-being of Children with Disabilities remains a key priority

10 November 2020

“As we continue to commemorate Disability Rights Awareness Month, let’s join hands as a society, to support and promote the social and emotional well-being of children and youth with disabilities. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes 8th consecutive clean audit

5 November 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has obtained an unqualified audit with no material findings (clean audit) for the eighth consecutive year. Read More

UPDATE: Minister Fernandez calls for caution when visiting Old Age Homes

4 November 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is calling on all residents to follow the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines upon visiting loved ones at old age homes, with the current number of positive cases in older persons... Read More

Minister welcomes the start of National Disability Rights Awareness Month

2 November 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) along with the rest of South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December. Read More

DSD continues making progress in addressing Foster Care extensions backlog

29 October 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development continues to make progress in addressing the backlog in foster care order extensions. Presently,  a total of 35 835 children are in Foster Care in the Western Cape.   Read More

DSD waits on National Minister to sign MOU for 6 New Shelters

27 October 2020

Yesterday, 26 October 2020, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, was accompanied by Executive Mayor of Oudtshoorn Municipality, Christiaan Macpherson, during an oversight visit to a shelter for victims of violence and... Read More

Help safeguard our children by becoming a safety parent

26 October 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is calling on members of the public to register to become a safety parent and help us in the fight to protect our children, by providing temporary places of safety. Read More

WORLD FOOD DAY: Minister Fernandez highlights importance of food security

16 October 2020

Today, 16 October 2020, marks the annual commemoration of World Food Day. The global theme for this year's World Food Day 2020 is “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together. Our actions are our future.” Read More

Minister welcomes steady increase in COVID-19 recoveries across Old Age Homes

14 October 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez (DSD) welcomes the steady increase in COVID-19 recoveries across old age homes in the Western Cape, with the current number of older persons in facilities infected now standing at... Read More

Homes for people with disabilities remain crucial to restoring dignity and hope

12 October 2020

In light of October being Social Development Month and with Disability Awareness Month fast approaching, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez said, “Providing assistance and support to the most vulnerable across our... Read More

World Homeless Day: Minister Fernandez urges public to Give Responsibly

9 October 2020

The Inaugural World Homeless Day was marked on the 10th of October 2010. Since its founding, World Homeless Day has been observed on every continent except Antarctica, in several dozen countries. Read More

DSD’s NPO Help Desk reopens

6 October 2020

The Department of Social Development is pleased to announce that its NPO Help Desk has reopened, and is ready to assist NPOs with their queries. Read More

Minister Fernandez calls for further clarity on ECD migration

5 October 2020

The Western Cape Government has yet to receive further information on the proposed migration of the Early Childhood Development sector from Provincial Departments of Social Development (DSD) to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), as announced... Read More

October is Social Development Month: International Day of Non-Violence

2 October 2020

The International Day of Non-Violence is observed annually on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes the start of Social Development Month

1 October 2020

Today, October 1, 2020, signals the start of Social Development Month.  During this month, the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) will create further awareness about the Department’s core mandate as well as the services offered to... Read More

DSD hosts Webinar on Promoting the Rights of Women with Disabilities

30 September 2020

Today, Wednesday 30 September 2020, the Western Cape Department of Social Development hosted a Webinar focusing on “Promoting the Rights of Women with Disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.”  The objective of the event  was to bring together... Read More

DSD commemorates International Day of Sign Languages

23 September 2020

Today, 23 September 2020, is recognized as International Day of Sign Languages. I would like to reflect and recognize the importance of sign languages in our province. Read More

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