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News and Speeches for Department of Social Development

Chrysalis, Western Cape Government Take Stand Against GBV

12 November 2019

On Saturday 9 November 2019, the Western Cape Government, through the Western Cape on Wellness (WOW) and the Chrysalis Youth Academy, hosted a walk against gender-based violence. Read More

Community Chest Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards Ceremony

8 November 2019

On Sunday, 10 November 2019, the Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, will be delivering a keynote address at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town. Read More

Community Chest Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards Ceremony

8 November 2019

On Sunday, 10 November 2019, the Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, will be delivering a keynote address at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town. Read More

Cannabis, ‘Tik’, Alcohol and Heroin remain primary substances of use

6 November 2019

The latest Phase 45 report (2019) 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 35 specialist treatment centres/programmes between the... Read More

Disability Rights Awareness Month 2019

4 November 2019

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 strongly condemns armed robbery at Crossroads Youth Café

29 October 2019

A case of armed robbery has been registered at the Nyanga police station, and anyone with information is asked to report it to the police. Read More

DSD achieves 7th consecutive clean audit

23 October 2019

Today, 23 October 2019, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, tabled the department’s annual report for the 2018/19 financial year at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. The Department has obtained a clean audit for... Read More

DSD to present annual report for the 2018/19 financial year

22 October 2019

On Wednesday, 23 October 2019, the Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, will be briefing the Standing Committee on the Development’s Annual Report for the 2018/19 financial year. Read More

Minister Fernandez urges society to make use of psycho-social support

16 October 2019

World Trauma Day observed on the 17th October 2019, emphasises the importance of preventing and addressing the impact of trauma on people’s lives. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), trauma is a major cause of death and disability... Read More

World Homeless Day: Minister Fernandez urges public to ‘Give Responsibly’

10 October 2019

In light of today being World Homeless Day, Minister Fernandez would like to urge the public to give responsibility. This includes donating money, food, clothes, toys, bedding, etc. Read More

Minister Fernandez calls for clarity on ECD migration

9 October 2019

Yesterday, 08 October the Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez and the Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer, attended an insightful dialogue around the migration of ECD services with organisations from Civil Society, officials from the... Read More

DSD commemorates the elderly in light of International Day of Older Persons

1 October 2019

Today, 1st of October 2019, is International Day of Older Persons.  The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) commemorates this day as part of Older Persons Week and Social Development Month. Read More

Minister calls upon society to help in the fight against Human trafficking

30 September 2019

Tomorrow is the start of Human Trafficking Awareness Week, which runs from 1st to the 7th of October 2019. Read More

DSD and partners solidify prevention and early intervention strategies

25 September 2019

The Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, today engaged with experts in the field of Prevention and Early Intervention services from around the Province, in order to develop sustainable solutions to protect our children. Read More

DSD and partners solidify prevention and early intervention strategies

25 September 2019

The Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, today engaged with experts in the field of Prevention and Early Intervention services from around the Province, in order to develop sustainable solutions to protect our children. Read More

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

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