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International Men’s Day: Solutions start with one conversation

21 November 2022

International Men’s Day is commemorated on 19 November, to celebrate the positive values men bring to the world, their families, and communities. Read More

You just have to ask. Help is available

17 November 2022

Tershia Louw, mother to 7-year old Diondré, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was an infant, says she is still learning how to care for her special girl. Read More

A child must first be seen as a child, and secondly as a child with a disability

10 November 2022

“Each child with a disability needs to be accepted within their broader communities. The child must first be seen as a child, and secondly as a child with a disability,” says Eleanor Harker, a Social Worker Supervisor at the Western Cape Cerebral... Read More

Inclusivity the key to disability rights

3 November 2022

As we mark the start of Disability Rights Awareness month, we call on citizens to do their part in removing the social, physical, and attitudinal barriers faced by persons with disabilities. Read More

WCG hosts Provincial Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Summit

20 October 2022

The Western Cape Government (WCG) hosted its Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Summit today to report on the progress made in this sector, and to give civil society a platform to make inputs ahead of the Presidential Summit next month. Read More

DSD Presents 2021/22 Annual Report to Standing Committee

18 October 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development presented its 2021/22 annual report to the standing committee in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament this morning, highlighting several achievements in prioritising the wellbeing and dignity of... Read More

More than 97 000 girls benefit from Sanitary Dignity Project

11 October 2022

As we observe the 10th annual International Day of the Girl Child today, it’s important to reflect on progress made in ensuring the rights and dignity of girls are upheld. Read More

Call to urgently resolve SASSA security guard strike

5 October 2022

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez calls for an urgent resolution to the South African Social Security Agency’s (SASSA) security guard strike, as this has a direct impact on service delivery to the most vulnerable in... Read More

Celebrating the Contribution of Older Persons

30 September 2022

In commemoration of International Day of Older Persons on Saturday, 1 October, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez has called on the whole of society to ensure the wellbeing and protection of older citizens. Read More

Touws River resident celebrates 116th birthday

28 September 2022

Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez joined the community of Touws River in celebrating Margaret Maritz on her 116th birthday yesterday. Read More

DSD approaches high court over illegal rehabs

22 September 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development has continued to receive complaints about illegal rehabilitation centres exploiting clients and in some cases, violating their human rights. Read More

DSD NPO Help Desk can assist NPOs with compliance

20 September 2022

Non-profit Organisations (NPOs) are vital partners in the Western Cape, and are urged to check their compliance status to ensure the continuation of service delivery. Read More

International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day

9 September 2022

Western Cape Ministers Dr Nomafrench Mbombo and Sharna Fernandez partnered with the Foundation of Alcohol Related Research (FARR) to commemorate International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day this morning, Friday 9 September. Read More

Increase in demand for Gender-Based Violence Services

31 August 2022

As Women’s Month draws to a close, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez has made an appeal for the wellbeing and safety of women, particularly those experiencing various forms of Read More

Department of Social Development encourages carers to use parenting programmes

16 August 2022

This Women’s Month and 365 days of the year, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) encourages parents in the province to use the various parenting programmes offered by the Department. Read More

Women's Day: Ministers’ Fernandez and Marais address Prince Albert community

10 August 2022

On Tuesday, 09 August 2022, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez and the Western Cape Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, addressed community members and several key stakeholders at a ‘Celebration of... Read More

Department of Social Development offers counselling for women in need

3 August 2022

Women are the bedrock of our society, and it is imperative that they have available to them the support services they may need to lead successful and full lives. Read More

Min. Fernandez raises concerns about SASSA’s inability to secure office space

27 July 2022

I have written to the National Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, to request an urgent meeting regarding the serious concerns I have with the South African Social Security Agency’s (SASSA) inability to secure proper office space for... Read More

Social Development supports 1 466 families affected by natural disasters

21 July 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is one of several government institutions responsible for addressing the humanitarian relief needs of vulnerable groups in response to natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, and fires. Read More

Minister Fernandez and DSD Staff Support Care Home for Persons with Disabilities

18 July 2022

On Mandela Day, 18 July 2022, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez in collaboration with staff from the Provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) generously handed over blankets, toiletries and several other... Read More

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