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Update: Old Age Home Recoveries

23 December 2020

The number of residents who have recovered from Covid-19 in old age homes has increased to 1 792, and we remain encouraged by this. However, in the space of a week active infections among residents have more than doubled from 32 cases on 14 December... Read More

Help is available this festive season

21 December 2020

While the festive season is usually a time for family gatherings and celebrations, this period also brings with it distress for many, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and its recent resurgence. Read More

Update: Old Age Home Covid-19 Recoveries

17 December 2020

As the country experiences a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, the provincial Social Development Minister Sharna Fernandez has expressed concern over the rising number of infections at old age homes in the province. Read More

DSD launches #OneVoice campaign, survivors share their journeys

10 December 2020

Today marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, but it also signals the start of 365 Days of Activism and our continued commitment to addressing gender-based violence. Read More

DSD observes International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December 2020

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is observed on the 3 December to promote the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of social life. Read More

Minister welcomes launch of National Shelter Movement’s 24 Hour Helpline

1 December 2020

Today, Tuesday 1 December 2020, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez attende Read More

Minister Fernandez visits Saartjie Baartman centre for abused Women and Children

30 November 2020

In commemoration of 16 Days Of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, visited the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children today, 30 November 2020, to gain... Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes signing of MoU for 6 New Shelters

26 November 2020

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez said, “I welcome the final signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) and the National Department of Public Works... Read More

Minister Fernandez attends launch of Philisa Abafazi Bethu Family Centre

25 November 2020

Today, Wednesday, 25 November 2020, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, attended the official launch and opening of the Philisa Abafazi Bethu Family Centre in Retreat. Read More

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

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