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Social Development services are available during Festive Season

14 December 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) wishes to alert the public that all services will remain largely uninterrupted during the upcoming Festive Season. Read More

Minister Fernandez engages with Managers of six newly established shelters

6 December 2021

Against the backdrop of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign, on Monday, 6 December 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, engaged the provincial  Department of Social... Read More

International Day of Persons with Disabilities commemoration

3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021, is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and is also celebrated as National Disability Rights Awareness Day. Read More

UPDATE: National GBV Command Call Centre Report

30 November 2021

Gender-based violence (GBV) has become the ‘Shadow-Pandemic’ due to its serious threat to the safety and well-being of especially women and children in the Western Cape.  As we continue to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have also... Read More

Western Cape Government shares progress made on its rollout of the GBV plans

25 November 2021

On Thursday, 25 November 2021, the Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, Ministers of Social Development and Community Safety, Ms Sharna Fernandez and Adv Albert Fritz, and the Director-General of the Western Cape Government, Dr Harry Malia, held... Read More

The Department of Social Development obtains 9th consecutive clean audit

22 November 2021

“The Department has remained steadfast to fulfil its core mandates by implementing programmes which prioritise children and families, support to victims of GBV, ECD, restorative services and services to vulnerable citizens, such as the elderly and... Read More

DSD appeals to the public to use registered substance abuse treatment facilities

17 November 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has received distressing reports of a murder at an illegal substance abuse rehabilitation centre operating out of a residence in Ruyterwacht, Cape Town. There have also been allegations of... Read More

Minister Fernandez hands over two vehicles to assist children with disabilities

16 November 2021

Today, Tuesday 16 November 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, donated two newly adapted Nissan NV350 2.5L Minibus vehicles to assist children with disabilities to the Nomaxabiso Centre for Children with Special... Read More

Minister Fernandez to handover specialised vehicles to the disability sector

15 November 2021

Against the backdrop of Disability Rights Awareness Month, the Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, will be handing over two new specialised vehicles to the disability sector at the Western Cape Forum for intellectually disabled... Read More

Minister visits the Chaeli Campaign ECD Development Inclusion Programme

12 November 2021

On Thursday, November 11, 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, visited The Chaeli Cottage Preschool as part of the provincial Department of Social Development’s (DSDs) efforts to promote the rights of both... Read More

Western Cape Government concludes funding process for NPOs

9 November 2021

With the call for funding process now completed for those Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) that applied for financial support, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) wishes to remind all organisations working in the social... Read More

Joining hands to promote the rights of children during the COVID-19 pandemic

5 November 2021

On Saturday 06 November 2021, we commemorate National Children's Day and reflect on how the ongoing COVID‑19 pandemic has transformed children's day-to-day lives. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes the start of Disability Rights Awareness Month

3 November 2021

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the start of National Disability Rights Awareness Month, which is commemorated annually between 3 November and 3 December. Read More

Substance abuse services available for young learners amidst exams

26 October 2021

The Western Cape continues struggling against the rising tide of drug use, especially among the youth. Read More

ECD’s encouraged to register with DSD until migration to DBE is finalised

21 October 2021

We are aware that since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his intention to shift Early Childhood Development (ECD) functions from the Department of Social Development (DSD) to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) at national and provincial... Read More

Premier Winde and Minister Fernandez engage with Wynberg social workers

12 October 2021

Today, the Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, and the Provincial Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, visited the Provincial Department of Social Development’s regional office in Wynberg. The visit follows World Mental Health Day... Read More

International Day of the Girl Child

11 October 2021

Today, Monday 11 October 2021, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) commemorates the International Day of the Girl Child and its theme, "Digital generation. Our generation." Read More

Minister Fernandez condemns all forms of violence against women

5 October 2021

I condemn in the strongest terms the ongoing violence and abuse taking place against women, in the Western Cape. Read More

Honouring Our Senior Citizens

1 October 2021

As we celebrate International Day for Older Persons, let’s use this opportunity to reflect on the value our seniors add to our province with their knowledge and experience, in their roles as volunteers in their communities, active participants in... Read More

HERITAGE DAY: Minister Fernandez launches Youth Café in Riversdale

24 September 2021

In commemoration of Heritage Day on Friday, 24 September 2021, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, launched the Department of Social Developments twelfth Youth Café in Riversdale in partnership with the Hessequa... Read More

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