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NPO Help Desk remains open under Alert Level 3 regulations

27 January 2021

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez would like to remind the public that the Department’s Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) Help Desk remains open under the current Alert Level 3 Disaster Management Act regulations, and is... Read More

Minister Fernandez calls for special meeting with National Minister and MECs

25 January 2021

At the end of December 2020, SASSA suspended a total of 210 778 disability grants nationally of which, more than 53 000 Temporary Disability Grants (TPGs) have been suspended across the Western Cape.  Read More

Update: Old Age Home Recoveries

20 January 2021

I am encouraged that to date, 2085 of our senior citizens have recovered from Covid-19 at old age homes in the Western Cape. However, I am deeply concerned that as of 15 January 2021, there were 156 active cases, up from the 78 cases- last reported... Read More

Minister Fernandez raises more concerns about SASSA’s ‘10 Point-Plan’

19 January 2021

On Monday, the 18th January 2021, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with a delegation from SASSA. Read More

WC gov & MEC Fernandez call on President Ramaphosa to intervene in SASSA crisis

15 January 2021

I condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of water cannons by the South African Police Services (SAPS) against our society’s most vulnerable, who have queued at SASSA offices today.  Read More

Minister Fernandez engages with SASSA regarding Temp disability grant backlog

13 January 2021

Today, 13 January 2021, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with the CEO of SASSA, Totsie Memela Khambula and the Regional Executive Manager for the SASSA Cape Regions, Mr Bandile Maqetuka and their team on their... Read More

DSD urges ECD’s to heed to COVID19 protocols whilst re-opening

12 January 2021

As we have entered the new year, and with many parents placing their children in places of safety as they return to work, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is urging all Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres and partial... Read More

Discontinuation of SASSA Disability Grants deeply concerning

6 January 2021

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is gravely concerned about the impact of SASSA’s termination of temporary disability grants given the resurgence of COVID-19. Read More

DSD provides support to fire victims

4 January 2021

The Western Cape is currently experiencing its annual fire season, leaving many people homeless and in need of support such as shelter, food and clothing. Read More