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World Foster Day presents opportunity to partner with DSD

31 May 2021

In observance of World Foster Day which is recognised annually on 31 May, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is encouraging  residents who meet the criteria to consider becoming either foster or safety parents. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes Launch of National Child Protection Week

31 May 2021

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the official launch of the National Child Protection Week, which takes place from Sunday, 30 May to 6 June 2021. Read More

Minister calls on National DSD to re-open applications for ECD Stimulus Fund

27 May 2021

I  note with great concern, the low number of  ECD centres and programmes in the Western Cape that have been received thus far  for the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Employment Stimulus Relief Fund. Read More

COVID-19 vaccination rollout programme makes steady progress at old age homes

26 May 2021

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the steady progress being made in ensuring that senior citizens who reside in old age homes receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Read More

Minister Fernandez raises concerns over SASSA’s lack of Winter Preparedness

25 May 2021

On Monday 24 May 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with SASSA and raised concerns over their tardiness in providing plans ahead of the harsh winter months that threaten the livelihoods and social security... Read More

Help for young people in conflict with the law

20 May 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is committed to working with children in conflict with the law. Read More

Old age homes urged to assist residents to register for COVID-19 vaccine

19 May 2021

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is urging all old age homes to assist their residents to register for their COVID-19 vaccine so that we can prevent severe COVID-19 illness and deaths. Read More

Minister Fernandez observes International Day of Families

14 May 2021

Tomorrow, 15 May 2021, marks the observation of the International Day of Families, as proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993.  Read More

UPDATE: Payment of ECD Stimulus Relief Fund in the Western Cape

12 May 2021

The National Department of Social Development has received R496 million from National Treasury as part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s COVID-19 relief measures, to assist ECD programmes and services that have been impacted by the COVID pandemic. Read More

All Child and Youth Care Centres must be registered

11 May 2021

All Child and Youth Care Centres (CYCCs) are required to be registered with the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD). Read More

Minister Fernandez launches two new GBV shelters

10 May 2021

On Friday, 07 May 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, launched two newly established safe houses, namely: Daisy Safehouse and Aalwyn Place of Safety, for victims of gender-based violence in the West Coast region. Read More

Western Cape’s Social Development Department launches Winter Readiness Plan

6 May 2021

The Western Cape Government’s Department of Social Development (DSD) has been working tirelessly to ensure that winter readiness programmes are operational in each region across the province as heavy rains and colder weather conditions start to... Read More

UPDATE: Increase in COVID-19 recoveries across Old Age Homes

4 May 2021

As of 04 May 2021, the number of residents in old age homes, who have recovered from COVID-19 has increased to 2650. Read More

Western Cape Government to increase nutritional relief support

3 May 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging period for many South Africans, with many people losing their jobs and going without the food they need to live healthy lives. Read More