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Western Cape DSD observes World Day against Trafficking in Persons

30 June 2022

On the 30 July each year, governments across the globe observe World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that requires a global solution. Read More

Western Cape DSD reduces foster care backlog as deadline looms

28 June 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has made steady progress in reducing the 2017 backlog of foster care order extensions. Presently, a total of 37 300 children are in foster care in the Western Cape.   Read More

Minister Fernandez engages Saartjie Baartman’s Centre for Women and children

24 June 2022

On Thursday 23 June 2022, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, engaged with the Saartjie Baartman’s Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC) on the facility’s substance abuse programme for women who have been victims of... Read More

Public urged to verify the status of Substance Abuse Treatment Centres

21 June 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is urging the public to ensure that their loved ones are placed in a registered substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facility for increased chances of their loved ones sustaining their... Read More

SANCA Drug Awareness Week: Most people seeking treatment for ‘Tik’ addiction

20 June 2022

The latest Phase 50 report (2022) compiled by the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU) reveals that in the Western Cape, the primary substances of use reported by 36 specialist treatment centres/programmes between the... Read More

YOUTH DAY: Minister Fernandez hosts Youth Day Expo in Nyanga

17 June 2022

In commemoration of Youth Day, Thursday 16 June 2022, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez hosted Read More

Department of Social Development observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

15 June 2022

In observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, recognized on Wednesday, 15 June 2022, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is calling on the public to join hands in protecting the rights and concerns of our senior citizens 365... Read More

YOUTH DAY - The WC Social Development Department hosts Youth Café Expo

15 June 2022

In line with the National theme for Youth Month: “Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods and resilience of young people for a better tomorrow, ” on Thursday, 16 June 2022, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD), will be hosting a Youth... Read More

Min. Fernandez welcomes R36 million newly renovated Child and Youth Care Centre

13 June 2022

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the completion of the R36 million newly renovated Outeniekwa Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) located in George. Read More

Minister Fernandez engages Athlone community on Child Protection Services

2 June 2022

As we continue to commemorate Child Protection Week, on Wednesday 01 June 2022, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, engaged residents from Athlone community in an effort to raise awareness of the basket of child... Read More

Child Protection Week: Working Together to safeguard Children with Disabilities

2 June 2022

As we commemorate Child Protection Week, we must be mindful that children with disabilities often require specialised support.  Read More