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News and Speeches for Department of Social Development

Additional support provided to Old Ages Homes amidst COVID-19 pandemic

8 June 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is providing additional support to residential facilities for older persons amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More

Minister Fernandez calls on society to help in fight against child abuse

4 June 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is appealing to each and every resident across the province, to help us in the fight against the ongoing abuse, neglect and murder of our children. Read More

Minister Fernandez supports #WorldFosterDay campaign

1 June 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, supports the #worldfosterday campaign which sheds light on, and raises awareness about children in foster care. Read More

Child Protection Week – 365 Days Of Activism

31 May 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the official launch of the National Child Protection Week, which takes place from Sunday, 31 May to Sunday, 7 June 2020.  Read More

Psycho-social support for people at risk during COVID-19 resctrictions

27 May 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez is urging all families and individuals in need of psycho-social support services, to utilize the department's services during the Covid-19 restrictions. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes SAHRC pronouncement

21 May 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez welcomes the statement on ENCA by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) that any attempt by government to block food provision for those in dire need, is a human rights... Read More

Updated Covid19 Prevention and Management Protocols for Old Age Homes

21 May 2020

The Western Cape Departments of Social Development and Health have updated and provided practical guidelines for the prevention and management of coronavirus infection in residential facilities, such as Old Age Homes. Read More

Early Childhood Development and Partial Care Centres to remain closed

20 May 2020

The provincial Department of Social Development has received confirmation from the National Department that despite the easing of the lockdown, all ECDs must remain closed until further notice. Read More

National Minister fails to respond to draft food relief directions

18 May 2020

On Monday, 5th of May 2020, I wrote to the National Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, requesting that she urgently rejects the proposed draft directions on the distribution of food aid. Read More

Humanitarian relief to continue, amidst debate over draft food relief directions

14 May 2020

In response to the COVID 19 lockdown the Western Cape Government has established a humanitarian relief work stream in order to co-ordinate humanitarian relief efforts in the province. Read More

Minister Fernandez fears new draft directions could threaten food security

12 May 2020

I have become aware that new draft regulations currently before National Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, propose the banning of cooked food distribution by NGOs, and will require all NGOs to apply for permits if they wish to distribute... Read More

Minister Fernandez hails CYCWs amidst Covid-19 pandemic

7 May 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez hails all Child and Youth Care Workers (CYCWs) in the Province, as we recognise the valuable contributions and dedication of child and youth care workers, and the role they play in... Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes re-opening of all SASSA Western Cape offices

6 May 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez welcomes the announcement that the Social African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will reopen their offices on Monday, 11 May 2020. Read More

W.C. DSD awaiting further details on President Ramaphosa’s social relief plan

23 April 2020

On 21 April 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a social and economic relief plan, which included additional relief for social distress through various mechanisms. Read More

Support for victims of abuse remains our priority during the lockdown

20 April 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) continues to provide support for victims of abuse during the lockdown. “While our country is in a period of lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, for some, isolating at home presents... Read More

Minister Fernandez requests greater collaboration between Nat, Prov & SASSA

15 April 2020

South Africa is facing an unprecedented crisis. The coronvirus pandemic is not only a threat to the lives of many people, but also to their livelihoods. Read More

DSD to increase reach in nutritional relief during Covid19 Pandemic

6 April 2020

The Department of Social Development (DSD) has made an additional R35 million available for food relief programmes from Provincial Treasury allocations, to widen our existing nutritional safety net to reach an extra estimated 215 520 beneficiaries... Read More

Department of Social Development takes no risks around Coronavirus

22 March 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is implementing emergency measures to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus on the social services sector. Read More

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