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News and Speeches for Department of Social Development

DSD programmes crucial to restoring the human dignity of youth at risk

17 September 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez said, “In an effort to reduce all forms of violence in South African society, we all need to challenge the destructive and outdated expectations around manhood that are counter-... Read More

DSD commemorates World Suicide Prevention Day

10 September 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is commemorating World Suicide Prevention Day today, 10 September 2020, to promote its commitment and action to prevent suicides.  Read More

UPDATE: 1505 recoveries across Old Age Homes

10 September 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) continues to monitor strict health and safety protocols across old age homes in the Province, to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. Read More

Minister Fernandez commemorates International FASD Awareness Day

9 September 2020

Today marks the 21st annual commemoration of International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, and Provincial Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez encourages everyone to show their support by observing a minute’s... Read More

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

2 September 2020

In recognising the vulnerability of older persons during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Social Development continues to monitor the infection rates at homes, whilst also working to ensure that the dignity and rights of older persons are... Read More

DSD remains committed to restoring the dignity of families in distress

1 September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a serious threat to the well-being and dignity of many children and  their families due to challenges related to social disruption, such as financial insecurity, unemployment, caregiving challenges and other stressors... Read More

UPDATE: National GBV Command Call Centre Lockdown Report

25 August 2020

The implementation of lockdowns has been a measure used across the globe as a means to curb the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its impact on public healthcare systems. Read More

Minister Fernandez calls for public comment on Victim Support Services Bill

24 August 2020

As we draw closer to the end of Women’s Month, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is encouraging all residents and organizations, in particular those working in the victim support services sector in the fight against... Read More

Psycho-social and bereavement support for families at risk during pandemic

18 August 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez and the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, are urging all individuals and families in need of psycho-social support and bereavement counselling, to... Read More

Minister Fernandez engages with shelters for abused women on impact of Covid19

17 August 2020

On Monday, 17 August 2020, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, joined hands with DSD funded Victim Empowerment Programme(VEP) shelters in a virtual meeting themed, the “Circle of Courage”, to discuss the impact of the... Read More

Social Workers start LGBTIQA+ Sensitisation Workshop

12 August 2020

Today, August 12, 2020, 28 social workers and social auxiliary workers from funded organisations of the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) are participating in an online workshop being offered by the Triangle Project. Read More

Minister Fernandez hosts Conversations with COVID-19/GBV Survivors

10 August 2020

Against the backdrop of Women’s Day commemorated on Sunday, 9 August 2020, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, hosted a Webinar with the 1000 Women Trust and a group of female Covid-19 Survivors from Khayelitsha. Read More

UPDATE: Covid-19 recoveries continue to increase across Old Age Homes

5 August 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the continued increase in COVID-19 recoveries that have been reported across old age homes in the Western Cape. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes Online Trauma Support Training

4 August 2020

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the start of the first Online Trauma Support Training for housemothers of funded shelters in the Western Cape that accommodate victims of violence and their children.  Read More

Women’s Month: Minister Fernandez encourages women to uplift one another

3 August 2020

This Women’s Month, it's important to acknowledge the efforts of courageous women across our communities, who are contributing to positive change and encouraging other women and young girls to do the same. Read More

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

30 July 2020

As we observe World Day against Trafficking in Persons today, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, would like to pay special tribute to the first responders to human trafficking. Read More

Min Fernandez welcomes the increase in Covid-19 recoveries across Old Age Home

29 July 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the increase in COVID 19 recoveries that have been reported across old age homes in the Western Cape. Read More

Minister Fernandez urges public to use Provincial Disability-Desk

28 July 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is urging the public to make use of the Provincial Disability-Desk that resides in her Department. Read More

Missing child from Khayelitsha Min Fernandez calls on public to help with search

20 July 2020

A team of social workers from the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has visited the family of the missing 12-year-old, Lunamandla Sithonga, from Khayelitsha. Read More

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