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News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development

SASSA UPDATE: Final report on lapsed Temporary Disability Grants

13 April 2021

On Monday 12 April 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with SASSA regarding the nearly 53 000 Temporary Disability Grants (TDGs) and Care Dependency Grants that were suspended by the national agency, across... Read More

UPDATE: Covid-19 recoveries increase in old age homes

31 March 2021

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is calling upon all members of the public to be extra vigilant when visiting your loved ones at old age homes this Easter weekend. Read More

Budget VOTE 7 Social Development speech 2021/2022

30 March 2021

It is important that we recognize the impact of Covid 19 on our country and Province. The first and second wave required that we dig deep as a Province to combat the consequences of Covid 19 in the Social Sector. Read More

SASSA UPDATE: More than 12 000 unaccounted Temporary Disability Grant clients

30 March 2021

On Monday 29 March 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with SASSA regarding the nearly 53 000 Temporary Disability Grants (TDGs) and Care Dependency Grants that were suspended by the national agency, across... Read More

Minister Fernandez launches new GBV shelter

29 March 2021

On Friday, 26 March 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, launched the newly established Marigold Safehouse in the Central Karoo. Read More

Human Rights Day: Promoting the dignity of Intellectually Disabled Persons

23 March 2021

Every year, both Human Rights Day and World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on 21 March.   Human Rights Day commemorates and honours those who fought for the rights & freedom that all South Africans enjoy today.  Read More

Additional beds spaces for homeless citizens

23 March 2021

Today, Tuesday 23 March 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, conducted an oversight visit to the OWL Haven Shelter, a provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) funded shelter for homeless citizens... Read More

UPDATE: COVID19 recoveries across old age homes continue to increase

17 March 2021

As of 15 March 2021, the number of residents in old age homes, who have recovered from COVID-19 has increased to 2542. Read More

DSD urges ECDs to verify Employment Stimulus Relief Fund applications

15 March 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is urging all Early Childhood Development programmes and services that applied for the ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund, to verify their details that have been captured on Government’s... Read More

'Tik', Cannabis, Alcohol and Heroin remain primary substances of use

11 March 2021

The latest Phase 47 report (2021) 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 37 specialist treatment centres/programmes participating... Read More

All Residential facilities for Older Persons must be registered

9 March 2021

All residential facilities for older persons are required to be registered with the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD). Read More

Min Fernandez visits safe-houses in celebration of International Women’s Day

8 March 2021

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, visited the Department of Social Development (DSD) funded safe-houses for women and children in the Western Cape, namely, Sisters... Read More

UPDATE: National GBV Command Call Centre Festive Season Report

4 March 2021

The implementation of the various alert level restrictions by the National Government to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic during the festive season, in particular, has made access to support services for women experiencing gender-based... Read More

UPDATE: SASSA Temporary Disability Grant deadline is looming

2 March 2021

On Monday 01 March 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with SASSA regarding the 53 000 Temporary Disability Grants (TDGs) and Care Dependency Grants that were suspended by the national agency, affecting... Read More

Minister Fernandez observes World NGO Day

26 February 2021

In observance of World NGO Day tomorrow 27 February 2021, I wish to pay tribute to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that provide quality services to the public on behalf of the Department, especially in this very difficult economic and social... Read More

Final call for ECD Stimulus Relief Fund applications

25 February 2021

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is urging all Early Childhood Development (ECD) services and programmes who have not yet applied for the ECD Stimulus Relief Fund, to utilize this final opportunity to do so. Read More

UPDATE: Increase in COVID19 recoveries across Old Age Homes

24 February 2021

As of 23 February 2021, the number of residents in old age homes, who have recovered from Covid-19 has increased to 2447. Read More

Counselling available for matriculants

22 February 2021

Completing secondary education, commonly referred to as high school, signifies the transition of an important stage or occasion in an adolescent’s life. Read More

Deadline to apply for ECD Stimulus Relief Fund extended

22 February 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development welcomes the extension of the deadline to apply for the ECD Stimulus Relief Fund to Friday, 26 February 2021, and urges ECDs who have not yet applied, to make use of the opportunity to do so. Read More

Deadline to apply for ECD Stimulus Relief Fund extended

22 February 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development welcomes the extension of the deadline to apply for the ECD Stimulus Relief Fund to Friday, 26 February 2021, and urges ECDs who have not yet applied, to make use of the opportunity to do so. Read More

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