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News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development

Western Cape Department of Social Development’s Winter Readiness Plan in place

23 May 2024

Every year, harsh weather conditions expose vulnerable groups living in informal settlements, remote rural locations, or on the streets to greater risk. Read More

DSD services provide hope for vulnerable children and their families

20 May 2024

With Child Protection Week commencing on Sunday, 19 May, this year, the Western Cape Department of Social Development wishes to emphasise its commitment to ensuring that children in need of care and protection are safe and unharmed, through the... Read More

Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez condemns attacks against staff

16 May 2024

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, strongly condemns the continued attacks on departmental staff. Read More

DSD MEC visits social workers and the families affected by collapsed building

10 May 2024

On Thursday, 09 May 2024, Western Cape Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez visited George to check in with social workers from the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD). Read More

DSD services that ensure protection of vulnerable children

8 May 2024

Despite the difficult fiscal and economic situation the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) finds itself in – as all other departments within the Western Cape Government (WCG) – we continue prioritising the provision of statutory... Read More

Protection of children should start with parents and guardians

30 April 2024

During the month of May, when we commemorate Child Protection Month, the Western Cape Department of Social Development will ramp up its awareness-raising initiatives about child abuse and the preventive measures we offer as the Department. Read More

Min Fernandez welcomes the opening of new Thuthuzela Care Centre in Stellenbosch

17 April 2024

Today, 16 April 2024, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez attended the formal opening of a Thuthuzela Care Centre (TCC) in Stellenbosch. Read More

United States and South Africa sign Government-to-Government Agreement

15 April 2024

The United States and South Africa today signed a new Comprehensive Case Management for Children Government-to-Government (G2G) Agreement, designed to elevate the provision of services for vulnerable children in South Africa, particularly Children... Read More

Social Development Appropriation Bill – Vote 7

26 March 2024

Honorable Speaker Honorable Premier and Cabinet colleagues, Honorable Members of the Provincial Legislature in the house and on the virtual platform, Members of the media and public Citizens of the Western Cape, Read More

Social Services is a transversal responsibility

19 March 2024

Throughout the month of March, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has been celebrating inspiring social service professionals who have dedicated their lives to serving vulnerable citizens of this province. Read More

Social work changes lives

8 March 2024

Throughout the month of March, we will be celebrating and honouring all those in the social service profession as part of Social Work Month. Read More

Changing mindsets on World Hearing Day

3 March 2024

For World Hearing Day this year – which is commemorated annually on 3 March – we are focusing on “changing mindsets.” Read More

Western Cape Department of Social Development celebrates Social Work Month

1 March 2024

For the month of March, we are honouring all those in the social service profession, as it is Social Work Month. Read More

Department of Social Development’s food relief programme in Karoo a team effort

22 February 2024

The Western Cape Government proved once again that it is committed to supporting the most vulnerable, especially in a time of crisis during the recent two-week Eskom power outage in the Central Karoo. Electricity was restored on 15 February. Read More

Department of Social Development providing food relief in Central Karoo

9 February 2024

The prolonged Eskom electricity outage in parts of the Central Karoo has led to a widespread need for food relief. Eskom is working to restore electricity by Thursday, 15 February, but the Western Cape Government is doing everything we can to help... Read More

MEC Sharna Fernandez meets with SASSA

8 February 2024

Western Cape Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez has met with SASSA’s provincial management today (07 February 2024) to discuss various pertinent issues. Read More

MEC Sharna Fernandez conducts oversight visits at SASSA offices

5 February 2024

On 02 February 2024, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, visited different SASSA offices in Cape Town. Read More

DSD assessing damage after Sivuyile fire

29 January 2024

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is assessing the extent of the fire damage to its Sivuyile residential facility for people with profound disabilities. Read More

DSD committed to promoting dignity and well-being of girl learners

25 January 2024

With the 2024 school year in full swing, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is doing its part in ensuring the well-being and dignity of girls across the province through its Sanitary Dignity Project. Read More

2024 The wrong start for SASSA

12 January 2024

Please attribute the below to Minister Sharna Fernandez We are barely two weeks into 2024 and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is already making headlines in the worst way for once again letting down our most vulnerable citizens.  Read More

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