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News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development

Update: Old Age Home Recoveries

20 January 2021

I am encouraged that to date, 2085 of our senior citizens have recovered from Covid-19 at old age homes in the Western Cape. However, I am deeply concerned that as of 15 January 2021, there were 156 active cases, up from the 78 cases- last reported... Read More

Minister Fernandez raises more concerns about SASSA’s ‘10 Point-Plan’

19 January 2021

On Monday, the 18th January 2021, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with a delegation from SASSA. Read More

WC gov & MEC Fernandez call on President Ramaphosa to intervene in SASSA crisis

15 January 2021

I condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of water cannons by the South African Police Services (SAPS) against our society’s most vulnerable, who have queued at SASSA offices today.  Read More

Minister Fernandez engages with SASSA regarding Temp disability grant backlog

13 January 2021

Today, 13 January 2021, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with the CEO of SASSA, Totsie Memela Khambula and the Regional Executive Manager for the SASSA Cape Regions, Mr Bandile Maqetuka and their team on their... Read More

DSD urges ECD’s to heed to COVID19 protocols whilst re-opening

12 January 2021

As we have entered the new year, and with many parents placing their children in places of safety as they return to work, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is urging all Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres and partial... Read More

Discontinuation of SASSA Disability Grants deeply concerning

6 January 2021

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is gravely concerned about the impact of SASSA’s termination of temporary disability grants given the resurgence of COVID-19. Read More

DSD provides support to fire victims

4 January 2021

The Western Cape is currently experiencing its annual fire season, leaving many people homeless and in need of support such as shelter, food and clothing. Read More

Update: Old Age Home Recoveries

23 December 2020

The number of residents who have recovered from Covid-19 in old age homes has increased to 1 792, and we remain encouraged by this. However, in the space of a week active infections among residents have more than doubled from 32 cases on 14 December... Read More

Help is available this festive season

21 December 2020

While the festive season is usually a time for family gatherings and celebrations, this period also brings with it distress for many, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and its recent resurgence. Read More

Update: Old Age Home Covid-19 Recoveries

17 December 2020

As the country experiences a resurgence in Covid-19 cases, the provincial Social Development Minister Sharna Fernandez has expressed concern over the rising number of infections at old age homes in the province. Read More

DSD launches #OneVoice campaign, survivors share their journeys

10 December 2020

Today marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, but it also signals the start of 365 Days of Activism and our continued commitment to addressing gender-based violence. Read More

DSD observes International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December 2020

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is observed on the 3 December to promote the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of social life. Read More

Minister welcomes launch of National Shelter Movement’s 24 Hour Helpline

1 December 2020

Today, Tuesday 1 December 2020, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez attende Read More

Minister Fernandez visits Saartjie Baartman centre for abused Women and Children

30 November 2020

In commemoration of 16 Days Of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, visited the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children today, 30 November 2020, to gain... Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes signing of MoU for 6 New Shelters

26 November 2020

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez said, “I welcome the final signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) and the National Department of Public Works... Read More

Minister Fernandez attends launch of Philisa Abafazi Bethu Family Centre

25 November 2020

Today, Wednesday, 25 November 2020, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, attended the official launch and opening of the Philisa Abafazi Bethu Family Centre in Retreat. Read More

Minister to attend official opening of the Philisa Abafazi Bethu Family Centre

24 November 2020

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 25 November 2020, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, will be attending the opening of the Philisa Abafazi Centre in Retreat.  Read More

Minister Fernandez calls on all men to be positive role models for the youth

19 November 2020

International Men's Day 2020 is observed annually on November 19, to create awareness about men's health Read More

Minister Fernandez urges Public to utilize Disability Day Care services

18 November 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, urges all children with disabilities to utilise the Day Care services offered by her Department and its Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) partners.   Read More

Promoting well-being of Children with Disabilities remains a key priority

10 November 2020

“As we continue to commemorate Disability Rights Awareness Month, let’s join hands as a society, to support and promote the social and emotional well-being of children and youth with disabilities. Read More

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