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News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development

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

Make sure you know where your child is

4 January 2024

While many revelers rang in the new year on beaches across the Western Cape, staff from the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) provided support to children who were separated from their families. Read More

Keeping children safe should be main priority during the holidays

13 December 2023

Schools are closing today and the holiday season has begun for many families. While this is a joyful period, there are many risks to be aware of, especially for parents and caregivers. Read More

16 days are over, now the real work begins

11 December 2023

The 16 Days of Activism For No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign has come to an end, but now the real work begins and must continue every day. Read More

WCG shows its support for GBV survivors

5 December 2023

Scores of people across the Western Cape formed human chains as a show of support for victims and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) on 05 December 2023 as part of the 16 Days of Activism For No Violence Against Women and Children Cam Read More

Let us continue protecting the rights of Persons with Disabilities

4 December 2023

Disability Rights Awareness Month – which is observed between 03 November and 03 December – may be coming to an end, but we should continue recognizing that the rights of persons with disabilities are human rights. Read More

Invitation to WCG’s Human Chain event

1 December 2023

On Tuesday, 05 December 2023, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, – along with Premier Alan Winde – will form part of a human chain. Read More

Finding sustainable solutions to help those in need

23 November 2023

The Western Cape Government (WCG) is no longer proceeding with the proposed Hope Exchange Shelter development on the old Tafelberg creche property. Read More

Hope and empowerment for Persons with Disabilities

17 November 2023

Tshego Tlou, from Soweto, went blind in 2014 and called a radio station asking if there was an organization that can assist him. Someone referred him to an NGO in Cape Town, the League of the Friends of the Blind (LOFOB). Read More

Beyond Stereotypes: Broadening our understanding of GBV

15 November 2023

16 Days of Activism For No Violence Against Women and Children may start next week, but the Western Cape Government (WCG) is not waiting to have critical solutions-focused discussions. Read More

Disability rights are human rights

10 November 2023

This week’s focus while we observe Disability Rights Awareness Month is on children, under the theme: “Accelerate efforts in realizing the inclusion for every child with a disability.” Between 03 November and 03 December, we are reminded that disabil Read More

Western Cape DSD facility for disabled Persons on track with upgrades

3 November 2023

To celebrate the start of Disability Rights Awareness Month observed between 03 November and 03 December annually, Western Cape Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez visited Sivuyile Residential Facility in Stikland. Read More

MEC Fernandez thanks Social Development staff for their commitment

1 November 2023

Today marks the end of Social Development Month, a month in which we celebrate government’s commitment to caring for and supporting the most vulnerable in society. Read More

MEC Fernandez urges parents to keep an eye on children this summer

30 October 2023

Summer is around the corner, and with it comes the spirit of joviality, but the season also calls for caution on various fronts. Read More

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