News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development

25 young entrepreneurs showcase their businesses for Human Rights Day

21 March 2017

As part of Human Rights Day celebrations, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) in partnership with Community Chest, held the Human Rights Day Youth Business Expo and Family Day in Delft. Read More

Cape business people and CEOs to join MEC Fritz at Youth Business Expo

17 March 2017

On Monday, Minister Fritz will be joined by 10 top business people and captains of industry in touring the stands of 25 young entrepreneurs from across the province who will showcase their businesses at the Human Rights Day Business Expo and Family... Read More

Department to sign service MOU with Oudtshoorn Municipality

17 March 2017

Today, Western Cape Social Development MEC, Adv. Albert Fritz, will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Mayor of Oudtshoorn, Cllr. Colan Sylvester. Read More

Department staff and public intimidated by protesting workers

14 March 2017

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) condemns the intimidation and unruly behaviour of NEHAWU members who disrupted services at our Metro South Regional Office this morning. Read More

Imizamo Yethu Fire: Department providing relief and trauma counselling

12 March 2017

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Adv. Albert Fritz, will visit the scene of the devastating fire in Imizamo Yethu, outside Cape Town. Read More

MEC to seek answers on Social Grants crisis at national meeting tomorrow

6 March 2017

Western Cape MEC of Social Development, Albert Fritz, will tomorrow seek direct assurances from Minister Bathabile Dlamini, following the chaotic handling of the looming social grants payment deadline. Read More

1.5-million Western Cape SASSA grants beneficiaries face uncertainty

28 February 2017

I will be writing to the National Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, requesting urgent feedback on the emergency steps her office is taking to ensure the 1.5-million grant recipients in the Western Cape are paid come April 1st. Read More

Unannounced visit to GH Stark Old Age Home conducted by MEC

23 February 2017

Today, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, continued his older persons oversight visits campaign, paying an unannounced visit to the GH Stark Old Age Home in Hanover Park. Read More

Budget Speech: 17 million social grant beneficiaries want to hear good news

21 February 2017

As we gear up to listen to Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan deliver his 2017/18 Budget Speech, 17 million social grant recipients nationally, and nearly 1.5 million people in the Western Cape, are waiting to hear good news about their grant payments... Read More

Stabbed 2 year-old: Department welcomes arrest of suspect

14 February 2017

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) welcomes the arrest of the woman alleged to have stabbed her 2 year-old son in the neck. Read More

Departments Youth Excellence Awards winners start training programme

13 February 2017

Today, 21 organizations focused on youth development will begin the ABSA Emerging Business Management Course. The organizations were all previously honoured at last year’s Ministerial Youth Excellence Awards. Read More

DSD essential services to continue amid strike action

10 February 2017

The Department of Social Development notes the one day national industrial action by social services professionals set to take place on Friday, 10 February by NEHAWU and other trade unions. Services at DSD local offices may be affected. Read More

Department to probe claims of child-abuse at Mannenberg ECD

10 February 2017

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) will revisit the Jewel Educare, an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre in Mannenberg, with a police escort if needs be. Read More

Bonnytoun abscondment: MEC visits injured CYCC staff

16 January 2017

Today, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Adv. Albert Fritz, visited one of the injured officials from the Bonnytoun Secure Care Centre. Read More

Bonnytoun abscondment: Department & SAPS searching for boys

15 January 2017

Operations at the Bonnytoun Secure Care Centre, which is a Child & Youth Care Centre (CYCC), have returned to normal after an attack and abscondment by some of the boys held at the facility. Read More

16 Days of Activism - Mitchells Plain fathers & daughters to join MEC Fritz

7 December 2016

Tomorrow, as part of our 16 Days of Activism Against Women & Child Abuse campaign, the Western Cape MEC for Social Development, Albert Fritz, will host fathers and their daughters for an anti-violence dialogue session in Mitchells Plain. Read More

MEC Fritz warns against Christmas SASSA scammer

6 December 2016

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, calls on all social grant recipients never to divulge their social grant details or pin numbers, whether over the phone or email, to anybody claiming to be from the South African Social... Read More

International Day of Persons with Disability: MEC joins NGOs at demonstration

6 December 2016

On International Day of Persons with Disability, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, joined a disability awareness demonstration at Cape Town Station. The event also marked the end of National Disability Awareness Month. Read More

16 Days of Activism public awareness drive launched at Cape Town Station

29 November 2016

Today, Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, launched the department’s “SPEAK OUT – SILENCE TO STRENGTH” public awareness drive at the Cape Town Station (taxi rank deck) during morning rush hour. Read More

MEC Fritz to continue older persons and Old Age Home oversight visits this weeke

28 November 2016

This Sunday, as part of his ongoing anti-older abuse oversight visits in the run up to the festive season, Western Cape MEC for Social Development, Albert Fritz, will conduct a visit to 300 seniors in Mitchells Plain. Read More