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News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development

Social Workers start LGBTIQA+ Sensitisation Workshop

12 August 2020

Today, August 12, 2020, 28 social workers and social auxiliary workers from funded organisations of the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) are participating in an online workshop being offered by the Triangle Project. Read More

Minister Fernandez hosts Conversations with COVID-19/GBV Survivors

10 August 2020

Against the backdrop of Women’s Day commemorated on Sunday, 9 August 2020, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, hosted a Webinar with the 1000 Women Trust and a group of female Covid-19 Survivors from Khayelitsha. Read More

UPDATE: Covid-19 recoveries continue to increase across Old Age Homes

5 August 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the continued increase in COVID-19 recoveries that have been reported across old age homes in the Western Cape. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes Online Trauma Support Training

4 August 2020

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the start of the first Online Trauma Support Training for housemothers of funded shelters in the Western Cape that accommodate victims of violence and their children.  Read More

Women’s Month: Minister Fernandez encourages women to uplift one another

3 August 2020

This Women’s Month, it's important to acknowledge the efforts of courageous women across our communities, who are contributing to positive change and encouraging other women and young girls to do the same. Read More

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

30 July 2020

As we observe World Day against Trafficking in Persons today, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, would like to pay special tribute to the first responders to human trafficking. Read More

Min Fernandez welcomes the increase in Covid-19 recoveries across Old Age Home

29 July 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the increase in COVID 19 recoveries that have been reported across old age homes in the Western Cape. Read More

Minister Fernandez urges public to use Provincial Disability-Desk

28 July 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is urging the public to make use of the Provincial Disability-Desk that resides in her Department. Read More

Missing child from Khayelitsha Min Fernandez calls on public to help with search

20 July 2020

A team of social workers from the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has visited the family of the missing 12-year-old, Lunamandla Sithonga, from Khayelitsha. Read More

DSD reprioritises R10.2 million for ECDs re-opening amidst COVID-19 pandemic

17 July 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) remains dedicated to providing child protection services for children and highlighting the importance of such services, in commemoration of Tata Madiba.  Read More

DSD offers services for people living with disabilities amidst COVID-19 pandemic

13 July 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has continued to prioritise delivering services to people living with disabilities, their families and/ or caregivers, and the communities in which they live, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

WC DSD prioritises safety of 12 000 essential workers during COVID-19 Lockdown

10 July 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has provided 12 000 essential workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 lockdown. Read More

MEC Fernandez welcomes the court ruling for re-opening of ECDs

6 July 2020

The Provincial Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez notes and welcomes the North Gauteng High Court ruling stating that all private and NGO-run Early Childhood Development Centres may re-open immediately. Read More

MEC Fernandez appeals to National DSD to announce opening dates for ECDs

2 July 2020

The Provincial Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez calls on the National Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu to announce a reopening date for Early Childhood Development centres as a matter of urgency, and to finalise the much... Read More

DSD welcomes donations and provides additional support to old age homes

30 June 2020

The Department of Social Development has ensured that 105 000 additional masks have reached various old age homes where the need is the greatest. This brings the total to 120 000 masks distributed to high risk groups, made possible by donations. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes release of World Drug Report 2020

25 June 2020

The provincial Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez notes the findings in the World Drug Report released in Vienna, Austria today, and urges all those who need help with substance abuse to reach out to the Department. Read More

MEC Fernandez welcomes ECD preopening assessments

23 June 2020

The provincial Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez has welcomed the developments in the ECD and Partial Care sector, including the preopening self-assessment, but has called on the national department to commit to timeframes for the... Read More

Youth Café to launch online pilot

17 June 2020

In celebration of youth month, the Provincial Minister of Social Development welcomes a new pilot which will see the ongoing development of young people, while minimizing the risk of the spread of Covid 19. Read More

Minister Fernandez Observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

15 June 2020

In observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez calls on the whole of society to protect the rights and dignity of older persons, particularly in the context of Covid 19. Read More

DSD offers a basket of services to mitigate COVID-19 social challenges

10 June 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has remained steadfast in promoting social inclusion, reducing poverty and tackling many of the social ills present in the Western Cape in order to fully respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and... Read More

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