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News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development

DSD waits on National Minister to sign MOU for 6 New Shelters

27 October 2020

Yesterday, 26 October 2020, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, was accompanied by Executive Mayor of Oudtshoorn Municipality, Christiaan Macpherson, during an oversight visit to a shelter for victims of violence and... Read More

Help safeguard our children by becoming a safety parent

26 October 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is calling on members of the public to register to become a safety parent and help us in the fight to protect our children, by providing temporary places of safety. Read More

WORLD FOOD DAY: Minister Fernandez highlights importance of food security

16 October 2020

Today, 16 October 2020, marks the annual commemoration of World Food Day. The global theme for this year's World Food Day 2020 is “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together. Our actions are our future.” Read More

Minister welcomes steady increase in COVID-19 recoveries across Old Age Homes

14 October 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez (DSD) welcomes the steady increase in COVID-19 recoveries across old age homes in the Western Cape, with the current number of older persons in facilities infected now standing at... Read More

Homes for people with disabilities remain crucial to restoring dignity and hope

12 October 2020

In light of October being Social Development Month and with Disability Awareness Month fast approaching, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez said, “Providing assistance and support to the most vulnerable across our... Read More

World Homeless Day: Minister Fernandez urges public to Give Responsibly

9 October 2020

The Inaugural World Homeless Day was marked on the 10th of October 2010. Since its founding, World Homeless Day has been observed on every continent except Antarctica, in several dozen countries. Read More

DSD’s NPO Help Desk reopens

6 October 2020

The Department of Social Development is pleased to announce that its NPO Help Desk has reopened, and is ready to assist NPOs with their queries. Read More

Minister Fernandez calls for further clarity on ECD migration

5 October 2020

The Western Cape Government has yet to receive further information on the proposed migration of the Early Childhood Development sector from Provincial Departments of Social Development (DSD) to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), as announced... Read More

October is Social Development Month: International Day of Non-Violence

2 October 2020

The International Day of Non-Violence is observed annually on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes the start of Social Development Month

1 October 2020

Today, October 1, 2020, signals the start of Social Development Month.  During this month, the provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) will create further awareness about the Department’s core mandate as well as the services offered to... Read More

DSD hosts Webinar on Promoting the Rights of Women with Disabilities

30 September 2020

Today, Wednesday 30 September 2020, the Western Cape Department of Social Development hosted a Webinar focusing on “Promoting the Rights of Women with Disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.”  The objective of the event  was to bring together... Read More

DSD commemorates International Day of Sign Languages

23 September 2020

Today, 23 September 2020, is recognized as International Day of Sign Languages. I would like to reflect and recognize the importance of sign languages in our province. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes launch of Sanitary Dignity Project

22 September 2020

It is with great pleasure that the Provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) welcomes the official launch of the Sanitary Dignity Programme in the Western Cape.  Read More

DSD programmes crucial to restoring the human dignity of youth at risk

17 September 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez said, “In an effort to reduce all forms of violence in South African society, we all need to challenge the destructive and outdated expectations around manhood that are counter-... Read More

DSD commemorates World Suicide Prevention Day

10 September 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is commemorating World Suicide Prevention Day today, 10 September 2020, to promote its commitment and action to prevent suicides.  Read More

UPDATE: 1505 recoveries across Old Age Homes

10 September 2020

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) continues to monitor strict health and safety protocols across old age homes in the Province, to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. Read More

Minister Fernandez commemorates International FASD Awareness Day

9 September 2020

Today marks the 21st annual commemoration of International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, and Provincial Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez encourages everyone to show their support by observing a minute’s... Read More

UPDATE: Increase in COVID-19 recoveries across Old Age Homes continue

2 September 2020

In recognising the vulnerability of older persons during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Social Development continues to monitor the infection rates at homes, whilst also working to ensure that the dignity and rights of older persons are... Read More

DSD remains committed to restoring the dignity of families in distress

1 September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a serious threat to the well-being and dignity of many children and  their families due to challenges related to social disruption, such as financial insecurity, unemployment, caregiving challenges and other stressors... Read More

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