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News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development

Minister Fernandez observes World NGO Day

26 February 2021

In observance of World NGO Day tomorrow 27 February 2021, I wish to pay tribute to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that provide quality services to the public on behalf of the Department, especially in this very difficult economic and social... Read More

Final call for ECD Stimulus Relief Fund applications

25 February 2021

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is urging all Early Childhood Development (ECD) services and programmes who have not yet applied for the ECD Stimulus Relief Fund, to utilize this final opportunity to do so. Read More

UPDATE: Increase in COVID19 recoveries across Old Age Homes

24 February 2021

As of 23 February 2021, the number of residents in old age homes, who have recovered from Covid-19 has increased to 2447. Read More

Counselling available for matriculants

22 February 2021

Completing secondary education, commonly referred to as high school, signifies the transition of an important stage or occasion in an adolescent’s life. Read More

Deadline to apply for ECD Stimulus Relief Fund extended

22 February 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development welcomes the extension of the deadline to apply for the ECD Stimulus Relief Fund to Friday, 26 February 2021, and urges ECDs who have not yet applied, to make use of the opportunity to do so. Read More

Deadline to apply for ECD Stimulus Relief Fund extended

22 February 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development welcomes the extension of the deadline to apply for the ECD Stimulus Relief Fund to Friday, 26 February 2021, and urges ECDs who have not yet applied, to make use of the opportunity to do so. Read More

Minister calls on National DSD to extend ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund

18 February 2021

I have written to the National Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, urging her Department to extend the closing date for the applications for Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres and programmes that wish to apply for the Early... Read More

Minister Fernandez launches Substance Abuse Campaign

16 February 2021

Today 16 February 2021, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, visited Kensington Treatment Centre (KTC)- a government-run in-patient treatment programme for women only, as part of the official launch of the provincial... Read More

Deadline to apply to ECD Stimulus Relief Fund looms

15 February 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development would like to remind all Early Childhood Development (ECD) Services that the applications to the ECD Stimulus Relief Fund close this Friday, 19 February 2021. To date, 724 applications have been... Read More

SASSA debacle continues

15 February 2021

On Monday, 15 February 2021, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with SASSA regarding the 53 000 Temporary Disability Grants (TDGs) and Care Dependency Grants that were suspended by the national agency, across the... Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes extension of 350 SRD Grant

12 February 2021

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement during the State of the Nation Address (SONA), 11 February 2021, that the Special R350 COVID-19 SRD Grant will be extended for... Read More

Public urged to confirm the registration status of treatment facilities

10 February 2021

Ensuring that your loved ones are placed in a registered substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facility can make all the difference in getting their lives back on track. Read More

Min extends deepest condolences after tragic accident involving four children

9 February 2021

I wish to extend my deepest condolences to all the affected family and community members of the four young children who tragically lost their lives in a freak accident in Nyanga yesterday. The bodies of four young children were discovered between... Read More

DSD urges ECDs to apply for Relief Fund

8 February 2021

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is urging Early Childhood Development Centres in economic distress to apply for Government’s  Early Childhood Development Employment Stimulus Relief Fund. Read More

UPDATE: Steady increase in COVID19 recoveries across Old Age Homes

3 February 2021

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

President and National Minister remain silent on SASSA debacle

2 February 2021

Whilst we welcome the announcement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night, pertaining to the easing of the Alert Level 3 Restrictions, the President’s silence regarding the SASSA debacle and lack of information to our most vulnerable citizens... Read More

NPO Help Desk remains open under Alert Level 3 regulations

27 January 2021

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez would like to remind the public that the Department’s Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) Help Desk remains open under the current Alert Level 3 Disaster Management Act regulations, and is... Read More

Minister Fernandez calls for special meeting with National Minister and MECs

25 January 2021

At the end of December 2020, SASSA suspended a total of 210 778 disability grants nationally of which, more than 53 000 Temporary Disability Grants (TPGs) have been suspended across the Western Cape.  Read More

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

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