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News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development

Child Protection Month: Atlantis parents eager to provide places of safety

31 May 2023

When a child is being abused, neglected, or exploited, they are in need of care and protection. The Western Cape Department of Social Development’s (WCDSD) social workers must often step in to ensure the safeguarding of a vulnerable child. Read More

Child Protection Month: Parental Responsibilities

24 May 2023

In the build-up to Child Protection Week, observed from 29 May to 05 June, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (WCDSD) has been raising awareness about its child protection services. Read More

Child Protection Month: Children with disabilities deserve protection too

17 May 2023

“We need to remember that every child is my child. Every child deserves to be acknowledged and seen as such and not for their disability.” – Pumeza Ngumla, Disabled Children’s Action Group. Read More

Child Protection Month: Giving vulnerable children a safe home

10 May 2023

“If you have the means to give a vulnerable child love, care, and stability – please do not hesitate to do so. Sometimes we envision the mountain to be so much bigger than it truly is.” – Moeshfieka Botha. Read More

Western Cape Department of Social Development Winter Readiness Plan is in place

8 May 2023

The Western Cape Government (WCG) is implementing plans ahead of the winter season to ensure that it has the appropriate mitigation measures in place to assist should disasters occur. Read More

Child Protection Month: All Children Should Be Protected

1 May 2023

May is Child Protection Month, a month in which we raise awareness about the rights of children as enshrined in the Constitution. Read More

Postbank going cardless a clueless solution

26 April 2023

Postbank’s latest media statement about “a new method of paying SASSA grants that doesn't require a physical card” is of great concern and demonstrates a disconnect between national government and the reality on the ground. Read More

Delft community taking ownership of GBV solutions

26 April 2023

A successful engagement took place in Delft on Wednesday, 26 April 2023, between the Western Cape Department of Social Development (WCDSD), provincial Minister of Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen, the South African Police Services... Read More

Invitation to Delft Gender-Based Violence Activation Event

25 April 2023

Delft has become synonymous with crime in recent years, with the neighbourhood named as one of the gender-based violence (GBV) hotspots in the Western Cape. Read More

Drakenstein Municipality shows up against GBV

24 April 2023

The Western Cape Government is committed to ending the scourge of gender-based violence 365 days a year. As the lead minister for GBV in the province, Minister Sharna Fernandez believes it is important to raise awareness around the issue wherever... Read More

Concerns over SASSA gold card replacement plan

21 April 2023

The SASSA crisis continues to get progressively worse. Read More

Unpacking toxic masculinity in “Courageous Conversations”

18 April 2023

The first Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Courageous Conversations webinar for 2023 kicked off with the topic: “Understanding Toxic Masculinity.” Read More

Cape Agulhas Municipality shares Local Drug Action Committee success

17 April 2023

I was invited to a Substance Abuse Awareness program hosted by the Cape Agulhas Municipality and what I saw was impressive. Read More

Breaking stigmas on World Autism Awareness Day

3 April 2023

Today we observe World Autism Awareness Day, a day in which we raise awareness about autism and celebrate individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Read More

Substance abuse programme on track

31 March 2023

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (WCDSD) – like many other government sectors – has been under immense pressure to meet increasing service demands under significant fiscal constraints. Read More

Social Development Appropriation Bill – Vote 7

29 March 2023

Our Department – along with many others – have been battling against the fierce “headwinds” which the Honourable Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities referred to during her budget for action. Read More

Youth development where it’s needed most

27 March 2023

I have been conducting oversight visits to different Western Cape Department of Social Development facilities along the Garden Route and in the Klein Karoo. Read More

Western Cape Government GBV campaign lands in Delft

23 March 2023

The Western Cape Government (WCG) is continuing to take its “Break the Cycle” media campaign into communities. This time around it was Delft, one of the country’s biggest crime hotspots, that has seen targeted interventions by the WCG. Read More

Honouring our Social Work professionals

22 March 2023

Today, on World Social Work Day, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (WCDSD) wishes to acknowledge the social work professionals across the province and country, who are changing lives for the better every day. Read More

66th Session of Commission on Narcotic Drugs

14 March 2023

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is hosting the 66th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna from 13 to 17 March. Read More