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News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development

World Hearing Day

3 March 2023

World Hearing Day is commemorated annually on 3 March. The World Health Organisation (WHO) explains that the day is used to “raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world.” Read More

World NGO Day

27 February 2023

Today marks World NGO Day, and so we salute the work done by the 1 131 organisations funded by the Department of Social Development, and many more who provide social welfare and community development services. Read More

SASSA meeting provides valuable insights

22 February 2023

I welcome and appreciate the transparent way in which Western Cape and national management from SASSA responded to concerns the provincial Department of Social Development team and I raised during a long-anticipated meeting yesterday. Read More

SASSA needs a reboot

17 February 2023

As Social Development MEC I have consistently raised my concerns about the experiences of the beneficiaries of SASSA grants. Read More

Ramaphosa wants to corporatise Postbank while it fails to disburse SASSA grants

10 February 2023

I have made it my duty to continue applying pressure on my national counterpart, Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, to fix the mess that is the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). Read More

Breaking the cycle of abuse

6 February 2023

Gender-based violence (GBV) has been plaguing our country for generations. The calls have grown louder for men to play their part in addressing gender-based violence. Through the launch of a media campaign, we’re adding our voices to that call. Read More

Excitement brewing among Prince Albert youth

31 January 2023

Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, joined dozens of young people from Prince Albert, Leeu Gamka, and Klaarstroom on 28 January 2023 for a Youth Indaba hosted by the Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT). Read More

Victim Empowerment Programme gets funding boost

27 January 2023

The Western Cape Department of Social Development allocated R62 866 000 to its Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP) in the 2022/2023 financial year, a significant increase from the R45 million that was allocated in 2019. Read More

Minister Zulu must stick to SASSA meeting commitment

25 January 2023

I was hopeful yesterday’s meeting of national Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu and Members of the Executive Council (MINMEC) would provide the answers I’ve been seeking regarding issues plaguing the South African Social Security Agency (... Read More

New youth centre in Delft a beacon of hope

23 January 2023

Western Cape Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez welcomes the opening of the Kap 23 Youth Centre in Delft. The birthing of this facility is thanks to a partnership between NPO HOPE Cape Town and the German AIDS Foundation, which has... Read More


17 January 2023

On 15 December 2022 I wrote to the national Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu. At the time we had received numerous complaints of Postbank-issued SASSA gold cards not working. Read More


16 January 2023

With hotter days expected, the Western Cape Department of Social Development urges residents to be cautious, especially those living in densely populated areas where fires can spread rapidly.   Read More

Do you know where your child is?

4 January 2023

Over the long weekend (31 December – 02 January), revelers rang in the New Year on beaches across the Western Cape. As expected, law enforcement officers had their hands full ensuring order in these public spaces, especially where alcohol was... Read More