News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development | Western Cape Government

News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development

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

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

Department of Social Development highlights

21 December 2022

In many ways, 2022 has been a year of recovery: recovery from the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; from the devastating economic impact of the hard lockdowns. Read More

Let's keep one another safe this festive season

15 December 2022

Although many people are winding down over the next few weeks, the Department of Social Development’s offices will be open during the festive season. There will also be staff on standby at Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to respond to emergency... Read More

National agency SASSA once again failing citizens

14 December 2022

It is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, yet for many SASSA grant beneficiaries it has become a nightmare. The suspension of ATM withdrawals for SASSA beneficiaries by Postbank is unacceptable, especially just before this important time of... Read More