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

News and Speeches for Ministry of Social Development

Min. Fernandez welcomes R36 million newly renovated Child and Youth Care Centre

13 June 2022

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the completion of the R36 million newly renovated Outeniekwa Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) located in George. Read More

Minister Fernandez engages Athlone community on Child Protection Services

2 June 2022

As we continue to commemorate Child Protection Week, on Wednesday 01 June 2022, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, engaged residents from Athlone community in an effort to raise awareness of the basket of child... Read More

Child Protection Week: Working Together to safeguard Children with Disabilities

2 June 2022

As we commemorate Child Protection Week, we must be mindful that children with disabilities often require specialised support.  Read More

World Foster Day: WC DSD appeals to public to become a Foster Parent

31 May 2022

In commemoration of World Foster Day which is recognised annually on 31 May, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is appealing to residents who meet the criteria to consider becoming a Foster Parent. Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes launch of National Child Protection Week

29 May 2022

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the official launch of the National Child Protection Week, which takes place from Sunday, 29 May to Sunday 5 June 2022. Read More

Minister Fernandez conducts oversight visit of Sanitary Dignity Project

27 May 2022

In observance of World Menstrual Hygiene Day taking place on Saturday, 28 May 2022, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, conducted an oversight visit to Salt River High School, which is one of the 223 schools... Read More

Help is available for caregivers of children struggling with drug addiction

24 May 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is calling upon all caregivers dealing with substance use disorders (SUDs) within their household, particularly when it involves their children, to seek support from the department. Read More

Community Nutritional Development Centres provide nutritional relief

19 May 2022

The damage the COVID-19 pandemic has caused to our socio-economic landscape has been severe and will be felt for some time to come. Read More

UPDATE: Gender Based Violence Command Centre Statistics for the Western Cape

11 May 2022

The number of cases referred to the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) by the Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC) is a serious cause for concern. Read More

Institutional Capacity-Building and Support available to NPO Sector

9 May 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) wishes to alert those Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) that need Institutional Capacity-Building that support is available. Read More

Child and Youth Care Workers continue to restore dignity of youth at risk

5 May 2022

In the Western Cape, the work undertaken by Child and Youth Care Workers is situated in the provincial Department of Social Development’s (DSD) Social Crime Prevention and Support Programme, which aims to restore the human dignity of youth who are... Read More

International Child and Youth Care Workers’ Week: 3rd May- 6th May 2022

3 May 2022

In celebration of International Child and Youth Care Workers' Week, taking place from the 3 to 6  May 2022, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, wishes to acknowledge the ongoing commitment and dedication of each and... Read More

DSD provides access of development services for disabled children

26 April 2022

Care and services to children with severe and profound disabilities will become more accessible, as Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Ms Sharna Fernandez hands over an adapted vehicle to the Vrolike Vinkies Enrichment and Development... Read More

Working together to protect our children over the Easter Break

14 April 2022

During the Easter Weekend, there are often cases of missing children and child abandonment, reported to the Western Cape Department of Social Development. Read More

WC Social Development moves forward with new shelter for homeless citizens

12 April 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has allocated R4.5 million over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) to establish a new shelter for homeless citizens at the former Robbie Nurock Clinic located in Cape Town, set to be... Read More

The WC Department of Social Development on track to address Foster Care backlog

6 April 2022

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) continues to make steady progress in addressing the backlog in foster care order extensions. Presently, a total of 36 480 children are in foster care in the Western Cape.    Read More

The Western Cape Social Development Department welcomes Autism Awareness Month

5 April 2022

April marks the annual commemoration of Autism Awareness Month and the objective is to take measures to raise awareness about persons with autism around the globe. Read More

Minister Fernandez launches skills development centre at Vrygrond Youth Cafe

22 March 2022

Against the backdrop of Human Rights Day commemorated on Monday, 21 March 2022, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, launched a newly established skills development centre in partnership with the Sozo Foundation at the... Read More

UPDATE: Western Cape Government moves forward with ECD Migration

22 March 2022

With the shift of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) function from the Department of Social Development (DSD) to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) at national and provincial levels taking place on 1 April 2022, we are pleased with the steps... Read More

Service provider appointed to assist with ECD Stimulus Relief Fund payments

15 March 2022

 The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) welcomes the appointment of a service provider to assist with the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Stimulus Relief Fund payments to those eligib Read More

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