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News and Speeches Archive


More than 100 000 medicine parcels delivered to patients’ homes

24 May 2020

When the lockdown was announced, which restricted movement, the Western Cape Department of Health knew it had to ensure continued medication supply to its vulnerable chronic patients. Read More

International Biological Diversity Day

22 May 2020

Today, 22 May 2020, South Africa joins the world in celebrating International Biological Diversity Day. We do so amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.  Read More

GSH Paediatric Services moving to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

22 May 2020

Groote Schuur Paediatric Services moving to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital The paediatric services offered at Groote Schuur Hospital will move to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in a phased approach, starting today, Friday,... Read More

MEC Fritz commends young police officer for exemplary contribution to community

21 May 2020


Minister Fernandez welcomes SAHRC pronouncement

21 May 2020

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez welcomes the statement on ENCA by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) that any attempt by government to block food provision for those in dire need, is a human rights... Read More

Minister Madikizela condemns Delft taxi violence

21 May 2020

Media Release by Bonginkosi Madikizela, Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works Read More

Updated Covid19 Prevention and Management Protocols for Old Age Homes

21 May 2020

The Western Cape Departments of Social Development and Health have updated and provided practical guidelines for the prevention and management of coronavirus infection in residential facilities, such as Old Age Homes. Read More

Tygerberg Hospital’s ICU

21 May 2020

The Department notes the recent media report stating that Tygerberg Hospital’s ICU is full.   Read More

Support the Ubuntu Cloth Mask initiative

20 May 2020

Identified communities will soon receive free non-medical masks through the Ubuntu Cloth Mask initiative, launched by the Western Cape Minister of Health Dr Nomafrench Mbombo in Goodwood on 19 May 2020. Read More

Early Childhood Development and Partial Care Centres to remain closed

20 May 2020

The provincial Department of Social Development has received confirmation from the National Department that despite the easing of the lockdown, all ECDs must remain closed until further notice. Read More

Correcting misinformation on social media about roadworthy certificates

20 May 2020

In response to misinformation circulated on social media regarding the issuing of so-called “temporary” roadworthy certificates during the National State of Disaster, the Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) wishes t Read More

WCED preparations for the return of learners to schools are progressing well

20 May 2020

Following the announcement of the dates for the start of the return of learners to schools by the Minister of Basic Education, the various reactions and questions posed serve to illustrate the complexity of the decisions to be taken and plans to be... Read More

Pharmacy at the heart of innovation at Grassy Park CDC

20 May 2020

Arriving at six every day to ensure that workstations are prepped, and admin is up to date, Ebrahim Wajoodien, pharmacist at Grassy Park Community Day Centre, has been instrumental in implementing changes that has seen a decrease in patient numbers... Read More

Opening private sector construction critical to saving over 100 000 jobs

19 May 2020

An urgent review of the restrictions on the private sector construction is required if we are to avoid a collapse of the construction sector in South Africa. Read More

Contractors on site to ensure speedy housing handover

19 May 2020

Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers says he is pleased to see that progress is being made at the construction sites he has visited so far.  Read More

R10 million in fodder support distributed in the Western Cape

19 May 2020

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) has distributed R10 million in fodder support to 1727 farmers located in extreme or critically ex Read More

Min Schäfer welcomes the announcement of an approved date for reopening schools

19 May 2020

We welcome the announcement by the Minister of Basic Education regarding the date for the return of learners – 1 June for Grade 7s and 12s. Read More

More than 1300 to benefit from provincial housing projects within the next month

18 May 2020

Within the next month, 1371 beneficiaries, will across the Western Cape move into their new homes. These houses which are ready to be handed over are in various municipal district areas, including the Cape Winelands, Overberg, Garden Route, West... Read More

National Minister fails to respond to draft food relief directions

18 May 2020

On Monday, 5th of May 2020, I wrote to the National Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, requesting that she urgently rejects the proposed draft directions on the distribution of food aid. Read More

DCAS proactively supporting creativity for young learners during lockdown

18 May 2020

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and subsequent school shut down, many of our most vulnerable learners in the province are at home without access to learner-led fun and educational material. Read More