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WC gov & MEC Fernandez call on President Ramaphosa to intervene in SASSA crisis

15 January 2021

I condemn in the strongest possible terms the use of water cannons by the South African Police Services (SAPS) against our society’s most vulnerable, who have queued at SASSA offices today.  Read More

EMS embraces innovation to support the health platform pressured by COVID-19

15 January 2021

During the last few weeks, hospitals in the Western Cape have seen consistent and continued increases in patients requiring to be admitted with COVID-19. Hospitals have been under extreme pressure and at times near capacity. Drastic interventions... Read More

Western Cape mourns the passing of Professor Mohammad Karaan

14 January 2021

Today I join the rest of the agriculture sector in mourning the passing of the academic and thought leader on agriculture Professor Mohammad Karaan. His death is a massive loss for the academic and agricultural community in South Africa. Read More

Don’t be complacent, Covid-19 is dangerous

14 January 2021

For Quality Assurance Manager in the Overberg, Sister (Sr) Duedonne Le Grange having COVID-19 had an enormous impact on her life, emotionally and spiritually. Read More

Drought support for Northern Cape, rain in Central Karoo

14 January 2021

The Department of Local Government in the Western Cape has helped facilitate the provision of 90000 litres of drinking water to drought stricken municipalities in the Northern Cape. The water was delivered to areas including Hondeklipbaai, Garies... Read More

Minister Fernandez engages with SASSA regarding Temp disability grant backlog

13 January 2021

Today, 13 January 2021, the Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with the CEO of SASSA, Totsie Memela Khambula and the Regional Executive Manager for the SASSA Cape Regions, Mr Bandile Maqetuka and their team on their... Read More

You are not alone – coping with grief and loss during COVID-19

13 January 2021

“You are not alone.” This is the message Stikland Hospital community psychologist Zanele Ludziya has shared with people who are grieving the loss of loved ones and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

DSD urges ECD’s to heed to COVID19 protocols whilst re-opening

12 January 2021

As we have entered the new year, and with many parents placing their children in places of safety as they return to work, the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) is urging all Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres and partial... Read More

Gerrit van Rensburg made a significant contribution to the growth of agriculture

12 January 2021

With much sadness I received the news that former Minister of Agriculture in the Western Cape, Gerrit van Rensburg has passed away. Gerrit van Rensburg served the people of the Western Cape and its farming community with distinction from 2009 to... Read More

Gift of the Givers donations received with gratitude at WC health facilities

12 January 2021

Western Cape Government Health would like to thank Gift of the Givers for their generous donation of medical equipment, including CPAP machines, to several of our facilities in the Overberg and Garden Route. Read More

WC Government launches urgent court application against Kannaland

11 January 2021

The Western Cape Government is taking Kannaland Municipal Council representatives and senior officials to task for their attempts to push through a raft of new “political” staff appointments as well as other potentially prejudicial and unlawful... Read More

Dam levels update

11 January 2021

The latest average dam level for dams in the Western Cape is 69.3%. The latest levels for dams providing water to the City of Cape Town, is 88.9% (2019: 72.6%). Read More

Knocking down doors to ensure our frontline is equipped to save lives

11 January 2021

Running out of medical supplies or equipment is not an option during a pandemic. It can have dire consequences for patients and health staff. Ever thought of the people who need to make sure this does not happen?  Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital patient grateful after recovering from Covid-19 pneumonia

11 January 2021

Unable to spend the New Year’s celebrations with his loved ones, Gino Tobin, a 44-year-old family man from Grassy Park, was delighted to have been discharged from Groote Schuur Hospital on 5 January 2021 following complications with COVID-19... Read More

Minister Madikizela to attend PPE distribution event in Malmesbury, West Coast

11 January 2021

As part of its continued drive to raise awareness in relation to safe public transport, Western Cape Transport and Public Works Minister, Bonginkosi Madikizela will tomorrow, Tuesday 12 January 2021, join taxi industry leadersh Read More

Results of Provincial Traffic Services traffic operations

11 January 2021

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

Minister Madikizela wishes travellers a safe return

8 January 2021

This weekend we are expecting the first weekend of excessive traffic in both directions, towards and leaving the Western Cape. Read More

COVID-19 survivor chooses volunteerism & hope to beat pandemic

7 January 2021

Beaunez Coerecius, a home-based and spiritual carer at the Brackengate Hospital of Hope, has experienced the devastating effects of COVID-19 first-hand, but her experience inspired her to make a di Read More

Discontinuation of SASSA Disability Grants deeply concerning

6 January 2021

The Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is gravely concerned about the impact of SASSA’s termination of temporary disability grants given the resurgence of COVID-19. Read More

Minister Bheki Cele needs to focus on fighting violent crime

6 January 2021

Minister Bheki Cele has been on a power trip across the Western Cape this week, demonstrating a single-minded obsession with beaches. Read More