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News and Speeches Archive


Elderly couple first to be vaccinated as new sites launch for vaccination

31 May 2021

Maria and Dexter Dowie were the first residents to be vaccinated in Bishop Lavis on Monday, 31 May 2021, when the day hospital launched its vaccination centre. Read More

Dam levels update

31 May 2021

The latest average dam level for dams in the Western Cape is 54.02% (2020: 36.7%) while the latest average level for dams providing water to the City of Cape Town, is 75.3% (2020: 54.8%). Read More

World Foster Day presents opportunity to partner with DSD

31 May 2021

In observance of World Foster Day which is recognised annually on 31 May, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, is encouraging  residents who meet the criteria to consider becoming either foster or safety parents. Read More

Minister Ivan Meyer officially opens R78 million Holsloot Weir in Rawsonville

31 May 2021

On Thursday, 27 May 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, officially opened the Holsloot Weir near Rawsonville and handed it over to the Holsloot Water User Association to operate.  Read More

Minister Fernandez welcomes Launch of National Child Protection Week

31 May 2021

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the official launch of the National Child Protection Week, which takes place from Sunday, 30 May to 6 June 2021. Read More

Minister Marais to join Adidas Run For The Oceans campaign against plastic waste

28 May 2021

Tomorrow, 29 May 2021, in a bid to end plastic waste, Minister Anroux Marais will join adidas for a 5km walk as part the global sustainability campaign: Run For The Oceans. Read More

Stellenbosch waste water treatment works welcomed

27 May 2021

Stellenbosch Municipality’s new state of the art Waste Water Treatment Works is a welcome addition to the rapidly expanding town. The project completed last year, is the single biggest capital expenditure item and bulk infrastructure project in the... Read More

Western Cape Disaster Management hosts third Advisory Forum Webinar

27 May 2021

The Department of Local Government held its third Disaster Management Advisory Forum Webinar at the Disaster Management Centre on 26 May 2021, to discuss the prevention of a possible third wave of infections in Africa. Read More

Minister calls on National DSD to re-open applications for ECD Stimulus Fund

27 May 2021

I  note with great concern, the low number of  ECD centres and programmes in the Western Cape that have been received thus far  for the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Employment Stimulus Relief Fund. Read More

Minister Schäfer wishes candidates well for the June NSC and SC examinations

27 May 2021

The combined National Senior Certificate (NSC) and Senior Certificate (SC) exams began in the province without incident yesterday. The exams continue until 7 July 2021. June session in numbers Read More

Department of Community Safety To Reward tipoffs on gang-related cases

27 May 2021

The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, hereby announces that as of today his Department of Community safety will reward citizens  up to R5000 for information which leads to the arrest and successful conviction of perpetrators in gang-... Read More

Minister Marais empowers West Coast with R2.1m netball facility funding

26 May 2021

As we prepare to host the 2023 Netball World Cup in the Western Cape, the first on African soil, Minister Anroux Marais officially presented ceremonial cheques to West Coast municipalities to upgrade netball facilities in Read More

Tourism fund boosts Western Cape destination offer and supports jobs

26 May 2021

Yesterday (25 May,2021), I visited three businesses near Oudtshoorn that are beneficiaries of our Tourism Product Development Fund which we  Read More

Wait for appointment SMS before going to vaccination site

26 May 2021

The Western Cape Department of Health encourages residents to wait for their appointment SMS (date and place) before going to a vaccination site. Read More

Minister Patricia De Lille politicising land release to Western Cape

26 May 2021

The National Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), Patricia De Lille, is politicising the release of land from her department to the Western Cape, and thereby failing to follow the important principle of cooperative governance. Read More

COVID-19 vaccination rollout programme makes steady progress at old age homes

26 May 2021

The Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, welcomes the steady progress being made in ensuring that senior citizens who reside in old age homes receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Read More

22 fatalities by gunshot wound this past weekend, children amongst the victims

26 May 2021

Today, the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, expressed his shock and anger at news of continuing gun violence in Cape Town, which culminated in the death of three persons in Delft last night, and the serious injury of two, one of whom was... Read More

More action needed on climate change

26 May 2021

The Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape deliberated yesterday on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) with regards to climate change. Read More

World Bank report ranks SA ports, including Cape Town, at bottom of the list

25 May 2021

At a position of 347 out of 351, the World Bank has placed the Port of Cape Town at the bottom of a list assessing global container port performance, ranking lower than all other ports in Africa which means our port is less efficient than Djibouti,... Read More

Minister Fernandez raises concerns over SASSA’s lack of Winter Preparedness

25 May 2021

On Monday 24 May 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, met with SASSA and raised concerns over their tardiness in providing plans ahead of the harsh winter months that threaten the livelihoods and social security... Read More