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DNA backlog showing further reduction within 3 months

12 December 2022

A recent visit to the Western Cape South African Police Services’ (SAPS) Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) shows that the reduction in the DNA backlog is making steady progress. Read More

64 GBV cases struck off court roll within 3 months due to SAPS inefficiencies

12 December 2022

The second quarter report (July – September 2022) of the Western Cape Department of Community Safety’s (DOCS) Court Watching Briefs (CWB) shows that 208 cases monitored during this period, at 15 courts across the province, were struck off the court... Read More

Ready, Collect, Go: Get your chronic medication

12 December 2022

Getting ready to enjoy the festivities over the next few weeks? Before you head off into the sunset, make sure to pop in at your collection site to ensure you have sufficient chronic medication for the whole of the festive season.  Read More

Remote working VISA one step closer as report now with Presidency

9 December 2022

It is good news that a report, containing recommendations on the adoption of a start-up and remote working VISA, amongst others, is now with the South African Presidency for consideration. Read More

A safe, prosperous festive season to all living and working in rural communities

9 December 2022

As we approach the end of the year and move into the festive season, the safety of producers, agri-workers and rural communities remains a priority for the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Read More

Swartland’s GBV ambassadors a beacon of hope

9 December 2022

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign has been observed since 25 November, culminating in International Human Rights Day on 10 December. Read More

Capping ceremony for SA National School Sport Summer Games participants

9 December 2022

On Thursday, 8 December 2022, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), through its Directorate: Sport Development, hosted the capping ceremony for the Western Cape contingent who will be participating at the Nationa Read More

Western Cape & Germany strengthen relations to end load shedding

9 December 2022

Media release: Western Cape and Germany strengthen relations to end load shedding. Read More

Increase in pertussis (whooping cough) cases in Western Cape

8 December 2022

Through our surveillance system, the Western Cape Department of Health has picked up a marked increase in pertussis cases (or whooping cough) in the province. Read More

Aerial and ground support ready for Western Cape fire season

8 December 2022

“Contracts are in place to secure specialised aerial and ground support for firefighting this summer in the Western Cape,” Anton Bredell, Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning said during a fire... Read More

Increased levels of load shedding are being monitored but are having an impact

8 December 2022

Joint media release: Increased levels of load shedding are being monitored, but are having an impact on government services. Read More

Private sector participation at Ports, and not a shipping SOE, needed

7 December 2022

In response to the call for comment on the recently released “pre-draft” ‘South African Shipping Bill’, published under Government Notice 1376 in Government Gazette, I have indicated to the National Government that the Western Cape does not support t Read More

#ClassOf2022: Matric exams conclude successfully in the Western Cape

7 December 2022

This week, a very successful National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam session comes to a close in the Western Cape. Read More

Minister Anroux Marais caps 31 new Sport Legends

7 December 2022

On Wednesday, 7 December 2022, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport honoured 31 newly announced Provincial Sport Legends at an award ceremony near Paarl. Read More

Minister Allen visits Manenberg after recent shootings

6 December 2022

Today, Western Cape Minister of Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen, visited Manenberg to engage various stakeholders after a recent flare up in gang shootings in the area. Read More

My office door is open to address any questions on the AG report

6 December 2022

By Tertuis Simmers – Provincial Minister of Infrastructure    Read More

Minister Simmers delivers an adjustment budget with opportunities for you

5 December 2022

On Friday 2 December, the Provincial Minister of Infrastructure, Tertuis Simmers, delivered the Mid-Term Budget Adjustments for the Department of Human Settlements (Vote 8) and the Department of Transport and Public Works (Vote 10).  Read More

Overstrand K-9 unit helps with arrest of alleged abalone syndicate members

5 December 2022

This past Friday evening (2 December 2022), the Overstrand K-9 Unit ensured that 4 members who are allegedly part of an abalone smuggling ring were stopped in their tracks. Read More

WC Police Ombud finalises probe report into "SAPS-gangs capture".

5 December 2022

Media release: Western Cape Police Ombud finalises investigation report into alleged links between gangs and the South African Police Service in the province. Read More

Debate on Vote 5: Education Adjustment Budget

5 December 2022

Honourable Chairperson, Our budget is indeed a ‘Framework for Hope’: Hope for our parents, Hope for our teachers, And most crucially, hope for our children. Read More