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Boost for community development practitioners: Lydia Maredi

Feb 2024

Community Development Practitioners remain important and relevant in changing the living conditions of poor and vulnerable citizens. Rural and township residents depend largely on community development programmes and services to better their lives. Lydia Maredi, Community Development Policy Manager at the National Department of Social Development joins us for a conversation.

phasing out all cash paypoints

Feb 2024

SASSA is phasing out all its cash paypoints between January and March

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND HWSETA HONOURS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONERS

52 mins Feb 2024

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND HWSETA honoured Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Programme graduates who were receiving the certificates Worcester, Western Cape. The primary purpose of the graduation was to recognise Community Development Practitioners who passed their Community Development Practice qualification at NQF Level 5 from institutions of higher learning.

Minister Lindiwe Zulu’s Address at the RPL Programme Graduation in Worcester, Western Cape.

23:09 Feb 2024

*Don’t Stop Learning Because Life Never Stops Teaching* Minister Lindiwe Zulu addressed the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Programme graduates who were receiving the certificates Worcester, Western Cape. The primary purpose of the graduation was to recognise Community Development Practitioners who passed their Community Development Practice qualification at NQF Level 5 from institutions of higher learning.

DSD LIVE STREAM GAUTENG MATRIC CLASS OF 2023

Feb 2024

Gauteng Department Social Development MEC honoured oustanding performing students of the Matric Class of 2023

Children have a right to a voice.

Feb 2024

The country's Constitution protects their right to participation in everything that affects them. Every year, the Nelson Mandela Children's Parliament convenes and children deliberate and choose their leaders who will put the rights of children on the country's agenda.

DSD Services Beneficiaries: Matric Class of 2023

Feb 2024

Thembelihle Hlatshwayo ( 18) from Duduza lives with her father, grandmother, and aunt. In 2023, she was in matric at Mom Secondary School. In the year of her matric she fell pregnant but she continued with writing her examinations and she passed. With the assistance of Social workers in school, she had access to various types of support. These included individual therapy, bereavement counselling, educational and support groups, trauma debriefing, sexuality programmes, dialogues, stress management programmes, study skills, motivational talks and pregnancy support. Thembelihle was one of the learners who attended the send-off ceremony hosted by the MEC of Social Development in Gauteng, Mbali Hlophe, for social development beneficiaries who passed their Matric in 2023. Thembelihle passed her matric with a Bachelor pass and hopes to persue a career in Office Administration at Gauteng City College . Her child is now receiving the child support grant.

DSD Services Beneficiaries: Matric Class of 2023

Feb 2024

Phumlani is a 17-year-old who lost his mother when he was one year old. Being an orphan, he was raised by his siblings. The children's act makes provision for siblings to look after each other. They survived on the foster child grant and attended Simunye Secondary School in Bekkersdal. He wrote his national senior certifucate in 2023 and passed with a Bachelor's pass, obtaining four distinctions. He had aimed for five. Phumlani was one of the 250 young people invited by MEC of Social Development in Gauteng, Mbali Hlophe to a send-off ceremony for social development beneficiaries who passed their Matric in 2023. He has now been accepted at the University of Witwatersrand to pursue his studies in electrical engineering.

DSD Services Beneficiaries: Matric Class of 2023

Feb 2024

Xavier Albert (19) was a child whose life was complex. He found himself in conflict with the law and was placed at the Soshanguve secure centre where children who serving their sentences or awaiting trial are kept. South Africa through the child justice act obligates that all children who are in conflict with the law are rehabilitated through diversion programs. Xavier passed his matric through the assistance of Social development and wants to be a coder. He is registered with the Code Academy for C-sharp courses.

Teenage mothers should return to school at the start of the new academic year

12:54 Jan 2024

The minister of social development is on a mission encouraging teenage mothers to return to school ahead of the start of the new academic year. Minister Lindiwe Zulu is doing outreach in Mpumalanga, visiting a local SASSA office where the young mothers were applying for the child support grant for their new babies.

Children show how they feel safe

Jun 2023

The National Association of Child Care Workers is taking a unique approach to engage children during South African Child Protection Week. It’s using mapping in its programmes to empower children to visually express their experiences of being safe. For more details on this #eNCA speaks to Nontobeko Mlambo, a project coordinator at the National Association […]

Budget Vote 19: The social security program and its reforms

May 2023

Covid 19 forced government to introduce the Social Relief of Distress Grant of R350 in 2020. It has since been extended until March 2024. Mr Anthony Makwiramiti updates us on the outlook of the social security program and its reforms.

BUDGET VOTE 19: Support for NPOs in the social development sector

14:59 May 2023

The department invests R8 billion to support NPOs in the social development sector, DDG for community development, Mr Peter Netshipale joins Ms Lumka Oliphant to outlines challenges the department has with the NPO sector.

BUDGET VOTE 19: Support for NPOs in the social development sector

14:59 May 2023

The department invests R8 billion to support NPOs in the social development sector, DDG for community development, Mr Peter Netshipale joins Ms Lumka Oliphant to outlines challenges the department has with the NPO sector.

Budget Vote 19 : Absorption of social workers

May 2023

Speaking on the sideline of the Budget Vote 19 in Cape Town, Ms Lumka Oliphant, Chief Director Communication, speaks to DSD branch heads to outline the plans, successes of the Department. Khumbula Ndaba: DDG Corporate Support Services speaks on the absorption of social workers