Department of Social Development

Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane and SANAC host Africa Day webinar and launch #NoExcuse “Brave” campaign, 25 May

Africa Day webinar and launch of the #NoExcuse “Brave” campaign

The Deputy Minister of Social Development, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, in partnership with the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Men’s Sector, Takuwani Riime – Men Championing Change, #NoExcuse initiative as well as Lifeline will be hosting a webinar and launch of the “Brave” campaign.

Gender-based violence (GBV) has been one of the challenges during the COVID-19 lockdown period. This has highlighted a lack of services to men as victims and perpetrators and as brothers trying to reach out.

Minister Lindiwe Zulu conducts monitoring visit to a temporary shelter for persons living on the streets and a Child and Youth Care Centre in Middelburg, 24 May

As part of the ongoing national response measures to contain and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the Minister of Social Development - Ms Lindiwe Zulu, will on Sunday, 24 May 2020 conduct a monitoring visit to a temporary shelter for persons living on the streets and a Child and Youth Care Centre in Middelburg, Mpumalanga Province.  
 
The purpose of Minister Zulu’s visit to the service points is to assess the implementation of the Department’s response on COVID-19 and to ensure compliance with the lockdown regulations.
 

Minister Lindiwe Zulu responds to allegations of attempts to prohibit the distribution of food parcels by civil society organisations during Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, has noted with grave concern the false allegations in the media that the Department intends to prohibit the distribution of food parcels and cooked food to households and communities that are most in need of humanitarian relief.

The Non-Profit Organisations Act, which the Department of Social Development is a custodian of, states that we ensure access to food security for the poor - especially during this critical time,

Minister Lindiwe Zulu: Handover of menstrual and hygiene products as part of Coronavirus Covid-19 social relief measures

Minister Lindiwe Zulu of Social Development on CoVID-19 related handover of menstrual and hygiene Products  

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane;
the Acting Directors-General of the Department of Social Development and the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, respectively;
Representatives of our partner organisations: UNFPA; WaterAid; the Footprints Foundation and the Langelihle Youth Foundation 

Minister Lindiwe Zulu: Social Development response to Coronavirus Covid 19 Level 4 Risk Adjusted Approach

Statement by Minister Lindiwe Zulu with regards to Social Development Response to Covid 19 for Level 4 Risk Adjusted Approach

Sanibonani; Molweni; Dumelang; Abusheni; Good morning.

Thank you for joining us in this briefing from the comfort of your homes and workplaces. The purpose of today’s briefing is to provide you with updated social development response measures against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. This update is in the context of level 4 of the lockdown.

Minister Lindiwe Zulu briefs media on Social Development response to Coronavirus Covid 19 for level 4 risk adjustment approach, 11 May

Minister for Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu , will brief the media on the department's response to Covid 19 for level 4 risk adjustment approach.

Details of the media briefing are as follows:

Date: Monday, 11 May 2020
Time: 10h00 
Venue: The briefing will be from GCIS,  Ronnie Mamoepa Press Room, Tshedimosetso House, 1035 Francis Baard Street, Hatfield

Media Participation: Journalists may view the briefing via live streaming on the SA Government Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube channels on the links below.

Social Development Acting Director-General clarifies partnership with Church of Scientology over fumigation

The Acting Director-General of the Department of Social Development, Mr Mzolisi Toni, has been saddened to see a misinterpretation of the Department’s statement regarding the partnership with the Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers made on 13 April 2020.

To clarify, the Department had noted with concern the incorrect circulation of an internal letter on social media platforms with regard to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, an NPO, which is volunteering free sanitising services to DSD National and DSD Provincial Facilities in Gauteng during the COVID-19 lockdown.

A National Development Agency sewing cooperative in Khayelitsha helps protect against Coronavirus COVID-19

A National Development Agency (NDA) funded sewing cooperative in Khayelitsha is responding positively to reduce the spread on COVID-19 virus in communities and to generate extra income during #lockdown.

Operations at the Gwebza Multipurpose Primary Cooperative  have ceased as a result of the #lockdown, however, its 36 employees are working remotely to produce stylish protective face masks in the fight to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus as they all rely on the income generated by sales.

Minister Lindiwe Zulu sends direction for amendment of shared custody regulations during Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

In support of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s declaration of COVID-19 as a national disaster, the Minister of Social Development - Ms Lindiwe Zulu, issued directions prohibiting movement of children between co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights on 30 March 2020.

This was as an effort to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in terms of Section 10 (5) of the Regulations of Disaster Management and to ensure that the children’s wellbeing is protected and their best interests upheld during the lockdown.

Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu outlines GBV expansion during Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown - postponed

Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu to outline expansion of services for GBV during Covid-19 lockdown - postponed

Deputy Minister of Social Development, Hendrietta Bogopane - Zulu will outline a range of services that the Department provides to victims and survivors of gender based violence during the COVID 19 lockdown.

Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu will brief members of the media as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Time: 16h00
Venue: Tshedimosetso House, GCIS Auditorium, 1035 Francis Baard Street Hatfield-Pretoria

Social Development warns NPO sector of Coronavirus Covid-19 scam and fraud

As South Africa enters the 6th day of the lockdown to contain the further spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Social Development is warning members of the public, and the Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) sector in particular to remain vigilant of a scam that purports to “accredit and convert NPO certificate to NGO certificate to qualify for an international funding worth millions of rands”.

Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu visits homeless shelters in Gauteng, 1 Apr

As part of the national response to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the Department of Social Development has activated shelters and in some cases established new shelters to provide meals and accommodation to homeless people and children.

The purpose of Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu’s visit is to monitor compliance with the lockdown regulations and recommended hygiene standards to contain the further spread of COVID-19, especially in Gauteng which is the epicentre of the pandemic in South Africa.

Minister Lindiwe Zulu and MEC Panyaza Lusufi visit social grant pay points in Pretoria, 31 Mar

First day of grant payments to older persons and persons with disabilities

The first of the two days set aside to pay social grants to older persons and persons with disabilities got off to a smooth start this morning across the country on day 4 of the 21-days lockdown which was implemented to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.

Minister Lindiwe Zulu visits SASSA paypoints in Gauteng, 30 Mar

Minister of Social Development Ms Lindiwe Zulu to visit SASSA paypoints in Gauteng

The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, together with the CEO of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) - Ms Totsie Memela, Acting MEC Panyaza Lesufi and Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, will visit SASSA pay points including Post Offices, ATMs and retail stores. 

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