Department of Social Development Province Of KwaZulu-Natal

About Us


The Department of Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal began its operations for the financial year, 2015/2016 fully aware of its obligation to address issues of poverty, unemployement and equality.

During the year under review the Department remained resolute in providing comprehensive services for the vulnerable groups Children, Older Persons, Persons with disabilities, Youth and Women and those infected and affected with HIV and AIDS.

The Department has, in particular, ensured that the rights for children are promoted and cohesive families are built. This we have done throught establishment of provincial intersectoral forums comprising of Departments and the NPO sector. The Department has reached more than twenty thousand families through our family preservation and parenting programmes, we have alos piloted fatherhood programmes in Ethekwini Metro, UThungulu and Amajuba Districts.

For the children the Department has conducted awareness campaigns focusing on child abuse, neglect and exploitation. We commemorated the Child Protection Week and reviewed the Protocol for the Management of Child Abuse Neglect and Exploitation. We have ensured that Foster Care remains our priority by reviewing the Provinicial Foster Care Strategy and trained our staff on the electronic Foster Care Monitoirng Sytems to improve the management of our foster care cases.

The Department has also ensured that our children are catered sufficiently under the Early Childhood Development Programmes. In doing so we have continued Massification of the ECDs, in partnership with NPOs such as Ifa Labantwana and Abahambi. We have also began the implementation of the intergrated plan for children living and working of the streets.

In 2015/2016 financial year, the Department continued the implementation and expansion of the restorative services, which includes Victim Empowerment, Crime Prevention and Prevention of Substance Abuse. We implemented the Victim Empowerment Programme by establishing Gender Based Violence Programme and piloted the White Door Centres of Hope. The Department has also continued its management of secure care centres for children in conflict with the law. We have also managed to increase the Substance Abuse Services in collaboration with the NPO Sector.

During the year under review, the Department has strengthened the functioning of Youth Development Academies such as Esicabazini and Vuma Youth Development Centres. The Department has successfully partnered with NPOs in addressing the issues of Poverty and the Technical Vocational Education and Training Colleges.

The Department wishes to acknowledge and appreciate the role played by our non-profit organisation in rendering services to the people of KwaZulu-Natal. The Department also wishes to express gratitude to the oversight bodies such as the Auditor General, SCOPA, Finance and Social Development Committee for the support they have provided.


Mrs Weziwe Thusi

MEC of the Department of Social Development ,Province of KwaZulu-Natal

31 July 2016, Annual Report 2015/16

Special Department Days School & Public Holidays How to Contact Us

08 March : International Womans Day
04 May : Child Protection week
15 May : International Day for Family
01 June : International Childrens Day
15 June : Internal Day Against Substance Abuse and Drug Trafficking
11 July : World Population Day
21 September : World Alzehemiers Day
01 October: Older Persons Day
15 October : International Rural Womens Day
17 October : World Food Day
01 November : National Childrens Day
25 November : 16 Days of Activism of Violence against Women and Children
01 December : World AIDS Day
03 December : International Day for Persons With Disabilities

1 January: New Year's Day
21 March: Human Rights Day
10 April: Good Friday
13 April: Family Day
27 April: Freedom Day
1 May: Workers' Day
16 June: Youth Day
9 August: National Women's Day
10 August: Public holiday
24 September: Heritage Day
16 December: Day of Reconciliation
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Day of Goodwill

Call Center: 033 264 3001/2/4
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P.O Box 1503
Tel: 031 336 8704
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