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