The Department acknowledges the issue of non-compliance
to Norms and Standards for Child and Youth Care Centres
and measures have been put in place to address the gaps to ensure the safety of the children in the
seventy-one Child and Youth Care Centres that managed by both State and Non Profit Organisations
with 4213 beneficiaries.
During the 2016-2017 financial year the Department focused on vigorous implementation of the National
Drug Master Plan (NDMP). The Department is planning to host a Provincial Anti-Substance Abuse
Summit in order to strengthen governance mechanisms. The Department implemented prevention
programmes targeting children and youth. Due to new leadership in Municipalities. The Department will
be embarking on a drive to revive Local and District Anti-Substance Abuse Forums and Drug Action
Committees and will continue with our partnership programme with the Department of Health and NPOs
on the detoxification programme.
During 2016/17 financial year the Department realised the need to revitalize its service delivery
mechanisms through the rationalization of its services including those rendered by Non-Profit
Organizations to ensure the spatial distribution of services and redress the marginalisation of underresourced
and under-serviced communities. To this end, the rationalization concept document that was
endorsed by the Provincial Executive Council will be implemented during 2017-2018 financial year. The
Department will host the Provincial NPO Good Governance Summit whose objective is to develop a
capacity building framework for NPOs which will set standards for performance.
During the 2016-2017 financial year, poverty eradication remained a priority of the Department hence
the establishment of 42 Community Nutrition and Development Centres (CNDCíS) to ensure
identification of affected individuals and the provision of food and developmental programmes. CNDCs
encouraged community participation and multi-stakholder partnership.
The Department wishes to acknowledge and appreciate the role played by our Non-Profit Organisations
in rendering services to the people of Kwa Zulu Natal. The Department also wishes to express gratitude
to the oversight bodies such as the Auditor General, SCOPA, Finance and Social Portfolio Committees.
We also appreciate the services rendered by the employees of the Department.
Mrs Weziwe Thusi
MEC of the Department of Social Development, Province of KwaZulu-Natal
31 July 2017 , Annual Report 2016/17