Department of Social Development Province Of KwaZulu-Natal

About Us


The Department of Social Development began its 2016-2017 financial year on a very high note having realized that its performance for the previous financial year had yielded many positive outcomes. This was supported by the fact that the Department received an unqualified audit outcome for the 2015-2016 financial year including a clean audit for the predetermined objectives.

During the year under review the Department paid undivided focus to the upliftment of the vulnerable groups. To increase access to Early Childhood Development (ECD) Services the Department launched a Non-Centre Based Mobile ECD Programme at Ilembe District. Additional ECD centres with improved infrastructure were opened. To strengthen the Protection of Children the Department embarked on conducting high level monitoring and evaluation to monitor children in alternate care placements including the beneficiaries of Isibindi Programme.

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

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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

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