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South Africa Department of Social Development

South Africa Department of Social Development – WHY ARE WE CALLED THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT?

In July 2000, the Department of Welfare was renamed “The Department of Social Development”.

We are called the Department of Social Development:

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  • Because of our commitment to social transformation

We are committed to the agenda of social transformation that is embodied in the principle of social justice and the Bill of Rights contained in our Constitution. We endeavour to create a better life for the poor, vulnerable and excluded people in our society.

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  • Because our task is to reduce poverty and promote social integration

Our task is to develop and monitor the implementation of social policy that both creates an enabling environment for and leads to the reduction in poverty. We ensure the provision of social protection and social welfare services to all people who live in our land. We conduct research that develops the social indicators necessary for programme implementation and public accountability.

  • Because our work is based on partnerships and the Batho Pele principles of service delivery

All our work requires extensive and on-going consultation with all sectors of our society. Our programmes are integrated with those of other government departments and all spheres of government. We work in partnership with NGOs, faith-based communities, the business sector, organized labour, and other role players. We are committed to the Batho Pele (People First) principles and use them to improve service delivery to our clients and the public.

  • Because our actions are based upon solidarity and engender self-reliance

As social service professionals, we act on the basis of solidarity with all of humanity. We seek to empower communities and engender self-reliance by creating conditions for sustainable livelihoods. This involves expanding the range of choices available to communities.

  • Because of the range of our human services

Our development, social protection and social welfare services span the entire life cycle of human life and encompass advocacy, promotion, prevention, care, mitigation and palliation.

South Africa Department of Social Development Programmes

Strategy and Gorvenance

Financial Management

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Corporate Services

Social Policy

Comprehensive Social Security

Integrated Development

Welfare Services

South Africa Department of Social Development Contacts

List of all Social Development MEC\’S

Office of the MEC: Nandi Mayathula-Khoza011 355 7860
Ms Magdeline Ramokone Maema(Office of the MEC: Nandi Mayathula-Khoza)011 355 7870
Mpumalanga Province, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini013 766 3429 / 30 / 28
Free State Province, Sisi Ntombela051 400 0302 / 0304 / 0307
KwaZulu Natal Province, Mrs Weziwe Gcotyewa Thusi033 341 9600
Eastern Cape Province, Dr Pemmy Majodina043 605 5000
Western Cape Province, Mr Albert Fritz021 483 5043
Northern Cape, Mr Mxolisa Sokatjha053 807 5600

Corporate Communication

Jaconia Kobue (Media Enquiries and RSVP for Media)0123127793 / 082 313 4673
Customer Care Services+27 12 312 7727
General Enquiries+27 12 312 7500
Media Enquiries – Ms Lumka Oliphant012 312 7654 / 012 312 7653

National Office


Provincial Offices

GAUTENG(011) 355 7687/7977/7878
LIMPOPO(015) 293 6004/ 6054/6011/6053
NORTH WEST(018) 387 3434/0255/3497/0281
MPUMALANGA(013) 766 3098/3253/3031
FREE STATE(051) 400 0302 / 0304/0307
EASTERN CAPE043 605 5000
KWAZULU-NATAL(033) 264 5400
WESTERN CAPE(021) 483 3858/3765/3158/5445
NORTHERN CAPE(053) 807 5600


SASSA(012) 400 2000


Edward Chabangu012 312 7194
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