Social Development

Foster mom ‘chained up teenage daughter for three days’

A Worcester mother found herself in the dock on two counts of child abuse on Thursday after she “disciplined” two teenage girls for creating “lust-inducing” Facebook pages. The woman, a 52-year-old who lives with her biological daughter and 11 foster children, allegedly chained up her 16-year-old foster daughter for three[…]

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Keep kids safe this summer

As we say good bye to the school year, the greatest fear is what children will be doing during the Summer holidays. As the warm summer days begin, it is important for parents to prioritize the well-being of their little ones. The Western Cape Department of Social Development is appealing[…]

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Shabangu unhappy with Grindrod’s R10 Sassa charge

Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu said she is unhappy with the R10 transaction charge Grindrod Bank is currently charging grant beneficiaries and is working on finding a new arrangement. Shabangu was in Parliament on Wednesday to account for her department’s annual performance and budget plans. Addressing issues around the South[…]

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Nationwide bus strike drags on

Social Development Minister, Susan Shabangu, explained to Parliament why she suspended a process to get a new tender to take over grant payments. She refused to sign off on Sassa’s Annual Performance Plan, and wrote to the Constitutional Court to tell them about her decision. Shabangu said that acting Sassa[…]

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Department investigating ‘sex list’

Authorities are investigating a so called ‘sex list’ being circulated on social media. The list containing the names of 31 of children, believed to be from Atlantis, went viral on social media with the victims accused of being promiscuous. Western Cape department of social development spokesperson, Sihle Ngobese, says they[…]

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Sworn affidavits will take centre stage in Sassa probe

Affidavits containing counter allegations between Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, her former director general and the Sassa CEO will be at the centre of a probe ordered by the Constitutional Court to determine whether she should be held personally liable for the social grants payment debacle. The Constitutional Court on[…]

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