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1
DSD Annual Report2008/09
Draft presentation Select Committee on Social
Services 3 November 2009
2
Presentation outline
  • Part A
  • Overview
  • Part B
  • Programme Performance 2008/09
  • Part C
  • Budget and Expenditure report 2008/09
  • Auditor Generals Report
  • Challenges
  • Part D
  • Legislative Framework 2008/09

3
Part AOverview
4
DSD Strategic Perspective
  • The department has premised its strategies and
    services on two platforms
  • services that deal with assisting society to deal
    with what they are currently experiencing as a
    result of poverty and social dislocation and
  • strategies to deal with factors that give rise to
    and sustain poverty, inequality and social
    discord.

5
Vision
A caring and integrated system of social
development services that facilitates human
development and improves the quality of life.
Mission
To ensure the provision of comprehensive social
protection services against vulnerability and
poverty within the constitutional and legislative
framework, and create enabling environment for
sustainable development. The Department further
aims to deliver integrated, sustainable and
quality services, in partnership with all those
committed to building a caring society.
6
Strategic Priorities
  • Tackling child poverty.
  • Tackling adult and older persons poverty.
  • Youth development.
  • Social cohesion.
  • Civil society support and strengthening of
    communities.
  • Governance and institutional development.
  • Regional and international solidarity and
    development.

"Building a Caring Society. Together"
7
PROGRAMMES AND MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES
  • Programme 1 Administration
  • Provide for policy and strategic direction by the
    ministry and top management and for overall
    management and support services to the
    Department.
  • Programme 2 Comprehensive Social Security
  • Ensure the development of norms and standards,
    facilitate financial and economic planning,
    monitor compliance with social assistance policy
    prescripts for the provision of a comprehensive
    system of social security, and facilitate the
    payment of social assistance grants to eligible
    households.
  • Programme 3 Policy Development, Review and
    Implementation Support for Welfare Services
  • Create an enabling environment for the delivery
    and accessibility of integrated developmental
    social welfare services in partnership with all
    relevant stakeholders.

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PROGRAMMES AND MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES Cont.
  • Programme 4 Community Development
  • Develop, monitor and facilitate the
    implementation of appropriate policies,
    strategies and programmes aimed at strengthening
    the potential of communities, including youth, to
    sustain and advance their livelihoods and further
    human development.
  • Programme 5 Strategy and Governance
  • Lead the strategic management component of the
    Department foster operational efficiency through
    improved alignment between mandates, strategies
    and institutional capacity provide strategic
    guidance on social policy development,
    coordination and evaluation facilitate and
    develop the Departments strategic plan oversee
    all entities, agencies and boards reporting to
    the Department and coordinate monitoring and
    evaluation across the sector.

9
Part B Programme Performance
10
Programme 2 Comprehensive Social Security
  • Programme Objective
  • Ensure the development of social security
    policies, monitor compliance with social
    assistance policy prescripts for the provision of
    a comprehensive system of social security, and
    facilitate the payment of social assistance
    grants to eligible households.
  • Social Insurance
  • Completed a draft policy on contributory social
    insurance which was subjected to review by
    international panel of social security experts
    and consulted with civil society on the policy.
  • Completed a Concept paper on the Institutional
    Framework for Social Security
  • Completed four research reports on improving
    access to economic opportunities by Social
    Assistance beneficiary households as follows
  • Feasibility of a work seeker's grant.
  • Feasibility of wage subsidies.
  • Assessment of institutional framework to link
    beneficiaries to economic opportunities.
  • Profiling of unemployed beneficiaries.

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Programme 2 Comprehensive Social Security
  • Social Insurance (cont)
  • The Southern African sub-regional liaison office
    of the International Social Security Association
    was opened in the Department in September 2008.
  • A steering committee comprising representatives
    from South Africa, Zambia and Swaziland was
    appointed, and its Terms of Reference agreed on.
    The office hosted an international seminar on
    extending access to social security on the
    African continent.

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Programme 2 Comprehensive Social Security
  • Social Assistance
  • Childrens Benefits
  • Completed a study on attaching conditions to the
    extension of the Child Support Grant (CSG) to
    children between 15 and 17 years of age.
  • The CSG was extended to children until their 15th
    birthday with effect from 1st January 2009.
  • The number of CSG recipients grew by 7 from
    8,189,975 in March 2008 to 8,765,354 by March
    2009 and the CSG was increased from R 210 to R
    230 per month.
  • The Foster Care Grant was increased from 454,199
    to 474,759 and this represent an annual growth
    rate of about 5.
  • The Care Dependency grant saw an annual growth
    rate of 5, with an increase in beneficiary
    numbers from 102,292 to 107,065 by March 2009.
    The care dependency grant income threshold for
    adults was increased from R1,962 to 2,296 per
    month.

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Programme 2 Comprehensive Social Security
  • Disability Benefits
  • A policy on Social Assistance for people with
    chronic diseases was developed and taken for
    consultation in the Social Cluster Task Team and
    several stakeholders.
  • Older Persons Benefits
  • The Social Assistance Act has been amended to
    equalise the qualifying age for age old grants
    between male and female applicants. This will
    enable males to receive old age grant from the
    age of 60 years in a phased manner during the
    current MTEF period. This change has brought over
    70 000 men aged 63 years and above onto the
    social grant system. By March 2009, over
    2,390,543 million elderly people were in receipt
    of the old age grant.
  • The old age grant was adjusted from R 940 to R
    960 per month.
  • The care dependency income threshold for adults
    was increased from R 1 962 to R 2 296 per month
    and the value of the assets was increased from R
    338 000 to R 460 800 per year for unmarried
    persons and doubled for married persons.
  • The provision of Social Relief of Distress
  • The Social Relief of Distress budget was
    increased by R500 million from R124 million to
    R624 million to shield the poor from undue
    hardships caused by rising food prices (caused by
    the economic recession).

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Programme 2 Comprehensive Social Security
  • Provision of social assistance benefits to
    Vulnerable groups
  • The programmes key achievements include
  • The extension through SASSA, of the Child Support
    Grant and the Amendment of the Social Assistance
    Act to enable men to qualify for the age old
    grant from the age of 60.
  • The opening of the Southern African Liaison
    Office of the International Social Security
    Association in the Department was also a key
    achievement.
  • Social Security transfers and administration
  • Over 13 million South Africans now access the
    social grants system. The table below indicates
    the total number of recipients over the last
    three years
  • Grant March 2007 March 2008 March 2009
  • Old Age pension 2,193m 2,229 m 2,390
    m
  • Disability 1,427m 1,408 m
    1,268 m
  • Foster Care 394,194 454,199
    474,759
  • Care Dependency 98,096 102,292
    107,065
  • Child support grant 7,863m 8,189 m
    8,765 m
  • War Veterans grant 2,340 1924 1500

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Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
  • Child Care and Protection Services
  • New Child Care Legislation
  • Children's Act regulations, norms and standards
    were approved by the NCOP in March 2009.
  • Finalisation of draft Intersectoral National
    Policy Framework
  • The Minister approved the five year National
    Surveillance Study on child abuse, neglect and
    exploitation
  • The Canadian International Development Agency
    (CIDA) approved funding to the value of R35
    million and the Child Welfare League of Canada
    will serve as the technical expert on the
    national surveillance study on child abuse.
  • Early childhood development (ECD)
  • Department implemented the National Integrated
    Plan for Early Childhood Development (NIPECD) in
    partnership with key stakeholders, and this
    promoted a common understanding of the programme.
  • The Sector registered approximately 13,736 ECD
    sites in 2008/09
  • There is on average an ECD site for every 455
    children in the country.
  • Paid per diem subsidy for approximately 411,203
    children registered in ECD.

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Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
  • Drug and Substance Abuse
  • T he Prevention of and Treatment for Substance
    Abuse Bill was passed by Parliament in November
    2008
  • DSD started with the implementation of Minimum
    Norms and Standards for in patience Treatment in
    Nine treatment centres located in provinces of
    Mpumalanga, North-west, KwaZulu- Natal and
    Eastern Cape provinces
  • The Mini Drug Master plan was approved and
    distributed for implementation
  • Capacity building workshops on the implementation
    of the National Drug Master Plan was held in
    Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal and Eastern provinces
  • Two hundred (200) service providers were trained
    in Limpopo and Gauteng provinces
  • Twenty members of western Cape Provincial Forum
    on Substance Abuse were trained on the
    development of the Mini Drug Master Plan
  • In Mpumalanga, 350 members of the substance abuse
    forum were trained on the implementation of the
    National Drug Master Plan.
  • The drug prevention programme, Ke Moja, reached
    over 20 million young people through radio, cell
    phones and other media

17
Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
  • Services to People with Disabilities
  • Completed the Implementation strategy for policy
    on Disability
  • Developed and piloted a training manual on the
    policy on the Management and Transformation on
    Protective workshop nationally (in 17 protective
    workshop).
  • Developed and piloted the implementation
    (Transformation) plan for the policy in KZN,WC,
    NW, GP and EC
  • Piloted Phases 2 and 3 of the Minimum Standards
    for Residential Facilities in 4 facilities in the
    Eastern Cape, and the implementation of Phase
    1of the Policy and Minimum Standards on
    Residential Facilities was rolled out in all
    provinces
  • The policy on Rehabilitation and Community-based
    services for people with disabilities was edited
    and finalised.

18
Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
  • Service Standards
  • Implemented Minimum Norms and Standards for
    in-patient treatment centres in 9 treatment
    centres in Mpumalanga, North-west, KZN, Free
    State and Eastern Cape
  • Finalised Consultation (s) on draft Minimum Norms
    and Standard for out-patient Treatment centres.
  • The business plan for the implementation of
    Phases 2 and 3 of the development of norms and
    standards for social welfare services were
    developed and popularised within the structures
    of the Department and in all provinces
  • Established programme management structures
    nationally and provincially for the
    implementation of the norms and standards
    project.
  • Trained 500 stakeholders on the integrated
    Service delivery Model and generic norms and
    standards
  • Developed Quality assurance framework,
    implementation strategy and training manual
    framework on quality assurance .

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Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
  • Services to Older Persons
  • South African Plan of Action on Ageing developed
  • Tabled Regulations of the Older Persons Act in
    Parliament
  • Finalised Draft South African plan of Action on
    Ageing
  • Established coordinating structures to ensure
    collaborative service delivery to Older Persons
  • DSD created partnerships with the Department of
    Sports and Recreation, Health and Western Cape
    Social Development to promote Golden Games in
    order to promote a healthy lifestyle among elders
  • A protocol to manage elder persons abuse was
    developed to ensure that reported cases of Older
    Persons abuse are followed up appropriately
  • Developed and piloted Costing templates in
    Gauteng province

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Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
  • Social Service Provider Management and Support
  • Assessed all National Councils and conducted site
    visits in order to ensure that they comply with
    the Public Finance Management Act and the Policy
    on Financial Awards to Service Providers and as a
    result, R8,547m was spent on financial support t
    at least 20 organisations
  • Draft Social Services Professions Bill was taken
    for consultation and finalised with the South
    African Council for Social Services (SACSSP) and
    the Professional Boards for Social Work and Child
    and Youth Care.
  • Developed and a Draft Policy on Social Services
    and took it to the Transformation Management Team
    and Heads of Department (HSD) for consultation.

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Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
  • Child Care and Protection Services (continued)
  • Strategies to Combat Child Abuse, Neglect and
    Exploitation
  • Part A of the Child Protection Register (CPR) has
    been maintained at all levels and the capturing
    of information on the CPR increased by 154 in
    six provinces.
  • Data base system for part B of CPR of capturing
    unsuitable people has been developed and the
    enhancement of Part A register according to the
    Children's Amendment Act was completed .
  • Plan developed and approved for the National
    Surveillance Study on Child Abuse, Neglect and
    Exploitation between DSD and CIDA (Canada)
  • Contract signed between DSD and Child Welfare
    League of Canada and detailed project plan
    submitted by the CWLC who will act as the
    technical expert on the study on child abuse and
    neglect.

22
Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
  • Alternative Care
  • Initiated, with support from UNICEF, a research
    project on cluster foster care models to assist
    the DSD to decide on appropriate models to adopt
    for standardisation
  • Developed Protocols and guidelines for foster
    care.
  • Adoptions and International Social Services
  • Minister approved Inter-country adoption practice
    guidelines
  • Attended International Social Services Council
    and Executive Committee meetings in Geneva in
    May 2008 and paid ISS annual membership fee
  • Developed International Social Services (ISS)
    guidelines and took them to stakeholders for
    consultation
  • Dealt with 519 ISS cases and returned one
    distressed child to Brazil

23
Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
  • Services to Children and Young People
  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children
  • Developed Draft Guidelines for Statutory Services
    to Child-Headed
  • Finalised promotional material for Child Headed
    Households
  • Children Living and Working on the Streets
  • -Developed Final Draft Policy Framework for
    Children Living and Working on the Streets
  • Information Management System for Early Childhood
    Development
  • -Developed Draft Specifications for the
    Information system for new and existing ECD sites
    and took them for consultation with provinces.
  • -Developed and Updated Manual database of
    registered ECD sites
  • -Conducted Capacity Building on National
    Integrated Plan on Early Childhood Development
    (NIPECD) in the Western Cape, Limpopo, Gauteng
    and Free State provinces

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Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
  • Families, Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP) and
    social crime prevention
  • Services to Families
  • Completed Phase 1 of the Social Crime Prevention
    Strategy
  • Finalised Reception Assessment and Referral
    Centre (RAR, Home Based Supervision (HBS)
    guidelines and national resource directory.
  • Developed a draft Social Crime prevention
    Strategy
  • Conducted training for probation officers on the
    following
  • Norms and standards on
    Diversion 201 officers trained
  • Report writing 253 officers were trained
  • Customer care 164 officers
    were trained
  • Conducted Re-orientation and training of 308
    Assistant Probation Officers as Social Auxiliary
    Workers together with the South African Council
    for Social Services Profession

"Building a caring society. together"
24
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Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
Families, Victim Empowerment Programme (VEP) and
social crime prevention (continued)
  • Reviewed Shelter Strategy for Victims of abuse
    after consultation with key stakeholders
  • Completed a review and audit of the National
    Resource directory
  • Approved DSD strategy for families.
  • Evaluated and Piloted Strategy on the Engagement
    of Men and Boys in the Prevention of Gender-based
    violence in North-West province,
  • Developed Guidelines on human trafficking,
    domestic violence, rape and violent crimes
  • Finalised and Approved Framework and Guidelines
    on Positive Values (Moral Regeneration).

"Building a Caring Society. Together"
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Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Home /community-based care and support
  • Finalised National Action Plan on psychosocial
    support (after consolidating inputs from all
    stakeholders into the plan).
  • Presented draft HCBC policy framework strategy at
    the HIV and AIDS coordinators workshop in June
    and October 20008 and presented final draft
    during meeting with Department of Health
  • Reviewed current Memoranda of Understanding
    between DSD and Lovelife and PPSA
  • Developed a module for monitoring and evaluating
    HCBC and data-collection tools for the module
    were implemented by 28 HCBC organisations in
    KwaZulu-Natal and North-West provinces
  • 41908 community caregivers received accredited
    training in terms of the National Qualifications
    Framework (NQF) levels 1-4 through NGOs
  • Developed Draft modules on psychosocial care and
    support as part of the implementation of the
    National Action Plan on psychosocial support for
    children and adults living with HIV and AIDS

"Building a caring society. together"
26
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Programme 3 Social Welfare Services
  • HIV/AIDS (continued)
  • The National Action (NAP)
  • Completed research study on situational analysis
    of Child-Headed Households in South Africa and
    distributed its findings to district and
    provincial HIV/Aids coordinators
  • Developed Training manuals on Child Care Forums
    and succession planning
  • National Audit of the Child Care Forums
  • A service provider was appointed to conduct an
    audit of the child Care Forums through the
    country to determined the geographical location
    of forums, the range and coverage of their
    services, the nature of their capacity, their
    training and support needs and their sourcing of
    funding and costs
  • The findings of the audit of Child Care Forums
    were presented at the NACCA meeting in February
    2009 and at the provincial and district
    coordinators meeting in March 2009

"Building a Caring Society. Together"
27
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Programme 4 Community Development
  • Community Development
  • Programme Objective
  • Develop, monitor and facilitate the
    implementation of appropriate policies,
    strategies and programmes aimed at strengthening
    the potential of communities, including youth, to
    sustain and advance their livelihoods and further
    human development.
  • Community Development Policy and Service
    Standards
  • Developed a draft community development policy
    framework.
  • Conducted a Skills Audit of Community Development
    Practitioners in all the 9 provinces.
  • Developed and took for consultation 8 new
    Community Development Standards at NQ level 3 and
    (took for consultation 2 generic unit standards
    at NQ level 4)
  • Appointed a national Community Development
    Professionalization Task Team to drive the
    process of registration of practitioners.
  • Developed a database of community development
    practitioners which will be translated into a
    register once the registration body is
    established.
  • Conducted a study to assess challenges and the
    support required by CBOs in relation to
    coordination and integration of services at a
    local level (final report available)

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Programme 4 Community Development
  • Community Development (continued)
  • Registration of NPOs
  • Registered 6, 819 NPO applications (out of 14,207
    received) within two months. This increased the
    total number of registered NPOs to 56 237.
  • 507 organisations were de-registered for
    non-compliance with the NPO Act, and two of these
    were re-instated after complying with the legal
    requirements (e.g by submitting annual report to
    the Department)
  • Appointed 8 new members to the Panel of
    Arbitrators who convened four meetings that
    included orientation and adjudication of cases.
  • Enhanced Institutional capacity of the sector
  • Completed research on the benchmarking and
    reviewing of NPO governance practices.
  • Undertook the evaluation of the CDP train-a
    trainer programme

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Programme 4 Community Development
  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Household profiling
  • Finalised a draft qualitative household profiling
    tool which was endorsed by all provincial
    Sustainable Livelihood Approach (SLA) programme
    managers in July 2008. The tool was piloted in
    Mpumalanga.
  • The tool was also used in profiling of 2 855 poor
    households from Western Cape, Mpumalanga,
    Gauteng, North West and Free State provinces.
  • Facilitated the participation of 200 Community
    Development Practitioners (CDPs) in the
    implementation of the quantitative household
    profiling tool, which was developed by the
    Presidency and Statistics South Africa for the
    War on Poverty campaign.
  • War on Poverty campaign
  • DSD participated in provincial launches of the
    War on Poverty campaign, which is spearheaded by
    the Presidency.

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Programme 4 Community Development
  • War on Poverty campaign (cont)
  • The Department is represented in the National
    Task Team of the War Room on Poverty.
  • Facilitated the construction of 20 vegi-tunnels
    in Ga Kgatla village in Limpopo in partnership
    with the Department of Agriculture and the office
    of the Premier.
  • Developed a draft community profiling framework,
    which was tested in Kagiso township, Gauteng
    province
  • Integrated Portfolio of programmes
  • Facilitated the construction of 60 vegi-tunnels
    in NW, LP and EC provinces. 20 of these were
    erected in the newly resettled community of
    Bokfonten in North West, while 20 were erected in
    the Dutyini area of the Eastern Cape. The village
    of Ga-Kgatla in Limpopo received 20 vegi-tunnel
    as well.

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Programme 4 Community Development
  • Sustainable livelihoods (continued)
  • Fruit Trees
  • A proposal for fruit trees to support
    deforestation, food security and greening in the
    three SLA learning sites, which are located in
    EC, LP and NW has been submitted to DWAF. The
    proposal was approved and the project will be
    roll out during the 2009/10 financial year.
  • Food Banks
  • Developed a food banking concept document.
  • Facilitated the signing of a Memorandum of
    Understanding between the SA government, the
    Community Food Banking Network of SA and the
    Global Food Banking Network.
  • Supported 4 Community Food Banks in Cape Town
    (WC)Durban, (KZN) Port Elizabeth (EC),
    Johannesburg (Gauteng) and one rural food bank
    pilot in Umkhanyakude district municipality
    (KZN).

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Programme 4 Community Development
  • Sustainable livelihoods (cont)
  • Total Value Chain Model
  • Introduced the total value chain poverty
    alleviation model using a hemp project in the
    Eastern Cape to demonstrates the potential of the
    model in poverty eradication.
  • The first phase of the model has been
    successfully implemented with the participation
    of 100 beneficiaries and several stakeholders in
    East London, Eastern Cape.
  • Developed and tested the Toolkit for CDP in SA
    and piloted/tested it in the Northern Cape and
    key findings on the pilot were costed and
    training process plans are ready for
    implementation during 09/10 financial year.
  • Held consultations with Eastern Cape, North West
    Limpopo provinces on the development of a
    social development cooperatives concept document.
  • Monitoring of Sustainable Livelihoods
    Implementation Partners
  • Contracts of the National Association of People
    Living with HIV AIDS (NAPWA), the National
    Association of Burial Societies of SA(NABSSA)
    Food Bank SA, South African Hemp Industries,
    Khanya-African Institute for Community-driven
    Development and Independent Development Trust
    were developed and service level agreements were
    also generated.

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Programme 4 Community Development
  • Sustainable livelihoods (cont)
  • Conducted site visits to Kalkfontein community to
    asses progress on construction of community hall
  • Conducted 3 monitoring site visits to
    Silindithemba Co-op and Siyaqhubeka Drop-In
    Centre
  • Conducted site visit workshops to 12 disability
    workshops in Limpopo
  • DSD facilitated the implementation of poverty
    relief projects that were supported by the
    Independent Development Trust (IDT) and handed
    over to provinces. Through this process 408
    projects were successfully handed over while 102
    of these are fully functional after being turned
    into cooperatives.

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Programme 4 Community Development
  • Youth
  • Youth Development Policies and strategies
  • Developed guidelines on the Youth Development
    Strategy.
  • DSD audited 5 pieces of legislation affecting the
    youth. The audit had to be completed internally
    due to financial constraints. This requires
    further consultation.
  • A national youth policy was approved by Cabinet
  • Improved services for youth
  • A youth service programme toolkit which covers
    the youth development strategy and national youth
    service was developed and distributed to
    provinces.
  • Facilitated the established youth directorates in
    5 provinces to strengthen institutional capacity
    for youth development.
  • Cabinet approved the national youth development
    policy.

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Programme 4 Community Development
  • Youth (continued)
  • Mainstream and integrate the National Youth
    Service Programme (NYS)
  • Conducted a training in North West Province.
  • Masupatsela Pioneer Programme
  • Developed a framework and 6 modules for the
    Masupatsela curriculum.
  • 10 Cuban experts were interviewed and selected
    for deployment and a contract between DSD and
    Cubatecnica was signed.
  • 2,114 youth pioneers were recruited and oriented
    while 1,754 pioneers participated in War on
    Poverty initiatives.

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Programme 4 Community Development
  • Community Development (continued)
  • Professionalisation of Youth Work
  • In March 2009, DSD hosted a national youth work
    policy conference. The research report on the
    state of youth work in SA was finalised and
    launched. The process of professionalisation is
    continuing and the declarations of the conference
    clearly give direction to the process of
    professionalizing youth work.
  • Youth volunteerism
  • Held 4 roundtable workshops on youth volunteerism
    under the themes
  • Youth Volunteers for Development
  • Creating an Enabling Environment for Youth
    Volunteerism in the Private Sector,
  • Creating an Enabling Environment for Youth
    Volunteerism in the Public sector , and
  • Strengthening Youth Volunteerism in Civil
    Society.
  • Consolidated a draft framework on youth
    volunteerism , although it still requires
    further consultation.

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Programme5 Strategy and Governance
  • PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE
  • To lead the strategic management component of the
    Department foster operational efficiency through
    improved alignment between mandates, strategies
    and institutional capacity provide strategic
    guidance on social policy development,
    coordination and evaluation strategic plan
    facilitate and develop the departments strategic
    plan oversee all entities, agencies and boards
    reporting to the Department.
  • Entity oversight and Management
  • Finalised and facilitated the approval of
    Compliance Reporting Framework for Public
    Entities (SASSA and NDA)
  • Developed and facilitated the approval of Terms
    of Reference for the Ministers interface with
    SASSA and the NDA
  • Developed and facilitated the signing of MoU
    between the Minister of Social Development and
    the NDA Board
  • Conducted Performance reviews for entities based
    on their strategic plans

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Key Social Security Institutions (Independent
Tribunal for Social Assistance Appeals)
  • Established an Independent Tribunal for Social
    Assistance Appeals
  • The tribunal adjudicates appeals emanating form
    the grant applications process administered by
    SASSA.
  • Minister appointed 128 individuals to serve on
    the tribunal, which includes 58 medical
    practitioners, 47 legal experts and 23 members of
    civil society.
  • By March 2009, the tribunal had considered and
    finalised 13,269 of the 60,970 appeals lodged
    during the reporting period.

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Special Projects Coordination
  • Completed the Expanded Public Works Programme
    (EPWP) Social Sector Action Plan.
  • By March 2009, the social sector had created 174
    255 jobs through EPWP, well above the five year
    target of 150 000.
  • Finalised the review of Phase 1 of the EPWP and
    findings of the review and broad principles for
    framing EPWP Phases 2 were endorsed by Cabinet.
  • Commenced with the process of designing Phase 2
    of EPWP in May 2008 and pa reference group and
    steering committee to drive the process .

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Programme 5 Strategy and Governance Cont.
  • Social Policy
  • Completed Audit of research commissioned by
    Directorates in the Department and developed
    mechanisms to ensure value and quality of
    research.
  • 54 civil servants working in policy development
    at national and provincial departments received
    training in social policy. This brings to 200,
    the number of senior officials trained in social
    policy since 2005
  • In order to promote the research-policy nexus and
    promote evidence based policy making in the SADC
    region, the DSD has embarked on a process of
    securing joint leadership and ownership with
    other countries in the region , which will allow
    the holding and hosting of conferences and
    workshops in countries committed to this
    initiative.
  • With the adoption of the Draft SADC Regional
    Social Policy Framework, the DSD initiated a
    network of policy makers and high level civil
    servants in countries such as Swaziland,
    Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana,
    Mauritius . The DSD is moving towards
    formalisation through the holding of annual
    events.

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Programme 5 Strategy and Governance Cont.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • In order to create facilitated an effective ME
    system in the social sector, especially the
    provinces, DSD piloted an electronic monitoring
    system in 3 provinces as planned.
  • A modified electronic monitoring and paper-based
    tools were updated based on the pilot and
    pretesting projects is available.
  • Developed and finalised Non-Financial
    Performance Indicators and a compendium of
    indicators for monitoring social sector
    performance.
  • Facilitated the training of 35 officials from the
    social sector in the International Programmed for
    Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) offered
    by the World Bank and Carleton University,
    Canada, in July 2008. This seeks to build ME
    capacity in the social sector
  • An evaluation framework with appropriate
    indicators has been finalised.
  • An impact evaluation plan for the Child Support
    Grant has been developed and the project will be
    implemented in the next financial year.

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Programme 5 Strategy and Governance Cont.
  • Population and Development
  • Finalised a series of thematic chapters for the
    country-wide report (see below) were finalised by
    31 March 2009. The final report is joint
    policy10/ICPD15 report. The thematic chapters
    of the report were loaded onto the population
    website (www. population.gov.za).
  • The final ICPD15 country report and related
    questionnaires, compiled on the basis of evidence
    derived from the policy10 review process, were
    submitted to UNECA in Addis Ababa in March 2009.
  • The draft thematic chapters (for 10-year policy
    review) on migration and urbanisation, poverty
    and inequality, reproductive health and rights,
    gender equality equity, children, families
    households, youth, HIV and Aids, plus an overview
    of population trends dynamics, as part of the
    population policy10 review process were
    completed at the end of March 2009.
  • Concept paper on technical facility drafted, and
    taken for consultation to stakeholders to
    consider alternatives in June 2008. Concept was
    adjusted to properly link with the Toolkit for
    Integrated Planning (TIP), developed by DPLG,
    DST, and Housing in partnership with the CSIR.

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Programme 5 Strategy and Governance Cont.
  • Population and Development (cont)
  • Completed Field work for second phase of nodal
    research project.
  • Submitted Final report on findings of Phase 2 of
    multi-year nodal point research to Minister in
    August 2008, and to Presidency, DPLG, and DSD
    Executive Committee in September 2008.
  • Deputy Minister launched the report, entitled,
    Building Sustainable Livelihoods An overview,
    at a Public Seminar on Policy10 in December
    2008.
  • A major outcome of the research project was the
    production of evidence on socio-economic and
    demographic baselines for each node and an
    overview of each node, and information on urban
    and rural project designs and progress with the
    implementation of current UNFPA Country Programme
    and Poverty Relief Programme.

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Programme 5 Strategy and Governance Cont
  • Population and Development cont
  • The Department conducted Capacity Building on
    Population and Development as follows
  • Applied Population Science in Training and
    Research (APSTAR) training programme
  • FBO capacity building (2 Training Sessions to
    FBOS which extended training to 80 Master
    Trainers in Limpopo and Eastern Cape)
  • Population, Environment and Development nexus
    training
  • Population, HIVAIDS capacity development course
  • Towards sustainable development Population
    environment and development in integrated
    development planning.
  • FBO sensitisation workshops conducted in Eastern
    Cape and North West in partnership with UNFPA and
    EC Council of Churches Sensitised and obtained
    commitment from the top leadership of the Shembe
    Group for the FBO capacity building project
  • -A Major outcome of FBO capacity building
    programme was a better understanding of
    population issues among religious leaders and the
    integration of population issues into church
    activities
  • -Population and development strategies were
    disseminated via press and electronic media in
    Limpopo KZN.

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Programme 5 Strategy and Governance Cont.
  • Population and Development cont.
  • Conducted Training on Population, Environment and
    Development (PED) Nexus in Cape Town (31
    participants) and Free State (42 participants).
  • Presented a capacity building programme on
    Leadership Training in Environment and
    Sustainable Development for youth in the Eastern
    Cape in March 2009, focusing on issues of
    sustainable development and leadership skills for
    youth.
  • Population HIV and AIDS Capacity Development
    Course Conducted 10 population HIV AIDS
    training courses Free State 3 Mpumalanga 2
    North-West 1 Eastern Cape 1 Western Cape 1
    KwaZulu-Natal 1 Gauteng 1. A total number of
    116 individuals from all spheres of government
    civil society participated in and benefitted from
    this initiative.

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Programme 5 Strategy and Governance Cont
  • Strategy, Planning and Development and Risk
    Management
  • Produced a high level concept document that will
    guide the process of developing a sector
    strategy. A planning handbook was finalised and
    edited in January 2009. In support of the
    planning handbook, a checklist for the assessment
    of the Annual Performance Plans for provinces was
    also developed.
  • Institutionalised an enterprise risk management
    function within the Department with the necessary
    documentation, developed and operationalised
    processes and systems.
  • Developed a sector infrastructure framework with
    a toolkit to facilitate infrastructure planning
    and implementation. Developed a national and
    sector infrastructure plan for the MTEF period.
  • A Gender Needs Analysis Study has been completed
    and integrated into the DSD Gender Policy.
  • SADC Gender and Development Protocol was
    popularised on National Womens Day 2008.Attended
    the 53rd session of the United Nations Commission
    on the Status of Women

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Programme 5 Strategy and Governance Cont
  • Strategy, Planning and Development and Risk
    Management
  • Launched the Customer Care Charter.
  • -Final Customer Care Strategy is ready for
    implementation.
  • -Launched and Distributed Customer Social
    Services Handbook at Nyandeni Great Place
    (Eastern Cape).
  • -Launched Complaints Coordination guidelines and
    Manual that are ready for implementation.
  • Introduced, coordinated and managed an Internal
    Consulting Capacity Building Programme (ICON).
    The programme seeks to capacitate DSD staff with
    rare skills that so as to reduce reliance on
    external service providers.

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International Obligations Key Achievements
  • During the 2008/09 financial year the Minister
    undertook 11 international official visits while
    the Deputy Minister undertook 9 such visits.
  • Minister
  • Purpose of the visits
  • To pursue the social development mandate and
    discharge the Ministers United Nations
    Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    (UNESCO) leadership functions, in line with the
    International Relations Peace and Security
    Cluster objectives of promoting the African
    agenda and fostering international solidarity
  • International Conference on Decentralisation and
    Coordination The Twin Challenges of Labour
    market Policy in Italy
  • World Ageing Conference in Abu Dhabi, United
    Arab Emirates
  • 52nd session of the OECD Centre for Enterprise
    Development, Local Employment and Economic
    Development Programme in Paris, France
  • NAASP Plus Ministerial Conference on Capacity
    Building for Palestine in Indonesia

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International Obligations Key Achievements
  • Purpose of the visits (cont)
  • Dialogue on Social Policies in South East Asia
    (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Summit on Geneva declaration on armed violence
    and development
  • World Economic Forums Global agenda Council on
    empowering Youth in Dubai
  • Second Forum of Arab Ministers of social Affairs/
    Social Development, The role of corporate social
    responsibility in social development in Arab
    Region in Amman, Jordan
  • Official visit in Sweden
  • 47th session of UN Commission on Social
    Development in New York
  • Meeting of the G8 Labour and Social Policy
    ministers in Rome

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International Obligations Key Achievements
  • Deputy Minister
  • Purpose of the visits (continue)
  • International consultative conference on Poverty
    and Development in Mauritius
  • 6th Ordinary session of Au Labour and Social
    Affairs Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 3rd International meeting of Spanish and African
    women in Niger
  • 12th BIEN Conference on Basic income in Ireland
  • SA/DRC Partnership Conference in DRC
  • XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City
  • Hope 2008 International Conference on Alcohol and
    Drugs in Mumbai, India
  • AU meeting in Namibia
  • 53rd session of the UN Commission on the status
    of Women in New York

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International Obligations Key Achievements
  • Strengthening African Institutions of governance
  • Concluded multi-lateral agreements with Mauritius
    and Mexico.
  • Agreements with Mali, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Brazil
    prepared, awaiting approval.
  • DSD participated in the following SADC and AU
    meetings SADC Population and Development
    meeting AU Population Development AU meeting of
    Social Development in Namibia.
  • Contribute towards the post-conflict
    reconstruction and development in Africa
  • Four-member team based in the DRC facilitated the
    training of 200 senior managers on project
    management and human resource development.
  • Coordinated a conference on donor mobilisation
    and conference on engagement of civil society.

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International Obligations Key Achievements
  • Promotion of international solidarity
  • Participated in the working group on social
    development and the IBSA working group on civil
    society during the IBSA summit in India.
  • An implementation plan with Cuba is in operation
    while collaboration on community development has
    been initiated with Jamaica.
  • DSD continue its collaboration with Malta.
  • Collaboration with Oxford University and UNESCO
    is ongoing.
  • Shared vision on international agenda
  • Participated in benchmarking initiatives with
    DRC, Sweden, Canada , United Kingdom, Mexico and
    Chile.

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Strategic Challenges
  • During the year under review, the Department
    faced among others, the following challenges
  • Human Capital A high staff turnover in the
    Financial Planning and Expenditure Monitoring
    Unit had a negative impact on effectiveness of
    operations. Some vacated posts could only be
    filled during the third and fourth quarters of
    the 2008/09 financial year, and some are in the
    process of being filled.
  • Financial Constraints The labour relations
    strategy for social sector could not be completed
    due to financial constraints.
  • Legislative challenges The Harmonised Assessment
    Tool for assessment of the disability grant could
    not be implemented as the Social Assistance Act
    could not be amended to give effect to
    implementation (see slides on legislative
    programme for details)
  • Legislative challenges The draft Bill on Social
    Services could not be finalised since the draft
    policy on social services is yet to be approved
    by relevant structures.
  • Accreditation of Service Providers The lack of
    accredited service providers for community
    caregivers in the Home/Community-Based Care
    programme.
  • Interdepartmental/ institutional challenges The
    implementation of the national action plan for
    children affected by HIV could not proceed as
    planned as a result of poor representation by
    stakeholders on the National Action Committee for
    Children Affected by HIV and AIDS(NACCA).

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Part C FINANCIAL REPORT 2008/09
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AIM OF THE VOTE
  • The aim of the Department of Social Development
    is to provide protection against vulnerability
    and poverty and ensure the provision of a
    comprehensive, integrated and sustainable social
    development service.

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DEPARTMENTAL SPENDING
R000
99,4 Actual Spending
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DIVISION OF 2008/09 DEPARTMENTAL
EXPENDITURE R000
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2008/09 OPERATIONAL SPENDING Excluding transfer
payments
99,25 Actual Spending
R000
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DIVISION OF 2008/09 OPERATIONAL EXPENDITURE
R000
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2008/09 Matters of Importance
  • Following the shifting of the social assistance
    function from provinces to the national
    government, the entire budget for the social
    assistance transfers (social grants) of R71,176
    billion was voted to the Department.
  • SASSA remains responsible for the distribution of
    these funds to social grant beneficiaries through
    various distribution channels.
  • The Director-General of the Department of Social
    Development remains accountable for the
    expenditure and also reports as such in the
    Departments statements.
  • In terms of the present flow of funds
    arrangement, any shortcomings and/or failures in
    SASSAs internal control systems in the area of
    social assistance transfers may have a negative
    impact on the financial statements of the
    Department of Social Development.

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2008/09 Unspent Funds
  • Under-spending at the end of the 2008/09
    financial year was R 457,471 million.
  • Programme 1 Administration R 764 000
  • Under spending relates to the normal staff turn
    over.
  • Programme 2 Comprehensive Social Security R
    451,914 million
  • Under-expenditure relates mainly to the social
    assistance grants.
  • Programme 3 Policy Development, Review and
    Implementation Support for Welfare Services R
    2,141 million
  • Under-expenditure relates mainly to unforeseen
    administrative delays in the execution of planned
    projects.

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2008/09 Unspent Funds Cont.
  • Programme 4 Community Development R 2,103
    million
  • The bulk of under-expenditure relates to
    transfers and subsidies and is mainly due to
    non-compliance with prescripts by NPOs.
  • Programme 5 Strategy and Governance R 549 000
  • Under-expenditure on current payments relate to
    projects that will only be finalised in the
    2009/10 financial year.

"Building a Caring Society. Together"
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AUDITOR GENERALS REPORT
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2008/09 Auditor Generals Report
  • The Department received an unqualified audit
    opinion for the seventh year in a row.
  • The Auditor-General raised certain matters of
    concern in relation to certain weaknesses
  • Control                         13
  • Financial                     49
  • Compliance                   9
  • Value for money          1
  • Action plan has been developed to address the
    identified weakness. Implementation of this plan
    is being monitored on a monthly basis.
  • 35 of weakness identified have already been
    addressed as they related to disclosure of
    financial statements.

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2008/09 Auditor Generals Report
  • Emphasis of matter
  • Flow of funds
  • As indicated in the report of the accounting
    officer, despite the grant expenditure being
    reported in the annual financial statements of
    the Department of Social Development, a dual
    accountability relationship exists between the
    Department and the South African Social Security
    Agency over the grants. The status of the current
    relationship therefore results in a situation
    where actions of the South African Social
    Security Agency have an impact on the audit
    report of the Department of Social Development on
    matters concerning grant expenditure.

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2008/09 Auditor Generals Report
  • Emphasis of matter (Continued)
  • Basis of Accounting
  • The Departments policy is to prepare financial
    statements on the modified cash basis of
    accounting determined by the National Treasury.

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2008/09 Auditor Generals Report
  • Other Matters
  • Social Assistance Grants
  • The responsibility for grant administration and
    the payment of grants reside in the South African
    Social Security Agency. The following matters
    arose from the processes and activities that
    transpired in the South African Social Security
    Agency
  • Social Assistance Grant Debtors
  • The following shortcomings regarding the social
    assistance debtors were identified
  • Repayments made by the grant debtors originated
    from multiple sources, including bank deposits.
    Numerous cash deposits contained inadequate
    references which resulted in unallocated receipts
    not being allocated to debtor accounts. The
    Department is in consultation with the National
    Treasury regarding this issue.
  • A single dedicated financial debtor system did
    not exist for the management of grant debtors.
  • Due to the circumstances affecting the majority
    of the debtors (being poverty stricken
    individuals), many of the recorded debtors may
    not be recoverable or recovery may not be cost
    effective.

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2008/09 Auditor Generals Report
  • Other Matters (Continued)
  • Social Relief of Distress Grants
  • During the 08/09 financial year, the South
    African Social Security Agency was tasked with
    the distribution of the Social Relief of Distress
    (SRD) grant (which consisted of either food, food
    vouchers, school uniforms or cash) to alleviate
    general poverty. The following shortcomings
    existed within the processes of the Agency in
    distributing the grant to the intended
    beneficiaries
  • Documentation critical to the application for the
    grant was not complete.
  • It could not be confirmed in all instances that
    the correct person received the correct amount of
    relief aid at the correct time and place.
  • Effective controls in respect of food vouchers
    and aid purchased to be distributed were not
    implemented.
  • Beneficiary applications were captured offline
    which could have resulted in unnoticed erroneous
    duplication of payments.
  • Distribution of relief aid was not performed in a
    standardised or consistent manner in all
    provinces.
  • Supply chain management requirements, were not
    adhered to in the procurement of relief aid.
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2008/09 Auditor-Generals Report (Cont
  • Matters of Governance
  • Material adjustments were made to the financial
    statements after being submitted. The reason for
    this was due to the insufficiency of human
    resources within the finance section of the
    Department.

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Way Forward on 2008/09 Audit Outcome
  • A Strategic Task Team on the social assistance
    grant debtors has been established with
    representatives from SASSA and DSD that will be
    supported by representatives from the National
    Treasury.
  • A comprehensive plan, which will include the
    transfer of functions from the Special
    Investigating Unit to SASSA, with specific
    reference to the social assistance debtors is in
    the process of completion. This plan will also
    include the future management of the social
    assistance grant debtors currently managed by
    Special Investigation Unit.
  • A detailed action plan has been developed and
    implemented to address the concerns raised by the
    Auditor-General in his Management letter with
    regard to aspects related to compliance control
    financial administration and value for money.  

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PART DLegislative Programme for 2008/09
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Legislative Achievements for period 2008/09
  • The Childrens Act, 2005, the Old Persons
    Act,2006, and the Childrens Amendment act, 2007
  • These Acts are not yet fully operational.
  • Certain sections of the Childrens Act were
    operationalised in 2007.
  • These Acts require regulations prior to being
    fully operationalised.
  • By March 2009, Regulations for these Acts had not
    yet been finalised. It is hoped that these will
    be finalised by March 2010.
  • Prevention of Treatment for Substance Abuse Bill
  • The Prevention of and Treatment for Substance
    Abuse Act was signed by the President in February
    2009.

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Legislative Plans for the Period 2008/09
  • Regulations
  • Regulations for the following pieces of
    legislation were scheduled for finalisation
    during the 2008/09 financial year
  • Social Assistance Act,2004 (Regulations finalised
    in August 2008)
  • Childrens Act,2005 (could not be finalised)
  • Older Persons Act,2006 (could not be finalised)
  • Social Services Professions Act, 1978 (could not
    be finalised)
  • The following pieces of legislation could not be
    introduced due to a new Cabinet directive which
    requires that a policy be approved by cabinet
    before a Bill is drafted
  • Social Service Professions Bill
  • National Development Agency Amendment Bill
  • Social Assistance Amendment Bill
  • Social Relief Funds Bill

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