Honourable Premier and Honourable Members of the Executive Council
Honourable Members of the Provincial Legislature
Honourable Chairperson of the Social Development Portfolio Committee
Representatives of Non-Profit Organisations and Civil Society at large
Ladies and Gentlemen
Honourable Chairperson, it is an honour and a privilege for me to present the 2018/19 Budget and Programme Plans of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development.
Before I do so, let me take a moment to pay tribute to the stalwarts of our struggle for liberation, who were laid to rest a couple of weeks ago. The first one is Mama Winnie Mandela, the social activist who fought fearlessly for the poor and the marginalized. As the first Black Social Worker to work at the Baragwaneth Hospital in Johannesburg, she fought for the course of the most vulnerable.
The second one is Dr Zola Skweyiya, the former Minister of Social Development who conceived the Social African Social Security Agency and led the transformation of our mandate from the social welfare to social development. These stalwarts have left an indelible mark in the Social Development sector.
I deliver this budget during the year in which we are celebrating the life of the father of our democratic state, Dr Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela, who would have turned 100 years had he lived. We also honour one of the greatest struggle heroines, Mama Albertina Sisulu, one of the first women who left an indelible mark in the fight against apartheid.
This year precedes the one that marks the end of the term of the current administration, prompting us to take stock of what this democratic government has achieved since its ascendency to power in 1994. Madiba, among others, a humanitarian and a crusader for human rights, inculcated a culture of caring, equality and justice among us. It is against this background that we continue to be a caring government. The Department of Social Development is one of those departments that are strategically engineered to serve the downtrodden, who were previously disadvantaged. In line with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, relevant legislation and policies; the mandate of the Department is to provide social welfare and community development services to the people of KwaZulu-Natal.
It was Madiba who said, ‘The great lesson of our time is that no regime can survive if it acts above the heads of the ordinary citizens of the country.’
In the 2018 State of the Nation Address , His Excellency, the President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa emphasized the need and our commitment to the creation of jobs especially for the youth; ethical behaviour and ethical leadership; building a society defined by decency and integrity; and adherence to the principle of Batho Pele, of putting our people first. I will elaborate on my Department’s response to this call in my speech.
In keeping with the theme of the 2018 State of the Province Address by the Honourable Premier Mr Willies Mchunu, which says “leading with integrity towards growing an inclusive economy for integrated targeted and effective service delivery to improve quality of life,” the Department will intensify implementation of the rationalisation of social development services to ensure spatial and equitable distribution in order to reach all corners of our Province, irrespective of social status.
The Department remains committed to the implementation of the Radical Agrarian Socio-Economic Transformation (RASET) programme. In responding to this, the Department will procure perishable foods from the programme for Social Relief of Distress, Community Nutrition and Development Centres and Early Childhood Development centres.
Esteemed Members of this House, I now present the programme plans aligned to 2018/19 Budget Vote.
Programme 2 - Social Welfare Services
The Department is responsible for the provision of Social Welfare Services to older persons, persons with disabilities, people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, as well Social Relief of Distress to households affected by social conditions and disasters resulting in undue hardship.
Services to Older Persons
We all have a duty to ensure that older persons enjoy their constitutional right to equality, human dignity and social security. We provided residential care to 2 904 older persons in 42 old age homes, including state-owned KwaBadala Old Age Home. We have also completed an audit of norms and standards on 42 Old Age Homes. One of the key findings was that 20 homes did not have social workers. As a result, the Department has appointed 20 Social Workers as at 01 April 2018 to improve quality of services rendered. Furthermore, care and support services were provided to 22 149 older persons in 378 community based care centres spread across the Province. During the last financial year, psychosocial support services were rendered to all 22 elder abuse cases reported. At this point, I would like to encourage members of this House and the public at large to continue to report cases of elder abuse.
Further to our continuous provision of residential and community based care services to older persons across the Province, the Department has injected a new basket of services on psychosocial gerontology that deals comprehensively and holistically with issues of old age, process of ageing and particular challenges of older persons.
I have had first-hand experience when I visited Elonwabeni Old Age Home in Greater Kokstad Municipality, whereby I discovered the need to strengthen governance in residential facilities and fast-track programme implementation. This visit confirmed the findings of the audit.
Services to Persons with Disabilities
Our goal is a society where persons with disabilities enjoy the same rights as fellow citizens and all citizens and institutions share equal responsibility for building such a society. Chairperson, we committed to establish a database of people with albinism and conduct dialogues in order to develop programmes and services as informed by their life experiences. I am happy to report in this august House that we have developed a database of persons with albinism in UMhlabuyalingana Municipality. We are expanding this programme in other local municipalities of UMkhanyakude, iLembe and Harry Gwala districts. In 2017/18 financial year, we rendered residential care to 1 161 persons with disabilities in 22 facilities. We also provided community based care services to 2 565 persons with disabilities in protective workshops spread across the Province.
Working with the NPOs funded by the Department in the disability sector, we are consolidating a database of persons with disabilities, so that we serve as a hub primarily, for my Department, other government departments and private sector in order to contribute towards the achievement of 2% employment equity target in the Province.
In partnership with the National Department of Social Development, the Department is implementing a programme that seeks to promote and support the empowerment of children with disabilities, called the Izingane Kuqala Project. It also aims to increase access of services for children with disabilities and the realisation of their rights in a holistic manner. This will include the establishment of support groups for parents and care givers of children with learning disabilities. This programme has been successfully piloted in Ndwedwe, Umzumbe and Umlazi reaching 208 children with disabilities.
In 2018/19 financial year, we will continue to implement residential and community based care and support services in the Province. Evaluation study will be conducted on the Community-Based Care Rehabilitation Programme that was implemented at the UMzinyathi District. The results will inform further roll out to other districts, prioritizing UMkhanyakude, King Cetshwayo, Zululand and iLembe. In line with Radical Socio-Economic Transformation, we will transform two protective workshops in UMkhanyakude and King Cetshwayo Districts by assisting them to graduate into cooperatives to empower persons with disabilities. In respect of the two State-owned protective workshops; Nduduzweni Centre for the Blind in Umlazi and Osizweni Handicraft Centre in Amajuba, the Department will be developing the transformation plan so as to provide skills development opportunities for an increased number of beneficiaries.
HIV and AIDS Programme
In May 2017 I reported that the Department adopted the Home and Community Based Care (HCBC) Re-Engineering Model to address the challenges of HIV and AIDS and create job opportunities for unemployed social workers. I am happy to report that this model has created 224 jobs for unemployed Social Work scholarship graduates and 272 Child and Youth Care Workers.
In response to prevention of new HIV infections, the Department implemented Social Behaviour Change (SBC) Programmes and 131 887 children and youth benefited. Other SBC Programmes focussing on adolescent girls and young women, were implemented in partnership with Global Fund Programme at King Cetshwayo District. In addition, the PEPFAR’s DREAMS Programme (US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s Determined, Resilient Empowered AIDS-free Mentored and Safe) was implemented in eThekwini, UMgungundlovu and UMkhanyakude Districts.
Through partnership with the National Department of Social Development and the German Development Bank, 05 Community Care Centres (CCCs) were completed and handed over to the following communities; Charlestown (Newcastle Municipality), Nibela (Big Five/Hlabisa Municipality), Esidumbini (Ndwedwe Municipality), eDlebe (Ulundi Municipality) and Stoffelton (Impendle Municipality).
In 2018/19 financial year, we will continue to implement Social Behaviour Change Programmes in all wards. We will also strengthen management capacity of Community Care Centres and skills development for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, including children and youth with disabilities.
Social Relief of Distress
The National Development Plan Vision 2030 advocates for a comprehensive social protection floor for all citizens. The Department has implemented the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Programme, which provides relief to distressed individuals and families. In this regard, 21 559 households benefited. We will continue to provide psychosocial and material support to individuals and households in distress.
Programme 3 – Children and Families
Over the years, the Department has made great strides in promoting the rights of children and building cohesive families in order to improve the quality of life amongst communities of the KwaZulu-Natal Province.
Care and Support Services to Families
We remain persuaded that a family is a basic unit of the community and the society at large. The Department implemented various programmes that strengthen families and promote healthy family life. We up-scaled Fatherhood programmes reaching more than 1700 men across all districts on the MenCare+ Programme, which is a parenting programme targeting men and boys focusing on the role of men as fathers and parents. We implemented new programmes such as Families Matter and Sinovuyo. Families Matter Programme focuses on children between the ages of 06 and 12 years, while Sinovuyo Programme focuses on parents with teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 years. On marriage counselling and enrichment programmes, we reached more than 700 couples in the last financial year.
The Department participated in the Social Cohesion and Moral Regeneration Summit held in KwaMashu in June 2017. Partnerships will be established with the media to promote and educate communities about healthy families. As part of ensuring equitable distribution of care and support services to families throughout the Province, we will focus more on UMzinyathi, Amajuba, UThukela, Harry Gwala and UMkhanyakude Districts.
In the current financial year, we will continue to extend the Fatherhood Programme at a local municipality level. We will host a dialogue with the religious sector to strengthen marriage preparation and enrichment. We will also strengthen family preservation services targeting families at risk and other vulnerable caregivers, foster and single parents.
Child Care and Protection Services
The Department is committed to ensuring care and protection of children, to this end has developed interventions of strengthening services to children. These include the Protocol for Management of Child Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (CANE), the Provincial Strategy on Prevention and Early Intervention Programmes (PEIP) and Holiday Programmes.
In my Budget Speech of 2017/18, I committed that we will be implementing a programme on teenage pregnancy in Ugu, Umkhanyakude, Zululand and King Cetshwayo. I am delighted to report that this process has commenced and we will implement interventions in this financial year.
As part of advocacy campaigns, the Department coordinated build up activities in all districts, which culminated in the commemoration of the Provincial Child Protection Week in KwaMashu (eThekwini Metro), where we reached more than 2000 children. We will also continue to facilitate intersectoral child care and protection forums at district and provincial levels. We will develop and implement programmes for children Living and Working in the streets.
Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Partial Care
The Department remains resolute in the extension of early childhood development services to build a solid education foundation for children. We have developed the Framework for Early Childhood Development Support in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, which at the main seeks to improve compliance with norms and standards, with special emphasis on governance and capacity development of ECD practitioners.
The Department has implemented early childhood development through centre-based and non-centre-based services reaching 119 129 children between the ages of 0-5 years.
Special focus will be on expanding non-centre based ECD services through the implementation of the ECD Mobile Programme targeting Ugu, Amajuba and UMkhanyakude districts.
A total of 542 ECD Centres with 24 622 children benefited from the ECD Subsidy Conditional Grant. This financial year there will be an addition of 280 ECD centres with 10 007 children. Furthermore, 117 ECD Centres have benefited through the ECD Maintenance Grant and this year we plan to upgrade 52 more centres. In total, over a period of two financial years, the Department of Social Development will reach 153 758 children in 2 164 ECD centres. And this is ECD massification in action.
Alternative care is a programme to orphaned and vulnerable children who for various reasons have been found to be in need of care and protection in terms the Children’s Act No 38 of 2005; who are then placed in foster care or Child and Youth Care Centres (CYCCs).
Honourable members, it is an honour for me to inform this House that out of 2 537 children who are in foster care and CYCCs who sat for 2017 matric examination 1 352 passed. We identified 50 top achievers who obtained two to seven distinctions with whom I spent a day on the 05th of April 2018 celebrating their achievement. During this engagement, children shared powerful testimonies of their journey to success despite all adversities. I intend to make this an annual programme.
It is my pleasure to share with you a story of our best achiever Mr Sakhile Sinakhokonke Njoko, who is 18 years old, reigning from Sandlwana Area, Ward 4 of Nquthu Municipality. He was at Siyanda Secondary School. He passed all his seven subjects with distinctions. He is currently studying towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science at the University of Witwatersrand. I can only share that he is a sibling to four others, a 26 year old eldest sister who is a qualified Teacher, an older brother (25 years old) who is studying Medicine in Cuba, another brother (22 years old) who has completed Clinical Medicine and another brother (20 years old) who is in his final year of study in Clinical Medicine at Wits.
We wish to acknowledge their foster mother Ms Ntombizizile Prisca Khambule. This story is shared to celebrate the good work by all other foster parents who have opened their hearts and homes to nurture these future leaders. We will ensure that all children on our Child Support Grant and Foster Care Grant benefit from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.
I acknowledge that some children were not successful with their matric examinations. The Department will continue to render psychosocial support services.
We provided residential care and support services to 4 268 children in 73 Child and Youth Care Centres (CYCCs), including 08 state owned facilities. In addition, a total of 9 981 children were placed in foster care and 49 were approved for adoption. More than 83 525 children benefited from the foster care services. Monitoring of children in alternative care placement remains a priority of the Department, including after care services.
Community Based Care and Support Services for Children
The Department continued to implement the Isibindi Model, which provided care, protection and development support to more than 55 324 orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) that were affected by HIV and AIDS and other social challenges. These services were provided by 1 678 child and youth care workers (CYCWs), who receive a stipend and thereby contributing to job opportunities for youth.
In the current financial year, the focus will be on prevention and early intervention programmes targeting orphaned and vulnerable children including those living and working in the streets.
PROGRAME 4: RESTORATIVE SERVICES
Honourable Chairperson, Social ills continue to persist in our Province. The Department remains resolute to the implementation of the Provincial Integrated Social Ills Strategy that was approved by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Executive Council. We have continued to collaborate with other Departments and various stakeholders to address social ills through the implementation of social crime prevention and support programmes, victim empowerment programmes and substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation programmes.
Crime Prevention and Support
In 2017/18 financial year, the Department established a Task Team to drive the implementation of the Integrated Social Crime Prevention Strategy, focusing on targeted hotspots areas as informed by crime statistics. This remains a priority in the current financial year. On children in conflict with the law, 2 939 were assessed, 913 were referred for diversion and 606 completed the programme. The major accomplishment was accreditation of Departmental district sites and programmes to render diversion programmes. This has boosted the capacity of the Department to render statutory services in line with the Departmental Rationalization Strategy.
In the current financial year, the Department will continue to implement secure care programmes in 04 state owned Child and Youth Care Centres (CYCCs), namely Excelsior CYCC, Valley View CYCC and Ocean View CYCC all within eThekwini Metropolitan area, as well as Sinethemba CYCC under Amajuba District. I plan to have a dialogue with children in conflict with the law placed in secure care centres to get a deeper understanding of circumstances that led them to be in conflict with the law. The Department will conduct developmental quality assurance (DQA) in all secure care centres in line with the Children’s Act and blueprint norms and standards.
Victim Empowerment Programme
The Department coordinated activities of the Provincial Victim Empowerment Forum and facilitated the establishment of Victim Empowerment Forums in Harry Gwala, King Cetshwayo, Amajuba and UMkhanyakude Districts. We implemented programmes for abused women and children in 20 shelters and 17 White Door Centre in all districts. This programme provides a safe home where abused women and their children seek shelter for a period of up to six months while receiving counselling and psychosocial support. On the accreditation of shelters for victims of human trafficking, the process commenced in 04 pre-accredited shelters, namely, Abrina Esther House in UMsunduzi, Newcastle Crisis Centre in Newcastle, Open Door and Ethembeni under eThekwini Metro. The establishment of Therapy rooms commenced in Valley View CYCC, Princess Mkabayi CYCC and Greenfields CYCC, Newlands Park Centre, Madadeni Rehabilitation Centre and Sinethemba Secure Care Centre. These are dedicated rooms where clients will receive highly specialized counselling and support by the social workers who have received specialized training in trauma, addiction and mental health issues to mention a few.
In the current financial year, White Door Centres of Hope will be extended to UMgungundlovu, uMzinyathi, uGu, uThukela and Zululand Districts. Special focus will be on linking women exiting shelters and white door centres to economic opportunities and establishing a shelter for men who are victims of human trafficking and other forms of abuse. Men and Boys programmes will be up-scaled in all districts. On gender-based violence, emphasis will be on prevention of intimate partner violence. The Department will establish two fully functional Therapy Rooms in its existing facilities.
Substance Abuse Programme
As part of intensifying anti-substance abuse services, the Department hosted the Provincial Anti-Substance Abuse Summit on the 26th and 27th June 2017 attended by 1 200 delegates from various sectors. We are currently implementing the Summit resolutions. Anti-substance abuse prevention programmes were intensified. In this regard, 228 651 children below 18 years and 144 766 adults above 18 years were reached. On treatment services, 4 019 service users received in-patient and out-patient services. The Department registered 08 treatment centres and 01 halfway house.
In the current financial year, our main focus is on scaling up implementation of the National Drug Master Plan. The Department will strengthen prevention and awareness programmes during periods where children and youth are most vulnerable, especially during holidays. Community based treatment model that includes aftercare services will be piloted in uGu, uMgungundlovu, uMkhanyakude and uThukela districts, as well as eThekwini Metro.
PROGRAMME 5: DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH
Ladies and gentlemen, the Development and Research programme is one of the strategic interventions that the Department implements to address persistent challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality. It also provides the Department with data that enables evidence-based planning of our programmes and services. This programme includes Community Mobilization, Institutional Capacity Building and Support for NPOs, Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Livelihoods, Community Based Research and Planning, Youth Development, Women Development and Population Policy Promotion.
As part of the Constitutional values and principles which emphasize public participation, the Department prioritizes mobilization through community dialogues in seeking community-based and indigenous solutions in order to facilitate interaction between people, build community networks and coordinate community development interventions. In 2017/18, 201 584 people were reached through community mobilization programmes in the Province. This has enhanced planning to address social ills such as human trafficking, elder and child abuse, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy and HIV and AIDS.
In the current financial year, the Department will engage in aggressive massification of community mobilization programmes, which will be aligned with the Departmental Calendar of activities and Operation Sukuma Sakhe.
Institutional Capacity Building and Support
The decentralization of NPO Help Desks to a service office level has brought services closer to the people, and to this extent, these will be continued. The Department assisted 1 600 NPOs with registration and compliance. Local, District and Provincial NPO Forums, were strengthened through institutionalization and support in all local municipalities. This has improved coordination and communication between the Department and NPOs as well as amongst NPOs themselves.
The Department also capacitated 6 356 non-profit organizations (NPOs) on governance issues in line with capacity building plan. Capacity building focused on financial management, project management, conflict management, committee roles and responsibilities, health and safety, productivity, resource mobilization, holding of meetings and writing of minutes of meetings. In 2018/19 financial year, the Department will enhance capacity building programmes of NPOs through rigorous quality assurance processes, utilizing accredited training providers and support materials.
All trained NPOs will be exposed to mentoring, coaching and incubation programmes in order to ensure that theoretical knowledge obtained during training is translated into practice. The conceptual framework on mentoring and coaching has been developed outlining interventions needed for NPO’s developmental phase. To further cement the mentoring support to NPOs, an Incubation facility will be established at the Illovo Development Centre at eThekwini Metro.
Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Livelihoods
As part of enhancing food security and household nutrition, the Department established 44 Community Nutrition and Development Centres (CNDCs) in most deprived wards, thereby reaching 10 700 beneficiaries. This programme aims at providing food security and household nutrition to people living in abject poverty and skills development to enable them to be self-sufficient. The Department also created 12 871 job opportunities through the Expanded Public Works Programme and beneficiaries received a stipend that is above the poverty threshold.
In the current financial year, the Department will continue to implement programmes in 44 CNDCs and facilitate the establishment of 2 additional centres. Beneficiaries of the CNDC programme will be exited through skills development, employment opportunities and income generating projects. An evaluation of the performance of CNDCs will be commissioned in four sites.
Community-Based Research and Planning
As part of enhancing evidence based planning and programme design we compiled 886 community profiles and developed 831 ward based plans. These plans contributed to the development of Integrated Development Plans (IDPs) for municipalities. In the current financial year, Department will continue to compile community profiles to ensure spatial distribution of services.
The Department also facilitated community dialogues to provide communities with platforms to learn about their environmental conditions, strengths and assets to be leveraged upon to address their challenges. Focus will be more on the analysis of existing household and community based plans, which will inform programme planning and implementation.
The Department implemented skills development programmes reaching 10 934 young people in two (02) Youth Development Academies at Vuma (King Cetshwayo District) and Esicabazini (UMkhanyakude District) and (11) Youth Development Centres. We provided capacity building and support to 639 youth development structures which includes youth clubs, youth NPOs and youth forums. These structures implemented youth mobilization programmes reaching 83 313 young people.
In response to the dearth of skills amongst youth, we have entered into a partnership with the Service SETA where 685 young people completed learnership qualifications in hair care and beauty, administration and management, call centre support and hygiene and cleaning. Some of these young people have found employment in the retail and service industries. A further partnership with Service SETA has seen an additional 550 young people enrolling on the Learnership programme. We are exploring partnerships other SETAs through partnership with the Department of Higher Education and Training.
In the current financial year, the Department will continue to offer skills development opportunities at the Youth Development Academies and Youth Development Centres. In order to enable young people to participate in their development, youth structures will be supported to provide socio-economic opportunities.
The Department implemented socio-economic empowerment initiatives reaching 7 400 women through 48 women-led NPOs which exposed them to entrepreneurial, financial literacy, business skills and mentorship. A total of 49 769 women participated in programmes such as life skills, legal and human rights awareness, HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, gender based violence workshops, drugs and substance abuse programmes. The Department also implemented Women’s dialogues and intergenerational programmes reaching 13 680 women to address issues of the generational gap.
In the current financial year, the Department will implement a high impact project for women development starting in the Harry Gwala District. Through this pilot, we will ensure the alignment of women development with RASET Programme. Special attention will be given to strengthening strategic partnerships with organised women formations/structures, business sector and other government departments to support women led NPOs on capacity building and mentorship.
Population Policy Promotion
The Department continues to assist government departments and civil society organizations to implement the Population Policy of South Africa through population research, advocacy and capacity building. We have also implemented 62 advocacy and capacity building programmes, reaching 377 beneficiaries. This includes inter-generational communication dialogues on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH) for Youth and Adolescents in collaboration with the National Department of Social Development and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in King Cetshwayo and uThukela Districts.
To promote evidence-based planning and programming, we have commissioned research projects on the Evaluation of the Population Policy Implementation, Substance Abuse Intervention Programme, Food Security and Psychology of Sex Offenders. These projects will continue in the current financial year. Other initiatives include critical analysis of demographic profiles and trends in all District Municipalities.
Improving Governance, Management and Access to Service Delivery
The Department remains committed to the realisation of the objectives of the National Development Plan. As part of realising these objectives, the Department remains steadfast in improving governance and management practices in the current financial year.
Last year I approved the reviewed organizational structure of the Department. In the current financial year we will focus on its implementation. As part of reducing the Departmental vacancy rate at service delivery points, we have absorbed 207 social workers (166 on social work conditional grant and 41 from equitable share). We have also responded to the call by both the President and the Premier for job creation amongst the youth by appointing 92 young people who will resume their internship next month. We have provided 36 young people from TVET colleges with job opportunities to gain valuable work experience towards the completion of their qualifications.
Fighting Fraud and Corruption
The Department has submitted the names of officials in high risk positions to the Office of the Premier for the lifestyle audit. This is in response to the call by His Excellency the President of the Republic and the Honourable Premier of KwaZulu-Natal to tackle fraud and corruption. We will also strengthen good governance, accountability and ethics amongst our funded NPOs.
In line with the President’s call for agents of change, we have trained 225 front-line officials from service offices and NPOs in eight districts on Batho Pele Principles. Training in the remaining four districts will continue in the current financial year. Furthermore, we will strengthen Departmental complaints mechanism and upgrade our call centre. On ensuring protection of vulnerable groups, the Department will translate public documents into braille. The Department will also conduct Roadshows on the prevention of fraud and corruption.
Last year the Department commenced with an in-depth assessment of CYCCs and other residential facilities to improve compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Act, norms and standards and relevant regulations. This audit will be completed in the current financial year.
In the current financial year, the Department will intensify the infrastructural development in Departmental offices existing facilities to ensure accessibility. This will include construction of 19 infrastructure projects aimed at improving the conditions at the existing facilities. It also includes completion of the construction of UMzimkhulu, Gamalakhe, Babanango, Kranskop and Ndwedwe new community services offices and upgrading of Valleyview Child and Youth Care centres, Ubombo, Maphumulo and Inanda service offices.
We will also be prioritizing the commencement of the Inkululeko Development Project2 at Msinga, Refurbishment of the Excelsior Secure Care centres in Pinetown, Pata Child and Youth Care centres in Pietermaritzburg and the construction of the Wentworth and Ray Nkonyeni youth centres.
Furthermore, infrastructural development initiatives will include construction of new ECD facilities in the six (6) Districts (UThukela, eThekwini, UGu, Amajuba, UMkhanyakude, ILembe). We will improve the infrastructure in fifty-two (52) existing NPO ECD centres across the Province.
The Department of Social Development would not be where it is without our partners from the NPO sector. In the past two years we have not been able to increase the tariffs in our sector. I am delighted to announce that the Rationalisation of Social Development Services that are rendered by the NPOs has enabled to increase the tariffs by 5% this year.
Budget for 2018/19
Honourable Members, a total allocation of R3 287 882 billion is requested by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development for the 20187/19 financial year.
Chairperson, this budget is centred around our resolve as the ANC-led government to ensure that we are people-centred in our approach. However, one must mention that in preparation for this budget, one has had to observe cost cutting measures, in light of the economic challenges engulfing our country and the globe.
Let me take this opportunity to thank the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal for assigning me this task to lead such an important Department. I really appreciate his support and that of my colleagues in the Executive Council. I would also like to thank my organisation, iNqola Emasondosondo, the African National Congress, and the ANC Women’s League, for their continued support. Furthermore, I appreciate the support of the Social Development Portfolio Committee, the Finance Committee, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and all stakeholders who have been putting their shoulders to the wheel to ensure that this Department is able to deliver services to the people. I will be failing in my duty if I do not mention the support I continue to receive from my DSD family, under the leadership of the Head of Department and of course I must single out the ministry staff for their unfailing support.
The Thusi family has been very supportive and understanding to me, since my job can be very demanding. I thank God for this family as they have been my pillar of strength ever since I accepted the responsibility of serving the people of South Africa.
I thank you!