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Minister: Bathabile Olive Dlamini
Deputy Minister: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu
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DIRCO to honour reputable South Africans Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will on the 14th of February 2015 host the Inaugural Ubuntu Awards at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. This is part of the Department’s plans to recognise South African industry leaders and eminent persons for their contribution to promoting South Africa’s national interests and values across the world.

South Africans are invited to nominate ordinary individuals and organizations whom through excellence, creativity, social responsibility and patriotism have distinguished themselves as global brand ambassadors that South Africa can be proud of. 

Passing of Reverend Xundu a great loss to the social sector Print E-mail
Friday, 23 January 2015

Media Statement

Pretoria, January 22, 2015 – Minister Bathabile Dlamini and the Department of Social Development wish to send condolences to the family and friends of Reverend Mcebisi Xundu on his passing.

Minister Dlamini has described Reverend Xundu as a committed and dedicated servant of the nation who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the poor until the last day of his life.

“He was one of the few religious leaders who were able to interpret the conditions of the poor and link them to Christianity, in the process articulating a clear role for religion in improving the lives of the poor,” said Minister Dlamini.

Matriculants from child- and youth-headed households find success against odds Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2015

Media Statement

Pretoria, January 14, 2015 – Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, has congratulated young people from child- and youth-headed households who have obtained their national senior certificates following the 2014 examinations.
The Department’s Isibindi Model – an initiative that deploys trained community-based child and youth care workers in communities in an innovative team outreach programme providing care, protection and developmental support to vulnerable children and families – supported about 1 700 young people from child- and youth-headed households through matric examinations in 2014 (up from about 550 in 2013).
74% of them were successful.  In most provinces, the pass rate of youth supported through Isibindi Model is aligned to the overall provincial pass rates, as reflected by the table below.
Province Isibindi Model candidates Pass Rate Official Provincial Pass Rate

ProvinceIsibindi Model candidates Pass RateOfficial Provincial Pass Rate
Eastern Cape64%65%
Free State97%83%
North West71%85%
Northern Cape81%76%
Western Cape50%82%

Of the successful candidates, 25% achieved a Bachelors pass (a percentage improvement from 2013), whilst over twenty distinctions were recorded among the candidates.  The performance of the Isibindi Model candidates by province is illustrated in the table below: