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Minister: Bathabile Olive Dlamini
Deputy Minister: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu
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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.

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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%
Gauteng78%85%
KwaZulu-Natal65%70%
Limpopo75%73%
Mpumalanga83%79%
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:

 

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MATRICULANTS URGED TO MAKE USE OF COUNSELLING LINE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Media Statement

 The Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, says her Department has opened up its Gender-Based Violence Command Centre to matriculants who will receive matric examination results tomorrow, December 31.  She has urged matriculants to make use of the Command Centre to seek counselling support from trained social workers on the release of the results.

"Many of our young people find it difficult to cope with disappointing results from their matric examinations. Some turn to alcohol and drugs to help them cope, whilst others start behaving uncharacteristically and become suicidal. So we urge our young people to call the Command Centre if they feel as if the examination outcomes are unbearable instead of turning to alcohol and drugs," said Minister Dlamini.

 

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