Social development aims at equalizing opportunities for all people to participate in economic, social, cultural and political life in order to produce their well-being and to contribute to the development of the nation.
Render technical social work services.
Provide social assistance to disadvantaged and underprivileged population groups.
Provide management support in social planning and development.
The Directorate Social Welfare Services renders professional social services to persons older than 18 years.
The Directorate comprises of one Division, namely Developmental Social Welfare Services.
Division: Developmental Social Welfare Services
Ms. J. E. van Rhyn
Tel: +264 61 – 203 2604
SUBDIVISION: Family Welfare
Acting Programme Managers: Mrs. B. du Plessis and Mrs. S. Coetzee
Tel:+264 61 - 203 2611 and 203 2613
To develop, improve and provide sustainable services to older people (people older than 60 years) in order to promote active aging.(Include services such as sub-economic housing, counselling, IEC, training, regional boards, etc)
To promote for the strengthening of family values and morals to prevent and reduce social problems within the family.
Subdivision: Substance Abuse Prevention, Drug Control and Rehabilitation (including ERRC)
Programme Manager: Ms. R. A. Adams
Tel: +264 61 - 203 2619
SECTION: Etegameno Rehabilitation and Resource Centre (ERRC)
Manager: Ms. V. Z. Z. du Preez: 061 – 250404/269368
The provision of promotive and preventative services, such as mass media campaign, Coalition Responsible Drinking.
Development of the national Policy on alcohol.
Etegameno Resource and Rehabilitation Centre (ERRC) is responsible for the treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol and drug dependent individuals and their families.
SUBDIVISION: Specialised Social Welfare Services
Programme Manager: Mrs. S.N. M. Jacobs - 061 203 2069
Services such as registration of welfare organisations, residential care facilities for older people (old age homes), alcohol and drug rehabilitation centres, training, etc.
This subdivision is also responsible for the development of legislation of the Directorate.
SUBDIVISION: Social Welfare Information Services
Programme Manager: Ms. H. U. L. Mouton: 061 - 203 2623
The development and maintaining of a database on social welfare information in the Ministry, as well as the rest of the social welfare sector.
SUBDIVISION: Human Security Promotion and Prevention of Social Problems
Program Manager: Mrs. P. W. Ames - 061 203 2095
Advocate for the inclusion of poverty dimension and HIV and AIDS in sectoral programmes and initiatives at various forums.
Address poverty through community development and support the National Poverty Reduction Action Programs.
Strengthen service delivery capacity through staff development, sub profession, student practical work and the promotion of the profession of Social Work.
Regional and District Social Welfare Services:
The following services are rendered by the District Social Welfare Offices:
Counseling for any person above the age of 18 years with regard to pre-marital counselling, marital , marriage enrichment, alcohol- and drug abuse, prostitution, older people (neglect and abuse, applications for sub-economic housing units and old age homes, active aging), property grabbing and other estate disputes, reintegration of released prisoners into society, bereavement counseling, stress management, trauma counseling, and pre-trail assessments and pre-sentence reports for adults.
Group work, such as effective parenting skills groups, aftercare groups (alcohol- and drug abuse),domestic violence,
Empowerment of communities by means of community projects.