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Council for Social Service Professions Seeks Member

March 18, 2021

Department of Social Development

The social development department has called on national forums and networks in the welfare, social services and development field to nominate candidates to serve on the South African Council for Social Service Professions.

The call was made in Government Gazette 44273 in terms of the Social Service Professions Act.

One candidate will be appointed to the Council.

Nominations are invited until 9 April 2021.

Meanwhile, the department, together with the basic education department, recently briefed parliament on the progress relating to the Early Childhood Development (ECD) migration from social development to basic education.

In a joint statement, the two departments point out that relevant governance structures have been set up, namely, Human Resources; Finance and Budgets; Legislation and Contracts; Immovable and Movable Assets; Communication and Stakeholder Engagement; Monitoring and Evaluation, Data and Information as well as ECD programme implementation.

“These workstreams are to ensure a seamless transfer of the functions and will be meeting regularly to provide feedback to the Ministers.”

In terms of the migration, provisions from both Chapter 5 (only as it relates to ECD facilities) and Chapter 6 of the Children’s Act of 2005 have been identified for transfer.

Proclamations have been prepared and will be processed.

“The first Proclamation relates to the transfer of the powers and functions to the Minister responsible for Basic Education and the second Proclamation is for the transfer of power and functions to the MECs responsible for Basic Education in each Province.”

The date of implementation of the ECD function migration is set for 1 April 2022.