ATC121024: The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the performance of the Department of Social Development for the 2011/12 financial year, dated 23 October 2012
The Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report
of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on the performance of the
Department of Social Development for the 2011/12 financial year, dated 23
The Portfolio Committee on Social
Development having assessed the performance of the Department of Social
Development for 2011/12, reports as follows:
The role of the Committee
The Committees mandate as prescribed by the
Constitution of South Africa and the Rules of Parliament is to build an
oversight process that ensures a quality process of scrutinising and overseeing
Governments action and that is driven by the ideal of realising a better
quality of life for all people of South Africa.
It is also required to
facilitate public participation, monitoring and oversight
over the legislative processes relating to social development and also to
confer with relevant governmental and civil society organs on social
development matters. It also e
and develops the capacity of its members to exercise effective oversight over
the Executive Authority in social development.
It monitors whether the Department of Social Development fulfils its
Committee also processes and approves legislation and international protocols
and conventions relating to social development. It participates in the National
and International social development conferences. It confers with the National
Council of Provinces on social development legislation affecting the Provincial
Legislatures, and engages in any activities and programmes aimed at the
development and delivery of quality social development to all South Africans.
Purpose of the report
In terms of
5 of the
Money Bills Amendment Procedures and Related Matters Act, No. of 2009,
the National Assembly (NA) through its committees must annually assess the
performance of each national department. Portfolio Committees must thus
annually submit Budget Reviews and Recommendation Reports
for tabling in the NA in order for Parliament to compile a
report for the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement. The purpose of this report
is therefore to assess the performance of the Department of Social Development
and provide recommendations.
Sources of information
The Committee as part of exercising
its oversight function received a briefing from the Auditor General on the
audit outcomes of the 2011/12 annual report of the department and its entities.
The Committee also used the following source documents for its analysis:
Report on the review of the 2011 State of the
Progress report on the departments contribution
towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals;
The report of the Auditor General;
Estimates of National Expenditure 2011/12;
Report on the Budget Vote 2011/12 -2013/14,
tabled 20 March 2011;
Quarter Expenditure Report 2011/12
financial year, National Treasury;
Analysis of the expenditure patterns of, and
performance-related information on national government departments: social
repared by the Research Unit of Parliament;
Summary analysis of the Department of Social
Development annual report for the year ended 31 March 2012, prepared by
the Research Unit of Parliament.
The mandate of the Department
The department derives its mandate
from several pieces of legislation and policies, including the White Paper for
Social Welfare (1997) and the Population Policy (1998). The Constitutional
mandate of the department is to provide sector-wide national leadership in
social development by developing and implementing programmes for the
eradication of poverty and social protection and development amongst the
poorest of the poor and most vulnerable and marginalized.
departments mission is to ensure the provision of comprehensive social
protection services against vulnerability and poverty within the constitutional
and legislative framework, and to create an enabling environment for
sustainable development. The department further aims to deliver integrated,
sustainable and quality services, in partnership with all those committed to
building a caring society.
Departments Strategic Priorities and Measurable Objectives
Strategic Plans of the Department
During the budget vote for 2011/12, the department
presented its strategic priorities and measurable objectives. These
were in line with the
contribution towards the realisation of some of the
following 12 government outcomes:
quality of basic education;
and healthy life for all South Africans;
employment through inclusive economic growth;
and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path;
efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network;
equitable and sustainable rural communities with food security for all;
human settlements and improved quality of household life;
responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government system;
assets and natural resources that is well protected and continually enhanced;
efficient, effective and development-oriented public service and an empowered,
fair and inclusive citizenship.
Measurable objectives of
Five (5) critical programmes
determine the work of the department.
Within each of these programmes, the department identified a number of
measurable objectives, which relate specifically to the mandate of the department:
During 2011/12, the
Department introduced a new programme structure with the following changes:
mandate of the
programme was expanded to include providing support and advisory services to
the social development sector as a whole, compared to its former focus only on
the ministry and department.
Comprehensive Social Security
programme focused on both social protection policy and income support to
socially vulnerable groups, in terms of the new structure income support will be
the responsibility of the new
Security Policy and Administration
function will instead focus on matters
related to social security policy and fair administration.
of merely focusing on social welfare policy, the newly constituted
Services Policy Development and International Supports
mandate has also been expanded to include
support to implementing agencies.
Whereas the community development function used to
be a main programme on its own, it has since been integrated into
Social Policy and Integrated Service
The aim of
this programme is to provide leadership, management and support to the
Department and the Social Development Sector.
This programme focuses on policy
formulation, corporate governance, support services
including human resource management,
financial and risk management, information technology and management, legal
services, security services, internal audit and communication services as well
as executive management services, including ministerial services, deputy
ministerial services, and services to the Office of the Director-General.
The aim of programme 2 is to provide
for the payment of social assistance grants to beneficiaries who qualify for
social assistance in terms of the Social Security Act, 2004 (Act 13 of
This programme develops policies and
programmes to provide income support to the children, elderly, disabled and
households in distress through social assistance and policies that mandate
employed persons to contribute to social insurance, in order to prevent
reversal in the fortunes of the employed and their dependents in the event of
loss of income as a result of contingencies such as unemployment, sickness,
disability, death, etc.
For over the Medium Term Expenditure
Framework (MTEF) period, under this programme, the department had set
objectives and measures to increase social assistance. The department aimed to
phase in, over the MTEF period, the extension of the Child Support Grant (CSG)
to eligible children under the age of 18 years.
It also aimed at moving towards aligning the income threshold of the old
age grant to the tax payment threshold, through implementing an adjustment to
the means test for the old age and disability grants in 2011/12.
Programme 3: Social
Security Policy and Administration
The aim of this programme is to
provide for social policy development and the fair administration of social
For over the MTEF period, under this
programme the department had set objectives and measures to do the following:
social security by:
Drafting a proposal on social assistance for refugees
for Cabinet approval by June 2011;
Initiating public consultation on social security and
retirement reforms by June 2011;
Supporting the interdepartmental task teams on social
reform, with legislation covering retirement provisions and business cases
for key institutions by March 2012.
the fair application of social assistance by improving the appeals
administration and adjudication service by:
Adjudicating all new appeals within 90 days
Finalising backlog appeals by March 2012
Programme 4: Welfare Services Policy Development and
The aim of this programme is to
create an enabling environment for the delivery of equitable developmental
welfare services through the formulation of policies, norms and standards and
best practices and the provision of support to the implementation agencies.
For over the MTEF period, under this
programme the department had set objectives and measures to do the following:
enhanced welfare service provision by:
Implementing the recruitment and retention strategy for
social workers over the MTEF period;
Developing and implementing norms and standards and
improving business processes for social welfare services by March 2014;
Increase the number of social workers in the sector by
providing full scholarships for 5 400 social work students in 2011;
Finalising policy on the registration, management and
financing of developmental social welfare services by June 2011;
Developing and facilitating the implementation of a
costing model for the delivery of social welfare service by March 2012;
Developing a draft Social Service Professions Bill by
develop and protect older peoples rights by:
Developing community based care services for older people by
Implementing a capacity building programme on the protocol
for the management of elder abuse by March 2012;
Facilitating the development of provincial older peoples
forums and capacity building on the Older Persons Charter by March 2012.
promote the rights of people with disabilities by:
Developing and implementing training and capacity building
programmes on disability mainstreaming by March 2013. To improve understanding
of the mainstreaming concept.
Aligning social service policies and programmes for people
with disabilities with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities by March 2012.
Developing legislation on social services for people with
disabilities by March 2012.
Developing psycho-social programmes to enhance the wellbeing
and self-esteem of youth with disabilities by March 2012.
Facilitate the provision of quality social welfare services
to children, including those in need of care and protection, by:
the implementation of the Childrens Act (2005) over the MTEF period;
the strategy to expand national adoption services by the end of March 2013;
the child protection system through implementing the national surveillance
child abuse and neglect (phase
2) by the end of March 2013
alternative care to children through implementing protocols and guidelines on
foster care in all provinces by the end of March 2013;
phase 1 of the transformation strategy on child and youth care centres by March
access to early childhood development and partial care services for children in
the 0-4 age cohort by March 2012;
the policy framework and guidelines for statutory services for child headed
households and children living on the streets, to ensure implementation by the
end of March 2013.
strengthen families and communities by:
the White Paper for Services to Families by March 2012, following the
Developing programmes and services by March 2013 to preserve
and strengthen families.
Reduce social crime
capacity through training 500 probation practitioners on social crime
prevention strategies and the Child Justice Act (2008) by March 2012;
the diversion accreditation system by March 2012
a training programme on human trafficking and an accreditation system and
mechanisms for human trafficking programmes and non-governmental organisations
by March 2012;
a database and electronic referral system by March 2012.
abuse and related criminal acts by:
the regulations on substance abuse by March 2012;
out a national anti-drugs and substance abuse campaign in all provinces by
treatment programmes and a treatment model for substance abuse by March 2012.
facilitate the implementation of responsive and focused youth development
the capacity of youth non-profit organisations to facilitate effective youth
development programmes over the MTEF period;
the implementation of the norms and standards for the Masupa-Tsela Youth
Pioneer programme by March 2012.
to reducing the incidence of HIV and AIDS and minimising its burden and
psycho-social impact by:
a strategy for community capacity enhancement by March 2012, to facilitate
social behaviour change;
community conversations to build HIV and AIDS competent communities in 3
districts each in 7 provinces by March 2012;
and monitoring the implementation of a national coordinated response for
orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS by March 2012;
30 per cent of municipalitiess orphaned and vulnerable children interventions
into their integrated development plans by March 2012;
a functional home community based care monitoring and evaluation system in 50
districts by March 2012;
the training of 100 home community based care organisations, 5 000 community
caregivers and 500 supervisors by March 2012.
Programme 5: Social
Policy and Integrated Service Delivery
The purpose of this programme is to
support community development and promote evidence-based policy-making in the
Department and the Social Development Sector.
Under this programme the department
aimed to achieve the following objectives and measures:
policy research and facilitate policy development by:
and coordinating commissioned research in the department on an ongoing basis to
ensure the quality, value and relevance of the research
livelihoods of poor households and communities by:
the national community development policy framework by March 2013;
a departmental strategic framework for community development by March 2012;
the adoption and inclusion of the registered national community development
qualification in the qualification mix of institutions of higher learning by
an advocacy and mobilisation strategy for community participation and ownership
of development processes, and facilitating the strategys implementation by
capacity building programmes for community development practitioners and
community based organisations, and implementing them by March 2012;
poor communities and households and coordinating their referral for appropriate
interventions by March 2012.
in registering non-profit organisations by:
all new applicants within 2 months
all organisations appeals within 3 months of their lodging an appeal.
20 training sessions (500 participants) on key population concerns per year
4 research reports on key population concerns per year.
Analysis of the Departments Annual Report and Financial Statements
The department remained focused on ensuring that it
delivered on the commitments it made in the strategic plan of the period under
This programme spent 99.74 per cent of its
budget of R244.600 million in the 2011/12 financial year which is 3.3 per cent
less than the total allocation after 12 months.
The departments vacancy
rate was reduced from 8 per cent to 5, 2 per cent. A total of 95 appointments
were made, while 53 officials left the Department.
The department spent
almost R4 million on training of 429 staff members, which amounted to more than
1 per cent of the personnel budget required by the Skills Development Act.
Ninety (90) staff was
trained on cultural reform to improve front office services in a pilot
undertaken in three provinces. Twenty of the worst offices were targeted and
selected from provinces of the
The department continued to
play an active role in advancing and promoting the social development agenda
internationally. It signed bilateral agreements with
A strategic framework for engaging stakeholders was
drafted and approved by the Departments Management Committee.
The department entered into partnership with
Food Bank South
in Programme 1:
The department reported the
following challenges faced by the above-mentioned programme:
In some instances, the department had to defer the
implementation of some of its targets in light of new urgent priorities, these
include for example:
Diverting of funds from hosting the donor conference
Food For All
campaigns, ECD conference, as well as
establishing a Social Workers
The Minister recommended that the amendments to the
SASSA Bill be deferred to the 2012/13 financial year for further consultations
Social assistant accounts for the
largest portion (93 per cent) of the departments budget.
The main focus is on providing income support
to the elderly, the disabled and to caregivers of children.
This programme spent 98.84 per cent of its
budget of R97.103 billion in the 2011/12 financial year. There was an
under-expenditure of R1 130 billion mainly due to lower than expected
beneficiary uptake rates.
assistant remains the single largest contributor to poverty alleviation in
of 10 927 731 beneficiaries received the Child Support Grant in 2011/12.
In 2010/11 there were 10.5 million
beneficiaries of the Child Support Grant.
This means there was increase of
555 781, largely due to the age
limit being extended to age 18. The number of CSG beneficiaries in the 15 to 18
age cohort increased by 420 457.
A total of 1 249 beneficiaries made
use of alternative identity documents to apply for and access social grants, as
permitted by Regulation 11(1) of the Social Assistance Act (Act No. 13 of
Programme 3: Social Security Policy and
The aim of this programme is to
provide social security policy development and the fair administration of
The department has
spent 99.86% of its allocated budget of 6 237 049 million.
for the under-expenditure is mainly due to delays in the finalisation of
planned projects under Social Security Development and the Appeals Tribunal
Social Security Policy Development
The department completed the
Consolidated Government Paper (CGP) on Social Security and Retirement Reform.
The CGP proposes a mandatory pension system, a National Social Security Fund, a
Department of Social Security, the alignment of existing social insurance
benefits, the consolidation of the public interface, the adjudication and
inspection of the social security system, and the establishment of a Social
The CGP was approved by the
Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Social Security, and was also presented to
the Cabinets Social Protection and Community Development Cluster Committee.
The Social Insurance and Social
Security Reform unit developed an organisational structure for the proposed
Department of Social Security. Bilateral meetings were held with the Department
of Labour, the Department of Public Service and Administration, the
Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and the Compensation Fund. The departments
Management Committee approved the establishment of an internal task team to
undertake ring-fencing and implement the plan. The terms of reference for
operational and financial ring-fencing were developed.
The Departments Appeals
Adjudication unit adjudicated 1 552 new appeals and 11 622 outstanding
appeals. A few could not be finalised due to a lack of records. Others were
duplications of appeals that had already been dealt with. A total of 3 940
letters were written to appellants asking them to provide more details or
additional records pertaining to their appeals. These appeals will be
considered when the necessary records are available. The unit established a
call centre which enables appellants to check on progress made with their
appeals. This enabled the Department to help realise the goal of promoting an
effective, efficient and accessible social assistance service.
giving effect to Social Assistant Act, 2004 were published and implemented.
Inspectorate for Social Security
The Inspectorate for Social Security
is being established in terms of Chapter 4 of the Social Assistance Act, 2004,
as amended. As a key social security institution, its primary function will be
to ensure that the integrity of the social assistance framework and systems is
upheld. It will seek to achieve this by undertaking structured and systematic
assessments of statutory compliance, investigating financial misconduct, and
launching any other interventions required to combat leakage and fraud in the
social assistance administration system.
the year under review the establishment process was significantly delayed,
largely due to limited funding of R4, 5 million. Following a successful
proposal to the National Treasury, an additional sum of R30 million was
committed to this strategic priority and funding is expected to escalate
further during the remainder of the current MTEF period. These constraints notwithstanding,
the establishment process progressed very well. The establishment framework was
approved, and resources were committed to several research projects aimed at
informing the Inspectorate Policy Proposal as well as a review of relevant
provisions in current social security legislation, particularly Chapter 4 of
the Social Assistance Act, 2004, and the South African Social Security Agency
Additional resources were
allocated to gather the evidence and put all the necessary systems in place.
establishment process has been structured into three distinct phases, each
comprising a scheduled implementation plan that outlines specific outputs for
each financial year. In the financial year under review, several research
projects were conducted in order to shape and define the service delivery model
of the new institution, its sphere of authority, its functions, and its
governance framework. This phase will also include a dry run of pilot projects
in selected regions and districts which administer social assistance. The
current establishment phase is also expected to yield numerous short-term
benefits, including the piloting of early detection mechanisms as well as
reductions in post-benefit investigations, costly criminal prosecutions, and attempts
to recover erroneous payments.
organisational structure for the inspectorate as well as the human resources
model to support the establishment of the inspectorate was approved by the
The entire Inspectorate
establishment process is due to be completed in the current MTEF period, with
the Inspectorate starting to operate in 2015.
Some of the key reasons for
non-achievement of targets which were beyond departments control include the
department could only adjudicate 37% (instead of the planned 80%) within 90
days of receipt due to delays in receiving appropriate records from appellants
and/or SASSA registry.
department only adjudicated 11 622 appeals backlog of the planned 20 000 due to
the fact that some of the records (8 120) were either incomplete, some were
duplicates of appeals that had already been finalised or grant application
files were missing.
department formed a unit tasked by establishing an Inspectorate for Social
Security. However, it was hampered by lack of human resources and the
relatively late availability of funds.
Programme 4: Welfare
Services Policy Development and
Under this programme, the department
spent 99.41% of its allocated budget of 451 752 million for the year under
The reason for under-expenditure
was mainly related to approved transfer payments that were not transferred
before the end of March 2012 for SANCA, Victim Empowerment organizations and
National Association of Burial Societies of South Africa (NABSSA).
Service Standards and Service Provider Management Support
reported that 918 social work scholarships were awarded which represent 23.4%.
The number of scholarships awarded depends on the number of applicants and the
number of students accepted by relevant tertiary institutions.
A number of 932 Social Service Practitioners
in eight provinces were capacitated on the social welfare services framework.
A draft plan for implementing the framework
processes were implemented in one province.
Service Provider Management Support
reported that an implementation plan for Policy on Financial Awards (PFA) was
developed, presented to the Welfare Services Forum, Heads of Social Development
Sector (HSDS) and MinMec was approved.
The PFA was discussed with line function directorates, and submitted to
The policy and
the approved implementation plan and the Non Profit Organisations (NPO) Financial
Guidelines were discussed with provincial officials and representatives on NPOs
in seven provinces. Inputs and comments were consolidated and the policy
document was refined.
The department through the
Directorate Care and Services to Older Persons is responsible for ensuring that
older persons feel safe in their communities.
As part of its efforts to achieve this objective, it trained 210 social
services professionals on the management of elder abuse prevention.
A total of 273 cases of elder abuse were
reported and processed.
campaigns programmes were held in Western Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.
A total of 412 residential facilities were
provisionally registered in terms of norms and standards.
anti-drugs campaign was rolled out in all nine provinces.
A model for the treatment of drug and
substance abuse was developed and finalised.
It is aimed at standardising the treatment of drug abusers, and ensuring
that services rendered are evidence-based and addresses peoples needs.
People with Disabilities
finalised the draft policy on social development services to persons with
disabilities, aligned with the UN Convention on Disability.
The number of
children accessing Early Childhood Development (ECD) services and programmes
increased by 26.5% (209 376), bringing to over 900 000 the total number of
children benefitting from ECD.
is responsible of maintaining the Child Protection Register and it reported
that a total of 2 344 cases reported by provinces were entered into Child
Protection Register (CPR) Part A.
further reported that 11 191 employees were screened on Part B of the CPR and
applicants were notified of the screening results. The department further
developed guidelines for Prevention and Early Intervention.
With regard to
adoption services the department achieved its target to increase the number of
children accessing Adoption Services from 5% to 65% increase.
A total of 1 620 adoptions registered.
Of these, 1 426 were national adoptions and
194 were inter-country adoptions.
There is a
total of 265 565 children accessing Drop-in Centres.
The number of children accessing Child and
Youth Care Centre (CYCC) services increased by 7 272.
Social Crime Prevention and Victim
A total of 815
practitioners and service providers were trained.
In preparation for quality assurance in the
provinces, 44 provincial coordinators were trained to use a tool for quality
assurance in respect of providers and programmes in all three categories.
The department conducted
one national and nine provincial workshops for government officials and service
providers on the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill.
A total of 220 service providers were trained
on human trafficking.
The regulations on
Human Trafficking Bill and forms were drafted.
These regulations will inform and guide the implementation of the
The policy guidelines for victim
empowerment were developed.
The Green Paper on Families
which provides strategic guidance on the integrated provision of services to
families was discussed with MINMEC and various clusters, and gazetted in
October 2011 for public comment. Consultative workshops were held in nine
provinces in February and March 2012.
An Integrated Parenting
Framework and a manual on Mediation Services for Families were approved. A
research on the effectiveness of services to families was conducted in the
Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga, and a
preliminary research report was completed.
total of 1 325 youth participated in Masupa-Tsela Youth Pioneer Programme
(MYPP) and were from Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and North West.
department conducted eight outreach programmes in six provinces.
Events included a Youth Seminar in the Free
State and Northern Cape, a Youth Day Commemoration in Gauteng, International
Youth Day commemoration in North West, a Youth Walk against Drug Abuse and Taking
DSD to communities campaign in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
The department also reported that a total of
2 426 youth participated in the National Youth Service Programme to become
Child and Youth Care Workers and Assistant Community Development Practitioners.
HIV and AIDS
The departments specific
outcome under this programme is to reduce the psychosocial impact of HIV and
AIDS and other chronic illness on the South African population. During the year
under review it reached a total of 475 456 vulnerable households and 2 106 576
youths through the implementation of HIV and Aids prevention programmes on
social behaviour change.
the departments psychosocial support services, a total of 631 612 Orphans and
Vulnerable Children (OVC) received psychosocial support service.
department exceeded its target to train 207 social service professionals on HIV
and Aids counselling and 584 social service professionals were trained during
this financial year.
A draft of the
framework for HIV and AIDS social behaviour change including all targets groups
Lack of provincial
The registration of
partial care and ECD facilities could not be completed due to lack of capacity
in provinces, delays in reporting especially in the HIV and AIDS areas.
In order to increase the
coverage and quality of ECD services,
department had to host the ECD conference, which led to shifting of funds from
other critical priorities.
The budget for training of
caregivers on HIV and AIDS counseling was redirected to train social service
professionals due to high demand. As a result the department could only train
485 of the targeted 6 10.
provision of psychosocial support for the School Health Programme could not be
implemented since the project is primarily driven by the Department of Health.
Programme 5: Social Policy and
Integrated Service Delivery
Under this programme, the department
spent 99.02% of its allocated budget of R247 273 million.
The reason for the under-expenditure is
mainly due to funded vacancies and related operational costs.
4.5.1 Social Policy Research and Development
In pursuit of the objective of
deepening and institutionalising evidence-based policy-making in the
department, the Social Development Sector and the country in general, the
Social Policy Unit continued to work with directorates on reviewing existing
policies and formulating new policies. It also generated concept papers and
discussion documents for various directorates which sought to shift thinking in
different areas of intervention, and base these on concrete evidence.
The department had trained 50 policy makers in Social
Policy and Social Policy analysis.
Research Coordination and Management Strategy was developed but it was not
presented to the policy forum MANCO and Heads of Social Development (HSD).
The Green Paper on Families was completed and
4.5.2 Special Projects and Innovation
The department continued to lead the
Social Sector Expanded Public Works Programme. It facilitated the creation of
152 109 work opportunities (exceeding the annual target of 132 000).
Additional work opportunities were created
through the implementation of the Social Sector Incentive Grant, which resulted
in the sector exceeding its 2011/12 targets.
In collaboration with Soul City, the
unit initiated preliminary research for the second Kwanda TV Talk Show series.
Five Kwanda sites were visited, and filming started. Following the success of
Kwanda 1, Kwanda 2 will be implemented at nine additional sites throughout the
The department also facilitated the
provision of Social Relief of Distress to Military Veterans in collaboration
with SASSA. NPO funding was utilised to start building the capacity of the
South African National Military Veterans Association (SANMVA).
collaboration with the Human Science Research Council (HSRC), and the
Department of Military Veterans the department hosted four seminars forming part
of the African Knowledge Producers Series entitled Contributions, experiences
and sacrifices: post-liberation knowledge production and nation building by
military veterans. This had a positive impact as it began to highlight the
activities and achievements of people who played a key role in liberating the
4.5.3 Population Policy Promotion
follow-up report on HIV and AIDS and other health concerns impacting on
population issues entitled Population Trends Analysis on HIV & AIDS and
Health Issues with Demographic Implications was completed in March 2012.
total of 32 training sessions on integrated HIV and Aids and TB Management were
held and attended by 732 officials from nine provinces with emphasis on rural
The evaluation and review of the
training course was completed.
learner workbooks and teacher guides were developed, edited and reviewed in
consultation with the Department of Basic Education to ensure integration of
themes on various population concerns including adolescent sexual and
The departments target to conduct capacity building
and training workshops to mainstreams population issues, including gender, into
social sector development plans and social research.
It reported that technical support was
provided on key issues to be considered when integrating gender into local
IDPs. Six advocacy workshops were held and promotional and educational
materials were exhibited. Workshop reports, evaluation forms and attendance
registers were produced. A research dissemination and gender workshop for
various stakeholders was held in Dundee in February 2012.
4.5.4 Registration and Monitoring of Non Profit Organisations (NPO)
The department set a target
to capacitate 600 NPOs and 120 provincial officials on NPO Act and governance.
A total of 32 capacity building workshops were held for 1 323 NPOs. It
capacitated 144 provincial officials in the Free State and Eastern Cape.
A two day workshop was held
with key the stakeholders from the NPO sector to review and discuss the Codes
and practical guide on NPO governance.
mechanisms for tracking the performance of staff and providing feedback allowed
new applications to be processed more rapidly.
This resulted in 17 573 of 18 448 of new applications being processed
within two months which reflect 95%.
results exceeded the target of 80%.
total of 45 540 notices were issued, amounting to 85% of all NPOs whose reports
were due and this exceeded the target of increasing the number of notices by
Regarding the development and
testing of online NPO registration, the programmers were appointed to develop
4.5.5 Community Development
The department facilitated an outreach programme (Taking DSD to
communities) and 18 communities were reached through this campaign.
Besides these outreach programmes, 2 520
communities and 224 145 households were profiled.
According to the National Integrated Social
Information System (NISIS), this resulted in 596 316 clients being referred to
different departments for appropriate interventions.
A strategy on Zero Hunger was developed.
department food production and distribution programmes, including Soup
Kitchens, Food Banks, Drop-in-Centres and food gardens, benefited 1 049 566
people, thus contributing significantly to reducing hunger and malnutrition.
4.5.6 Sustainable Livelihoods
department through this unit developed guidelines for improving the capacity of
Community Based Organisations (CBOs) to implement community development services
and programmes. A total of 210 CBOs and 152 Community Development Practitioners
(CDPs) were trained in terms of the guidelines, well exceeding the target of 60
department reported that Community Mobilization Guidelines were developed and approved.
The department could not
compile National Household Profile Report
due to provinces not being able to access the National Integrated Social
Although the Community
Development framework was approved by the Social Protection and Community
Development Cluster, at the time of reporting it was still pending approval by
5. Analysis of Section 32
The department spent 98.9 per cent or R103.1
billion of its appropriated budget of R104.3 billion by the end of March
Minor under spending
occurred in programmes 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Total Expenditure as
at 31 March 2012
97 103 213
95 972 987
Social security Policy
6 237 049
6 228 295
Welfare Service Policy
Development and Implementation Support
Social Policy and
Integrated Service Delivery
104 283 887
103 139 182
This programme spent R243.9 million of the approved budget of R244.6
million, under spending slightly by R0.646 million (0.3%) after taking into
account all the virements in the year under review. A total of R4.3 million was
shifted to this programme mainly due to the upgrading of computer equipment and
software for the bulk of the officials within the department as well as the
upgrading of the conference and boardrooms within the HSRC building for the
2: Social Assistance
has spent 98.8 per cent
of their total budget. The under spending related to the lower than anticipated
take-up of beneficiaries a
s well as beneficiaries
that did not claim their payments for the
The total budget appropriated for the
African Social Security Agency (SASSA)
for the year
under review was R 6.1 billion of which at the end of the fourth quarter the
entire budget was transferred by the department. The Agencys records reflected
that it had spent R5.4 billion
87.4 per cent) against the budget, leaving a saving of about R775.3
million. Included in the total expenditure is the capital expenditure of R101.3
million. The under-expenditure was attributed to less than budgeted expenditure
in respect of grant monies disbursed to beneficiaries which is the function
contracted to cash payment contractors. Savings were also generated from compensation
of employees as all posts were not filled.
3: Social Security Policy Administration:
(excluding the transfer to SASSA) this
programme spent 90.5 per cent of its total budget of R91.7 million. The under
spending related mainly to vacant posts that were not filled in time, invoices
that were received late and delays in planned projects. It was also
department appointed contract workers in place of permanent employees which
yielded savings against compensation of employees.
Welfare Services Policy Development
and Implementation Support:
spent 99.3 per cent of its
available budget reflecting an under-spending of R3.2 million. This related
mainly to the transfers to non-profit institutions not paid as a result of non-compliance.
These funds have been requested as roll-over funds to the 2012/13 financial
Programme 5: Social Policy and Integrated Service Delivery:
under-spent by 1 per cent or by
R2. 4 million mainly because of the delays in the finalization of projects
before March 2012.
By the end of March 2012, the department had under-spent on current
payments because it appointed contract workers in place of permanent employees
which yielded savings against compensation of employees. Also, not all posts
could be filled.
It was also due to
invoices from various service providers such as SITA for IT related costs,
audit fees and lease payments that were received late.
The under-spending on transfer payment (excluding social assistance
grants and transfers to SASSA) of approved budget for the fourth quarter of
2011/12 financial year was mainly due to
to NGOs not taking place due to non compliance.
Payments for capital assets under-spent due to upgrading of computer
equipment and software for the bulk of the officials within the department as
well as the upgrading of the conference and boardrooms within the HSRC building
for the department that did not take place in full.
After consideration of the expenditure levels by the department, the
following shifting of funds between the main divisions of the Vote of the
department and per Economic Classification were approved in respect of the
2011/12 financial year:
R4.3 million was shifted to programme 1 due to
increased expenditure of capital assets related to the standardisation of
computer equipment and the upgrading of the board rooms in the department.
R2.135 million was shifted to programme 4 to
fund over-expenditure on operational costs related to the ECD Conference held
in March 2012.
These were primarily funded from R7.5 million
savings which were generated from Social Security Policy and Administration due
to delays with planned projects (goods and services) and capital assets.
In addition National Treasury approved a virement
of R5 million from goods and services to the Food Bank in programme 5
A total of R3.2 million was vired from compensation
of employees and a total of R7.2 million was vired from goods and services to
increase transfers and subsidies by R6.1 million and payments for capital
assets by R4.3 million.
6. Total Expenditure Trends of the 1
2012/13 Financial Year
department spent R27.9 billion or 24.9 per cent of the total available budget
by the end of the first quarter. Planned expenditure by that point in the year
was R34.4 billion equivalent to 30.7 per cent of the total available budget.
The department therefore showed a variance of R6.6 billion or 19 per cent. This
was primarily due to an accounting technicality. R5.3 billion of the variance
was in fact transferred in the first quarter to the South African Social
Security Agency (SASSA) but had not yet been technically classified as
expenditure due to delays in process in the accounting department. Nonetheless,
these funds left the department as planned.
The remaining variance
was R 1.3 billion and this was due to lower than anticipated uptake of social
grants. Further, under Welfare Services, low expenditure was mainly because the
audit of ECD facilities had not commenced as it was planned to. There were also
vacant posts within the department, persisting delays in invoices awaited from
the department of Public Works for lease of the office accommodation as well as
less travel and subsistence paid out.
Programme spending trends
expenditure was R51 million, or 20 per
cent of the available budget of R255.3 million. Planned expenditure was R65.5
million so the department was behind by R14.5 million. As mentioned above, this
was primarily due to persisting delays in invoices awaited from the Department
of Public Works for lease of the office accommodation and less travel by
departmental officials. It also owed to the vacant posts within the department
and these issues have persisted for 3 months so far.
expenditure was R26 billion, or 24.8 per
cent of the available budget of R104.9 billion. Planned expenditure was R32.5
billion so the department was documented as behind by R6.5 billion. Again, R5.3
billion of this reflected only an accounting technicality rather than a genuine
problem in expenditure or financial planning. The remainder was primarily due
to lower than anticipated uptake of social grants and the department was
expecting to catch up on this expenditure during the financial year.
expenditure was R1.57 billion, or 25 per cent of the
available budget of R6.3 billion. Planned expenditure was R1.62 billion so the
department was behind by R45.8 million or 2.8 per cent. The variance was mainly
due to low spending on business and advisory services as well as vacant posts
under this programme. However, the variance was significantly smaller and
within acceptable norm by the first quarter.
expenditure was R195.1 million, or 38 per cent of the
available budget of R513.8 million. Planned expenditure was R224.4 million so
the department was behind by R29.3 million. This was primarily because the
planned audit of ECD facilities had not commenced. The department was busy with
the appointment of service provider. Terms of Reference (TOR) had been approved
and were going to be presented to the bid evaluating committee. The variance
was also due to low spending in social crime issues such as the Integrated
Justice System (IJS) stop centres and less travel by Welfare Services officials.
expenditure was R59.2 million or
23.6 per cent of the available budget of R251 million. Planned expenditure was
R63.4 million so the department was behind by R4.2 million or 6.6 per cent. The
variance was significantly smaller and within acceptable norm for the first
Consideration of Other Sources of Information
Report of the Auditor General of South Africa
This financial year the department received an
unqualified opinion for the first time in two years.
This was a result of the improvement in
record management by SASSA.
Matters of emphasis were
transfers and subsidies, flow of funds, predetermined objectives,
non-compliance with laws and regulations, expenditure management and reported
information not reliable and useful. Similarly, the
Development Agency (NDA) and SASSA also received unqualified audit opinions
department received an unqualified audit with findings on predetermined
objectives (PDO) and compliance. Out of a total of 217 predetermined 99 were
not achieved during the year under review. This represented 46% of planned
activities not achieved.
This was mainly
due to the fact that indicators and targets were not suitably developed during
the strategic planning process;
were material adjustments under Programme 4.
This was due to the fact that sufficient validated information
especially from the provinces was not available at the time of auditing of the
Supply Chain Management
With regard to compliance with laws and regulations,
the AG found that procurement and contract management procedures were not
adhered to. The AG could not obtain
sufficient evidence to prove
that awards were only made to suppliers who submitted a declaration of past
supply chain practises such as fraud, abuse of supply chain management
The AG could not obtain
sufficient evidence that contract and quotations were awarded only to bidders
who submitted a declaration, whether they were employed by the State or
connected to any person employed by the state
Auditor General further found that there was an
increased irregular expenditure in all the institutions department, SASSA and
the NDA. The department incurred irregular expenditure of R19. 8 million from
R1. 3 million in 2011. SASSA incurred R10 million irregular expenditure from
R1. 5 million and the NDA incurred R9. 4 million irregular expenditure from R2.
5 million in 2011.
Information Technology Controls
The AG found that the departments
continuity plan was not yet finally approved and the IT governance framework
not yet approved, awaiting the Department of Public Service and
Administrations (DPSA) framework.
Effective and appropriate
disciplinary steps were not taken against officials who made and/or permitted
irregular expenditure and fruitless and wasteful expenditure, as required by
section 38(1)(h)(iii) of the PFMA and Treasury Regulation 9.1.3; and
Social assistance grants were paid
to beneficiaries that did not always comply with the requirements of the Social
Assistance Act, 2004 (Act No.13 of 2004) and its most recent regulations.
Reasons for non-compliance to prescripts of the AGSA:
found that non-compliance was due to the following reasons:
Lack of review and
monitoring of compliance with applicable laws and regulations in terms of
disclosure; lack of oversight responsibility regarding performance
reporting and related internal controls; and lack of procedures in place
to enable and support understanding and execution of internal control
objectives, processes and responsibilities.
and complete performance reports were not always prepared as well as
internal control deficiencies were not identified and communicated in a
timely manner to allow for corrective action to be taken.
Management had still
not approved the IT governance and controls framework as they are awaiting
DPSA guidance and lack of oversight responsibility regarding compliance
with applicable laws and regulations and related internal controls.
Targets should be developed in order to adhere to the SMART
criteria during the strategic planning process annually. The department must
ensure compliance with the National Treasury Framework;
The department must ensure that outcomes of performance
targets are reported based on actual performance that can be substantiated with
Management should ensure that all internal control
deficiencies are addressed;
Management should address all relevant IT risks and controls
within the department;
Proper processes should be implemented to ensure that
possible irregular expenditure is investigated in the year that it was
Cases relating to prior years possible irregular expenditure
should be finalised as a matter of urgency in order to ensure that effective
and appropriate disciplinary steps are taken timeously against any official in
the service of the department who contributed towards incurring irregular and
fruitless and wasteful expenditure;
Management should ensure that all internal control
deficiencies are addressed;
All staff that override or ignore an internal
control (which is a non compliance) with approved policies and procedures
should be investigated and disciplined. Staff must be held accountable for
their actions; and
As a compensating control, management should implement a
cyclical review of beneficiaries which not only include life certification and
contact details update, but also means information update and collating of
required information to ensure that files are updated to comply with the
current regulations. In-depth reviews will resolve many legacy issues.
Technical Aspects of the Report
The departments annual
report is well structured and is easy to read, making it user- friendly. It was
also submitted on time or as required by Parliament and in accordance with the
Treasury guidelines for submission of annual reports before 30 September
Report on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
The Committee conducted oversight
over the departments progress and contribution towards the attainment of the
MDG on 29 May 2012. The department reported on the progress it had made on the
recommendations that were made by the Committee on its MDG report for 2011. The
department reported as follows.
1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
contributes towards the attainment of Goal 1 through the Social Assistance
programme, Community Development/Sustainable Livelihood programme and Social
Policy and Integrated Service Delivery programme. The Social Assistance
programme is the single most contributor to poverty reduction in the country.
As a result, the proportion of the population living below the poverty
line has declined.
By March 2012, there had been over 15.5 million recipients
of social assistance. In 1994 the number of recipients was 2.5 million. The
Child Support Grant (CSG) accounted for over 10.9 million and Old Age Grant
(OAG) for over 2.7 million. The programme accounts for 3.4% of the Gross
has had positive outcomes towards alleviation of poverty.
A study commissioned by the department and SASSA suggests that the CSG
has positive outcomes in reducing poverty, enhancing better academic
performance and reducing risky behaviour among its recipients. Furthermore,
through this programme, South Africa has effectively more than halved the
population living below the poverty line of $1 a day from 11.3% in 2000 to 5%
in 2006. The poverty gap ratio declined from 3.3 in 2000 to 1.1 in 2006 at the
$1 per person per day.
established a working relationship with the Department of Health to improve
food fortification. It also has collaboration with the Department of
Agriculture and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and they
are working with communities to support household and family production.
The department has food banks in Gauteng,
Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, and Durban hubs.
There are also satellites and NGOs that assist in food banks.
Through the Zero Hunger
Programme (Food for all programme), the department will be able to meet the
nutritional needs of people.
Assistance Programme, Social Relief of Distress and food banks, all contribute
towards providing food security to the needy.
In relation to Social
Relief of Distress, the Committee raised over a concern over the inconsistent
implementation of this programme. During their constituency work, members had
discovered that provinces in some instances deviate from the policy when it
comes to implementation. It then recommended that implementation of services
should be strengthened and more awareness campaigns should be conducted
especially in rural communities.
Goal 2: Achieve universal
department contributes toward achievement of this Goal through the Welfare
Services Policy Development and Implementation programme and the Social
Assistance programme. The objective of the Welfare Services Policy Development
and Implementation programme is to provide Early Childhood Development (ECD)
services and provide income support to vulnerable groups.
In 2012, 114 705 (14% more) children gained
access to ECD services, bringing to 904 129 the total number of children
benefitting from ECD services. In addition,
the Social Relief of Distress, the department has a special dispensation
permitting children from poor families to purchase school uniforms.
to the Social Assistance programme, the General Household Survey released by
Statistics South Africa, showed that children benefitting from the CSG are more
likely to go to School. The percentage of low income households which receive
any kind of grant and were sending their children to school increased from 73%
in 2003 to 81% in 2007 and the school attendance ratio for individuals aged
5-19 is higher in households receiving grants than those who do not receive
Promote gender equality and empower women
to achieving Goal 3, the department contributes through sub-programme: Strategy
and Business, whose objective is to promote women empowerment and gender policy
capacity building. This sub-programme has had the following achievements
towards attainment of Goal 3:
Women as care givers make up to
98% of the recipients of the CSG;
Women constitute 63% of
recipients of OAG and Disability Grants;
The proportion of females
living below the food poverty line declined from 30.2% to 26.4% between
2000 and 2006 while that of males declined from 26% to 22%.
department trained 87 women and men in gender and climate change. It also
trained 25 female interns on gender sensitisation.
HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Goal 6, the department through the HIV and AIDS sub-programme, provided a
number of services to more than 608 Orphans and Vulnerable children through
Home Community Based Care (HCBC) organizations. The services included
psychosocial support, provision of food parcels and meals, homework supervision
and the provision of school uniforms.
It provided psychosocial
support to 462 545 vulnerable households. It also
provided support to 66 021 adults and 25 829 children on Anti-Retrovirals.
Psychosocial support was also provided to 581 919
Orphans and Vulnerable
Goal 8: Develop a global partners partnership for
To achieve this Goal the department
carried out the following activities:
In support of South Africas foreign policy
goals, the Department plays an active role in promoting the countrys
social development agenda internationally.
The Department is an active member of the African Union
(AU), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and United Nations
structures, which includes among others, the UN Commission on the Status
of Women and the UN Commission on Narcotics
During the reporting period, the Department continued
its participation in International Social
Security Association (IS
including strengthening ISSA in Africa
The Department also participated in Millennium
Development Goals review meetings hosted by the AU and the UN Economic
Commission for Africa.
The Department participated in the UN Commission
for Social Development and the UN Commission on Gender, Population
Development, Crime Prevention and Substance Abuse.
The Department continued with its cooperation
with the UN on child trafficking and bilateral support to South Sudan
The Department actively participated in the
Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the
International Social Security Association (ISSA)
The Department facilitated technical exchanges
with 17 countries including among others, Mauritius, Ghana, Lesotho,
Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mexico, Brazil and the United States and Canada.
The Department hosted Partners in Population
meeting in South Africa and served on its Budget Committee
All these initiatives provide a platform for
sharing social development experiences and provide us with an opportunity
to help create a better South Africa, a better Africa and a better world.
In terms of
the budget allocation, the Social Assistance and Welfare Service Policy
Delivery Development and Implementation accounted for the highest budget
allocation of R113 million and R6 million respectively.
to budget allocation of programmes on Early Childhood Development and HIV and
Aids, the department acknowledged that it was still lagging behind in
addressing this area. It intended to universalise ECD sector and standardise
subsidy rate per child to R15.
department also reported that it has approached the National Treasury to
increase budget allocation to cover for the universalisation of ECD services.
department reported that it encountered the following challenges regarding
implementation of programmes that contributes towards attainment of MDGs:
It works with other
institutions within and outside government in the execution of its mandate.
Critical partners include among others the Departments of Basic Education,
Labour, Justice, Health, Rural development and land Reform.
The collaborative nature
of some of the departments work sometimes delays or threatens to derail the
implementation of some of its initiatives.
Examples of delays
include among others the non implementation of provision of psychosocial
support for the School Health Programme since the project is primarily driven
by the Department of Health.
Oversight visits by the Committee to
provincial social development departments provides the Committee with an
opportunity to assess the departments performance. From its oversight visit to
the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development it found that the provincial
department had implemented the key strategic national priorities, which are
welfare services for children, women, people with disabilities and people
affected and infected by HIV and AIDS and family preservation.
The oversight visits to the projects
funded by the department showed that these projects have had positive impact in
the lives of the people. Through the use of Home Community Based Care (HCBC)
Workers the services of the department were able to reach the people in the
most rural areas. Furthermore, the projects not only contributed to the well
being of families, they contributed to the departments response to the
governments goal of job creation, especially for youth and women. The
Committee also found that the Isibindi Model implemented by the National
Association of Child and Youth Care Workers (NACYCW) provided a good model for
the implementation of child and youth care services.
Despite the aforementioned
achievements, the Committee found that there was still a lack of training of
Home Community Based Care Workers with regard to psychosocial support, which is
the requirement for the department to do. In addition, even though projects
were assisted with funding, they did not have adequate and permanent office
space and building structures. The Committee visited the Siyazama Family
Preservation project in Elliotdale. Although the project was providing crucial
psychosocial support to a range of social problems, it had no appropriate
office or shelter. The Committee visit to Tapuze Home Community Base Care
project revealed that the care givers did not receive any training. The project
had no filing system and proper building.
Pertaining to service provided to
the elderly people through old age homes, the Committee found from one old age
home visited, Empilweni Old Age Home in Mthatha that conditions at the home
were not conducive for the well being of the elderly people. In addition, the
home had management and labour relations challenges that needed to be
addressed. The provincial department indicated that a contingency plan to
address such challenges was not included in the Service Level Agreement signed
between the provincial department and the old age home.
Report by the Auditor-General
The Committee observed with concerns
the sharp increase of irregular expenditure incurred by the department, SASSA
and the NDA. It was also concerned over the fruitless and wasteful expenditure
incurred by the department, SASSA and the NDA. It emphasized that the
department should follow the prescribed framework procedures.
It expressed serious concern that the CDA had
yet again failed to table its 2011/12 annual report on time to Parliament. The
2010/11 annual report was also tabled very late, hence the Committee is yet to
consider it. Because of lack clarity about the status of the CDA, the Committee
noted that the audit done by the AG did not include audit findings of the CDA.
The Committee further observed that 46% of planned activities by the
departments were not achieved.
From the Committee meetings the
Committee held with the department during the 2011/12 financial year, it made
the following findings which the department needs to address:
There is still a shortage of places of safety and
old age homes in the country. In the existing old age homes, there was
non-compliance to the norms and standards regarding the living conditions
and safety of older persons. To this effect, some old age homes caught
fire as a result of non-compliance to these safety standards.
There is still a shortage of personnel (such as
Social Workers, Child and Youth Care Workers, Probation Officers) to
implement the Childrens Act.
There are still challenges over the
implementation of Part B of the Children Protection Register. It noted
that this was as a result of the confusion over the interpretation of the
definition of an unsuitable person who has to be listed in the Register.
There was also confusion on the reporting of the convictions either to be
done according to the
Criminal Law (
Matters) Amendment A
of 2007) or the Childrens Act
(No 38 of 2005) by the Department of Justice and Constitutional
Development and the South African Police Service. This has resulted in
under reporting of cases to the Department of Social Development.
The delays in the finalisation and
issuing of foster care court orders. These delays deprive children from
receiving the Foster Care Grant they are eligible for.
Despite the increasing problem of substance
abuse, there is still a serious shortage of rehabilitation centres in the
country. Existing centres charge exorbitant treatment fees. In addition,
because of the shortage, it has been difficult for users to access them as
they need to travel long distances to places or provinces that have these
The anti-substance abuse campaigns have thus far
lacked raising awareness on the dangers of drug trafficking (or drug
mules), especially to young women, and the impact it has on families. The
Committee noted with serious concern the lack of knowledge communities
have about drug trafficking.
No comprehensive impact study has been conducted
to assess the impact government interventions have had in combating
substance abuse. The Committee acknowledges the explanation provided by
the department that conducting such studies is very expensive and that
thus far the department had focused on developing policy interventions,
such as the Ke Moja programme.
Non-compliance of the Central Drug Authority to
submit its annual report to Parliament on time (30 September). The
Committee notes that this is being addressed by the department.
The implementation of the Victim Empowerment
Programme (VEP) faces challenges of lack of places of safety for victims
of domestic violence, especially women. As a result some women are forced
to go back and live with perpetrators.
The irregular expenditure by the department and
its entities increased sharply in the 2011/12 financial year compared to
the previous year.
The culture of adoption is still very low,
particularly among Black communities, despite the departments efforts to
educate people about it. The Committee notes that foster care is a
deterrent as most people opt for it over adoption. The Committee notes
that there was a decrease in the number of national adoptions.
2010/2011, there were 2 236 national registered adoptions compared to 1 426 in 2011/12.
Similarly, in 2010/11 there were 200 registered inter-country adoptions
compared to 194 in 2011/12. This is despite the department reporting that it
achieved an increase of 65%, which is a percentage against the annual baseline
target of 2 500. This does not mark an increase from the 2010/11 number of
Committee notes that there are challenges that have been encountered regarding
the drafting of the Childrens Act with regard to social workers who are
qualified to process inter-country adoptions. Currently, inter-country
adoptions are either done by social workers from private organisations or by
those employed by the department. This is worrying as it may create
opportunities for human trafficking if not properly monitored.
The Committee further observed that
in the first quarter of the 2012/13 financial year the department under spent
in all programmes and by doing so it did not meet its target expenditure and
Having made the above-mentioned
observations, the Committee recommends the following:
The Minister of Social Development should address
challenges that have been encountered in the implementation of certain
sections of the Childrens Act. Particularly, she should make sure the
issue around the qualification of social workers who process inter-country
adoptions are resolved. Proper monitoring and co-ordination should be done
between the department and the private organisations to ensure that
inter-country adoption processes between the department and private
organisations are done symmetrically.
The Minister together with the Ministers of
Police and Justice and Constitutional Development should urgently clear
the confusion around the interpretation, implementation and reporting on
Part B of the CPR. The ministers should ensure that convictions are
reported to the Department of Social Development as soon as they occur.
the confusion around the reporting by the Department of Justice and
Constitutional Development of convictions that should either be reported
according to the departments
Criminal Law (
Matters) Amendment A ct ( No. 32, of 2007) or according to the Childrens Act (No 38 of 2005) of the Department of Social Development needs to be addressed. The Ministers of the two departments should ensure that systems to enhance reporting are developed and integrated.
The Ministers of Social Development and Justice
and Constitutional Development should urgently address the hurdles that
cause delays and high backlog in the processing and finalisation of foster
care court orders.
The Minister should intensify educational
campaigns to de-stigmatise adoption, especially among Black communities.
Equally, she should explore ways of incentivizing people to adopt so as to
eliminate Foster Care Grant being a deterrent to adoption.
The Minister of Social Development should forge a
working relationship with the Minister of Human Settlement to explore ways
to resolve the challenge of the lack of housing for places of safety.
The fight against substance abuse should be
intensified. The Minister should fast track the implementation of the
Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act as soon as the
Regulations have been promulgated. Expansion of rehabilitation centres
should be prioritised in all provinces. Fees for treatment programmes
should be made affordable as much as possible.
should ensure that awareness campaigns against substance abuse include public
awareness on the dangers of drug trafficking and different ways in which
victims are lured into being drug mules. The campaign should also educate the
public about the impact drug trafficking has on families.
The Minister should ensure that stringent controls and
systems are developed to prevent any possibilities of the department incurring
This means the
Minister should ensure that the management has effective systems to monitor
expenditure on a regular basis. Similarly, the department should try harder to
meet its quarterly expenditure targets by making sure that accountability
technicalities are not reasons for under spending. Also, it should ensure that
it meets its performance targets as planned for, for each quarter.
The Department of Social
Development made a good attempt to meet its targets for the 2011/12 financial
year and received an unqualified audit opinion from the AG. However, matters of
emphasis and recommendations made by the AG need to be urgently implemented and
progress reported to the Committee.
Nevertheless, the Committee acknowledges some of the corrective measures
that the department reported to the Committee that it had already initiated,
such as developing a checklist to verify information provided by bidders and
service providers. It is therefore the interest of the Committee to be provided
with the report back on the implementation of all the recommendations made by
Report to be considered.
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