Eastern Cape Department: Social Development
|Postal||Private Bag X0039, Bhisho, 5605|
|Physical||Beacon Hill Office Park, Cnr Hargreaves Road & Hockley Close, King William's Town|
|Tel||043 605 5000|
|Fax||043 605 5475|
OverviewThe mission of the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development is to improve the quality of life and social well-being of the poor and vulnerable, with a special focus on women, children, older persons, youth, and people with disabilities through integrated developmental social services. The Department's strategic goals are corporate governance and strategic leadership, developmental social welfare services, and community development.
Constitutional and legislative mandates of the Department are to provide for the right of access to appropriate social assistance to those unable to support themselves and their dependants; enshrine the rights of children with regard to appropriate care, basic nutrition, shelter, health care services and social services; render population development and welfare services; provide sector-wide national leadership in social development; and develop and implement programmes for the eradication of poverty, social protection and social development among the poorest of the poor, and the most vulnerable and marginalised.