EC Social Development aims to employ 100 social workers

BY ASAVELA FEKEMA - MAY 5, 2016

Social Development Department in the Eastern Cape is looking at employing more than one hundred social workers this financial year.

This is after temporary social workers protested and demanded to be appointed permanently.

Eastern Cape has been in need of Social services since 2013, when it had a backlog of 500 unemployed social worker graduates.

Social Development Head of Department in the Eastern Cape, Stanley Khanyile, said there is need to have more social workers in our communities and our plan is to recruit internally.

“A plan is in order to employ more social workers. In addition, we will be working with other departments so that we can get more social workers employed” she said.

With the growing number of unemployed social workers the department has put on hold all social work bursaries in the country, hoping to minimise the growth rate of unemployment.

“It is a hard decision to take, but we decided to take it as a department. We have given a number of people bursaries but they end on the streets, and that is something we cannot absorb” says Eastern Cape Social Development MEC, Nancy Sihlwayi.

The department has handed over 18 vehicles to various districts in the province. The vehicles will see social workers travelling across rugged terrain to provide services to the poor.