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Social Development Division is about the provision of comprehensive social services to the poor and vulnerable members of society. It also ensures that an enabling environment for communities is created for sustainable development.

Interventions and programmes of the Division contribute significantly to the government-wide fight against multidimensional poverty as expressed in the National Development Plan Vision 2030, addressing the 3 burdens on the society, viz. poverty, inequality and unemployment. The Division is also guided by City of Tshwane 2055 Vision, especially Outcomes 4 as mentioned above.

The Division comprises the following sections:


Services rendered

CDE is about the establishment of programmes and initiatives which are geared towards addressing social challenges affecting vulnerable groups such as women, youth, people with disabilities, older persons, substance abusers and families.

Challenges can include poverty, unemployment, and associated social problems. This section is responsible for development of policies, strategies, norms and standards, implementation plans and support to all 7 Regions in CoT. The section oversees the programmes for the following target groups:

  • Women
  • Youth
  • People with disabilities
  • Vulnerable children and early childhood development (ECD)
  • Drug and substance abuse
  • Capacity building and empowerment

Capacity building & empowerment programme

The Capacity Building and Programme Management unit which is tasked with the responsibility of empowerment of communities. This is done among others, through verification of training needs of local communities and addressing those needs through networking with stakeholders. Empowerment, capacity building and skills development are key to poverty eradication.

In the field of substance abuse it is generally accepted that no single approach such as criminalising or decriminalising substances or abusers would solve the problem of substance abuse. Instead, a balanced approach that uses an integrated combination of strategies is advocated. There is a strategy that has been approved by MAYCO which guides the programme that addresses Drugs and Substance Abuse (DSA). Research has also been conducted in this regard, in partnership with University of Pretoria, to assess the magnitude of the problem and to identify possible interventions. The CoT is also collaborating with Local Drug Action Committees as well as Ward Based Local Action Committees which are established within the 7 Regions of CoT.

Drug and substance abuse

Social Development as mandated through legislation coordinates the implementation of the Drug and Substance Abuse Programme guided by the NDMP 2013 – 2017’s 3 pillars:

  • Demand reduction, or reducing the need for substances through prevention that includes educating potential users, making the use of substances culturally undesirable (such as was done with tobacco) and imposing restrictions on the use of substances (for example by increasing the age at which alcohol may be used legally);
  • Supply reduction, or reducing the quantity of the substance available on the market by, for example, destroying cannabis (dagga) crops in the field; and
  • Harm reduction, or limiting or ameliorating the damage caused to individuals or communities who have already succumbed to the temptation of substance abuse. This can be achieved, for example, by treatment, aftercare and re-integration of substance abusers/dependents with society.

Contact details at Central office:

Mr Thabo Mashego

Tel. 012 358 8718

Where are services rendered?

  • The City has 7 regions and the Social development Division is currently offering services to all the Regions.
  • Contact details


REGION 1 A: Ga Rankuwa and Mabopane

Functional Head Marengwa, Florence
Senior Development Worker Boys K.B Booysen
Social Workers

Dichabe Glenda

Mmotsa Boitumelo

Tladi Tryphinah Morudi

Mokoka Maleshwane


REGION 1B: Soshanguve, Winterveld and Akasia

Functional Head Florence Marengwa
Senior Social Worker Tiffon Matlala
Social Worker

Nawe Johannah

Mashienyane D. Matlawa

Mvula  Ivy Maboshadi

Nhlapho  Francista Nonhlanhla

Mphou Rosetta  M


REGION 2: Temba, Hammanskraal and surroundings

Senior Social Worker Apies Judy
Social Worker

Matsapola Molatelo

Digangwane  Marcus Frans

Motlake  Martina Mokgaetjie


REGION 3: Atteridgeville, City Centre, Lotus Gardens and Itireleng in Laudium, informal settlements

Functional Head Mokgadi Sedibe
Social Workers

Mononyane Lebogang

Nyambeni Thivhulawi

Hlone Joyce

Thembani Makhubela

Joshua Netshipale


REGION 4: Laudium, Mnandi, Itireleng, Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion

Functional Head Mathibela Johannes M
Senior Social Worker Nthabiseng Theresa Mashabane
Social Workers

Tshireletso More, Brenda Motsa

Mgweshe Nonyamela ,Kgomotso Papole


REGION 5: Rayton, Cullinan and surroundings

Development Worker Ntshudisane Dikeledi R


REGION 6: Mamelodi, Eersterust, Nellmapius and surroundings

Social Workers

Mmatshwana E  Makoti

Ngobeni Siphiwo  (Acting Functional Head)

Chauke Nkhensani

Agnes Mulaudzi

Ndifelani Calvin

Kgarebe Nomaefese

Sibanda Merriam

Milton Nicolene


REGION 7: Bronkhorstspruit and surroundings

Deputy Director Lekoadu Moses

Frequently asked questions

What makes people to get hooked to drugs?

  • Cycle of use/misuse/ abuse/addiction
  • Availability of drugs
  • Children of young ages are sent to buy alcohol from taverns
  • Peer pressure; graduation from smoking to Nyaope
  • Availability of drugs; graduation from laced sweets to drugs
  • Unemployment

What are the types of drugs and substances abused by users?

  • All types, but varies based on first exposure and age of entry into drugs and substance abuse
  • Chalk, sweets, glue, dagga
  • Alcohol purchased from registered and unregistered outlets
  • Nyaope, other concoctions, dagga
  • Designer drugs, dagga

How can a person get help?

  • Contact your regional Social Workers - the contact information is provided
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