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Minister Lindiwe Zulu clarifies comments on unemployed social work graduates

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The Minister for Social Development, Mrs. Lindiwe Zulu wishes to clarify comments she made on Friday August 12, 2022 during Imbizo’s Presidential and Oversight Visit to Sedibeng, Gauteng Province, on the employment of graduates in social work.

The Department of Social Development noted comments on social media platforms that misinterpreted Minister Zulu’s remarks as discriminating against the employment of unemployed social workers who were self-funded or otherwise funded. for unemployed social work graduates who were funded through the Social Department. Work grants. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, on the day in question, Minister Zulu reported that the Ministry of Social Development was working jointly with other ministries and the National Treasury on a sector strategy to absorb all unemployed social work graduates in other sectors. government, including health, police and basic education.

The fact that Minister Zulu mentioned the DSD-funded unemployed social work graduates does not mean that she is unaware of the plight of unemployed, self-funded social work graduates.

“We are working with sector departments and the National Treasury to address the plight of all unemployed social workers in the country, especially given the socio-economic challenges and social ills that require interventions from social service professionals and social workers. levels of youth unemployment in the country. country,” Minister Zulu said.

“Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department has absorbed a significant number of unemployed social work graduates, albeit on a contract basis in all nine provinces, regardless of the source of funding for their studies. These unemployed social work graduates were recruited through the database the Department set up in 2019 specifically to register all unemployed social workers and social workers in the sector, Minister Zulu added.

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