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Aged Persons Amendment Act, 1998 (Act No.100 of 1998)

This Act provides for the protection and welfare of certain aged and debilitated persons, for the care of their interests, for the establishment and registration of certain institutions and for the accommodation and care of such persons in such institutions. The Act was amended a number of times before April 1994. Further amendments were made in November 1994 in order to, amongst others, repeal certain discriminatory provisions and again in November 1998 to provide for the establishment of management committees for homes for the aged; to require reporting on the abuse of aged persons; and to regulate the prevention of the abuse of aged persons.

National Welfare Act, 1978 (Act 100 of 1978)

The Act provides for the registration of welfare organisations on regional bases, the establishment, functions, and operations of regional welfare boards, and the establishment of a National Welfare Board.

Social Service Professions Act, 1978 (Act No. 110 of 1978)

This Act, formerly known as the Social Work Act, provides for the establishment of the South Africa Council for Social Work and defines its powers and functions. The Act was amended on a number of occasions – in 1995 it provided for the establishment of the South African Interim Council for Social Work and for the rationalisation of certain laws relating to social workers that remained in force in the various areas of the national territory of the Republic. The Act was also amended in 1996 in order to make the South African Interim Council for Social Work more representative of the people of the country. The 1998 amendment established the South African Council for Social Service Professions and professional boards for social service professions.

Child Care Act, 1983 (Act No.74 of 1983)

The Child Care Act, 1983 which provides for the establishment of children’s courts and the appointment of commissioners of child welfare, for the protection and welfare of certain children, for the adoption of children and for the establishment of certain institutions for the reception of children and for the treatment of children after such reception, was amended in 1996 to provide for legal representation of children and for the registration of shelters. The 1998 amendment provided for the rights of certain natural fathers where the adoption of their children born out of wedlock has been proposed and for certain notice to be given. The 1999 amendment provided for the establishment of secure care facilities and for the prohibition against the commercial sexual exploitation of children. The department and the South African Law Commission are currently finalising comprehensive children's legislation in order to be consistent with international obligation on children.

Probation Service Amendment Act, 2002 (Act No.35 of 2002)

This Act provides for the establishment and implementation of programmes aimed at combating crime and for the rendering of assistance to and treatment of certain persons involved in crime. The Act was amended in 2002 to provide for, amongst others, the mandatory assessment of arrested children.

Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependency Act, 1992 (Act No. 20 of 1992)

This Act provides for the establishment of a Central Drug Authority, the establishment of programmes for the prevention and treatment of drug dependency, the establishment of treatment centres and hostels, the registration of institutions as treatment centres and hostels and the committal of certain persons to and their detention, treatment and training in such treatment centres or registered treatment centres. The Act was amended in 1996 to extend the application of the Act to the whole of the national territory of the Republic and in 1999 to establish the Central Drug Authority. The Central Drug Authority is charged with the responsibility to effect the National Drug Master Plan.

Social Assistance Act, 1992 (Act No. 59 of 1992) and Welfare Laws Amendment Act, 1997 (Act No. 106 of 1997)

The Social Assistance Act, 1992 provides for the rendering of social assistance to persons, national councils and welfare organisations. The Act was amended in 1994 to further regulate the provision of grants and financial awards to certain persons and bodies. In 1997 the Welfare Laws Amendment Act, 1997 amended the Social Assistance Act, 1992 in order to introduce the Child Support Grant and to abolish maintenance grants.

Non-Profit Organisations Act, 1997 (Act No. 71 of 1997)

This Act repealed the Fund-raising Act, 1997, excluding the chapter, which deals with the relief funds, and provided for an environment in which non-profit organisations could flourish. The Act also established an administrative and regulatory framework within which non-profit organisations could conduct their affairs. The Act was amended in 2000 to effect certain textual alterations.

National Development Agency Act, 1998 (Act No. 108 of 1998)

The National Development Agency Act, 1998 provides for a national funding, capacity building and coordination structure known as the National Development Agency (NDA). The NDA is mandated to grant funds to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), enhance capacity and promote development dialogue, whilst meeting the developmental needs of poor communities.

Advisory Board on Social Development Act, 2001 (Act No. 3 of 2001)

The Act provides for a national advisory structure, known as the Advisory Board on Social Development, in the social development sector with the aim of building and consolidating partnership between government and civil society.

Domestic Violence Act, 1998 (Act No. 166 of 1998)

The Domestic Violence Act (Act No. 166 of 1998) provides for the protection of victims of crime within the domestic setting. It is implemented with other Acts including the Sexual Offence Act. It compels all Acts in the criminal justice system to monitor & care for the victims and survivors of crime.

White Paper for Social Welfare, 1997

The White Paper sets out the principles, guidelines, proposed policies and programmes for developmental social welfare in South Africa. As the primary policy document, the White Paper serves as the foundation for social welfare in the post 1994 era..

White Paper on Population Policy for South Africa, 1998

The White Paper aims to promote the integration of population issues in development planning with the view of achieving sustainable human development. The Department of Social Development is responsible for monitoring population trends and for supporting national, provincial and local spheres of government through capacity building, research and information dissemination on population issues.

Social Assistance Act No. 13 of 2004

This Act has made the provision of social security the competency of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) since 1st April 2006. The Department, however, still has a critical role to play, especially foster placements.

Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005)

The Children's Act was promulgated in 2005. The Act is aligned with Government's "First Call for Children" and "Putting Children First" policies. The Act constitutes a comprehensive rewrite of the Child Care Act, 1983 and, amongst others, is aimed at addressing South Africa's international law and constitutional obligations towards children.

Older Persons Act, 2006 (Act No. 13 of 2006)

This Act which intends to replace the Aged Persons Act, 1967 represents a new development approach to ageing and will maintain and promote the status of older persons, the rights of older persons as recipients of services and the well-being, safety and security of older persons. It also provides for the establishment and appointment of an Ombudsperson for Older Persons and nine provincial Ombudsperson