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NGO Explains Shortage of Social Workers

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that there is a shortage of social workers in the government and in nonprofit sectors.

In a press statement, the SAIRR points the total number of social workers registered with the South Africa Council for Social Service Professions as at March stood at 16 740.

SAIRR says 6 655 of them were employed by the government, 2 634 by nonprofit organisations, and 7 451 were either employed in the private sector or were not practising, but retained their registered status.

Social Workers Urged to Put ‘People First’

The Department of Social Development says a shortage of social workers should not hamper the delivery of services.

Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, points out that in the light of shortage of social workers in South Africa, government must find creative ways of reaching out to people with the human resources that it currently has at its disposal.

Dlamini also called on social workers to embrace child and youth community workers, adding that there is no need to feel threatened by them because they make the jobs of social workers easier.

NGOs Fight to ‘Hang On’ to Good Staff

High staff turnover due to a lack of adequate subsidisation by Government, plagues many South African NGOs, that struggle to provide the necessary services to communities in need.

In the Eastern Cape subsidies used to pay social workers have not been increased in two years, while social auxiliary workers are subsidised on the Department of Social Development’s 2002 scales.

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