oa Article 40 - Introducing the Social Services Professions and Occupations Bill

Volume 11, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



In January 2008, the Department of Social Development published the draft Social Services Professions Bill in the Government Gazette and called for the public to give their comments. Several redrafts were released, and the latest draft dates from November 2008; it is called the . It was released on the South African Council for Social Service Professions' (SACSSP) website in June 2009. Although the subtitle of the Bill declares that it is the 'final draft : post public comment', as of 1 November 2009, the website reports that the Council is still accepting comments. The Department of Social Development, in conjunction with the Council, is in the process of developing a policy to guide the implementation of the new legislation. After the policy is finalised, the Bill will be tabled in Parliament. This will most probably be in the second half of 2010. Parliament is required to hold public hearings and social service practitioners will have opportunity to make submissions and to voice their opinions. There are a number of sections of the Bill that need to be scrutinised and discussed by social service practitioners.

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