Social workers need more recognition - MEC

CT Social development MEC says social workers efforts in communities often go unnoticed.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Social workers play an invaluable role in communities, Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said on Tuesday.

However, he admitted their hard work often goes unnoticed.

Tuesday marked World Social Workers' Day.

"The Department of Social Development wants to acknowledge the hard work social workers are doing within our province. I think the commitment, the sacrifices and the threats that social workers face on a daily basis need to be acknowledged."

Fritz said there are 16,000 registered social workers in South Africa.

He said dozens of new graduates will join the department in coming months.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Social Workers' Dr Ulene Schiller said the sector was under immense pressure.

"Poverty and the high rates of HIV in the country are issues that social workers need to deal with. There aren't enough social workers in the country."