Friday, 10 June 2016 07:34

SA tightens its social security net

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Cabinet has approved proposals related to social welfare in the country.


Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation on Thursday said the recommendations stem from the Comprehensive Report on the Review of the implementation of the White Paper for Social Welfare of 1997.

Briefing reporters following Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting, the Minister said the approval of the recommendations will fast-track the revised White Paper on Social Welfare.

The White Paper is aligned to the government priority of building cohesive, caring, sustainable and safe communities.

“The recommendations focus on the priorities in the National Development Plan, which identify social protection and developmental social welfare as pathways to progressively achieve social development.

“Implementation of these will have a positive impact on the lives of people who are at risk, who are vulnerable and who are living in extreme poverty, particularly women, children and people with disabilities,” said Minister Radebe.

He said this will ensure that such groups have access to a specified core basket of social development services required to improve their standard of living and enhance their social welfare.

Safeguarding children’s rights

Meanwhile, the response report to issues received from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, was also approved.

This relates to the second report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

These, said Minister Radebe, will be considered at the 73rd Session to be held in Geneva from 13 - 30 September 2016.

Cabinet also noted the commencement of the data collection process for the next treaty periodic reports on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to be submitted by 7 January 2017 and 15 July 2017, respectively.

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