A Social Security Framework that Tackles Poverty and Inequality?
17 February 2017
The administration and distribution of social grants has been in the news recently for reasons ranging from fraudulent deductions to controversies surrounding the Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), the contractor responsible for administering grants. There is also widespread concern about what will happen on 01 April, which is the date when the CPS contract is supposed to come to an end. Along with this, the Department of Social Development has tabled a set of reforms with the aim of establishing a more coherent and integrated system of social protection. These developments raise broader questions about the state of the social security system and call for a deeper understanding of:
The history, ideological underpinnings and workings of SA’s social security system
The implications of the proposed reforms for the administration and distribution of social grants and pensions
Whether our social security system adequately addresses poverty and inequality
The public mobilisation that will be required to keep the state in check on its obligations
With these issues in mind, Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education will host a two-day workshop on 17-18 February 2017 looking into the history and contemporary developments in the social security system.
The programme will also include the launch of the book, An Empty Plate by Tracey Ledger, which looks at hunger in South Africa as well as strategies to end it.