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.

Kindly RSVP by Tuesday 15 February 2017 to:
Zanele Motsepe
021 685 3516/8

Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education,
69 Main Road/1 Batten Lane,
Mowbray, Cape Town
(close to Forest Hill and opposite the Viljoenhof CPUT residences)


Natasha Vally presents findings of her study into the way South African Social Security works.

Tracy Ledger launches her new book as part of the discussion around social security in South Africa.

Isobel from Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute debates with Anthony from the Department of Social Development on the possibility of a social security framework that tackles poverty and inequality.