This report documents presentations made at the third Social Security Seminar on a range of topics related to comprehensive social security for South Africans, in particular adults aged 18–59, among whom there is a high level of unemployment and no social assistance.
The aim of this seminar was to stimulate debate in support of how to respond to the needs of unemployed and destitute adults and to put income squarely on the agenda.
The Paralegal Manual is an invaluable tool for anyone who works in the field of development and access to justice. It provides up-to-date information on most of the laws and legal procedures that affect everyone who lives in South Africa. The manual has been specifically developed to aid NGOs, advice offices, shop stewards, community development workers and others who assist disadvantaged individuals and communities to access state services or to sort out legal problems.
"This publication explores how the notion of active citizenship can serve as an analytical concept to review the nature and quality of participatory local democracy in South Africa. It also considers it as a paradigm to inspire new models and practices that are relevant in South Africa’s development context."
This reference guide is part of a series of Black Sash guides for paralegals and other people and organisations who provide advice regarding people’s socio-economic rights. It draws on the Black Sash’s extensive experience of assisting people with difficulties in accessing social assistance – with a view to enriching your understanding of this area of law, the kinds of challenges that can be faced and what can be done about them.
The guide has been designed to help you find answers to some of the questions you may have, by dedicating a separate chapter to each social grant or award. Social assistance laws continue to change, following the government’s commitments and advocacy from the public. We hope to have captured in one publication as much up-to-date information as possible to help people in advice offices advise their clients – towards promoting efficient access to social assistance.
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The Black Sash has endorsed the “Making Local Government Work" action guide, a joint project by SECTION27, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) and Read Hop Phillips.
The guide shows how to “engage government from inside by participating in formal processes, and from outside by going public through complaints, petitions, protest action, the media and the courts”The Black Sash will be using this guide in various training situations with community organisations in our various networks. The manual will be used as a basis for training and support, as well as for developing partnerships.
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