BLOG: South Africa introduced a child support grant 21 years ago in 1998, four years after the advent of democracy.
By law, all employees who work 24 hours or more per month are entitled to unemployment insurance. But more than 300 000 domestic workers are not registered, meaning they will not be paid out if they lose their jobs. Employers are required to register domestic workers with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).
Paid employment is generally considered the predominant and most sustainable way of pulling people out of poverty. The connection between paid employment and poverty reduction is a major challenge for the government. Attention must be given to two things: rapid job creation, and also the creation of decent jobs. Finding a work does not guarantee someone will receive enough remuneration to cover their basic needs. Some workers are paid wages below the amount that is necessary to maintain a decent standard of living.
The Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Zambia (FES) have the pleasure to convene the 2019 International SASPEN Annual Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa from 14-15 August 2019.
Often, decisions regarding the design and implementation of social protection programmes do not include comprehensive assessments of the compatibility of the programme design or implementation features with human rights norms and standards which are included in diverse legal frameworks. This is a major shortcoming. These legal frameworks are designed to ensure the protection of rights. While human rights obligations do not provide precise policy recommendations, they do limit the discretion of policy-makers.
OPINION: Financial Services provider Alexander Forbes made a number of presentations to the media on Thursday 30 May that raised some interesting questions about pension funds and systems in Africa. The bottom line is that, especially taking the example of South Africa, they have been designed for advanced economies and have little relevance against the backdrop of the challenges faced by households in developing economies.
The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that domestic workers were eligible to claim from the Compensation Fund if they were injured, contracted a disease at their place of work. The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that domestic workers were eligible to claim from the Compensation Fund if they were injured or contracted a disease at their place of work. If the domestic worker dies while on duty, the family would then be allowed to claim.
As in the rest of the country, the unemployment rate in the Western Cape is a source of serious concern. The Department of Labour's Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is now launching a training programme in partnership with selected training institutions to accommodate close to 5 000 unemployed people. UIF director of communications and marketing Makhosonke Buthelezi says the programme is part of a national initiative launched in KwaZulu-Natal two weeks ago.