Department of Social Development
16 July 2019
The SA Social Security Agency (SASSA) Act is under review.
The social development minister, Lindiwe Zulu, confirmed this during the social development department’s 2019 budget vote in parliament.
The minister added that draft regulations on the Social Assistance Amendment Act were being developed.
The department was also working on the definition of what constitutes a basket of social security benefits, addressing the social grants exclusion errors and the revised policy on mandatory cover for retirement.
The Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) Amendment Bill will be tabled before cabinet for approval in the current financial year.
According to the minister, the proposed legislation will improve the policy and regulatory environment in which NPOs operate.
The Presidential Social Sector Summit is scheduled for later in the year. It will culminate in a social pact guiding the sector’s contribution towards the realization of Vision 2030.
The department has also begun work for the full implementation of the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“The White Paper reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It contains measurable and time-specific actions that relate to the areas of education, employment, provision of public services, special access to housing,
health, accessible public transport and personal safety, amongst others.”
Key initiatives in the pipeline to be tabled before cabinet in the current financial year include the White Paper for Social Development, the Draft Social Services Practitioners Bill and the National Drug Master Plan.
According to the minister, the proposals will enable the department to begin to implement key recommendations of the Ministerial Committee on the Review of the 1997 White Paper for Social Welfare.
“These include the demand and supply model for social service practitioners; resource allocation; establishment and enforcement of a simple, effective and standardised data system; to name a few.”
The Social Development Act will flow from the White Paper for Developmental Social Welfare.