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White Paper on Social Development on Track

March 18, 2020

Department of Social Development

The White Paper on Social Development has not yet been submitted to cabinet for approval as the Socio Economic Impact Assessment System report was not finalized.

The social development department revealed this while briefing parliament on its quarter 3 report for 2019/20.

The department added that receiving the certification is now prioritized as well as consolidation of inputs from the planning, monitoring and evaluation department to table the White Paper in cabinet.

The White Paper plans to reposition the social development sector towards achieving the developmental agenda.

It will also advance the implementation of the social protection services in accordance with the National Development Plan.

The department also indicated that the policy on mandatory cover for retirement, disability and survivor benefits was updated with inputs from NEDLAC social partners.

Gaps and policy inconsistencies identified in the current policy have been addressed.

“This includes proposals to create a coherent institutional platform for all workers to make mandatory contributions while they are working, so that they can receive monthly income on their own retirement, and to provide for a replacement income for themselves should they become disabled or die.”

A policy paper on voluntary inclusion of informal sector workers was updated.

“It makes proposals for the creation of an effective institutional platform to encourage informal sector workers to make voluntary contributions to protect themselves from the risk of falling into abject poverty in old age, or in the event of death or disability.”

The department also confirmed that the tabling of the Draft Children’s Amendment Bill in parliament has been delayed.

“As a result, the Minister wrote to Parliament to request prioritization of the Children’s Amendment Bill, which will contribute to the comprehensive legal solution to address the foster care challenges.”