Ten years of the South African Social Security Agency: the journey 2006-2016

SOURCE: Social security review 2021: evolution of social security in South Africa: an agenda for action
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2021
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Ngandu, S.Motala
SOURCE EDITOR(S): S.Motala, S.Ngandu, T.Hart
KEYWORDS: GOVERNMENT, INCOME GRANT, SOCIAL SECURITY, SOUTH AFRICA
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 12084
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/16369
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/16369

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Abstract

South Africa's non-contributory cash transfer scheme has been heralded for its critical contribution to reducing poverty and inequality, and is a showpiece of its social protection system (World Bank, 2018). The Agency tasked with the management of this system is the South African Social Security Agency which was signed into law in 2004 (Social Security Agency Act No. 9, 2004) together with the South Africa Social Assistance Act No. 13 of 2004, with the latter being the founding legislation for the establishment of the social security agency. Both pieces of legislation were underpinned by the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, which enshrines social protection rights for those who are vulnerable.