No sign of a dependency culture in South Africa

OUTPUT TYPE: Policy briefs
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2008
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Noble, P.Ntshongwana
KEYWORDS: PUBLIC OPINION, SOCIAL GRANTS, SOCIAL SERVICES, SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY (SASAS)
Intranet: HSRC Library: shelf number 6565

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Abstract

It is frequently argued that the expansion of South Africa's social grant system is leading to a 'culture of dependency'. This policy brief demonstrates that there is no evidence for this assertion. In fact, both unemployed South Africans and social grant recipients have a positive attitude towards work. There is also general support for extending the social security system to support the unemployed.