The Black Sash Trust is a 65 year old veteran human rights organisation advocating for social justice in South Africa.
Our mission is to work towards the realisation of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the SA Constitution, with emphasis on social security and social protection for the most vulnerable, to reduce poverty and inequality. We believe the implementation of socio-economic rights demands open, transparent, and accountable governance (state, corporate, and civil society). Read more...
We currently implement three programmes, namely:
"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. To impose on them a wretched life of hunger and deprivation is to dehumanise them." -- Nelson Mandela
The South African Government has a constitutional and an international obligation to provide social security, including to ensure that those aged 18 to 59 years have access to social assistance. Income support for those aged 18 to 59 with no or little income is a critical step towards government’s implementation of a universal basic income grant to ensure that all who live in South Africa have an adequate standard of living.
We demand that government: