'Grants a lifeline to millions' - Herald, Monday 28 November 2011

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By Alexa Lane, Black Sash Eastern Cape Provincial Director and Ratula Beukman, Black Sash Advocacy Programme Manager.

Social assistance,  for anyone who is unable to care for themselves and their dependants, is a fundamental human right enshrined in our Constitution. Our Constitution also states that our government must take reasonable measures within its available resources to progressively realise this right to income support. 

But a social grant is much more than just a theoretical Constitutional right for millions of poor and vulnerable people in South Africa. It is a lifeline and often their only means of survival. Social cash transfers are a vital and empowering element of any meaningful attempt to meet our constitutional obligations to our most vulnerable citizens.  Together with skills development and job creation, and the effective delivery of social infrastructure, social grants can facilitate the realisation of economic, social and political rights by including everyone as active members of society. Read the full article in the Herald newspaper