Can social security build a more inclusive society? - SA Reconciliation Barometer, Dec 2010

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Current social security reforms provide necessary opportunities to ensure the dignity and social protection of all citizens, writes RATULA BEUKMAN.

Recent developments in the reform of retirement provision policies suggest that continued work is taking place within government towards the building of a comprehensive social security system for our country.

Sceptics have variously construed these reforms as a ploy to pacify the electorate, another step down the slippery slope towards a welfare state, or simply more handouts for the poor. However, civil society has read these developments as an important and long-overdue response to the recommendations of the 2002 Taylor Committee. The current reforms should be seen as a genuine opportunity for progress towards a comprehensive social security system that delivers on the promises of our Constitution, and which is in line with international labour and human rights treaties and laws.

Read the full article in the SA Reconciliation Barometer by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.