By Divya Naidoo, Regional Director, Black Sash Pietermaritzburg
It has been nearly three years since ACESS, the Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security, filed its case in the Transvaal High Court against the Minister of Social Development. The Alliance, of which the Black Sash is a member, argued that many South African children were unable to access their constitutional right to social security...simply because they couldn’t access the necessary identity documents. With the case due back in court in March (2008), Divya Naidoo examines the arguments put forward by both sides thus far.
By Ratula Beukman, Black Sash Advocacy Programme Manager
Recent attempts by the health minister to dissuade private hospitals from hiking their tariffs from 8% to 33% are akin to putting a plaster on the wounds left by major surgery. The reality remains that the majority of South Africans still do not have acess to adequate, affordable and efficient healthcare.
by Elroy Paulus, Black Sash Regional Office Programme Manager
The political dynamics surrounding the ANC National Policy Conference in December will impact on South Africa’s development path well into the future. “To Polokwane and beyond!” seeks to understand what is at stake and how policy decisions around realising socio-economic rights are hanging in the balance in South Africa.