Black Sash Media Statements

Black Sash holds workshop on Social Securtiy reforms in KZN - 29 August 2008

THE BLACK SASH INVITES YOU TO ATTEND A CIVIL SOCIETY WORKSHOP IN DURBAN ON THE PROPOSED SOCIAL SECURITY AND RETIREMENT REFORMS.

DATE: 3rd and 4th September 2008

TIME: 08h30 – 17h30

VENUE: Coastlands Convention Centre, West Street, Durban

Our government is currently considering a number of key reforms to the current social security system (including social assistance, retirement provisions and healthcare), which will affect all South Africans.

As civil society represents many of those most affected by poverty, inequality and unemployment, we want to ensure that their voices are heard during the policy development process.

To this end, civil society organizations and the Department of Social Development are coordinating a series of provincial workshops and consultations to share information and to debate how the values of solidarity, redistribution and equality find meaning in the proposed new policies and provisions.

The Black Sash is particularly concerned to represent the rights of those not benefiting from social security, the working poor, those who are unemployed, and those who are unlikely to ever find jobs in our economy.

Keynote speakers include Marcella Naidoo (Black Sash National Director), Isobel Frye (Director of the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute) and Selwyn Jehoma (Deputy Director-General of the Department of Social Development).

A full conference programme and documentation is available on request.

For more information and interview requests, please contact:

Sarah Nicklin

Black Sash Media Officer

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073-150 9525

These workshops are coordinated by the civil society working group of the Black Sash, SACC, SPII, Mzansi (formerly the National Welfare Forum) and FSCC, and supported by the Department of Social Development.