What we do

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...

"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 overall goal is that progress is made towards the implementation of the new hybrid national social grants payment model; grant beneficiaries confidential data is protected; and unauthorised and unlawful deductions are permanently stopped.

The outcomes of the Hands Off Our Grants (HOOG) Campaign are:

  • The future grant payment system ensures that grant beneficiaries receive the full cash value of their grants. 
  • Leadership and governance at state institutions improved.
  • Social grant beneficiaries and CSOs are capacitated to advocate on their own behalf.