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Issues in South African Social Security

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  • Servaas van der Berg

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    (Department of Economics, Stellenbosch University)

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This paper, originally written at the time of the political transition, provides an overview of social security issues at that time. A sustained improvement in the living standards of the poor requires economic growth and investment in human capital to allow the poor to benefit from that growth, but a social safety net is also necessary for those who do not yet share in those benefits and to safeguard those who do against contingencies such as unemployment, old age and illness. In South African, too little attention was paid by social scientists to social security issues before the political transition, with regard to both social assistance and social (occupational) insurance and the link between them.

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Paper provided by Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 01/2002.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:sza:wpaper:wpapers1

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Cited by:
  1. Kalie Pauw & Liberty Mncube, 2007. "Expanding the Social Security Net in South Africa: Opportunities, Challenges and Constraints," Country Study 8, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  2. Esther Duflo, 2000. "Child Health and Household Resources in South Africa: Evidence from the Old Age Pension Program," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 90(2), pages 393-398, May.
  3. Subbarao, Kalanidhi, 1998. "Namibia's social safety net : issues and options for reform," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1996, The World Bank.
  4. Lawrence Schlemmer & Valerie Møller, 1997. "The Shape of South African Society and its Challenges," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 41(1), pages 15-50, July.

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