Changing Social Policy: The Child Support Grant in South by Francie Lund

By Francie Lund

Outlining the transformation of the discriminatory welfare procedure below apartheid, this South African learn explains the extra revolutionary and developmental social welfare procedure that has emerged within the postapartheid period. It presents a extensive review of the context of coverage reform on the time of South Africa's transition to democracy, identifies the styles of poverty and inequality that the 1st democratically elected govt of South Africa needed to tackle, and delves into the welfare area, concentrating on the stream in the direction of developmental social welfare and the enduring societal advantages of utilizing social protection funds for kids during the 1998 baby aid provide.

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I held a meeting with Helen Starke, the chair of the National Council of Child and Family Welfare. The original intent had been to have active participation of the provinces in this policy reform, including those within both the government and the voluntary sector. za C hanging social polic y: the child support grant in south africa time constraints. The Committee considered the route of dropping the idea of formal consultation altogether, becoming almost wholly non-consultative, presenting policy recommendations to MINMEC and giving MINMEC the responsibility for holding further consultations.

Within the Committee there was a fairly sophisticated gendered analysis of economic and social policies. Some members had been involved in or were familiar with research on ‘unpaid labour’, which argues that the formal health and welfare services provided by the public or private sector represent only one part of all the informal caring work that is done in society, largely by women and largely invisible and unacknowledged. za C hanging social polic y: the child support grant in south africa the lack of a gendered, class and racial analysis in the new calls for volunteer work being promoted by the government, NGOs and international agencies.

The committee I went for a walk with Jillian Nicholson, a friend who had been a leader in the Black Sash for many years. She asked how long I estimated it would take to get the planning, design, legislation and regulations in place so that the first applications would be taken. ’ One year later, on 1 April 1998, the first applications for the Child Support Grant (CSG) were taken. Nine years later, in April 2007, it was received by the primary caregivers of some eight million children. za Notes 1 It is often forgotten that SACP leader Joe Slovo was the first minister of welfare, in a combined portfolio with housing.

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