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UNICEF, Social Development and Social Security Agency to sign an agreement to fight child poverty.

UNICEF/South Africa/Hearfield
© UNICEF/South Africa/Hearfield
Vusi Mandosela, Director General, Dept. of Social Development, Macharia Kamau, UNICEF Country Representative, Dr. Zola Skewyiya, Minister of Social Development and Fezile Makiwane, CEO, SA Social Security Agency, after signing the partnership agreement.

Johannesburg, 20 April 2007 - The Minister of Social Development, Dr Zola Skweyiya is to preside over the signing of a partnership between the Department of Social Development, SA Social Security Agency and the United Nations Children’s Fund on Friday, 20 April 2007.

The partnership, falling within the framework of UNICEF’s new country programme 2007-2010, is focused on developing a comprehensive package of services for children and to reduce child poverty.

The signing ceremony of the partnership will also be witnessed by the MECs responsible for social development in the nine provinces. It will take place at the meeting of the Social Development MINMEC - meeting of the Minister and MECs - who will spend the day coordinating the implementation of social development sector programmes.

Areas of work covered by the agreement are the following:

  • Strengthening databases and linking poor learners with social grants in schools.
  • Assessing Policy and Implementation Impacts of the Child Support Grant.
  • Identification and consolidation of legislation on social assistance for children. 
  • Linking Birth Registration to Social Grants. 
  • Multi- Networked Data Base for Social Security 
  • Capacity building of SASSA 
  • Support to Policy debates on Universal and Conditional cash transfers.



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