Social and community development

National Directives in Social and Community Development

Disability policy, 2009

This policy focuses on the provision of integrated social services for people with disabilities. It seeks to guide the mainstreaming of disability in the development and implementation of all government policies and programmes, and to reverse the legacy of apartheid by applying a ‘social model’ approach to disability, based on the premise that, if society cannot cater for people with disabilities, it must change. It adheres to the objectives of the 1997 White Paper on Social Welfare, and builds on the 1997 Integrated National Disability Strategy which aims to create an inclusive society and welfare system that facilitates the development of human capacity and self-reliance within a caring and enabling socio economic environment.

The New Growth Path Framework, 2010

This framework promotes employment and growth in South Africa’s economy. It aims to create five million jobs and to reduce unemployment, from 25% to 15%, over 10 years. Infrastructure, the green economy, agriculture, mining, manufacturing and tourism are identified as priority areas for job creation, through a series of partnerships between the state and private sector. Major improvements in government are proposed, with a call for slashing unnecessary red tape, improving competition in the economy andaccelerating skills development.

Women empowerment and gender equality, 2013

This bill seeks to protect and promote women's reproductive health, eliminate discrimination and harmful practices, including gender-based violence, and improve access to education and skills development. It calls for the progressive realisation of at least 50% representation of women in decision-making structures, giving effect to Section 9 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, in so far as the empowerment of women and gender equality is concerned. This bill complements other policies that touch on women’s empowerment and/or gender equality, such as the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes.

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