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MRC/info4africa KZN Community Forum – 25 February 2014
Topic: The Erosion of the Social Security System due to Recent Amendments and its Impact on ARV Adherence and Applications for the Chronically Ill.
Speaker: Evashnee Naidu – Regional Manager for Black Sash, Durban
Evashnee's presentation focused on the recent re-registration process that took place within the South African Social Security system, highlighting the massive amount of rejections that have taken place for disability grants, specifically applied for by those suffering from chronic illness, and the knock-on effect this has had on households and individuals undergoing ARV treatment.
The presentation also spotlighted the practice of illegal deductions, and how this affects grant recipients' incomes, households and health. The Black Sash has launched a Campaign called “Hands Off Our Grants” whereby beneficiaries and civil society will be mobilized to speak out on the issue, whilst building nationwide evidence to spotlight the scale of this problem, with a view to ensuring that government makes social grant protection a priority.