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De Jure

On-line version ISSN 2225-7160
Print version ISSN 1466-3597

De Jure (Pretoria) vol.44 n.1 Pretoria  2011




Molao wa tšhireletso ya leago ka mo go ditshaba tšeo di hlabologago tša borwa bja Afrika


Code on social security in the Southern African development community



Letlhokwa George Mpedi

Bluris LLM LLD Profesa le Mothušamolaodi: Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS), Fakhalithi ya Molao, Yunibesithi ya Johannesburg




The Code on Social Security in the Southern African Development Community (Code) was approved by the Integrated Committee of Ministers in June 2007 in Windhoek Namibia. This contribution critically examines how the Code attempts to develop sound social security systems in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. It pays special attention to the approach adopted by the Code in its quest to address pertinent issues such as the right to social security, social protection framework, and social risks as well as vulnerable groups and categories of persons protected. It concludes by observing that the ratification record of SADC member states of the officially current conventions in the field of social security is unsatisfactory. Accordingly, member states must be encouraged to ratify these important instruments. Secondly, preventative and (re)integrative measurers are a part and parcel of a social security system. Thus, the call by the Code for the introduction of these measures is to be welcomed. Furthermore, social security coordination is an integral part of regional integration and the free movement of labour and persons. To this end, the provisions in the Code aimed at these matters are timely. Finally, the Code is not legally binding. Nonetheless, its adoption is commendable for it is a right step towards the improvement of social security systems in the SADC region which are largely undeveloped and, in some instances, underdeveloped.



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1 Lebelela Post-ICM Media Briefing Statement 2007-06-16 Windhoek, Namibia - e hweditswe mo go
2 Temana ya 3 ya Molao wa tšhireletso ya Leago ka mo go Ditšhaba tšeo di Hlabologago ka mo Afrika ya ka Borwa.
3 Olivier le Mpedi "Co-ordination and integration of social security in the SADC region: Developing the social dimension of economic co-operation and integration" 2003 Journal for Juridical Science 10 mo go 12.         [ Links ]
4 Idem mo go 13.
5 Ibid.
6 Temana ya 4(1) ya Molao.
7 Bjalo ka Income Security Recommendation (1944), Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) le International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966).
8 Lebelela, mohlala, s 27(1) (c) ya Molaotheo wa Repabliki ya Afrika Borwa, 1996.
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10 Temana ya 1(5) ya Molao.
11 Temana ya 1(4) ya Molao.
12 Ibid.
13 Ibid.
14 Temana ya 4(2) ya Molao.
15 Temana ya 4(3) ya Molao.
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17 Temana ya 4(4) ya Molao.
18 Ibid.
19 Temana ya 2(2)(b) ya Molao.
20 Temana ya 20(1) ya Molao.
21 Temana ya 20(2) ya Molao.
22 Temana ya 20(3) ya Molao.
23 Temana ya 20(4) ya Molao.
24 Temana ya 5(1) ya Molao.
25 Temana ya 5(2) ya Molao.
26 Ibid.
27 Ibid.
28 Temana ya 5(3) ya Molao.
29 Temana ya 6(1)) ya Molao.
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31 Temana ya 6(2) ya Molao.
32 Temana ya 6(3)) ya Molao.
33 Temana ya 6(4) ya Molao.
34 Temana ya 6(5) ya Molao.
35 Temana ya 6(6) ya Molao.
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37 Ibid 557 n 106.
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40 Temana ya 20(3) ya Molao.
41 Temana ya 7 ya Molao.
42 Temana ya 8 ya Molao.
43 Temana ya 9 ya Molao.
44 Temana ya 10 ya Molao.
45 Temana ya 11 ya Molao.
46 Temana ya 12 ya Molao.
47 Temana ya 7(8) ya Molao.
48 Temana ya 11(2) ya Molao.
49 Temana ya 11(3) ya Molao.
50 SADC ka Kakaretšo ke selete seo se homotsego kudu. Le ge go le bjalo, go no le karolo tša dintwa tšeo di itemogelago ke dinagamaloko tša go swana le Democratic Republic of the Congo le seemo sa ka Zimbabwe (seo se hlotsego ke lenaneo la kabolefsa ya naga leo le bego le tletse ka dingangisano leo le phethagaditswego ka 2000) se sa tekateka. Lebelela Olivier le Kalula "Regional social security" ka mo go Olivier et al(eds) Social Security: A Legal Analysis (2003) 655; Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law le Institute of Development and Labour Law Developing and Integrated and Inclusive Framework for Social Protection in SADC (Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law le Institute of Development and Labour Law (2003)); Taylor "Social protection challenges in southern Africa" (2001) 2 Cooperation South 49; Fultz le Pieris Social Security Schemes in Southern Africa: An Overview and Proposals for Future Development (ILO/SAMAT (1999)); le Von Benda-Beckmann le Kirsch "Informal security systems in Southern Africa and approaches to strengthen them through public policy measures" - yeo e hweditswego mo go
51 SADC e hloile ke dikotsi tša tlhago bjalo ka mafula le komelelo.
52 Temana ya 14(1) ya Molao.
53 Temana ya 14(2) ya Molao.
54 Temana ya 14(3) ya Molao.
55 Temana ya 13(1) ya Molao.
56 Temana ya 16(2) ya Molao.
57 Temana ya 16(3) ya Molao.
58 Temana ya 16(6) ya Molao.
59 Temana ya 16(8) ya Molao.
60 Temana ya 16(9) ya Molao.
61 Songuemas "Social security and indigenous institutions in African societies" (1967) 3 African Social Security Series 18 ka mo go 20; le Isizoh "African traditional religions: One stereotype less" (2003) 4 African Societies - e hweditswe mo go
62 Folbre Women and Social Security in Latin America, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa (International Labour Office (1993)) 6.
63 Lebelela, mohlala, Unemployment Insurance Act63 of 2001 (Afrika Borwa). Lebelela gape, go bala go tswelapele,
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66 Temana ya 15(1) ya Molao.
67 Temana ya 15(2) ya Molao.
68 Ibid.
69 Temana ya 17(1) ya molao. Go swanetše go bolelwa gore go na le SADC Draft Protocol on the Freedom of Movement of Persons (1998). Lebelela, go bala go tswelapele, Oucho le Crush "Contra free movement: South Africa and the SADC migration Protocols" 2002 Africa Today 139; le Mengelkoch The Right to Work in SADC Countries: Towards Free Movement of Labour in Southern Africa (2000).         [ Links ]
70 Temana ya 17(2) ya Molao.
71 Temana ya 17(3) ya Molao.
72 Temana ya 17(4) ya Molao.
73 Temana ya 19(1) ya Molao.
74 Temana ya 19(2) ya Molao.
75 Temana ya 21(1) ya Molao.
76 Temana ya 21(2) ya Molao.
77 Temana ya 21(3) ya Molao.
78 Ibid.
79 Temana ya 21(4) ya Molao.
80 Temana ya 21(5) ya Molao.
81 Temana ya 21(7) ya Molao.
82 Temana ya 21(6) ya Molao.

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