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PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
8 September 2003
DISCUSSION WITH THE DELEGATION OF THE COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL AFFAIRS, FRENCH SENATE
Documents handed out;
Chairperson: Mr E C Saloojee ANC
Mr Saloojee outlined the various social services grants available in South Africa. This country had to contend with the historical context of Apartheid that had only catered for a small minority. Since liberation it had become a state imperative to expand the social security net to include everyone.
Mr Saloojee spoke extensively of the Taylor report that he hoped would create a new comprehensive social security system. The French delegation requested a copy of the report as well as the Committee's views on it.
Mr Saloojee said there were an estimated 3 million to 5 million illegal aliens in South Africa. This should be viewed in the context of the prevailing Southern African perception of South Africa as a haven from poverty. He commended the growth of the informal sector and its capacity to reduce unemployment in South Africa.
The French delegation expressed concern over the affects of HIV /Aids, especially on orphans and children.
The meeting was adjourned.