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Minister: Bathabile Olive Dlamini
Deputy Minister: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu
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SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT HOLDS OLDER PERSONS PARLIAMENT; WINS AWARD IN ADDIS ABABA Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Durban, 23 October 2017:  The 7th seating of the Older Person’s Parliament was in session today at the Durban Exhibition Centre bringing more than 2 000 senior citizens together.

The older persons are in Durban for the Department of Social Development’s annual Active Ageing programme. The week long programme began today with the Older Person’s Parliament which provides a platform to debate issues around the Older Person’s Act which promotes the protection and care of the aged.

Even though participants were generally appreciative of what Government has done to improve their lives, they agreed that much still needed to be done.

Ms Mapula Rantola, a member of the Older Persons Parliament said she was concerned about the provision of health services to older persons. She mentioned long queues, lack of ambulance services in remote areas, assistive devices and wheelchairs were among the issues they highlighted.

They called for a better coordination of Government services and access to residential services as many of them have not been allocated housing.

They asked the Minister of Social, Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, to invite all the other Ministers responsible for the implementation of the Act and urgently called upon her, the Department and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to conclude all the issues around the payment of social grants.

Minister Dlamini said she will take forward all their concerns and clarified issues around the future payment of social grants.

Held under the theme, “Older Persons Moving South Africa Forward,” the 7th Active Ageing Programme was also held in conjunction with the national centenary celebrations of O R Tambo. Tomorrow there will be a choir festival and conclude the week with the National Golden Games which will take place at the Kings Park Stadium on Thursday and Friday.

The Department of Social Development today also received the Good Practice Award in Africa for the adjudication of social assistance appeals. The award was received by representatives of SASSA and the Department currently in Ethiopia for the ISSA Regional Social Security Forum for Africa taking place from 23 to25 October 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Social Assistance Appeals is a process when a social grant applicant is dissatisfied with the outcome of a grant application decision may then lodge an appeal to the Independent tribunal for social assistance appeals (ISTA).

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

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