Speaker: Ndangwa Noyoo , Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)
Date: 15 May 2014
Time: 12H15 for 12h30 – 13H30
South Africa’s liberation struggle was not only about securing political freedom and civil liberties for its entire people, but it was one that had sought to create another society, namely, the good society.
The South African Native National Congress (SANNC), which was reconstituted later into the African National Congress (ANC), was formed in order to challenge colonial domination and oppression on this premise. After the alienation of the land of the indigenous peoples by an occupying settler population via the Native Land Act of 19 June 1913, organised resistance against colonialism would forever change the political landscape of South Africa.
Given the foregoing, this seminar examines social policy in South Africa, after twenty years of democracy, by calling for the reification of social policy’s key mission of helping to create the good society. The seminar paper argues that in fact, this approach resonates with the ANC’s trajectory throughout the liberation struggle. Arguably, all the centre-piece documents of the ANC, notably: African Claims, 1943; The Women’s Charter, 1954; Freedom Charter, 1955; Ready to Govern: ANC policy guidelines for a democratic South Africa, 1992; and the Reconstruction and Development (RDP)base document, had all envisaged an end state in South Africa, viz: the good society.
Arguably, after 1994, this tradition somewhat waned, with social policy following a more technocratic and bureaucratic route which responded to human needs but did not seek to create the good society. Also, over the years, social policy became a palliative for economic and labour-market failure.
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