oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Community-based housing for independent older people : responses by two NGOs : conference paper

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



The right to have access to adequate housing and the right to social security and assistance are guaranteed in the Constitution of South Africa to 'everyone' (sections 26 and 27). This includes older persons, who are widely recognised as a vulnerable vulnerable group requiring special attention. However, it is difficult to talk seriously about notions of active ageing in the community, or the socio-economic rights to decent housing and social security, if older persons do not have access to safe and affordable housing that costs no more than a third of their pension.

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