n Law, Democracy & Development - Mind the gap : suggestions for bridging the divide between formal and informal social security

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



Social security is not only necessary to achieve social justice; it is also an indispensable tool in the fight against poverty. Social security refers to protective measures which are designed to guarantee everyone a certain degree of security, normally in the event of loss of income. This usually happens as a result of a certain calamity such as illness, injury or old age. The South African social security system consists mainly of social insurance and social assistance.

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