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Sustain social interventions: ANC

2012-03-20 19:45

Johannesburg - More needs to be done to sustain social transformation, Deputy Arts and Culture Minister Joe Phaahla said on Tuesday.

"There is still a gap. We have social wage interventions to alleviate poverty, but the challenge going forward is sustainability," Phaahla told reporters in Johannesburg.

He said the African National Congress government had made significant progress in the past 18 years.

It had delivered more than three million subsidised houses, 93% of households had access to clean water and 84% to electricity, and 15 million people had access to social assistance.

The ANC was discussing its policy discussion documents with the media on Tuesday. Phaahla is a member of the ANC's sub-committee on social transformation.

He said more jobs needed to be created, and rejected claims that people became too dependent on social grants.

"We don't subscribe to those who argue that interventions cause dependency so people don't go out to look for an income. A large majority of people use those grants to help children."

Social interventions needed to be linked to economic opportunities. People must have the opportunity to generate their own income, Phaahla said.

However, a number of people were still not covered by social interventions.

Comments
  • bernpm - 2012-03-20 21:47

    "It had delivered more than three million subsidised houses, 93% of households had access to clean water and 84% to electricity, and 15 million people had access to social assistance."........So...what are people protesting about??

      Mark - 2012-03-21 09:57

      That's a very good question. Perhaps the minister is speaking with forked tongue, or more likely making up the stats as he goes. Or maybe it's only refugees protesting?

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