WP 07/127 - Expanding the Social Security Net in South Africa: Opportunities, Challenges and Constraints

Kalie Pauw and Liberty Ncube

Date of Publication: 
September 2007

Rapid increases in government expenditure on social security between 2000 and 2006 has further increased poor households’ reliance on welfare grants and has been important in the fight against poverty. Already there is evidence of a substitution taking place within the social budget: expenditure on education and health seems to have declined in favour of increased welfare transfer expenditure. We argue, therefore, that budgetary and service delivery constraints, at the present moment, present a strong argument against any expansion of the social welfare system in the immediate future.

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