Molao wa tshireletso ya leago ka mo go ditshaba tseo di hlabologago tsa borwa bja Afrika Letlhokwa George Mpedi
Bluris LLM LLD
Profesa le Mothusamolaodi: Centre for International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS), Fakhalithiya Molao, Yunibesithiya Johannesburg
Code on social security in the Southern African development community
The Code on Social Security in the Southern African Development Community (Code) was approved by the Integrated Committee of Minister in June 2007 in Windhoek Namibia. This contribution critically examine: how the Code attempts to develop sound social security systems in th Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. It pays special attention to the approach adopted by the Code in its quest to address: pertinent issues such as the right to social security, social protection framework, and social risks as well as vulnerable groups and categories o persons protected. It concludes by observing that the ratification record o SADC member states of the officially current conventions in the field of social security is unsatisfactory. Accordingly, member states must be encouraged t( ratify these important instruments. Secondly, preventative and (re)integrative measures are a part and parcel of a social security system. Thus, the call b the Code for the introduction of these measures is to be welcomed Furthermore, social security coordination is an integral part of regional integration and the free movement of labour and persons. To this end, th provisions in the Code aimed at these matters are timely. Finally, the Code i not legally binding. Nonetheless, its adoption is commendable for it is a right step towards the improvement of social security systems in the SADC region which are largely undeveloped and, in some instances, underdeveloped.