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by Ruth Hall in 2014

This presentation argues that agriculture is a good sector to learn from when considering a national minimum wage because it is historically a low-wage sector, has been shedding jobs and is enormously diverse. A minimum wage was introduced recently (2003) and the outcomes have partly...

Lone Mothers Working Paper 3
by Gemma Wright, Michael Noble, Phakama Ntshongwana, David Neves, Helen Barnes in 2014

The purpose of this themed working paper is to explore social security for lone mothers in South Africa in a number of different ways. The paper draws from material emerging from 30 focus groups which were undertaken in the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape provinces in South Africa.1 Section 1...

Lone Mothers Working Paper 2
by Gemma Wright, Michael Noble, Phakama Ntshongwana in 2014

The purpose of this themed working paper is to explore lone mothers’ accounts of what dignity means in the context of their lives and how the experience of poverty and inequality impacts on their sense of dignity. The paper explores whether people thought that – in the context of very high...

Lone Mothers Working Paper 1
by Gemma Wright, Michael Noble, Phakama Ntshongwana, David Neves, Helen Barnes in 2014

The purpose of this document is to define the group of people whom we are considering as part of the project ‘Lone Mothers in South Africa: The role of social security in respecting and protecting dignity’. Lone mothers embody the societal expectations of caregiver and breadwinner – roles which...

Lone Mothers Policy Brief 3
by Gemma Wright, Michael Noble, Phakama Ntshongwana, David Neves, Helen Barnes in 2014

Dignity is a foundational value in South Africa’s Constitution and was described as very important by the focus group participants. Examples of dignity ‘in practice’ include being valued, respected, able to fulfil important roles in life, and able to provide for oneself and others. Many examples...

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