Monthly Archives: November 2017

Nigerian President Vows to Bring Back Stranded Citizens in Libya, Elsewhere

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to bring back citizens who are stranded in Libya and other parts of the world by expanding the country's socioeconomic programs.African and European leaders began high-level talks Wednesday on migration, a ...

KENYA TO GRANT VISAS ON ARRIVAL FOR ALL AFRICANS

NAIROBI, President Uhuru Kenyatta says any African citizen wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa on arrival.The President made the announcement shortly after he took the oath of office for his second term of office here Tuesday. The...

President Zuma to officially open the Dumisani Makhaye Drive

President Jacob Zuma will on Saturday, 02 December 2017, officially open for public use the new Dumisani Makhaye Drive (Main Road 577) in Clermont, Durban as part of Government's nationwide programme of infrastructure development.The completion of the ...

Drug dealer arrested in Point

The SAPS Provincial Drug Unit conducted an intelligence driven operation aimed at eliminating the drug trade in Durban and surroundings. The operation yielded positive results when a 29-year-old suspect was arrested in possession of drugs on the Marine...

Four billion people have no social welfare support: ILO

More than half of the global population � four billion people � have no social security protection, UN employment experts said on Wednesday.

In a new report on benefits, the International Labour Organization (ILO) highlighted how this protection gap is an obstacle to sustainable development.

ILO's Director-General said that although many countries had improved social protection for their citizens in recent decades, much more investment and political will are needed to extend cover.

Daniel Johnson has more.

Social security protection is a basic human right, ILO head Guy Ryder told journalists in Geneva.

When people have it, governments reap the benefits.

Today however, Mr Ryder explained that only 45 per cent of the global population have access to at least one social benefit, and only 29 per cent have comprehensive protection.

"In 2017, this global lack of social protection is I think and should be regarded as being completely unacceptableand that means that the aggregate level of public expenditure on social protection needs to be increased to extend social protection coverage particularly in Africa, in Asia and the Arab State countries where marked under-investment in social protection prevails."

Despite a slight improvement in welfare coverage since 2015 around the world, much more investment by governments will be needed to extend protection to all � not least the 1.3 billion children who have no cover whatsoever.

ILO says this is particularly true in rural areas, where 56 per cent of people lack health coverage, compared to 22 per cent in towns and cities.

Some countries are already tackling the problem by offering simplified tax returns to workers previously in the informal sector.

Once on the government's books, contributions from these workers help pay for maternity leave, job-seekers' allowance, disabilities benefit and care for senior citizens.

The evolving world of work and technology has also provided new opportunities to extend social protection, ILO says.

In Uruguay, for example, e-taxi provider Uber's drivers can download a phone application which automatically deducts their social security charges.

Elsewhere, ILO warns that progress in welfare protection risks being pushed back � the result of fiscal savings put in place after the global economic crisis.

This is likely to be the case in Europe, the agency's Isabel Ortiz warned, where pensioners in 19 countries face lower benefits by 2060.

"You have to balance equity with sustainability," she told journalists.

Source: United Nations Radio