SA-Zim MOU for social services

South Africa’s Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and her Zimbabwean counterpart recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the two countries working together to improve social services.

The partnership will focus on children, HIV and Aids, substance abuse, disability and the elderly. It follows an increase in the number of children from Zimbabwe who have been crossing the border to South Africa without their parents, relatives or care-givers.

“These children leave their country of origin for a number of reasons, including economic and social challenges. There has also been a noticeable increase of people with disabilities from Zimbabwe to South Africa in recent years. Like all other children, undocumented and unaccompanied minors need care and protection, South Africa is a signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that in all actions concerning children, the best interest of the child shall

be a primary consideration,” a representative from the social development department said.

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