Impact Stories

Book Launch: Towards an Instrument for the Portability o Social Security Benefits in the Southern African Development Community

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region continues to experience a spontaneous migration of citizens, who move across borders in search of employment prospects and a better standard of living. The entitlement to social security benefits usually depends on periods of employment and residency in a specific country, nationality, immigration status and other factors which […]

Unclaimed Benefits for Former Mineworkers

“There was not much money, it was less than R20,000 (a once-off figure). My siblings made contributions towards the burial. If it wasn’t for that I would have buried my husband on a hide.” These are the searing words of Ofentse Moloi. Her husband succumbed to TB, which he contracted in an underground South African […]

The Voice of a Woman Cross Border Trader

Malter Vilakati knows the challenges of undertaking trade as an economic activity across borders in the SADC region. And she knows how much progress has been made to ensure that these economic opportunities are available to women. Vilakati is a 63-year-old cross border trader from Manzini in Swaziland. In July 2013, she was part of […]

Women Farmers Find Their Voice in Policy Process

Women smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe showcasing their seeds. Women farmers are an important pillar of communities whose livelihoods depend almost entirely on the agricultural sector. At a subsistence level they stave off hunger and are often the backbone of many rural economies across the world. Elizabeth Mpofu, the chairperson of Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum […]

Outreach Campaigns on Unclaimed Social Security and Compensation Benefits for Former Mineworkers

The Southern Africa Trust hosted a task team convening and outreach on unclaimed social security and compensation benefits for mineworkers on 6-7 September 2017 in Malawi. The two-day programme was aimed at addressing changing practices and historical injustices with regards to the recruitment of former mineworkers. Stakeholders present at the task team meeting on August […]