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Second Republic committed to widening social safety nets

Story by Lisa Masuku

THE strengthening of the country’s programmed social protection nets has been identified as key in propelling the nation towards an upper-middle-income society by 2030.

As the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare concluded its five-day strategic planning and review workshop in Bulawayo this Sunday, emphasis was on the need to strengthen the country’s programmed social protection system which looks at the welfare of all individuals.

In his address, the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Honorable July Moyo, said the country’s social protection system tends to focus on the welfare of older persons and the disadvantaged while neglecting programmed social protection cover for all citizens.

“We have a lot of social protection systems, those social protection systems can not only be for covering older persons or disadvantaged people. It has to be planned, it has to be programmed to ensure it caters for the welfare of every individual right from the womb and right up to the grave,” said Honourable Moyo.

The Second Republic takes the issue of providing social protection seriously and Zimbabwe is among the leading African in providing comprehensive social support through social welfare interventions.

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