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Focus Area: Older Persons

The Older Persons portfolio at the Commission is one of the seven focus areas identified as requiring dedicated promotion, protection and monitoring for the realisation of the human rights of older persons in South Africa.

Older Persons are people who are above the age of 60 and constitute approximately 8% of the population.  Older persons continue to lack access to adequate health, social support and access to other basic services. They are at risk of economic isolation with almost no prospect of securing employment.


  • Provincial visits to Mpumalanga in March 2016 and the Western Cape in July 2016


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The Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

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