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The Older Persons Act, 2006 (Act No. 13 of 2006) (‘‘principal Act’’), mandates that services to older persons should be rendered in a comprehensive, coordinated, integrated and standardised manner by all organs of state and other service providers.
The Department of Social Development (‘‘Department’’), as the custodian and a lead department for the provision of services to older persons, has a responsibility of ensuring that the objectives of the principal Act are adhered to and that older persons receive services in accordance with the principal Act.
The principal Act came into operation on 1 April 2010. Soon thereafter, a number of challenges in relation to the implementation of the principal Act have been experienced. Chief amongst these were the institutional, coordination mechanisms and compliance measures. Poor coordination and inter-sectoral collaborations impacted negatively on the provision of services to older persons.
The purpose of the Older Persons Amendment Bill, 2022 (‘‘Bill’’) is to ensure that older persons. are provided with quality services and are afforded the necessary protection by society, including community-based and residential care facilities.
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