VISION
A psychologically empowered society that upholds the rights of women, men, children, senior citizens, youth and people with disabilities towards an HIV/AIDS free society.

MISSION
To mainstream the rights and upliftment of women, men, children, senior citizens, youth and people with disabilities through advocacy, intersectoral collaboration, capacity development, monitoring and evaluation.

VALUES
Respect: To serve with courtesy
Effective Communication: To exercise a productive participatory rapport.
Commitment: To serve and promote the well-being of all target groups
Equity: To exercise fair discrimination or impartiality at all times;
Accountability: To account for all our actions in delivering on our mandate.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
• Strengthen good governance for the Special Programmes Unit to deliver on its mandate.
• Promote intersectoral collaboration through Operation Sukuma Sakhe.
• Promote, advocate and monitor women’s empowerment and gender equality.
• Promote, advocate and monitor men’s rights and responsibilities.
• Promote, advocate and monitor children’s rights and responsibilities.
• Promote, advocate and monitor senior citizen’s rights and responsibilities.
• Promote, advocate and monitor youth’s rights and responsibilities.
• Promote, advocate and monitor the rights of people with disabilities.
• Promote, advocate and monitor the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Policy Mandates
A range of policies inform equality, empowerment, human rights and human dignity processes. These include, among others, the following:

  • Municipal Systems Act
    • Municipal Finance Management Act
    • Municipal Structures Act
    • White Paper on Affirmative Action in the Public Service, 1997
    • White Paper on Integrated National Disability Strategy, 1997
    • South African National Policy Framework for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, 2000
    • Technical Assistance Guidelines on the Employment of People with Disabilities, 2007
    • South African International Relations and Cooperation Framework
    • Employment Equity Act (Act 55 of 1996)
    • Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (Act 39 of 1996)
    • Basic Conditions of Employment Act (Act 75 of 1997)
    • Domestic Violence Act (Act 116 of 1998)
    • Maintenance Act (Act 4 of 1998)
    • Skills Development Act (Act 97 of 1998)
    • Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (Act 53 of 2003)
    • Children’s Act (Act 38 of 2005)