The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has indicated that basic income grant will be considered this year, 2021.
He made this remarks during the party’s (African National Congress, ANC) 109th anniversary.
The basic income grant seeks to alleviate people who have difficulty in getting source of livelihood.
This global pandemic actually exposed the economic gap between the rich and the poor. During the lockdown, where many people lost their jobs, the government introduced what it called the “Social Relief of Distress – SRD” grant to unemployed citizens and some foreign people living in South Africa.
And this month, January is the last month of payment after the three months extension from October.
But even though, lockdown was gradually lifted, there has been a recent spike of the virus forcing for minor lockdown in some parts of the country.
Some civil society groups have called for the permanent extension of the SRD grant to especially people from 18-60 years who are unemployed and have no source of livelihood.
But the President during his address has assured the public that, the basic income grant will be be considered to cater for the poorer in society to relieve them……