“On Tuesday, members of the Covid-19 People’s Coalition met to discuss the open letter they intend to hand over to the Department of Social Development, National Treasury and the office of the Presidency on Thursday.
Shaeera Kalla, a member of the Coalition’s Cash Transfers Working Group, said that their letter makes four main demands:
✅Increase and extend the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant.
✅Include caregivers, most of whom are women.
✅Reassess the “unduly harsh and narrow criteria” for accessing the grant.
✅Make urgent progress towards a universal basic income grant
“We are at a point where we need to build broader support and put pressure on the government. We have requested an urgent meeting to discuss the imminent termination of the Covid-19 grant since January but have received no response,” Kalla said.’
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