Basic Income Grant Is In ‘Implementation Stage'

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his State Of The Nation Address (SONA) tonight with numerous sectors of society eagerly awaiting what he has to say.


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President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his State Of The Nation Address (SONA) tonight with numerous sectors of society eagerly awaiting what he has to say. 

 

The president will look to inform the nation of South Africa’s economic recovery plan as the shadow of the pandemic looms large over the country. 

 

Speaking in response to the build-up of the president's address, the African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina has revealed that the topic of a Basic Income Grant (BIG) is no longer a debate. She said it is now about implementing the grant. 

 

Majodina said, “the issue of Basic Income Grant is no longer a debate… we are done with that debate. Now we are on the implementation stage of how it is going to be implemented”. 

 

She explained President Ramaphosa will reveal what the way forward is with the basic income grant. 

 

Majodina added, “the president will also detail that, to say how do we move forward now that the society, the community at large has made their inputs in terms of the basic income grant. But that basic income grant must be linked to job creation for its sustainability”. 

 

Social support grants are a crucial tool to assist the most vulnerable members of our society. The Department of Social Development recently appointed a panel of experts to study the impact of a BIG. 

 

The team recommended in a report that the South African government should gradually introduce a basic income grant.

 

The panel’s chair, Professor Alex van den Heever says that if a BIG was introduced carefully, it would not result in major trade-offs about existing social support mechanisms, economic sustainability and the fiscal position of the government.

 

Adjustments made to the amount of money grant recipients receive from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) will be revealed later in the month. This will be part of Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s maiden budget speech. 

 

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