South Africa’s Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana will deliver the first Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) of his tenure.
Godongwana was appointed as the finance minister in August 2021 replacing former minister, Tito Mboweni, who stepped down. The MTBPS will reveal in which sectors government will prioritise spending and where the money will come from.
Silindokuhle Hlazo, spokesperson for Young Women for Life Movement hopes that the finance minister will announce the extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant that was introduced to provide financial assistance to unemployed individuals. The current cycle of grant payments is expected to conclude at the end of March 2022.
She explained that the rumors that the SRD grant will be replaced by a family household grant could further gender based violence (GBV). This as she questions who would be incharge of receiving the grant for a particular household.
“We are definitely advocating for job creation for the less privileged because we understand what other people would call the poor, but then we are saying focus on job creation and social protection for the disadvantaged but knowing that women especially young women fall into the largely vulnerable groups” added Hlazo.
The organization is also calling on the government to cut back on benefits given to politicians and rather invest that money in social support mechanisms. Hlazo says that instead of spending money on under-performing ministers, the money should be reprioritised for the development of unemployed youth.