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In 2020, a report by the United Nations found that one in five South Africans live in extreme poverty. Poverty, along with high levels of unemployment and inequality require solutions from the government to improve the lives of South Africans.

 


In South Africa, 46.2% of the country’s population is unemployed according to the expanded definition of unemployment which includes people who are available for work but not looking for a job.


While the announcement of the R350 grant was extended for a further 12 months was welcomed, many are calling for the grant to be increased. 


The National State of Disaster will be coming to an end declared President Cyril Ramaphosa during his sixth State Of The Nation Address. 


In delivering his sixth State of the Nation Address, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) will be extended for 12 months.


South Africa’s alarming unemployment rate has reached the highest it has ever been and rose to 34.9% in the third quarter of 2021. Around  2 million jobs were lost during the pandemic.


With around 46% of South Africans recipients of social support grants, distributing all these grants presents challenges to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa).


It is expected that 10 million people will be without crucial support once the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant comes to an end in March 2022. 


President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his sixth State Of the Nation Address, albeit in an unfamiliar setting. 


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.


In less than a month's time, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana will deliver his inaugural budget speech. The highly anticipated speech will address the subject of grant shortfalls and social security spending from the government. 


President Cyril Ramaphosa has held a meeting with an organisation relating to a possible extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant and the introduction of a Basic Income Grant. 


President Cyril Ramaphosa has held a meeting with an organisation relating to a possible extension of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant and the introduction of a Basic Income Grant. 


In March 2021, the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant will come to an end. This will leave nearly ten million people without any financial assistance from the government. 


Last month, the Minister of Social Developmentpublished a green paper on Social Security and Retirement Reforms for public comment. One proposal in the green paper would have raised eyebrows around the country. The paper was subsequently withdrawn without an explanation but has started a debate around a basic income grant.


Advocacy group, The Black Sash, is calling for government to implement the Basic Income grant as soon as possible. 

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