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ramaphosa2BL Premium reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday night that both the government and the ANC were actively engaged in giving serious consideration to a basic income grant.

Speaking at the annual Nelson Mandela memorial lecture after 10 days of unprecedented violence and mayhem in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, Ramaphosa said a basic income grant would show people that the government cared. "This will validate our people and show them that we are giving serious consideration to their lives ... we are giving active consideration to the grinding poverty that we continue to see in our country ... we need to address the structural inequalities in our economy," he stated. Ramaphosa also said that the government had to move faster on unemployment and job creation, especially for the youth. Trade union federation Cosatu and numerous civil society organisations have campaigned for the introduction of a basic income grant for the unemployed since 1994. Cosatu has also appealed to the government to reintroduce the R350 Covid-19 special grant that was in place for six months over the lockdown last year. About 18-million South Africans already rely on the government for welfare grants.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Carol Paton and Hajra Omarjee at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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