Calls for basic income grant grow in South Africa as food price inflation rises to 13.4%


Civil society groups have called for a permanent basic income grant for the unemployed following figures from Stats SA indicating that food price inflation has risen to 13.4%, the highest since April 2009.

In his State of the Nation Address last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the social relief of distress grant and said the government would ensure that existing social grants were increased to cushion the poor against rising inflation.

He added that “work is under way to develop a mechanism for targeted basic income support for the most vulnerable”.

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