Government may introduce universal income grant
In a social cluster briefing on Monday, Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu announced that there may be an introduction of a Universal Income Grant for unemployed citizens post October.
Following the current unemployment grant of R350 that is said to be received until October; there may be a new Basic Income Grant (BIG) of R500 to be received by unemployed South Africans between the ages 18-59.
More than R1, 2 billion in SRD (Social Relief of Distress) grants has been paid out to an approximate amount of 3, 5 million applicants who submitted applications in May. Zulu said that the BIG will be an attempt to continue remedying the unemployment and poverty conditions that are a result of the pandemic.
“Since we already have categorial grants for children, older persons and persons with disabilities, the BIG will be an income support grant for the population aged 18-59,” she said.
Nokukhanya Ntuli, current recipient of the SRD grant said the BIG excites her as an individual, but the sociological impact may be a negative one.
“I’m excited and relieved especially because I don’t have financial aid so at least I’ll get a monthly income like other students. It is however going to affect the morale of our citizens, especially the youth. They won’t feel the need to get part-time work,” said Ntuli
Nelly Mtshali, a working taxpayer said the government must do as they please, “A lot of uncontested things are done with my tax money anyway, so this does not matter. Government can use it whichever way they please.”