The sums aren’t adding for South Africa on either the spending or revenue side. It’s a problem that’s developed over time with no action being taken.
Can the structural barriers to low-skilled employment growth be overcome?
Basic income must be embedded within a broader strategy of economic reform, aimed at increasing the social wage and improving working conditions.
There is no substance to the view that poor people are lazy and prefer to live on handouts from the state rather than seek work.
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened unemployment and poverty, showing the need for the government to permanently expand income support to working-age adults.
The continued entrapment of African countries in the global circuit of capital and its proclivity to large scale accumulation imperils the ability of many to cope with the pandemic.
The relative success of the CERB during the pandemic shows the time is finally right for a permanent basic annual income program.
To begin to deal with South Africa’s persistent poverty, high unemployment, and the economic aftermath of the pandemic, grant increases must remain in place after the six month period.
Economic distress was the norm for many before the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic is an opportunity to provide an economically secure future for all.