Basic income grant in South Africa won’t stop people looking for work: chairperson

Basic income grant in South Africa won’t stop people looking for work: chairperson

The introduction of a new basic income grant will not lead to ‘syndromic dependency’ and most South Africans are not unemployed not by choice, says Wits professor and chairperson of the Expert Panel on Basic Income Support, Alex van den Heever.

A panel headed by Van den Heever has recommended that the country gradually implement a basic income grant, beginning with the institutionalisation of a monthly welfare payment introduced last year to offset damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

The panel was appointed by the Department of Social Development, the International Labor Organization and the United Nations-backed Joint Sustainable Development Goals […]

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