Cosatu spurs on basic income calls

Cosatu spurs on basic income calls

Johannesburg – Calls for a basic income grant (BIG) are gaining momentum again, with Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini saying it should be included in the country’s comprehensive social security plan, which is currently been drawn up by government.

Isobel Frye, who heads up the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, has said before that had the basic income grant of R100, which was opposed by the government and former president Thabo Mbeki as being too expensive, been implemented in 2004, the poverty gap would have been reduced by more than 70 percent.

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