Magical thinking about the BIG question does more harm than good

Magical thinking about the BIG question does more harm than good

12 June 2022

SA’s social safety net is relatively well resourced: at more than 3% of GDP, grants account for three times the share of national income that is average for developing countries. Until the introduction of the R350 a month social relief of distress grant, however, grants were available only to children, the aged and disabled. No grants existed for able bodied, working age adults, many of whom are desperately poor because SA’s economy generates so little employment.It is, given the context, unsurprising that many people […]

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