SA should institute basic income support for adults with no income in a phased approach, beginning with the institutionalisation and stabilisation of the Covid-19 social relief of distress (SRD) grant, according to a new report drawn up for the government.

Once this is achieved, a targeted entry level for the proposed grant, set at the food poverty line, or R595 a month, should be implemented. After that, it should increase in “sustainable increments determined by affordability” over time...

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