SA’s social security system is an effective intervention to support the poor but a key weakness is the lack of coverage for unemployed adults who have no source of income and are not disabled, a World Bank report has concluded.

The lack of income support for unemployed adults who are outside the net of the child support grant, old-age grant and disability grant is the key argument in favour of a universal basic income grant, which has gained traction in the governing ANC and parts of the government in the context of an unemployment rate of about 34%...

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