Every year in August, gender issues are discussed in a slew of articles. It is not necessarily a bad thing to highlight perhaps the biggest challenge that intersects race, class and economic status in SA. But in 2020, Women’s Day was celebrated in the context of a revived policy proposal — the introduction of a basic income grant (Big).

For those of us overwhelmed by mismodelling of Covid numbers, exploding unemployment, incoherent policy decisions about cigarettes and alcohol, debates about borrowing money from the IMF, abhorrent stealing of Covid-19 funds and predictions about how long it will take the economy to return to the (still high) pre-Covid unemployment levels, it might be worthwhile to look at just one thing: the plight of women in the country...

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