SIFISO SKENJANA: Basic income grant will remove poverty as a barrier to growth
Government should increase investment in programmes that boost long-term development of its people
Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu announced on July 13 that the government is embarking on a process to define how an unconditional universal basic income grant could be introduced for about 33-million South Africans aged 18-59.
As early as 2002 it was found in the Taylor committee report on poverty, social assistance and the basic income grant that such a grant in SA would cause improved health, nutrition and labour productivity outcomes. It was recommended that the country explore its introduction in a phased manner.