President Cyril Ramaphosa will present his fourth state of the nation address (Sona) next week. The basic income grant (BIG) issue has been hogging the headlines since the leak of a pre-Sona briefing note from his economic advisers warning of the danger that a large and permanent increase in social grant payments would limit the economy’s growth and job creation potential.

A healthy debate on grants versus growth seems to be going on among the advisers, as we now know after the leak of yet another dissenting note...

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