Six weeks ago, at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s engagement with the media and academics, author and columnist Justice Malala said to me: “You must be happy that the president says he will implement a basic income grant (BIG).”

I replied that it is one thing for the president to say he wants to implement a BIG. But the Treasury could cancel the plan. The Treasury cancelled a R400bn infrastructure fund the president launched in September 2018. ..

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