• The following two research reports form part of a research project that SPII have undertaken over the past two years with funding support from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).

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    The global pandemic has exposed an underlying gap which exists in South Africa and has stressed the need for a basic income grant due to the lack of income support for unemployed people aged 15-59 and low-income households.

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    Community voice, human dignity, and the demand for a Basic Income Grant. Monday, 14 September 2020, ACT Ubumbano hosted a webinar to reflect on how community voices are being amplified in the calling for a universal basic income grant. The discussion was led by the Director of SPII, Isobel Frye, and Skhumbuzo Zuma from Church Land. Source: ACT Ubumbano

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    Basic Income Grant could be a massive game changer which transforms South Africa’s social security system and could be a key contributor to lifting millions of people out of poverty. JOHANNESBURG – Some NGO’s want the government to make the Covid-19 emergency relief measures permanent from October, especially the one that allows citizens aged 18-59 to access state assistance for the first time ever, to create a basic income grant. The country had crossed a critical threshold in making income available to working-age people, so recognising that this group merited help in a country with its problems of poverty, high ….Read More

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    The global pandemic sparks interest around the concept of a universal basic income grant in SA and calls for implementations to be intensified following the outbreak of Covid-19. A recent webinar hosted by the Chris Hani Institute brings together a panel of experts to discuss universal basic income guarantee Source: CHI – YouTube

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    Universal Basic Income: Global Experience and Policy Options for South Africa. Source: MyANC – YouTube

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    Why A Basic Income Support? Basic income support can eliminate poverty with dignity and security for all Contributes to equity and social cohesion – Basic income can close the gap in income, but more so in personal opportunity and in empowerment Developmental and may stimulate economic growth Encourages entrepreneurship, life-long learning, creative and caring work and civic engagement Basic income can help offset the negative effects of automation and other changes in the labour market The South African Constitution provides under section 27(1)(b) and(c) that everyone has the right to have access to sufficient food and water, as well as ….Read More

  • On Saturday, 1st August 2020 #PayTheGrants campaign participated in the working class Day of Action in South Africa to protest the state’s dismal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the devastating effects of that response on the working classes and marginalised groups of South Africa. This action called for the implementation of a BIG. SPII participated in this work through the Cash Transfers subgroup of the c19 People’s Coalition and, more specifically, through the involvement in the #PayTheGrants campaign. Below is a statement Issued by the 1 August Movements. Saturday 1st August saw communities and organisations across the country unite ….Read More

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    Sacha Knox, Senior Researcher & Budget Analyst at The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute on SAfm talking basic income grant and matters incidental there with.

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    The idea of a basic income grant is a response to the failure of government to create jobs, says an expert. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu announced government was considering the introduction of a basic income grant. Another expert welcomed the idea of a basic income grant, saying government needs to find a way to get money into people’s pockets. Government’s announcement that it is considering the introduction of a basic income grant has sparked debate, with some wondering how it would be implemented in order to address the country’s poverty levels. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu announced last week ….Read More

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    Covid-19 has affected economies the world over, costing people jobs and compelling businesses to shut down. In South Africa, having had an already compromised economy the pandemic hit hard – with women bearing the brunt of it all according to a recent study. Speaking on POWER Update on Thursday, Senior researcher from the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute Sacha Knox says many people in South Africa are starving to death with no option. “Most people don’t even have money to feed themselves never mind access to further opportunities. An already dire picture in South Africa is really being exacerbated ….Read More

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    Isobel Frye shared panel with Dr Mamphela Ramphele and Sakina Kamwendo to discuss the introduction of the universal basic income grant. Source: SABC News – YouTube

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    With the country’s unemployment rate soaring since the start of the lockdown and a million jobs being lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Social Development is now saying government is looking at a new basic income grant for South Africa. Isobel Frye, a director at the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute speaks to #eNCA for more on this. Source: eNCA – YouTube

  • Isobel Frye speaking on how South Africa is considering the implementation of the Basic Income Grant (BIG). This grant is aimed at providing social protection for people between the ages of 18-59, who are not beneficiaries of any other social grant or fixed income. She also talks about how a BIG is linked to accompanying issues such as unemployment, the Decent Standard of Living and the political economy in South Africa.