• 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

  • the view point - SA fm

    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.

  • think big

    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

  • power update

    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

  • basic income grant discussion

    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

  • basic income grant discussion

    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.