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Concerns Over the Funding of the Covid-19 Vaccine

Concerns Over the Funding of the Covid-19 Vaccine

SPII's director, Isobel Frye and economist, Duma Gqubule, discuss how the government will fund the COVID-19 vaccine while South Africa's economy is still in...

The View Point – 6 Jan – SA General Household Survey 2019 – Role of Women and Social Reproduction Medium

The View Point – 6 Jan – SA General Household Survey 2019 – Role of Women and Social Reproduction Medium

Danita Hingston , research intern at SPII, speaks with Songezo Mabece on the Viewpoint Show on SAFM about SA’s General Household Survey 2019: role...

Ordinary South African’s Define a Decent Life

Ordinary South African’s Define a Decent Life

Defining poverty is a political act that involves an arbitrary and usually hidden choice, says isobel frye, in an article for new frame ...

How does the mid-term budget help the poor?

How does the mid-term budget help the poor?

Lelona Mxesibe, junior researcher and budget analyst at SPII joins Thabiso Kotane on Power 98.7 to speak about the mid-term budget policy statement.

Poor Financial Position of Government Likely to Be at the Centre of Budget

Poor Financial Position of Government Likely to Be at the Centre of Budget

“If we want the economy to grow we need to Increase the demand in the market.” With only a few days to go before...

Impact of COVID-19 on Poverty

Impact of COVID-19 on Poverty

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to have long-lasting effects on people’s livelihoods which stretch far beyond the spread of the disease....

Youth Unemployment: How Do We Diffuse a Ticking Time Bomb?

Youth Unemployment: How Do We Diffuse a Ticking Time Bomb?

Young people in South Africa continue to face unemployment and Poverty. Danita Hingston from Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute joins EWN senior reporter...

Universal Basic Income in South Africa: Perspectives from Private Sector and Civil Society

Universal Basic Income in South Africa: Perspectives from Private Sector and Civil Society

The global pandemic has exposed an underlying gap which exists in South Africa and has stressed the need for a basic income grant due...

Leaving No One Behind While Building Back Better

Leaving No One Behind While Building Back Better

As part of the famous annual Gothenburg Book Fair Global Square listen to conversations on 24 September between Ugo Gentilini of the World Bank...

ACT Ubumbano Learning Hub #5

ACT Ubumbano Learning Hub #5

Community voice, human dignity, and the demand for a Basic Income Grant. Monday, 14 September 2020, ACT Ubumbano hosted a webinar to reflect on...

Calls for Government to Make Relief Measures Permanent

Calls for Government to Make Relief Measures Permanent

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...

Social Protection in South Africa: Building back better post-COVID-19 – Webinar

Social Protection in South Africa: Building back better post-COVID-19 – Webinar

Isobel Frye, Director of SPII, in a panel discussion about how South Africa’s social protection system can “build back better” after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions...

Challenges, Costs and Important Learnings From the Covid-19 Pandemic

Challenges, Costs and Important Learnings From the Covid-19 Pandemic

Isobel Frye, Director of SPII, was invited by the Church of Sweden to unpack the challenges, costs and important learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic...

Increased Unemployment in SA Due to Covid-19 Pandemic

Increased Unemployment in SA Due to Covid-19 Pandemic

Isobel Frye considers the effects of the increases in poverty from Covid as part of these insights of SABC on 11 August 2020. Source: SABC...

Media Statement: People United in National Day of Working Class Action

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...

What is the Big Idea? Managing the Expectations of the Basic Income Grant

What is the Big Idea? Managing the Expectations of the Basic Income Grant

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

Think Big – Basic Income Grant Needs to Be About More Than Just Food, Say Researchers

Think Big – Basic Income Grant Needs to Be About More Than Just Food, Say Researchers

The idea of a basic income grant is a response to the failure of government to create jobs, says an expert. Social Development Minister...

Grants Still Not Paid Out

Grants Still Not Paid Out

"We are literally in the midst of a severe humanitarian crisis. One in three people have lost their income in the context of Covid-19...

How Covid-19 Created a Humanitarian Crisis in SA – Podcast

How Covid-19 Created a Humanitarian Crisis in SA – Podcast

Listen to the podcast here. Covid-19 has affected economies the world over, costing people jobs and compelling businesses to shut down. In South Africa,...

BIG Announcement

BIG Announcement

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

Basic Income Grant Implementation on the Table for South Africa

Basic Income Grant Implementation on the Table for South Africa

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...

South Africa is Considering Implementing a Universal Basic Income Grant

South Africa is Considering Implementing a Universal Basic Income Grant

Isobel Frye speaking on how South Africa is considering the implementation of the Basic Income Grant (BIG). This grant is aimed at providing social...

Economics Unbound: 09 July 2020

Economics Unbound: 09 July 2020

Talking about levels of household poverty with Thandeka Gqubule on 8 July 2020: Levels of destitution set to increase. Cabinet ministers need to increase...

South Africa to Introduce Universal Income Grant – Minister

South Africa to Introduce Universal Income Grant – Minister

JOHANNESBURG, July 13 (Reuters) - South Africa will introduce a universal basic income grant, the Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu said on Monday,...

SA Lockdown I Impact of COVID-19 on the poor: Isobel Frye

SA Lockdown I Impact of COVID-19 on the poor: Isobel Frye

The South African Social Security Agency, which issues grants to about 17-million beneficiaries, said on Wednesday it had identified and fixed the problem that...

Society Talks 2: COVID-19 economic relief packages and the future of social protection

Society Talks 2: COVID-19 economic relief packages and the future of social protection

Society Talks is a public dialogue that brings together civil society, stakeholders + the general public to inform, engage and share experiences with the...

Ramaphosa’s Covid-19 stimulus: Income relief is not ‘the awful indignity of charitable handouts’

Ramaphosa’s Covid-19 stimulus: Income relief is not ‘the awful indignity of charitable handouts’

Thomas Robert Malthus, writing in 1798 on the English Poor Laws, wrote: ‘… dependent poverty ought to be held disgraceful. Such a stimulus seems...

Covid-19, Unemployment and a Basic Income Grant

Covid-19, Unemployment and a Basic Income Grant

#BIGNow: Covid-19, Unemployment and a Basic Income Grant Source: COPAC SA - YouTube

Community Constituency Covid 19 Front – Leadership Response Post Presidential Speech

Community Constituency Covid 19 Front – Leadership Response Post Presidential Speech

Leadership Response Post President Cyril Ramaphosa Announcement on 21 April 2020. Source: Civil Society South Africa - Facebook

South Africa’s social welfare net with Isobel Frye

South Africa’s social welfare net with Isobel Frye

South Africa's social welfare net with Isobel Frye on SABC. Source: SABC News(YouTube)

COVID-19 Lockdown: Minimising the impact of coronavirus on food security

COVID-19 Lockdown: Minimising the impact of coronavirus on food security

Minimising the impact of coronavirus on food security during Covid-19 Lockdown - Isobel Frye. Source: SABC News(YouTube)

Looking at the SASSA grant system in South Africa and its function during the national lockdown

Looking at the SASSA grant system in South Africa and its function during the national lockdown

The Mediated Conversation: Looking at the SASSA grant system in South Africa and its function during the national lockdown Guests: Mervyn Abrahams, Coordinator for...

Active Citizenship: Civil society outlooks on 2020

Active Citizenship: Civil society outlooks on 2020

One of the unique features of South Africa’s Constitution is the role that it assigns to citizens in ensuring accountable government. We are a...

Poor will bear brunt

Poor will bear brunt

BUDGET: GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO REDUCE THE MONEY IT SPENDS. It has been proven that instead of improving an economy, austerity makes it worse.

Universal basic income and universal basic services: what have we learned and what’s next?

Universal basic income and universal basic services: what have we learned and what’s next?

Over the past years, Universal Basic Income (UBI) has increasingly been discussed in countries across the world. India’s 2019 elections featured UBI in a...

People in rural areas are better off than those in the city: IMF

People in rural areas are better off than those in the city: IMF

The International Monetary Fund says the decline in income per capita in Gauteng Province is more severe than in any other province. This basically...

Change essential for South Africans to have a decent standard of living

Change essential for South Africans to have a decent standard of living

The DSL Colloquium in Pretoria centred on ‘disrupting poverty’ and moving towards providing a decent life for all. The adoption of the Decent Standard...

Decent living standard is possible

Decent living standard is possible

In South Africa, each person has a constitutional right to live a life of dignity, a right to access to food and shelter, and...

Panel discussion: Midterm Budget Speech – Podcast

Economists Sacha Knox, Redge Nkosi and Phelisa Nkomo join Lee Ndaba on the line to discuss the recent Midterm Budget Policy Statement that was...

BUDGET JUSTICE COALITION KEY POINTS ON THE 2019 MEDIUM TERM BUDGET POLICY STATEMENT (MTBPS)    A CALL TO ACTION

BUDGET JUSTICE COALITION KEY POINTS ON THE 2019 MEDIUM TERM BUDGET POLICY STATEMENT (MTBPS) A CALL TO ACTION

THE MEDIUM-TERM BUDGET PROPOSALS WILL MAKE LIFE HARDER FOR THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN SOUTH AFRICA. The MTBPS is government’s broad three-year spending plan...

A Medium Term Budget Policy Statement that is blind to gender, inequality and ignores Constitutional duties on the state cannot take our country forward

The Budget Justice Coalition (BJC) is concerned that the 2019 MTBPS proposes a deepening of austerity (cutting expenditure to address debt) in the country....

Mid-term budget: Panel breaks down the MTBPS

Mid-term budget: Panel breaks down the MTBPS

The economy is only expected to grow by half percent this year - nowhere near what's needed to deal with the unemployment crisis... that...

Advancing a democratically defined decent standard of living

Advancing a democratically defined decent standard of living

Source: Philip Alston(YouTube)

The Impact of Poverty On The Youth and Social Cohesion

The Impact of Poverty On The Youth and Social Cohesion

   Play Podcast Listen to Isobel Frye, Director of SPII, talking about the impact of poverty on the youth and social cohesion on Channel...

NHI is SA’s response to global call for universal health coverage

NHI is SA’s response to global call for universal health coverage

Healthcare forms the basis for the realisation of a wide variety of socioeconomic rights, which is why the NHI is a much-needed step in...

4IRSA Digital Economic Summit

4IRSA Digital Economic Summit

Highlights from the inaugural 4th Industrial Revolution SA (4IRSA) Digital Economy Summit, in which Isobel Frye presented on ‘Shaking out Structural Poverty and Inequality’ and...

A Life Without Struggle In SA Is Achievable

A Life Without Struggle In SA Is Achievable

In among all the numbers, we have lost sight of dignity, and our value and worth as human beings. Poverty and inequality are the...

Ailing Economy Weakens Fight Against Poverty

Ailing Economy Weakens Fight Against Poverty

SPII weighs in on the traumatic experience of structural, intergenerational poverty in South Africa and points to the increased need for, and relevance of,...

How Can We Change Our Economic Trajectory?

How Can We Change Our Economic Trajectory?

Isobel Frye, Director of SPII, in a panel discussion about the economic trajectory of South Africa, pointing to seismic shifts in relation to unemployment.

Analysis Of Statistics On Poverty In South Africa: Sacha Knox

Analysis Of Statistics On Poverty In South Africa: Sacha Knox

Sacha Knox, Senior Researcher and Budget Analyst at SPII, discussing the new Poverty Lines from StatsSA, Inequality in South Africa and the need for...

A Basic Income Grant Could Be The Key To Uplifting Millions Out Of Poverty

A Basic Income Grant Could Be The Key To Uplifting Millions Out Of Poverty

Introducing a basic income grant, or ‘Freedom Dividend’, of R1,000 a month will help those who are unemployed and bring minimum-wage earners’ incomes closer...

Grand Dreams Of Going Boldly Into The Future Mean Little When Millions Go To Bed Hungry

Grand Dreams Of Going Boldly Into The Future Mean Little When Millions Go To Bed Hungry

Hunger does not allow for a decent life. Hunger prevents children from optimal development and learning and prevents adults from being fully productive members...

ANALYSING THE ECONOMICS IN THE SONA

ANALYSING THE ECONOMICS IN THE SONA

https://spii.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ANALYSING-THE-ECONOMICS-IN-THE-SONA.mp3 Eusebius had a robust debate with policy and economic experts Duma Gqubule , Busisiwe Radebe and Isobel Frye about the economic data and...

Pre- SONA 2019 Media Release on Gender Based Violence

FEMINIST CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS CALL ON PRESIDENT AND MINISTER OF FINANCE TO MAKE GOOD ON PROMISES TO FUND THE FIGHT AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE 20...

Call For Government To Open Procurement Data To Public Scrutiny

Call For Government To Open Procurement Data To Public Scrutiny

Public contracting is the meeting point of significant power and money and in most countries, these systems are characterised by convoluted, opaque planning. According...

Poverty levels in SA with Isobel Frye

Poverty levels in SA with Isobel Frye

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqkB-hxcTeo   As the country digests the low GDP figures, we continue to look at the impact this has on poverty.We are now joined...

Headlining Poverty Again: Tired Of Promises

Headlining Poverty Again: Tired Of Promises

Poverty is political. It is about choices, values and self- interest. It is about power, about winners and losers. If you think it too...

SOLUTIONS TO THE JOBS CRISIS – The Eusebius McKaiser Show

SOLUTIONS TO THE JOBS CRISIS – The Eusebius McKaiser Show

Eusebius hosted a discussion with Dr Thabi Leoka (economist), Neil Coleman (policy analyst and co-director of Institute for Economic Justice) and Isobel Frye (director...

Jobless And Hopeless: Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures

Jobless And Hopeless: Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures

South Africa’s sixth post-apartheid administration under President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to hit the ground running in relooking at how to address poverty and inequality....

BUDGETING IN AN ERA OF AUSTERITY AND STATE CAPTURE: A FIVE-YEAR REVIEW OF BUDGET POLICIES AND OUTCOMES

This submission is informed by a range of civil society organisations (CSOs) who are part of the Budget Justice Coalition, including the Alternative Information...

Statement: The Budget Justice Coalition reaffirms the need for a rights-oriented budget

21 February 2019, Cape Town – The Budget Justice Coalition notes the irony of a budget handed down on World Day of Social Justice that...

Distress Or Destitution – Why South Africa’s Social Grants Ignore The Masses Of Unemployed

Distress Or Destitution – Why South Africa’s Social Grants Ignore The Masses Of Unemployed

It is remarkable that South Africa’s social security laws are still based on the pre-1994 Social Assistance Act, with tweaks. These laws were aimed...

The Budget Justice Coalition Reaffirms The Need For A Rights-Orientated Budget

The Budget Justice Coalition notes the irony of a budget handed down on World Day of Social Justice that slashes R50.3 billion from social...

Examining the Oxfam Report Into Inequality – Podcast

South Africa is the most unequal country in the world, according to a World Bank 2018 study of 149 countries.  Inequality is rising globally...

Budget Justice Coalition post-MTBPS Press Statement: No winners from Minister Mboweni’s #MTBPS2018 address

Budget Justice Coalition post-MTBPS Press Statement: No winners from Minister Mboweni’s #MTBPS2018 address

Cape Town, 25 October 2018 – Rather than taking bold steps to stimulate the economy and embark on a more inclusive growth path, the Medium...

Civil society organisations test government’s commitment to human rights

South Africa risks continued failures to fulfil its human rights obligations to people if the government’s austerity policy is maintained, civil society organisations have warned at...

Vulekamali to improve public access to government budget data

Rhodes University’s Public ServiceAccountability Monitor (PSAM), last week gathered members from the National Treasury, the Legal Resources Centre, Afesis Corplan, and open data activist institute OpenUp for...

Vat Increase

Vat Increase

Value Added Tax will be increased to 15% from 1 April 2018. Some say it’s a necessary step to keep the economy on track,...

Our Rights Community Dialogue Series 22 September 2017

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The Poor are Getting Poorer

The Poor are Getting Poorer

LIFE for the poor is not getting better in South Africa. While economic growth and empowerment is always on government’s lips, ordinary citizens aren’t...

Press Statement: CIVIL SOCIETY PROPOSES ALTERNATIVE, PEOPLE-CENTERED BUDGET 20 February 2018

Press Statement: CIVIL SOCIETY PROPOSES ALTERNATIVE, PEOPLE-CENTERED BUDGET 20 February 2018

20 FEBRUARY 2018 PRESS RELEASE CIVIL SOCIETY PROPOSES ALTERNATIVE, PEOPLE-CENTERED BUDGET Broad collective of socio-economic rights organisations offer example of a budget which takes...

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