SPII in the Media

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 at the well-being of white South Africans in the context of virtual full employment for white men. They do not accommodate the lifelong income poverty of millions marginalised from decent work. The catch is that destitution or poverty, while it may […]

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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 as the 2018 World Inequality Report sets out, but there are historic and current drivers of inequality in South Africa that must be understood to be arrested and turned around. Listen to this Podcast of the Radio 702 interview hosted by […]

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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 a dialogue on Vulekamali, an online budget data portal which was established by Treasury in alliance with Imali Yethu – a coalition of civil society organisations for open budgets.   Read more

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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, but others blame it squarely on State capture and corruption. The big question is: with the majority of South Africans living below the poverty line, how will the poor compensate from their already empty pockets? Watch

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Our Rights Community Dialogue Series 22 September 2017

SPII – Our Rights Community Dialogue Series Watch Video

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