Media Advisory: Mandela Day Lecture: SPII Proposes BIG Solutions to Growing Poverty and Unrest is SA
Mandela Day Lecture: SPII Proposes BIG Solutions to Growing Poverty and Unrest is SA
For Immediate Release
19 July 2021
SOUTH AFRICA - During a panel discussion reflecting on former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy in light of the current situation of turmoil in the country as the world observed Mandela Day, Studies in Poverty and Inequality (SPII) Director Isobel Frye put forward a number of innovative solutions to the crisis we face.
The Nelson Mandela Virtual Memorial Seminar, hosted last night by the ruling party, was attended by President Cyril Ramaphosa. It sought to create a space of meaningful engagement between the president, civil society and academic role players.
Reiterating calls by 40 civil society organisations for a universal basic income grant (BIG) of R1,268 to all South Africans, Frye stressed that it was important to introduce it by the end of this year as a hallmark of Ubuntu. She identified the BIG as an important intervention to rebuild society and the economy.
Frye pointed out that we also need to strengthen the state capacity in the Department of Social Development to ensure that no one is left behind. She suggested that the government distribute Ubuntu smartphones to every person with an e-wallet so we are all connected and empowered.
Reflecting on one of the key recommendations made around distributing a universal basic income grant (BIG) through cellphone technology, SPII Director Isobel Frye said:
“Imagine the moment every month when 59 million pings across every corner of South Africa signals the receipt of the BIG payment - the epitome of Mandela’s universal Ubuntu, into an eWallet on every person’s smartphone. Connected, empowered, included.”
To view the full presentation made at the discussion, click here.
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