SABC News: International day for the poverty eradication
Isobel Frye speaks to Chriselda Lewis on Poverty eradication
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on the 17th of October annually.
In 1987 on that day, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to honour the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger.
Poverty is not solely an economic issue, but rather a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses a lack of both income and the basic capabilities to live in dignity. We speak to Isobel Frye, Director of South Africa's Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) about where South Africa stands in this regard and how we could possibly move towards solutions that will help those who live within that poverty line.
Statistics South Africa released new data on the upper and lower poverty lines, South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. The minimum amount needed to lift a life out of poverty is R1335, which is triple the amount granted by SASSA for the Social Relief of Distress grant. A basic income grant can help our people actively participate in the economy.