Black Sash Media Release
26 August 2020
The idea of a Basic Income Grant has been discussed in South Africa for almost twenty years, following the Taylor Committee’s report for a Comprehensive System of Social Security for South Africa (2002).
The Black Sash launched its research publication on Monday 24 August 2020 titled, Basic Income Campaign – A Case for South Africa by Engenas Senona. The publication explores the idea of a universal basic income, with international pilot case studies, and considers the gaps in the South African social security and protection framework. The report reviews global social protection measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It concludes with making a case for the feasibility of income support in South Africa.
The government has a constitutional and an international obligation to ensure that those with no or little income aged 18 to 59 have access to social assistance. This will form a solid basis for the phasing in of a universal basic income grant.
The Black Sash also launched a petition, demanding that government:
Implements permanent social assistance for those aged 18 to 59, valued at the upper-bound poverty line, currently R1,227 per month. Caregivers, who receive the Child Support Grant must also qualify for this grant;
Make the COVID-19 grant increases of R250 per month permanent for all social grants;
Ensures that the above provisions apply to refugees, permanent residents, asylum seekers and migrant workers with special permits; and
Work towards a universal basic income.
We encourage all who reside in South Africa to sign and share our petition calling for Basic Income Support for those aged #18-59 years NOW!