Basic income grant is laden with risk for the future

A dedicated new state revenue stream will have to be found, but the opportunities are few and far between

In the aftermath of the violence, which brought home South Africa’s inequalities in an immediate and frightening way, it is morally hard to argue against a small income grant to the unemployed. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have been brutal: 2.2-million jobs were lost in the first hard lockdown, with only 1-million of those having bounced back a year later. People are hungry and desperate — that is abundantly clear...

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