FMF FEATURE ARTICLE
Universal basic income grant, catastrophe loading – Riaan Salie
South Africa's economy lost R20bn and 150,000 jobs due to riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The spate of violence and looting has led to renewed calls for a Basic Income Grant (BIG) from advocacy groups. President Cyril Ramaphosa has responded by suggesting that his government is considering a BIG as it would show "that the government cared." Given that 11 million citizens survive on less than R27 a day, the calls for urgent solutions to poverty have become heightened.