Editor’s note: What is discussed here does not meet the BIEN definition of basic income since it is targeted

The ANC has again promised to introduce a permanent Basic Income Grant (BIG); however, the party has not committed to any timeline.

The proposal was again put forward by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the party’s manifesto launch on 24 February.

Ramaphosa echoed his State of the Nation Address (SONA) earlier in the month by again laying out that the ruling party would “progressively implement a basic income support grant by extending and improving the value and coverage of the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant for the unemployed.”

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