- The looming Basic Income Grant (BIG) for unemployed South African Citizens is a hot topic among government leaders
- Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu is doing her best to make sure that she gets the funds to finance the BIG
- In order to qualify as a recipient, one has to be unemployed, aged between 19 and 59 and not a recipient of any other government grant
Are you between the ages of 19 and 59 and a South African citizen? Then you stand a good chance of qualifying for the proposed Basic Income Grant (BIG).
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has reportedly confirmed that a "discussion document" for the financing of the BIG in Mzansi has been created. The aim of the grant is to replace the R350 Covid-19 grants.
The Covid-19 grants recipients are now without financial support from government amid the pandemic that has left many South Africans financially affected. People who depended on the temporary SRD grant received their final payments last month.
Zulu has made it clear that she wants unemployed South Africans to be paid the Basic Income Grant. Current consultations are reportedly targeted at finding the funding for the BIG project.
The South African reports that recipients of the BIG have to be unemployed citizens from Mzansi and cannot be a recipient of any other grant provided by our government. They also have to be over the age of 18.
The terms are likely to be the same as those of the R350 grant, which was introduced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the stricter stages of the Covid-19 lockdown in April 2020.
IOL reported recently that Black Sash has come out in support of Minister Zulu calling for a basic income grant for the millions of unemployed people in the country.
In other news, Briefly News reported Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has warned South Africa that the country is in the grip of a third deadly wave of Covid-19. Mkhize cautioned that the number of new infections is rising signalling that the country is entering a third wave of the deadly virus.
According to News24, Mkhize was warned provinces to prepare for the 3rd wave by meeting regularly and implement contact tracking and quarantine as their main reaction to the new wave.
Briefly News also reported that Covid-19 has definitely changed things for artists and how they perform and this was the case for Amapiano DJ Obza. DJ Obza had to perform in Windhoek, Namibia and was supposed to hand in his Covid-19 results to gain access into the country.
The DJ allegedly handed in fake Covid-19 results and was caught, resulting in him getting arrested. DJ Obza was arrested in Walvis Bay.
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