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Carry on opposing grants and July riots will look like child’s ...


Carry on opposing grants and July riots will look like child’s play

SA can and must afford a basic income grant because the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about

Executive editor: opinions and analysis

This is my first column of the year. I wish I were a “new year new beginnings” type of fella, but my gym membership expired four years ago.

I tend to switch off current affairs when I’m on leave. SA is a depressing country. If money is not being stolen somewhere, then someone is getting senselessly murdered, raped or harmed. Our news cycle is so depressingly heavy that I often find myself endlessly scrolling different sites in search of good news.

But we are also a weird country. In a place with 46.6% unemployment (expanded definition, according to Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey), we are engaging in endless ideological debates about whether we can afford to offer financial support to our fellow countrymen and women, who grapple daily with where their next plate of food is going to come from...

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