Govt ‘continuing its quest’ for basic income grant: Lindiwe Zulu

Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu says her department is pushing ahead with its bid to have the country pay a basic income grant to the unemployed.

2021-12-01 12:28:00 AM

Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu says her department is pushing ahead with its bid to have the country pay a basic income grant to the unemployed.

Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu says her department is pushing ahead with its bid to have the country pay a basic income grant to the unemployed.

The DA’sDelmaine Christians had asked Zulu about the possibilities of an extension of the R350 social relief of distress grant paid to unemployed South Africans.The grant started last year when the country was forced into a hard lockdown as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“SA is still battling the consequences of Covid-19 and it seems things are set to become worse. Many people, young and old, do not have an income and the past few months we have seen people standing in line for hours for that R350 grant.“A high percentage of our youth are unemployed and continue to have no income, and that is also set to increase,” said Christians. 

She asked Zulu to update the NCOP on whether government will continue with the R350 grant.Zulu thanked members of the NCOP who had given her department support regarding the basic income grant.“We are continuing with our quest towards ensuring that ultimately this is adopted, but at the same time we are very conscious about the financial challenges and impact thereof on the fiscus. headtopics.com

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“As the department of social development we are saying it would be better for our government, our people, to support those who are finding themselves at the lowest end of development and unemployed,” said Zulu.She said this extended to many who are struggling to find jobs despite their efforts.

“The discussion is still on. We have not abandoned it and we have no intention of abandoning it. I think we have got the greater support.“We do have support among government itself, because there is full appreciation and understanding that when too many people go home hungry, when too many people have absolutely nothing, it is not in the good of our country, neither is it in the interest of peace, security and stability,” said Zulu.

The basic income grant became a serious point of discussion this year after news broke of talks in government about making the R350 grant permanent.

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Fuck the grant South Africans are not disable! We need jobs that are occupied by illegal immigrants illegally! From which income source + to disadvantage which department’s budget Be clear! Spouting stuff again …! What nonsense is this mara? Who's paying? Us? Carry on, you're doing well chasing your skilled workers away. You will be facing bigger problems when this income tax tap starts running dry...

We have noticed how COVID-19 has relying effects to family lives and young people that relied on grants and turning 18 of age that will be kicked out by the system will be left behind and poor expected to adhere till 2030 agenda to end AIDS,will it be possible? We are worried of all young persons who will be turning 18 of age who are HIV positive and relying on the grants and their parents devastated by COVID-19 and lost Jobs 😢 conversation to be started.

With what money. Talking is very easy ..doing is a different ball game altogether. If this pass I leave my job EFF leads and they follow. Superior logic dictates. These are types of idiots must vacate office. Non thinkers must move now. Yerrrre it is going to the foreigners still

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Is she giving up her lucrative salary to pay towards this ? Push the bid of creating employment we don't want to depend on the government thina TopThestreets We want Jobs not grands! They always push for money that is not supported by what's available in the tiki box. THE ONLY WAY WE CAN GET OUT OF THIS SITUATION, IS FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO START SPENDING MONEY ON CITIZENS

This is so unsustainable. There's a large population that's unemployed with a small population that is employed (& this population is decreasing rapidly due to the pandemic). I really wonder who advises these ministers because this doesn't make economical sense at all! We’re being fleeced ANC really needs to take a break from power and take time to reflect on its behaviour.

Why not create employment instead? Has government ever done an audit on the employed vs unemployed and compare with the population numbers? I suspect that ghost employees story hasn't been resolved.

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I did indicate that portion of this ridiculous petrol increase was to fund this stupid idea. This is not sustainable , its and idea. Currently as is, it was reported that 47% of our country's population is on kind of some social development grant. That is just crazy Stop what you doing to South Africans while you reserving jobs for foreigners

Wrong door Minister, try again : Jobs ! Investments! Jobs ! Investments! Jobs ! Investments ! Jobs ! Investors are sending a clear message. “Get off the drivers seat”… They must use your salary then. Trying to gain more voters. Going to be a disaster. Zuma deployees are holding MYANC hostage, get out of Luthuli house, handover the running of the ANC to young, clean cadre, there’s plenty inside the movement, the gatekeepers must fall. You are not just “disinvesting”the Country and it’s citizens, you are disinvesting MYANC .

It's a pity that Lindiwe zulu haven't got the intelligence to generate the money for the lazy grants, obviously another communism/political move. glessbin How about you create jobs instead of otherwise ,how long shall the unemployment youths keep on keeping depending on the grant?😭😪 Basic income when petrol is over R20. Lindiwe, where will that money coming from if not from us again. You are killing us serious. You guys travels for free with state cars and unlimited petrol cards. This not on.

All they know is social grant. No job creation so that they can reduce the burden on the small number of tax payers. The lack of smart leadership is a huge problem in SA. People need job's an life not grant that will minimise how we think as citizens

Lindiwe Zulu tests positive for Covid-19“As President Cyril Ramaphosa emphasised last night, vaccination is the most powerful tool we have and it is not too late to get vaccinated before the fourth wave hits us hard”, Zulu said. Lies!!! Stop fkn with us. Please COVID... Please Karma never forgets an address.

Why must we pay for bee quotas too useless to get a job because of an economy you fucked up? MYANC CyrilRamaphosa DlaminiZuma we told Cyril and that fat NDZ and she pushed ahead There is no money. Your comrades ate it Relax minimum wage. Limit grants to graduates only. Increase grant per person. Give those grants as a subsidy for firms to employ graduates for 2 years

Take away the BEE, minimum wage and allow businesses to operate...watch the economy grow, and basic grants won't be needed. cANCer wants more from fewer people ...cannot do that anymore. LindiweZulu6 mama where are you going to get money to pay the neatly 40% of the unemployed 😂? I wonder how sustainable is that 🤔. This really confirms what I said before that this is a gov of grants and tenders. Creative thinking has long gone.

Dear SAn grants are not meant to replace jobs creation, but to assist us while hunting for jobs. They must not implement such thing before the put control over foreigners please, majority of beneficiaries might be foreigners Not a good move. Push the private sector into employing people. Make it easy for businesses in South Africa. Government cannot solve the unemployment alone. Don't near transfer payments as solution to our dying economy.

Why even bother to ever find a job if you get paid to stay home and make more babies 👍😉

Lindiwe Zulu tests positive“As President Cyril Ramaphosa emphasised last night, vaccination is the most powerful tool we have and it is not too late to get vaccinated before the fourth wave hits us hard”, Zulu said. Joo ngifisa ukubuza something kodwa ngizozwa bathini abanye. Ngisho ngomjovo For HIV?

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Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu tests positive for Covid-19Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu is isolating after testing positive for Covid-19. Amanga!!! Is she vaxxed..? Dying to know. Will be quite a blow to the mandatory vaxxer group. Take your time. As much as you like. Recover fully. Unlike the ministries you have headed.