Increase in grants, employment grant here to stay, says Outa

Increase in grants, employment grant here to stay, says Outa

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says the increase in social grants for the next six months is likely to be a permanent feature.  

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The measures, which include the introduction of a new R350 grant for people who are unemployed and do not make use of the UIF, were announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday. 


The president announced an R500 billion package aimed a relieving the economic and social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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"The government introduced it as temporary, but I can assure you that it cannot be temporary. They say it is temporary now but it is going to be permanent because you cannot give people more money and try and take that away, this will cause backlash," says Outa CEO Wayne Duvenhage 


He believes questions remain as to how the government plans to finance the loan it will receive from the different institutions. 


Duvenhage says it is also important for civil society organisations to keep the government accountable on how the funds are distributed.

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