We call on the government to fulfil its constitutional and international obligation to provide social security by providing social assistance for those aged 18 – 59, including caregivers who receive the child support grant.
Now more than ever this is important, as we face deepening levels of unemployment and other effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on Mzansi households already burdened with hunger .
We demand that the government:
1. Implement permanent social assistance for those aged 18 to 59 valued at the upper-bound poverty line, currently R1417.00 per month. Caregivers, who receive the Child Support Grant, must qualify for this grant;
2. Make the COVID-19 grant increases of R250 per month permanent for all social grants;
3. Ensure that the above provisions apply to refugees, permanent residents, asylum seekers and migrant workers with special permits; and
4. Work towards a universal basic income.