Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu says her department wants to table a proposal to Cabinet, this year, to introduce a Basic Income Grant.

Zulu delivered her Department’s 2021/2022 budget this week and said the grant will target unemployed people, aged between 19 and 59.

The Minister says the proposal will build on the success of the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant, which she says played a major role in the reduction of hunger, poverty and inequalities.

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Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu says her Department is engaged in talks with Government and National Treasury to see if the special Covid-19 grants, allocated to needy South Africans over the past year, could be extended.

The Minister delivered her 2021/2022 Budget Vote in Parliament this week.

She spoke to ENCA and said the R350 covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant, in particular, reached millions of people across the country.

She says this grant came to an end in April.

Zulu says many South Africans desperately need the grants to survive.

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