Lindiwe Zulu, South Africa's minister of social development, has announced that the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) is developing a strategy to assist recipients of the R350 social relief distress grant (SRD) in securing employment.
When asked a written inquiry by the EFF, Zulu made the disclosure.
Because of financial limits, the red berets demanded to know "what measures of intervention will her department take to accommodate the more than 500,000 persons who will be excluded from the SRD."
The R44bn budgeted for Zulu's department is insufficient to cover the 10.5 million SRD recipients who would need assistance until March 31, 2019.
A number of important economic reforms, including strategies for dealing with problems at state-owned organizations and incentives for new industries like hemp farmers, have been highlighted in this year's Sona.
Those making less than R624 per month would be eligible for a subsidy of R350, as proposed by Lindiwe Zulu.
Minister of social development Lindiwe Zulu has recommended giving the R350 social relief of hardship to anyone making less than R624 per month.
When will new employment chances be made available?
To better aid Covid-19 SRD users in their search for gainful employment, Sassa is in the midst of creating a data-sharing agreement with the departments of public works and infrastructure and employment and labor.
To improve job prospects for the unemployed and those listed in the SRD database, "the department has established a framework for linking social security beneficiaries to sustainable livelihoods programs," Zulu stated.
Where will the show's attention be directed?
According to Zulu, the department will prioritize helping those in need, especially young people and women.
She explained that under this scheme, the government and its agencies can fund training programs that could lead to increased productivity and new jobs.
These steps are being taken to help persons who don't qualify for social grants or the SRD Grant find work that will last for the long term and contribute to the economy in other ways.
Provision of a minimum wage likely?
A basic income grant is being considered, as stated earlier this month by Lindiwe Sisulu, chair of the ANC's social change subcommittee.
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