Civil society groups and unemployed individuals Social Relief of Distress (SRD) have urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to provide a comprehensive plan on how the government will implement its plan to provide a basic earnings supply in his State of the Nation address.

In May 2020, the government introduced the SRD provide during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has helped about 5 million individuals put food on the table.

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The supply of this commodity will run out in March 2024. This has been the case for a long time now.

Despite the pandemic’s end, calls for a fundamental earnings supply have been growing for the country to address its growing unemployment and poverty.

A number of studies have warned that a fundamental earnings supply would lead to a continuation of the country’s dependency.

The R350 SRD has assisted many households in purchasing food since the outbreak of COVID-19. However, the meals expenditures have increased, and the provide quantity has not changed.

Ayanda is one of the millions of unemployed people in the country. She lives in Randburg.

A young man went to a Shoprite to purchase R300 worth of groceries. Among the items he bought were a loaf of bread, maize meal, sugar beans, and a head of cabbage.

This idea would involve closing him for a month.

It’s no longer enough, it needs to be enhanced. This can be done through the authorities finding a way to amplify it. I believe that by spending R500 or R600, people’s lives would be improved.

Based on the affordability index that was launched in January, this amount is not enough to meet the basic needs of a household.

Black Sash is an advocacy group that focuses on fighting for the dignity of people. They believe that a bigger social security grant is needed to help people.

According to Hoodah Abrahams- Fayker, the organization hopes that the president will use the State of the Nation address to unveil a plan that will provide long-term social assistance to the unemployed.

The corporation is also calling on the DSD to resolve the issues related to supply repayment.

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