A basic income grant is a necessity, not a luxury, if the country is to avoid a social catastrophe for all its citizens – according to DA MP Karen Jooste.
When, in May, the ANC rejected a recommendation that the Child Support Grant be raised to match that of the food poverty line, DA MP Karen Jooste felt a surge of “ice cold hatred” for those voting against the proposal.
It was the third time that Parliament’s Appropriations Committee had decided against recommending the proposed social grants increase. A key reason given was that it would be “too much work” to amend the Appropriations bill. The child support grant stands at R400/month while the food poverty line (FPL) is set at R441/month. The FPL is the rand value below which individuals are unable to buy or consume enough food to supply them with the minimum per-capita-per-day energy requirement for adequate health.