Unemployment grant claims dismissed

2016-05-19 06:00

MANY unemployed people were excited to hear, following talks and reports released on 11 May, that “government will start giving unemployed people a social grant”.

The report said that a monthly grant of R1 420 will be given to unemployed South Africans between the ages of 19 and 59, starting from mid-2017, but the Department of Social Development (DSD) said the claim is false.

DSD minister Bathabile Dlamini was apparently quoted in the report as saying that government will ensure that unemployed people in these age groups are able to put food on the table, not that they would get a social grant.

In the statement department spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant said the department has not made any pronouncement to this effect.

Oliphant said government has examined many international good practices, with a view to move to a new social security dispensation in South Africa.

“Government is of the view this will ensure that we achieve adequate social security coverage for all within reasonable cost constraints,” she said

She said milestones on the process will be communicated by government in due course.

- Supplied.


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