Civil society meets the President on extension of R350 SRD Grant and pathways to BIG

On Tuesday 18 January 2022 our civil society collective met with President Cyril Ramphosa, Minister Lindiwe Zulu and Minister Enoch Godongwana. The meeting was about the urgent need for permanent income support for the growing millions of poor and unemployed people in South Africa and followed multiple requests, made over the past two years, for direct engagement with the Presidency and Cabinet Ministers. The meeting marked a significant milestone in closing the gap between civil society and the state and we were very pleased with the President’s receptive and engaging approach throughout. We discussed extending and improving the R350 Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant as well as policy pathways for implementing a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG).

Read the media statement and presentations below.