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The case for extending the COVID-19 special grants

This is a summary of recommendations that integrate health and economic objectives and accounts for social comorbidities that are rooted in South Africa’s uniquely vast levels of inequality.

South Africa is in the midst of an economic, health and inequality crisis. This crisis has been partly ameliorated by the special grants introduced for six months. Research shows that the economy hasn’t bounced back as was hoped when the grants were first introduced. If these grants are allowed to expire at the end of October, this would massively deepen the humanitarian crisis, plunging over 5.8 million people into destitution and hunger.