Wed. Jun 12th, 2024

Mbalula Proposes Conversion of R350 SRD Grant to Basic Income Grant

Introduction to Election Campaign

As election fervor intensifies with just three weeks remaining before May 29, the African National Congress (ANC) has pledged to transform the R350 monthly Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant into a permanent, increased Basic Income Grant (BIG).

Announcement by Mbalula

This announcement came from ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula during the party’s campaign activities in eThekwini on Tuesday, where the ANC is focusing on engaging voters in the fiercely contested KwaZulu-Natal region for the remainder of the week.

Addressing Community Concerns

Mbalula addressed concerns raised by ANC supporters and potential voters regarding high unemployment and poverty levels. During his visit to Amaoti, northwest of Durban, unemployment and its associated challenges featured prominently in his discussions with the community.

Proposed Solutions

Mbalula outlined the ANC’s commitment for the next five years, highlighting plans to create 2.5 million jobs. He proposed increasing the R350 grant for the unemployed and converting it into a basic income grant. Additionally, Mbalula mentioned plans to train thousands of young people and integrate them into the South African National Defence Force.

Inclusive Job Creation Strategy

He stressed that the ANC’s job creation strategy will be inclusive, targeting individuals of all ages and experience levels for entry-level positions.

Unity within the ANC

Addressing concerns from disillusioned ANC members, Mbalula emphasized that the ANC belongs to the people and urged unity within the party ranks. He urged voters to support the ANC in the upcoming elections, highlighting its enduring presence compared to newer political parties.

Positive Reception from the Community

Mbalula’s engagement with the community was met with warmth, with residents expressing gratitude for past ANC initiatives such as electricity provision, housing, healthcare facilities, education infrastructure, and road improvements.

Encounter with First-Time Voter

During his interactions, Mbalula encountered Anele Khuzwayo, a first-time voter and Unisa student, who praised the ANC for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), which enabled her and her siblings to pursue higher education. Mbalula encouraged her to vote for the ANC to safeguard the continuation of such schemes and ensure access to education for others in similar financial circumstances.

Continuation of Election Campaign

The ANC’s election campaign continues throughout the province for the week, featuring prominent leaders including President Cyril Ramaphosa, SACP general secretary Solly Mapaila, and Cosatu representatives.