Parties Woo South Africa’s Poorest Voters with Promise of Basic Income

As South Africans head to the polls on 29 May, both the ruling party and its challengers are promising to introduce a universal basic income – a long-standing demand by activists, including the Social Policy Initiative (SPI). Our Executive Director, Isobel Frye, emphasizes the importance of a basic income in addressing poverty and inequality. Read […]

SPI Applauds ANC’s Commitment to Universal Basic Income

The Social Policy Initiative (SPI) welcomes the press statement released yesterday by the ANC affirming the longstanding support by the ANC of the principle of Universal Basic Income support. We call on all political parties to come out in these last days before the elections to pledge support for the introduction of a decent Universal Basic Income Grant immediately after the elections, […]

Obituary: Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, 1950 to 2024.

SPI sadly mourns the passing of Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family, her colleagues and the nation as we have lost one of the greats. Justice Mokgoro’ s life is an exemplar for social justice in South Africa, the region and globally. She served on the Constitutional Court as […]

Shaku, Frye on Godongwana’s 2024 budget There are mixed views to the #BUDGET2024 speech delivered by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana in Parliament earlier. Godongwana announced measures to cushion South Africans from the economy that has not been performing well for years. Social Policy Initiative executive director Isobel Frye and Saftu spokesperson Trevor Shaku discuss this further. Tune into Newzroom Afrika […]

Labour Minister announces a new National Minimum Wage: Isobel Frye Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has announced an update to the National Minimum Wage, increasing it from R25.42 to R27.58 per ordinary hour worked. Effective from March 1, 2024, this adjustment aims to ensure fair compensation for all workers. Notably, the revised minimum wage also extends to vulnerable sectors such as farm workers […]

Universal basic income is the answer to providing a solid unemployment social assistance system

People queue in the rain at Randburg Labour Department on February 22, 2021 in Randburg, South Africa. The department of labour is responsible for matters related to employment, including industrial relations, job creation, unemployment insurance and occupational health and safety. (Photo: Gallo Images / Fani Mahuntsi) South Africa needs an unemployment system overhaul. Income needs […]