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SA to increase welfare provision over coronavirus – Ramaphosa

“Even when the nationwide lockdown is lifted, its effects will continue to be felt for some time,” Ramaphosa said.
Image: Siyabulela Duda, GCIS

South Africa will increase welfare provision to help poor households suffering because of a nationwide lockdown aimed at containing the country’s coronavirus outbreak, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.

In a weekly newsletter to the nation, Ramaphosa said that the lockdown had revealed “a very sad fault line in our society that reveals how grinding poverty, inequality and unemployment is tearing the fabric of our communities apart”.

He cited images of desperate people clamouring for food parcels at distribution centres as the lockdown leaves millions of people who are unemployed, working in the informal sector or in low-paid jobs struggling to support themselves.

Ramaphosa did not specify how the government would lift welfare provision, but some economists and labour unions have called for social grant payments to be topped up.

Africa’s most industrialised country is one of the world’s most unequal, with starkly different living conditions for those at the top and bottom of the income pyramid.

It has the most confirmed coronavirus cases in sub-Saharan Africa, at 3 158, with 54 deaths from the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus. Ramaphosa said the government was preparing for a probable surge in infections in the coming weeks and months.

Ramaphosa’s cabinet is due to meet on Monday to discuss new measures to cushion the economic and social impact of COVID-19, among them whether to close down ailing South African Airways, a major drain on state resources in recent years.

He said in the newsletter that the government would this week announce interventions to shield people from starvation.

“Even when the nationwide lockdown is lifted, its effects will continue to be felt for some time,” Ramaphosa said.

“Food support is a short-term emergency measure. It will need to be matched by sustainable solutions that help our most vulnerable citizens weather the difficult times that are still to come.”

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People clamoring for food parcels that was 80% stolen by his OWN ANC councilors and the sold to the people who it was initially intended for.
This is the saddest thing you can imagine. People vote for these thiefs and the they go and steal their meager food rations.
Even a Pandemic of epic proportions will get these people to do their jobs properly. They should all be charged with treason …

Yaaa.

The socialist / communist / unionist /BEE policies really paying off now.

So we dont fix it. We disk out more “Welfare” to those who is already getting something and unlucky for the rest.

Booze and smoke taxes can pay for it. Now ‘they’ lost all that money.

While I support the idea to help the poor, this current move will impoverish more people and raise the levels of poverty.

The government does not have money of its own. They can either extort taxes from an already-overtaxed community, or they can print it, so they will print it, mark my words. Although printing money is just another form of taxation, it is a very “just” tax because everyone pays in proportion to the amount of money he uses. Purchasing power is taken from everyone but those who feel the effect the most, are those who are closest to the poverty level.

This act to “assist the poor” will in effect, increase inequality by supporting the nominal prices of assets, while it raises the cost of living for everyone. The poor do not own any assets, therefore they are the real losers.

Rising inequality is always the result of populist government policies. The higher the levels of inequality, the stronger the populist forces to redistribute wealth, leading to even higher inequality. This ends in a Venezualan or Zimbabwean style hyperinflationary death spiral.

We should realise that poor is a relative concept. The IMF describes us as a middle-income country, while we like to see ourselves as being poor. “You become what you think about”.

Reading this article and stumbling across this article in the same day is way to much for co-incidence.
Eight steps for a social state by Saul Alinsky:

There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.

1) Healthcare: Control healthcare and you control the people.

2) Poverty: Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt: Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control: Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare: Take control of every aspect of their lives, (food, housing, income).

6) Education:Take control of what people read and listen to; take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion: Remove the belief in God from the government and schools.

8) Class Warfare: Divide the people into wealthy and poor. This will cause discontent and it will be easier to take (tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Sound familiar?

Promoters of the free market economy are labelled selfish because we dont care for the poor but that is so far from the truth. I blame the Public education system for this indoctrination.

All the government can do is use force to extort taxes and it can inflate currency. We know the ANC does the exact opposite of wealth creation and its response to this crises will cause severe pain of the poor.

They just carving up the carcass before its even dead. The collapse will be inflationary.

Yep, have posted before that there is a Google list of some 30 countries who were ruined by Communist govts plus another 50 where the Communist/Socialists had temporary power. Disaster for the countries in every case. Real money (not the printed kind) only comes where there is free enterprise that incentivises people to get going and produce stuff, mine it, beneficiate it etc etc. Socialism (‘The State’) kills this, encourages people to sit on their backsides. This latter situation has been a very pleasant choice for many lazy corrupt govt officials until now. Only problem – it doesn’t work now that the kitty is empty, courtesy of Zuma and his henchmen. Plus Covid 19. For corrupt people in the ANC (and EFF), the party is now over. The tide is out. And we are found to be naked.

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