I always love it when politicians state the obvious and act as if they have discovered some radical new idea or when they repeat their job description as being some lofty goal to achieve in the future instead of something they should be doing right now. Here’s a prime example of both from Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya:
Children living in extreme poverty were unlikely to make it to the top without help, Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya said on Monday.
“Most of the South African families and communities – in particular those who were disadvantaged by the past regime – find it very difficult to get out of the poverty trap.
“They have remained poor throughout their life span and in most cases across generations.”
...However, he acknowledged that tackling child poverty will require improving access to employment, essential public services and early childhood development for poverty stricken families.
Thank you Captain Obvious.
Back in 1999 national elections the DA ran on a platform that included a basic income grant (BIG). At the time the ANC pooh-poohed the idea as being unworkable and impractical. But in a turnaround Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya has now come out in favour of the BIG. Of course he’s careful to stress that this is just his personal opinion and not that of the ANC.