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Economic Digest 17: The Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan

On Thursday 15 October, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed a joint parliamentary sitting to outline his Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, aimed at helping the economy recover from the ravages of the lockdown implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The key points of the Plan include: a state infrastructure fund that will provide R100 […]

Economic Digest 14

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will deliver a special emergency budget on Wednesday 24 June, when he will table a new financial framework to respond to the coronavirus pandemic which has wreaked havoc on the local economy. The emergency budget is largely about the reallocation of R130 billion from various government departments, including R30 billion from […]

Response: Extending the COVID-19 Relief Grants

On 18th June, the Pretoria High Court handed down a judgment in terms of which access to the special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (known informally as the R350 grant) was extended to asylum-seekers and to the holders of various Special Permits whose permit or visa was valid on 15th March, when the National […]

Family Digest 32

Alcohol, Cigarettes and the COVID-19 Lockdown “Beyond health consequences, the harmful use of alcohol brings significant social and economic losses to individuals and society at large”.[i]   The narrative of the COVID-19 pandemic has been dominated by the controversy surrounding the ban on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol. The ban was sudden and took […]