On 1 May 2019 the petrol price goes up by 54c a litre, which means that South Africans will be paying R 4 per litre extra for petrol than in December 2018.
All the evidence points to the fact that the South African economy is in decline with job losses, fuel price increases and load-shedding. The SA Reserve Bank warns that: “the damage done by state capture is worse than previously understood… the economy has less electricity than it had a decade ago”. Bloomberg’s misery index has mentioned South Africa in the category of the most miserable economy in the world after Venezuela and Argentina
The Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, SALDRU, says that 84% of South Africans have an income of less than R 4 926 or less per month. According to SALDRU 50% of South Africans are chronically poor. The Black Sash is calling on the government to increase child grants to the food poverty line of R 550.
The Black Sash has noted with growing concern, the rise in joblessness and the fact that more than 30% of South Africans are unemployed with little or no income support. We call on government to provide income support for the 18-59 year cohort who have little or no income.
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Black Sash urges GOVT to assist poor as petrol price rises
Friday, 3 May, 2019