Black Sash urges GOVT to assist poor as petrol price rises

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.
The Black Sash is concerned about the resulting knock-on effect on the cost of basic foods and services like transport, and the toll this will take on the poorest of the poor who are already struggling to make ends meet.  

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.   
Black Sash National Director Lynette Maart says: “We urge government to consider increasing grants to enable recipients, to be able to cover basic foodstuffs and essentials like electricity and rent.”

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.

For further comment or interviews, please contact:
Black Sash National Director Lynette Maart on 083 628 3425
BS National Advocacy Manager Hoodah Abrahams-Fayker on 072 252 0333
Black Sash Communications and Media Manager An Wentzel 021 – 686 6952

Date published: 
Friday, 3 May, 2019
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