The ANC National Executive Committee has proposed the extension of the current R350-a-month social grant beyond January, and the introduction of a basic income grant in South Africa in the future. Economists, academics, and civil society groups have long argued that the introduction of a basic income grant will go a long way to provide income to people who have lost their jobs due to lockdown restrictions, have no income, or cannot find an entry point into the job market but civil society group the Black Sash, has proposed a targeted approach in introducing such a grant, saying the state cannot afford to provide a universal, cradle-to-grave basic income grant to every person during the Covid-19 pandemic.