pipe dream: Basic Income for South African adults


There are too many people suffering from poverty in South Africa, and the quickest way to eliminate it is to provide income for all adult citizens (18+). If each of these 30 million individuals earned R500/week ($1 is about R10), that would cost R780 billion. Compare that to the R900 billion that SARS expects to make in 2013/2014 tax year.

Sources of funding

We will gain R140 billion by stopping the following:

We will gain an additional R450 billion by doubling the following:

After all that, we are left with a shortfall of R190 billion. Where does it come from?

Why R500

This gets a person with a dependent: