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South Africa Unveils Post-Riot Relief, Eases Virus Lockdown

  • Monthly welfare grant reinstated until end of March 2022
  • Companies get extension to pay tax collected from workers
Deadly Riots Cast Pall Over South Africa’s Economic Recovery
Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled a new relief package to help businesses and individuals recover from a week of deadly riots and coronavirus curbs, as he eased lockdown restrictions amid slowing infections.

The measures include reinstating a monthly welfare grant of 350 rand ($24) for the poor until the end of March, a 400 million-rand state contribution to a humanitarian relief fund and support for uninsured businesses, Ramaphosa said Sunday in a televised speech. The government will also expand an employment tax incentive, and give companies an additional three months to pay taxes collected from their workers, he said.