The government will spend R2.7-billion this financial year on upgrading miners' housing, particularly in the platinum belt in North West province, as part of a series of interventions aimed at stabilising South Africa's mining industry.
The South African government will build 216 000 houses and connect 905 000 households to electricity over the next two years. This is in addition to other housing schemes the state has embarked on in partnership with the private sector and public-private development institutions.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced inflation-related increases in old age, disability, child support and foster care grants on Wednesday. South Africa's social assistance system, one of the largest in Africa, is the government's most direct means of combating poverty.
South Africa's move to modernise its administration of social grants, involving the live certification and re-registration of grant beneficiaries and the introduction of a biometric card payment system, is saving the country billions of rands.
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