An idea for a more effective social grant system

I was just reading a user letter on News24 about the effectiveness of AA, and had this idea.  I do not disagree with the fact that previously disadvantaged people need a hand up in life, but I do disagree wholeheartedly with the way it was implemented.  My reason for disagreeing…

In the large parastatals, highly skilled people were replaced willy-nilly, without making sure that the replacements could actually do the job that was expected from them, and without making sure that there was some kind of knowledge transfer on exactly what was required in these jobs.

As we all know, this has come back to bite the country in a big way.

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What have we learnt in 2 millenia?

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”
— Cicero, 55 BC

Evidently, nothing….