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SA struggles to feed itself as prices soar and government is slow to react

Grants are woefully inadequate to meet the needs of an increasingly desperate population

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Covid-19 is making it harder for South Africans to put food on the table. 

Food price data over the past three months shows that South Africans are struggling to survive as food prices soar as the average cost of the household food basket increased by R85,70 (2.2%).

The food basket project by the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity (PMBEJD) group, which tracks purchases in Soweto and Alexandra in Gauteng, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu in the Western Cape and KwaMashu and Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal, shows that hunger, debt, unemployment, violence, poverty and inequality have escalated since the Covid-19 pandemic began...

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