Child grants simply don’t cut it any more as SA’s food prices soar
People living below poverty line pay nearly 10% more for staple foods while the social security system fails to catch up
As SA’s poverty crisis deepens, the latest household affordability index report has revealed that low-income earners are paying nearly 10% more for a basic basket of staple foods than they did year ago.
Compiled by the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity Group (PMBEJD), it tracks food prices from 44 supermarkets and 30 butcheries in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg and Springbok in the Northern Cape.
The index shows that the average cost of the household food basket increased by R361.14 (9.4%), from R3,856.34 in September 2020 to R4,219.48 in September 2021...