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Food prices are climbing again in South Africa – here’s how much an average food basket costs

Food prices are rising as South Africa method the festive season, in accordance with new knowledge from the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group (PEJDG).

Its knowledge over the previous three months exhibits that the average value of the Household Food Basket has elevated by R161,89 or 4.2%,taking the entire value of the basket in November to R4,018.22.

The Household Food Basket tracks 44 fundamental meals which girls dwelling in low-income households inform us they attempt to purchase every month.



Food prices are collected by girls instantly off the cabinets of outlets which goal the low-income market in Soweto and Alexandra, in Khayelitsha and Gugulethu, in KwaMashu and Umlazi, amongst others.

These will increase in fundamental food prices in the trolleys of the vast majority of South Africans is alarming particularly because the festive season approaches and with faculty re-opening dates having been pushed again to 27 January 2021. “January is a month which stretches out like a mirage,” PEJDG mentioned.

“Our data at household level continues to paint a picture of escalating hunger, debt, unemployment, violence, poverty, and inequality. The plate is looking increasingly bad as pale starches displace all colour and protein. Health and well-being continue to deteriorate. Our health, education, economic and social outcomes continue to unravel.”

It additional known as on the federal government to modify its focus from creating jobs for a couple of to supporting livelihoods for the various. “Even if authorities have been capable of pull the rabbit out of the hat –the few thousand short-term jobs isn’t an applicable response to the family affordability and financial disaster that greater than 11.1 million South Africans face at family degree.

“Supporting households to create their own work, even at the level of survivalist activities in the short-term, via direct income transfers is likely to create much more favourable outcomes for millions of South African households, whilst acting to kick-start higher growth and a transformed economy from the ground-up.”

Summary of key knowledge

The important findings from the November 2020 Household Affordability Index, which now tracks food value knowledge from 44 supermarkets and 30 butcheries in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Springbok and Pietermaritzburg exhibits that:

  • Month-on-month(between October 2020 and November 2020), the average value of the Household Food Basket elevated by R101.50 (2.6%).
  • Over the previous three months(between September 2020 and November), the average value of the Household Food Basket elevated by R161.89 (4.2%).
  • In November 2020, the price of the Joburg Household Food Basket was R4,054.94.
  • The value of the Durban Household Food Basket was R4,022.78.
  • The value of the Cape Town Household Food Basket was R3,975.28.
  • The value of the Springbok Household Food Basket was R4,425.03.

The important meals that are driving increased will increase over the previous three months proceed to be the core meals which girls purchase first: maize meal (6%), rice (1%), cake flour (2%), white sugar (2%), sugar beans (23%), samp (6%), cooking oil (2%), potatoes (35%), white and brown bread (4% and three%).

At an average value of R2,167.41 in November 2020, these core meals are comparatively very costly in relation to the entire money obtainable in the family purse to purchase food. These meals have elevated by R70.89 (3.4%) over the previous month; and R101.70 (4.9%)over the previous three months.

“These foods must be bought regardless of price escalations. The high cost of core staple foods result in a lot of proper nutritious food being removed off the family plate with negative consequences for overall household health and well-being,” PEJDG mentioned.

It identified that the National Minimum Wage for a normal employee in November 2020 is R3,487.68. The average value of the Household Food Basket of R4,018.22 is nicely past the affordability thresholds of households dwelling on low incomes.

“Low-paid workers do not even earn enough to afford a basket of food for their families, this even before deducting transport fare to work and back and electricity, among a myriad of other critical expenses,” it mentioned.

In November 2020, the average value to feed a baby a fundamental nutritious weight-reduction plan value R713.51, the PEJDG mentioned. The Child Support Grant of R440 a month is 25% beneath the food poverty line of R585 per capita and an additional 38% beneath the November value of R713.51 to feed a baby a fundamental nutritious weight-reduction plan.

Household Food Index: All areas, by meals prioritised & purchased first


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