According to a recent research report on hunger, the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group(PMBEJD), has revealed that families living in low income homes are now paying a staggering 30% more for groceries than before the lockdown .
While prices are skyrocketing the report by the PMBEJD has questioned how serious the government really is about helping those in dire need during this pandemic.
A basket of basic household food goods has increased by R249.92 in the two months since the lockdown started.
The report indicates, due to families being home all day, the food in homes are running out faster and the frequency at which households need to buy food has also increased. Households may be spending as much as R500 more on extra food per month because of this.
The research suggests that households spent as much as R724.01 more in May, than they did two months ago for the same items in their basket.
With consumers struggling to afford groceries, many are now either loaning money or buying on credit to make up for the increase in prices.
Here is the list of the grocery items that has seen an increase in cost,
- Rice – 26%
- Cake Flour – 3%
- White Sugar – 6%
- Sugar Beans – 18%
- Cooking Oil – 11%
- White Bread – 15%
- Brown Bread – 14%
- Potatoes – 8%
- Onions – 58%
- Tomatoes – 12%
- Carrots – 22%
- Spinach – 13%
- Cabbage – 22%
The research is from communities in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZula-Natal, but the same strain and price increases are relevant to consumers across the country.
The PMBEJD Household Food Basket include average prices over five supermarkets and four butcheries.
Click on the link to read the full report from the Pietermartizburg Economic Justice and Diginity Group.
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