The prices of foods on supermarket shelves whilst still increasing seem to be stabilising albeit off a higher base. The PMBEJD Household Food Basket has increased by 8,2% (R265) between March 2020 and June 2020, and now costs R3 486.
On Thursday 23rd April 2020 we collected food prices in Pietermaritzburg supermarkets which target the low-income market. We present these price increases from before the lockdown to this date (2 March 2020 to 23 April 2020) and also look at the Child Support Grant top-up.
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That ‘’Janu-worry’’ has entered the national lexicon is an indication that the household affordability crisis is no longer solely a working-class issue. More households are struggling to make ends meet and this struggle is getting harder.
The January 2020 Household Affordability Index shows dramatic spikes in food prices.