This is according to data released by the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group, which has been tracking food prices based on a basket of basic foods, designed with the help of Pietermaritzburg-based women living on low incomes.
The data shows that from June to August this year food prices were in decline. However, September signalled the start of upward price movements in food prices, with this month signalling the second consecutive month of increases.
“Dealing with the food affordability crisis requires greater economic activity, finding ways to increase incomes and reducing the cost of all goods and services households require,” the NGO states in its recent report.
It believes that social grants paid by government are simply not enough.