Pietermaritzburg - A Pietermaritzburg based advocacy group has called on central government to re-look the current welfare system, saying there needs to be a better mechanism to cushion poor households against rising food prices.
The Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group warned that South Africa had reached a point of no return when it came to ensuring that poor households had access to nutritious food.
As South Africa joined the rest of the world in observing World Food Day on October 16, the advocacy group said the time had come for the government to avert a crisis.
"If we are ever going to be bold and politically courageous, the time is now. The socio-economic crisis in which people live is becoming worse every day. Millions of South African families are struggling to put food on the table. The line between hunger and anger is a thin one," said the Group's Mervyn Abrahams.
He added that re-thinking the welfare system as an economic stimulus could be a politically courageous act to stimulate a consumer-driven economic recovery; whilst allowing families to eat properly and begin to deal with the household affordability crisis.