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Food prices are rising as we approach the Festive Season.

Food price data over the past three months shows that the average cost of the Household Food Basket has increased by R161,89 or 4,2%, taking the total cost of the basket in November to R4 018,22.  These increases in basic food prices in the trollies of the majority of South Africans is alarming. The Household Food…
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October Household Affordability Index and World Food Day

We commemorate World Food Day 2020 in the midst of a pandemic, which requires proper nutrition to build strong and resilient immune systems to resist contracting Covid19 and recover if we do contract it.   However, we have seen food prices in supermarkets rise substantially over the past several months making it very difficult for ordinary…
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The Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity Group invites you to join us in a webinar to launch the new Household Affordability Index

DATE: Thursday, 15 October 2020 // TIME: 11:00am – 12:00 noon //CLICK HERE TO REGISTER// After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. — The Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity Group invites you to join us in a webinar to launch the new Household Affordability Index with food price…
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New food prices for Joburg, Durban & Cape Town in September 2020

We release new food price data for Joburg, Durban, Cape Town, Springbok and Pietermaritzburg.  Prices are tracked in 44 supermarkets and 30 butcheries which target low-income households.  The average cost of a household food basket in September 2020 is R3 783,16. Read more about the Research Report National HAI, September 2020  

PMBEJD to release a new Household Affordability Index with Food Price data from Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Springbok and Pietermaritzburg.

On Wednesay, 30 September 2020, the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group will release the first edition of our new Household Affordability Index. The deepening food crisis in South Africa, exacerbated by Covid19 compelled us to expand the scope of our Household Affordability Index beyond Pietermaritzburg.  We ran a pilot project from April-August and are…
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Food prices up again in August.

Households are not absorbing the shock of Covid and the lockdown. We are not just going to get out of Covid.   The consequences of Covid will be very severe, will be with us for much longer than we think, and the socio-economic & socio-political disruptions will be very great. Read more…

A call to support the introduction of a Basic Income Grant for workers to invest in a livelihood, create work, to kick-start a new economic trajectory.

The Basic Income Grant discussion is again before us.  We argue in this Discussion Paper that we would need to change our policy mindset around the Basic Income Grant.

Covid-19: Household affordability thresholds now threaten to be further breached – taxi fare hikes major risk.

Imminent taxi fare and electricity tariff hikes present a further threat to being able to put food on the table.

Covid-19: Families may be spending 30% more on food than they did two months ago

Foods in the trollies of families living on low incomes continue to increase.  Families are spending more on food and many have to borrow money to buy this food.  Hunger and nutritional deprivation is deepening.  Questions are raised regarding the adequacy of Government’s interventions to help South Africans during the pandemic.   Covid-19 Research Report…
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