Rise in cost of core food items hits children

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Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity spokesperson Mervyn Adams.
Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity spokesperson Mervyn Adams.

The ongoing crisis in children’s nutrition is being worsened by the increase in the costs of core food items like maize meal, samp, potatoes and onions.

While there was a small decrease in the overall cost of the household affordability index in May, people living in Pietermaritzburg saw costs rise by 1,8%.

Using data from shoppers at 44 supermarkets and 30 butcheries around South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity (PMBEJD) confirmed that the average cost of the household food basket was R4 137,11.

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