Poor households opt for unhealthy food alternatives to avoid more debt

South Africans are forced to eat cheaper, less healthy food to avoid falling into deeper debt in an effort to put food on the table.

Food price monitoring organisation, Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action, released the findings.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to Director of Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action, Mervin Abrahams, about the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

Most of our current work post 1994, is around economic justice, poverty relief and development.

Mervin Abrahams, PACSA director

The situation has worsened. The very steep upward incline of food price inflation started in November 2015.

Mervin Abrahams, PACSA director

The real difficulty is that lower income households are not able to absorb these increases because they do not have sufficient income.

Mervin Abrahams, PACSA director

In February last the child support grant was increased to R350 in April. What it costs to feed a small child a nutritious diet is R546,80.

Mervin Abrahams, PACSA director

Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
New breakthrough will help target optimum cancer drugs for use in patients

New breakthrough will help target optimum cancer drugs for use in patients

The Naked Scientist Chris Smith answers all things science - from diseases to birds and why the second tooth doesn't grow back.

[LISTEN] NPA sets record straight on Prasa, but Zackie Achmat remains firm

[LISTEN] NPA sets record straight on Prasa, but Zackie Achmat remains firm

The NPA responds to statements made by activist and leader of #UniteBehind Zackie Achmat made in an interview on Wednesday.

Their way or the highway? 7 annoying habits many drivers are guilty of

Their way or the highway? 7 annoying habits many drivers are guilty of

Passengers often endure all sorts of irritations from drivers. Callers share their biggest gripes about folks behind the wheel.

[WATCH] Eusebius commends ANC's Carrim for his honesty about VAT reservations

[WATCH] Eusebius commends ANC's Carrim for his honesty about VAT reservations

ANC's Yunus Carim says an increase on VAT was not desirable and it is regressive.

Looking for a new read? Four fiction books that come highly recommended

Looking for a new read? Four fiction books that come highly recommended

Editor Kate Sidley and writer Georgina Guedes review enticing novels with twists and turns that'll have you running the bookstore.

Fault line between DA and EFF: To hike corporate tax or not  #Budget2018

Fault line between DA and EFF: To hike corporate tax or not #Budget2018

DA says corporate tax should be reduced to stimulate economy while the EFF argues that corporates should be taxed more.

Popular articles
I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

I was not introduced to Ajay Gupta - Grootes

Stephen Grootes says he believes former Eskom CEO Brian Dames when said he was not formally introduced to the Gupta family.

Minister Zwane confirms trips to Dubai and Switzerland

Minister Zwane confirms trips to Dubai and Switzerland

EWN parliamentary correspondent Gaye Davis says Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane received detailed and tough questions.

Zweli Mkhize 'taken by surprise' with latest cabinet reshuffle

Zweli Mkhize 'taken by surprise' with latest cabinet reshuffle

The ANC treasurer-general confirmed Mantashe’s comments that the President did not consult the ANC leadership on the reshuffle.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

How to make your first million

How to make your first million

Warren Ingram discusses his new book in which he shares practical ways for ordinary people to achieve financial freedom.

'Collect experiences, NOT possessions!' - Paul Theron (Vestact MD)

'Collect experiences, NOT possessions!' - Paul Theron (Vestact MD)

Bruce Whitfield interviews the razor-sharp tongued Vestact MD Paul Theron about his money hopes, fears, successes, failures, etc.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Meet Errol Musk - father of Elon, the most innovative entrepreneur of our age

Meet Errol Musk - father of Elon, the most innovative entrepreneur of our age

Elon Musk, as you’d expect, hails from an exceptional family. Bruce Whitfield interviews his Capetonian father.