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
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