Fruits and vegetables continued to surge BUT MEAT
The latest food basket data from the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity group (PMBEJD) shows that meat prices were generally the only foods to come down in price over the last year – while fruits and vegetables continued to surge.
According to the PMBEJD, its nutritional basket of foods has increased by another R30 in September and will set consumers back R5,155.77.
This is R31.43 (0.6%) higher than August 2023, and almost R350 higher than the same basket in September 2022.
The basket comprises 44 food items that feature in the monthly shopping of the majority of South African households and gives an indication of real price shifts at a retail level in the country, even when compared to the official inflation rate.