#PODCAST: New data released shows a shocking increase in the average cost of the basic household food basket

By Newsbreak Producer Shanell Daniel - Food price data over the past three months shows that the average cost of the household food basket has increased by R161,89 - taking the total cost to just over R4,000. These are the findings of non-profit organisation - Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity - which has identified the 44 basic foods which people living in low-income households usually purchase. Programme coordinator Mervyn Abrahams, says hunger has exploded during the lockdown period with food prices expected to further increase during the festive season going into January...