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2.2m families skip meals to save money

The recent Statistics South Africa Community Service findings state that 2.2 million South African households had skipped a meal in the past 12 months. But the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) - which monitors food prices and trends - said this number might not represent the scale of the crisis.

Is SA Going Hungry?

The cost of food could rise by a whopping 30% in the next year. Due to severe drought and an unstable exchange rate, the price of all essential products has been steadily escalating. So far, these increases have largely been absorbed by retailers, but consumers are advised to brace themselves for tough times at the tills. How will ordinary South Africans cope when a trip to the supermarket becomes unaffordable?
View the television programme broadcast by Carte Blance, an investigative journalism programme, at http://carteblanche.dstv.com/player/1029084/

The National Minimum Wage in South Africa: Is it likely and how much?

South Africa’s extreme poverty and inequality is well-known and documented. A toxic mix of high unemployment and low wages for the majority of workers perpetuates this crisis. So it would seem that massive job creation and increased wage levels will go a long way to defeating poverty.
Listen to the radio panel discussion between Isobel Frey (SPII), Mervyn Abrahams (PACSA) and Bernd Mueller (ILO) on radio SAFM at https://soundcloud.com/wwmp/workers-on-wednesday-safm-11-may-2016

Hard times hit poor households the hardest

NOW is the winter of our discontent. Bills are piling up and Durban households are feeling the strain as lights and water charges are set to rise this month, with fuel, food and transport costs also increasing. Economists have warned this will put a strain on already over- indebted households, while the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) has warned of growing food costs.

Food prices affect our waistline – PACSA

Looming food price hikes could be affecting our waistline more than we think. This is according to director of Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA), Mervin Abrahams who conducts numerous studies into the price of food and its effects on consumers.

Price increase affect the poorest of the poor

 “Increasing food prices lead to the poor not paying for municipal services and transport in favour of groceries. This is the outcome of research done by the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) on its monthly food price barometer. March statistics show that the food baskets increased to R1 869.39, 58% of R3 200, which is regarded as the typical family income for in Pietermaritzburg.