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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.
“Considering our population size, 2.2 million out of that is nothing,” said Julie Smith, the agency’s research and advocacy co-ordinator, adding that 21.7% of South Africans were “below the food poverty line”.