Mervyn Abrahams, representing the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group, commented on the dire situation facing low-income households. Abrahams says that the increased cost of living has left families struggling to meet daily needs.
South Africans from low-income homes are struggling to make ends meet, according to the May Household Affordability Index.
Conducted by the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group, the index has indicated that the situation seems set to only get worse.
The group's Mervyn Abrahams commented on the findings, saying that it was not new information to those within these population groups, as they have been battling against the issue for quite some time now.
Explaining the impact that this situation has on the economy itself, Abrahams said that the trend of ignoring nutrition in favour of buying more 'filling' starches has resulted in a decline in productivity.
When questioned on the issue, Abrahams commented that the situation is becoming an area of major concern, with 40% of boy children stunted by the age of 6:
"It is really imperative that we look at the issue of nutrition, because it also has an economic value. Nutrition directly contributes to productivity and the economy, it directly contributes to the educational outcomes that we will see later in life."
Essentially, if families are unable to purchase nutritious foods, Abrahams says we are crippling the economy for future generations, reports the eNCA.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!