Grocery Basket Basics Now Exceed the Minimum Wage in South Africa

Grocery Basket Basics Now Exceed the Minimum Wage in South Africa

- The Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity Group (PMBEJD) has done a study on spending in supermarkets in SA

- It was found that South Africans are paying more for a grocery basket with basics and it can be over R4 000

- The study, which was done in a range of supermarkets, found these results in some of the major cities in South Africa

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According to new data from the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity Group's (PMBEJD) latest Household Affordability Index, South Africans are paying a lot more for basic household staples.

Research done by PMBEJD has shown that South Africans are paying R200 more for basics. This means that a grocery basket can amount to up to R4 000, which is above the minimum wage in South Africa.

PMBEJD started to track this data starting from five months ago. The group did their research by looking at the spending in supermarkets in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Springbok.

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Grocery basket basics now exceed the minimum wage in South Africa

It is going to be increasingly difficult for South Africans who are earning minimum wage to keep up with the cost of living. Image: Chris Ratcliffe/Jason Alden/Bloomberg
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An observation of the data shows that South Africans are spending more money on sugar and core foods such as maize meal, flour, beans, cooking oil, bread, potatoes and onions.

“The average cost of the Household Food Basket in January 2021 is now at its highest level since the start of the expanded collection in September 2020,” said Programme Coordinator Mervyn Abrahams.

According to the research, spending more money on staple foods can become detrimental for South Africans who want to spend more money on supplementary foods such as eggs, meat, dairy and fish.

Products used for hygiene have also increased, making it difficult for South Africans to keep up with the costs of living.

In other news, reported that a man shared details of starting a farm with 300 grams of onion seeds. Starting a business is hard and many people take whatever advice comes their way.

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@Baxtonnakaz is a young man who started a farming business with just 300 grams of onion seeds and is sharing his knowledge with those who need it. @Baxtonnakaz shared a detailed thread on Twitter of all the steps he took to ensure his business took off.

He stated that he was inspired by his uncle, an experienced farmer. Using seeds given to him by his uncle and communal land from his grandmother, @Baxtonnakaz started his business.

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