While we live an idyllic life in Cape Town, enjoying spectacular scenery and delicious food, we often wonder how life must be elsewhere.
What usually comes into question is the cost of living, and with food prices rising significantly, we can’t help but wonder which city is coughing up the big bucks for groceries in South Africa.
The latest Household Affordability Index by the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity group (PMBEJD) shows that food prices increased in October by over 10%, as per BusinessTech.
In its latest food price survey report, PMBEJDG explained that the average Household Food Basket increased by R98.08 (2.3%) month-on-month and R400.83 (10.2%) year-on-year. Meanwhile, in October 2021, the average Household Food Basket costs R4,317.56 and might set to continue into 2022.
“The massive electricity tariff hike of around 14,59% effected in June and July 2021, had to result in price hikes of goods and services down the line. These increases are now reflecting in higher food prices on supermarket shelves,” the group said.
According to The South African, Cape Town saw a spike in prices during the month of October with a R174,49 (4,2%) price increase in the cost of the basic basket of goods month-on-month.
So where is food shown to be more expensive? The cost of the basket of goods in the three cities in October is outlined as follows:
- Cape Town – R4 280,67
- Johannesburg – R4 305,69
- Durban – R4 327,06
In Durban, food prices skyrocketed by R419,44 (10,7%) between October 2020 and October 2021, while Cape Town saw a R359,81 (9,2%) increase during the same period, and Johannesburg by R336,28 (8,5%).