“Conditions at household level have worsened since the start of the pandemic. Jobs have been lost, wages cut, and money must spread further."
The index showed a R50 decrease in the cost of the food basket between January and February but Abrahams warned it will be short-lived.
“February is always a difficult time for consumers, who have the additional pressures of finding money to cover education costs, and therefore have less money to spend on groceries.
“Retailers which target the low-income market tend to respond with more specials during this period. February also, consistent with our historical food price trends, tend to be lower due to subdued vegetable prices.