Food prices are expected to rise rapidly in the next year because farmers are planting less as input costs escalate.
More than a month after xenophobic attacks shook Gauteng, feelings of desperation worsen among thousands of foreigners housed at temporary shelters.
Grandmothers are often left to raise unwanted kids. Surika van Schalkwyk looks at the struggles they face.
"Regina Chinyandi (21), of Zimbabwe, arrived at the Alexandra police station on Monday with her one-day-old baby, Prince, wrapped in a napkin. Upon her return home from the hospital after giving birth, she had found her shack in ruins and all her friends from the township missing." Surika van Schalkwyk speaks to refugees at Gauteng police stations.
Diesel use in South Africa, driven by home generators and the trucking of coal to Eskom power stations
The Department of Home Affairs said on Wednesday it planned to establish shelters for foreigners who have fled xenophobic attacks over the last two weeks. The BBC reported on Wednesday that seven "refugee camps" would be set up. By Monday night there were an estimated 17Â 000 displaced foreigners left in Johannesburg.
But not everyone is impressed with this eco-friendly gesture, writes Surika van Schalkwyk.
It's freezing cold under a grey sky. Discarded pictures from a child's colouring book swirl in the wind. A whistle blows and hundreds of people camping at the Jeppe police station scramble to form an unruly queue in front of huge, silver cooking pots. Supper is served; today it's soup.
Welfare workers are picking up an alarming increase in the number of abandoned babies, seeing in it the effects of growing economic distress -- and particularly rocketing food prices. Johannesburg Child Welfare Services, an NGO, says at least 19 babies were abandoned in Johannesburg in May alone.
The Out of the Box Environmental Education Programme has learners and teachers across the country literally thinking outside the box.