Food Prices

The future of the middle class is bleak

Cost pressures, stagnant wages and a bleeding economy are pushing many people into poverty

Cost of living spiralling in Joburg and Pretoria

The two cities are included in the top 10 list of cities where the cost of living had increased the most over the past year.

Sudanese student killed in protests against bread price rise

Protests broke out in areas of war-torn Darfur, Blue Nile states and the capital Khartoum with demonstrators burning tyres and blocking roads

Reserve Bank leaves benchmark rate unchanged at 7%

The rand has strengthened 15% against the dollar this year after losing over 25% of its value in 2015.

Food prices to rise as retailers forced to pass on costs

Rapid food price increases, drought and rand depreciation is going to force retailers to pass on more inflation to customers than in recent years.

Making do with the price of bread

The weak rand and water shortages, along with costly imports, have been pushing up the wheat bill and with it the price of a staple loaf of bread.

Malnutrition rises despite social grants

South Africa's children are bearing the brunt of increasing food prices – and the effects may be permanent.

Drought stalks SA crops and economy

The weak rand and lack of rain are increasing farmers' input costs, which will largely be passed on in the form of an increase in food prices.

Inflationary pressure on prices eases off

The low oil price has eased headline inflation, but analysts warn that pressure remains and food prices are likely to keep rising this year.

Cheaper oil price will be a boon for poorer families

The petrol price has already dropped and, with a little time, the cost of food will be lower. But the oil price is likely to rise again, experts warn.

Biofuels plant will cut UK’s reliance on imported feed

A new biofuels plant near Hull will be the United Kingdom's biggest buyer of wheat, and the biggest supplier of animal feed.

World faces tough choices on food

The past decade has seen the end of cheap oil, the magic growth ingredient for the global economy since World War II.


State capture commission granted a 13-month extension

Judge Wendy Hughes says this is the final extension because finality is "owed to the nation"

eThekwini commuters pay for council’s contracts

Perhaps a commission of inquiry can shine the spotlight on public transport in Durban, where bus and taxi passengers have to contend with fare increases and disrupted services

Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip: The guerilla priest

From his adventures with Steve Biko to his support for shack dwellers in KwaZulu-Natal, Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip has always walked the talk of radical Christianity

Press Releases

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs