PACSA Food Price Barometer Tables

PACSA food basket for the month of June 2014

Foods tracked

 Quantity tracked

Price

Maize meal

15kg

R 108.73

Rice

10kg

R 72.49

Sugar Beans

 5kg

R 118.74

Samp

5kg

R 36.69

Pasta (Macaroni) 

1kg

R 19.99

Cooking Oil

 4L

R 66.24

Cake Flour

10kg

R 78.19

Soup

400g

R 13.67

Salt

500g

R 10.64

Brown bread

loaves

R 120.18

Powdered milk

 1kg

R 34.74

Canned fish

cans

R 28.18

Canned beans

cans

R 22.85

Yeast

X 7g pkts

R 18.15

Brown sugar

4kg

R 43.95

Beef Stock

240g

R 15.99

Curry Powder

200g

R 20.67

Tea Bags

250g

R 15.67

Coffee

750g

R 70.74

Margarine

500g

R 17.24

Cheese

1kg

R 91.21

Fresh Milk

2L

R 22.49

Maas

2L

R 24.74

Eggs

eggs

R 54.86

Frozen chicken portions

8kg

R 169.96

Beef

3kg

R 142.47

Carrots

1kg

R 9.00

Spinach

bunch

R 5.37

Cabbage

pieces

R 22.86

Onions

2kg

R 17.32

Tomatoes

8kg

R 107.46

Potatoes

10kg

R 37.96

Total food basket

R 1 639.4

            

 

 

The impact of low incomes and high food prices on the available monies of households to secure food and some essential household requirements for the month of June 2014
Household socio-economic scenarios Household A Household B Household C
Total household income R 1 350.00 R 2 280.00 R 3 200.00
Minus June food basket R 1 639.42 R 1 639.42 R 1 639.42
Monies left over after food to buy some essential household requirements -R 289.42 R 640.58 R 1 560.58
Minus Burial insurance R 150.00 R 150.00 R 150.00
Minus Electricity (350kWh prepaid) R 432.67 R 432.67 R 432.67
Minus Transport R 60.00 R 120.00 R 400.00
Minus Water  (fixed tariff, unmetered) R 72.16 R 72.16 R 72.16
Minus June domestic and household hygiene products R 209.45 R 209.45 R 209.45
Monies left over after food and some essential households requirements calculated* -R 1 213.70 -R 343.70 R 296.30
* continue deducting for other essential requirements
Consumer Price Index (CPI) vs. PACSA food price barometer  
  Headline CPI CPI-Food PACSA food price barometer PACSA food price
barometer (R)
Annual inflation rate April 2014 6.10 percent 7.80 percent 9.18 percent R 138.45
Annual inflation rate May 2014 6.60 percent 8.80 percent 11.23 percent R 168.13
Annual inflation rate June 2014 not available yet) (not available yet) 10.95 percent R 161.75

Food price inflation is borne highest by low-income households because most or all of household monies are spent on food. 

The CPI is a national measure of inflation compiled by Statistics South Africa (STATSSA). It tracks across a range of incomes and foods and is therefore skewed by South Africa’s extreme levels of inequality, implicating that it captures the

Top six drivers of increased food prices from June 2013 to June 2014 (per PACSA barometer)

 

Quantity tracked

Increase in
Rands

Increase in %

Carrots

1kg

R 3.09

52.35 percent

Tomatoes

8kg

R 29.54

37.91 percent

Sugar beans

5kg

R 23.00

24.03 percent

Maize meal

15kg

R 20.50

23.23 percent

Frozen chicken portions

8kg

R 31.00

22.31 percent

Brown bread

12 loaves

R 19.80

19.73 percent

middle. PACSA’s food price barometer tracks food prices from supermarkets which service the lower income market in Pietermaritzburg; the foods low-income households actually buy and from the supermarkets low-income households buy from. The PACSA food price barometer therefore better reflects food price inflation for low-income households.
For more information on how the figures were generated and the methodology behind them, refer to Notes and References below.

 

PACSA food basket year-on-year from June 2013 to June 2014

Jun_2013

Jul_2013

Aug_2013

Sept_2013

Oct_2013

Nov_2013

Dec_2013

Jan_2014

Feb_2014

Mar_2014

Apr_2014

May_2014

June_2014

R 1 477.67

R 1 505.53

R 1 494.11

R 1 509.34

R 1 514.04

R 1 503.26

R 1 572.25

R 1 566.50

R 1 611.56

R 1 636.27

R 1 646.68

R 1 665.46

R 1 639.42

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