Reitumetse Makwea
4 minute read
7 Jun 2022
6:15 am

Low-income communities on verge of falling into extreme poverty

Reitumetse Makwea

‘People will go looting again – this time because they are actually hungry.’

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Low-income and marginalised communities are on the verge of falling into extreme poverty with the looming municipal tariff hikes in July and the soaring prices of food, electricity, water and fuel. Although President Cyril Ramaphosa said government will do everything in its power to protect South Africans from unsustainable increases in the cost of living, experts say the massive rise in the cost of basics is making life more expensive and leaving many in debt. Economist Azar Jammine said consumer price inflation (CPI), which is set to come out higher this year, depending on the food inflation, will likely rise...