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Statistics South Africa has published its latest consumer price index, showing that annual consumer price inflation was 3.2% in November 2020, down from 3.3% in October 2020.

The main contributors to the 3,2% annual inflation rate were food and non-alcoholic beverages, housing and utilities, and miscellaneous goods and service, the statistics body said.

“Food and non-alcoholic beverage prices continued to climb, recording an aggregate annual increase of 5.8%, up from 5.4% in October. Food inflation contributed one percentage point to November’s headline rate of 3.2%.”

Some of the largest annual price increases (November 2019 vs November 2020) were recorded for the following goods and services:

  • Fruit (14.5%)
  • Sugar, sweets and desserts (9.3%)
  • Oils and fats (8.3%)
  • Primary and secondary (7.5%)
  • Books, newspapers and stationery (7%)
  • Meat (6.6%)
  • Hot beverages (6.2%)
  • Milk, eggs and cheese (6%)
  • Vegetables (6%)
  • Water and electricity (6%)

Bread and cereals

StatsSA said that cake flour prices have increased by 11.9% over the last year, while brown bread prices rose by 9,2%, and white bread by 7.9%.

As a category, bread and cereals recorded an annual price rise of 4.2% in November.

Bucking the trend of the category as a whole, super maize meal prices have decreased over the last year, declining on average by 7.4%.

Meat and fish

The meat index recorded an annual rise of 6.6%. as beef products in particular have experienced high annual increases.

Beef steak is 16% more expensive than it was a year ago. Beef mince prices have increased by 9.2%, and stewing beef by 8.6%.

Prices in the fish category registered a 4.5% rise over the last year. However, prices dropped slightly (by 0.2%) in November 2020 compared with October 2020, Stats SA said.

Oils and fats

The annual change in prices in the oils and fats category was 8.3%. However, on a monthly basis prices edged slightly lower by 0.2%.

The price of peanut butter has increased by 6.6% over the last year, though a monthly decline of 2% was recorded in November. Cooking oil prices climbed by 9.3% over the last year, and margarine by 7.9%.

Hot beverages

The hot beverages index increased by 6,2% on an annual basis, but on a monthly basis declined slightly by 0.1%.

Black tea is 10.8% more expensive than it was a year ago, but on a monthly basis black tea is cheaper by 0.7%.

Transport goods and services

Prices for products related to transport recorded an average monthly decline of 0,8% and an annual decrease of 1.3% in November, StatsSA said.

All the main transport indices were lower in November 2020 compared with October 2020: vehicle prices declined by 0.3%, public transport by 0.4% and fuel by 2.0%.

Fuel prices are, on aggregate, 10,4% lower than they were a year ago. As an example, the price of inland 95-octane petrol was R16.08 per litre in November 2019, falling to R14,59 in November 2020.


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South African retailers have announced expanded product ranges as consumers increasingly turn to vegan and ‘flexitarian’ diets.

Both Pick n Pay and Checkers said that they had experienced increased demand for more plant-based options which was now reflected by the products they offered in-store.

Nicki Russell, head of Innovation and Trend at Pick n Pay, said that its research shows more customers are opting for a ‘flexitarian’ diet which incorporates more plant-based options and less meat.

“What started as Meatless Monday has since expanded to include more and more days of the week.

“We’ve been working really hard to bring customers new and innovative local plant-based offerings to create a one-shop destination for customers wanting to adopt a more plant-based lifestyle.”

Checkers said it has also seen a steady uptake in customer requests for more vegan and plant-based alternatives over the past 12 months.

“Demand for vegan, plant-based, meat-free and dairy-free options continue to grow. Whether a customer is strictly vegan or just cutting down on meat and dairy, we are making sure we meet their needs,” said Willie Peters, general manager of marketing at Checkers.

Peters said that Google Trends data shows that South Africa is the only African country with a sizeable vegan following.

“Checkers will always be guided by what its customers want and will continue to expand on its already extensive variety of vegan and/or plant-based ingredients, convenience meals, salads and snacks.”


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