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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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The Census 2021 Trial, scheduled to start from 10 August – 06 September 2020 in selected areas around the country will test online and telephonic data collection to prepare for remote data collection in the upcoming Census 2021.

Census 2021 is the first population count to introduce digital census taking through the use of online and telephonic data collection platforms, which will also allow respondents to complete the census questionnaire on their own.

The telephonic data collection makes provision for respondents to participate in the census with the assistance of a Stats SA call centre agent. The increased use of cell phones and the current technology driven digital era will minimise the challenge of reaching hard to access communities, thus allowing more people to participate in the census. Participating in the Census 2021 Trial requires respondents to register through a platform that is available on Stats SA online and social media platforms.

Respondents may also contact Stats SA via our toll free number 0800 110 248 for further assistance. A census provides small area data on demographics, socio-economic and living conditions of the population. It assists with forming the basis for active community participation in reviewing access to public services among other issues. Data collected through a census is used by government and different sectors of society for policy-formulation, decision making and planning.

Stats SA derives its mandate from the Statistics Act No. 6 of 1999 to collect data for statistical purposes and to conduct a census. The Act makes is mandatory for respondents to provide data when required. Data collected by Stats SA is only used for statistical purposes and may not be shared with the state or any organs of the state and it remains confidential. As part of quality assessment, Stats SA conducts an independent survey called the Post-Enumeration Survey (PES).

The PES 2021 Trial will be conducted immediately after the completion of Census 2021 Trial data collection, and the survey is used to evaluate the quality of the Census 2021 Trial data. 


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