A recent report has found that the price of food in South Africa increased by 17-percent during 2020, a percentage much higher than the current inflation rate. Research from the Pietermaritzburg based Economic Justice and Dignity Group, which produces research it says “brings to life the real picture of the current political economy”, found that costumers paid R540 more in December 2020 for a food basket for a family of four, which in December 2019 was just over four-thousand-rand. Economists have meanwhile warned South Africans to prepare for a difficult year ahead as unemployment levels rise in a country where one in five people is surviving on less than R28 a day.