South Africans are paying more than half again what they did a year ago for rice, according to the latest monitoring report by the National Agricultural Marketing Council, which shows food prices escalating at an alarming rate – even as inflation in general remains low. Business Insider reports that relatively high price increases were also seen across dried beans, eggs, and maize meal, while white bread was 15.7% more expensive, and brown bread was up 13.6%. Beef prices also increased as much as 7.1%, and chicken portions by 2.8%.