South Africans are forking out nearly 12 percent more for basic food items compared to a year ago. This, eNCA reports is a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, the July unrest, and the KwaZulu-Natal floods. The country’s latest Household Affordability Index is compiled by the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group. It says it saw a significant spike in the price of a 5-litre bottle of cooking oil by an average of 14 percent.