I am writing this after gorging on a rather disgustingly oily and sauce-filled chip and sausage roll. I am lucky in that I overlooked other options to pick this specific meal.
Working near Rosebank, I have a salary and the ability to eat at most places. But I had a headache from having not eaten today and wanted something quick and greasy. My brain is now working again.
In this I am complicit in our extremely unequal society. Given that you have access to internet and are on this website, there is a good chance that you face similar choices of where to eat, rather than if you can eat.
My lunch – with a takeaway coffee – cost R46. According to a report released this week by Oxfam, that is more than many families live off for a whole week.
Their research, taken from official sources such as the General Household Survey, found that the top 10% of households spend R29 000 a year on food. This is 10% of their income.
The poorest 25% of households only spend R8 700 a year on food. The is half of their income. Another third of their income goes to accommodation, fuel for cooking and heating, and transport. These are households that can be up to 10 people, with only one breadwinner.
The huge disparity comes from wealth. South Africa produces enough food in most years to feed its 53-million people. But the pricing of food means if you do not have a job you do not