Local activists have written an open letter to food producers and the minister of trade, finance, and industry, Rob Davies, with regards to spiralling food price inflation. While companies attest the sharp rate of inflation to the drought currently experienced, the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign claims that the inflation is as a result of the artificial inflation of food prices and blatant profiteering.
In response to increased prices, activists have embarked on sustained campaigns, including #BreadPricesMustFall and #FoodPricesMustFall.
South African Food Sovereignty Campaign spokesperson, Xolisa Bangani, explained that the drought currently experienced is being used as an excuse in response to concerns about the inflation of bread prices.
He further noted that issues relating to the price of bread extend beyond the business sector; instead, the issue more pertinently affects the poor.
“The poor will only become poorer with the increase in prices. The minister of finance, therefore, needs to be aware of the impact that inflation has on the poor,” Bangani asserted.
Bangani noted that campaigners strives to create awareness about issues relating to food sovereignty, as most community members are not informed about the process of inflation.
“The masses need to know what is happening and take action,” Bangani stated.
The campaign will be directed toward mobilizing community members, informing them about the process of inflation.
Bangani further noted that the campaign will call for a boycott of products and inform community members that the price increases “is enough.”
He noted that the campaigners cite concerns about the importation of wheat since wheat can be grown within South Africa.
“Prices are going up due to the importation of wheat, if we can grow our own wheat then there is no need to increase the prices,” Bangani explained.
Bangani, therefore, encourages individuals to produce their own food, since food today is “about profiteering.”
For more information, visit: www.safsc.org.za