It is not a secret that Thuli Phongolo is not Mzansi’s favorite celebrity, and when given the opportunity, twitter users typically don’t hold back on the insults that they tweet about her.
The DJ and actress seems to take pleasure in being the subject of conversation, as evidenced by the fact that she is constantly saying and doing things that are likely to provoke criticism from the public. After sending out a tweet, which many South Africans have interpreted as evidence that Thuli Phongolo has a blesser, the politician has managed to touch a raw nerve in many of her countrymen.
Thuli Phongolo took to Twitter to explain to her followers how out of touch she is with the reality of how much things cost in South Africa and how much she thinks they should cost.
She stated in her tweet that she is clueless regarding the prices of anything. She goes on to say that it is not cute but naive of her while going on to say that she should start learning these things so that she is in touch with what is happening in the economy. She says that she should begin learning these things so that she is in touch with what is happening in the economy.
Thuli Phongolo received a lot of criticism from other users in her comment section regarding the topics that she chose to tweet about. It has been suggested by a number of people that she wanted people to believe that she was wealthy; however, she is not, and wealthy people do not behave in such a manner because they are aware of the prices of the things around them.
The “blesser card” was played by a number of individuals in her comment section. These individuals stated that behavior like that would not be done by someone who financially supports their lifestyle.
Other people hypothesized that the DJ was either overspending her income or being taken advantage of by her employees, both of which were possibilities. This ties in perfectly with what was once said about her only dating wealthy men and how she ended her relationship with Raphael Griffiths because he was not wealthy at the time they were dating.
When she took to Twitter to tell her followers that she doesn’t do anything for a man, she was recently the target of criticism on social media for her actions in this regard.
A significant number of her supporters misunderstood it as an example of the DJ’s customary boasting and lashed out at her, telling her that she was not all that exceptional. The DJ chose not to respond to all of the criticism, and she later revealed that she was getting double bookings as a result of the attacks, proving that they were ultimately beneficial to her.
The cost of food in South Africa continues to skyrocket; here are the items that are costing you more.
According to the most recent Household Affordability Index published by the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity group (PMBEJD), the cost of food in South Africa is still increasing, despite the fact that fuel prices and global commodity food prices have both decreased.
The cost of the group’s selection of wholesome foods for the month of September was R4,805. The average price of the basket went up by R30.28 (0.6%) from R4,775 in August 2022 to R4,780 in September 2022, whereas the basket went up by R586.39 (13.9%) from R4,219 in September 2021 to R4,780 in September 2022.
The year-over-year increase is significantly higher than both the headline inflation rate as well as the food inflation rate that is tracked by Stats SA. In the month of August 2022, the headline inflation rate was recorded at 7.6%, which was a slight decrease from 7.8% in the month of July 2022.
The year-over-year growth for sales of food and beverages that do not contain alcohol was 11.3%, which is an increase from the 10.1% seen the previous month.
According to the PMBEJD, rising food prices are concerning given the trends in fuel and global food prices; this raises questions about whether or not retailers and the supply chain are taking advantage of customers by charging excessive prices.
According to the report, “although fuel prices and global food commodity prices have decreased over the course of the past three months, we have not observed a corresponding decrease in food prices at the retail level.”
Because there is a lack of transparency in the local food value chains, we are unable to determine which stage of the chain is responsible for the persistently high levels of inflation. The question that still needs to be answered is whether or not the industry is passing the lower costs on to the consumer.
According to the organization, the Reserve Bank has been increasing interest rates, including the most recent increase of 75 basis points, with the justification that doing so will reduce the overall level of food price inflation. If, on the other hand, retailers and other links in the food supply chain choose to withhold savings from customers, this strategy will not have the desired effect.
“If, in fact, retailers are not passing on lower costs to consumers, then raising interest rates will simply bring more pain to the South African consumer, make us all poorer, and potentially increase unemployment and further contract the economy,” the report said, adding that this would not solve the issue of reducing the rate of inflation in food prices.
“It is our contention that rather than increasing interest rates, an evaluation should be made to identify where in the value chains food inflation remains stubborn, and this issue should be dealt with by appropriate intervention, if and where such high inflation is not justified,” said the authors of the paper.
Increases in cost
According to the data provided by the PMBEJD, in the month of September, South Africa experienced significant price hikes for white bread, onions, wors, tomatoes, butternut squash, oranges, and stock cubes. The price of cooking oil fell by a total of R20.68 per 5 liter bottle, which is equivalent to a drop of 9%.
However, in spite of some relief, the typical cost of the essential foods in a household’s shopping basket – those foods that are prioritized and purchased first – has remained excessively high in comparison to the capacity of households to pay for them.
“The price of these items, as of the month of September, is R2,654. The price of these essential foods has gone up by 16.5% (R375.56) over the course of the previous year, according to the organization.
The cost of food will experience significant shifts between September 2021 and September 2022.
The PMBEJD basket includes the 44 fundamental food items that are purchased the most frequently by lower-income households, which account for the vast majority of households in the country.
When compared to the previous year, the prices of four of the items in the basket were lower, while the cost of the fifth remained the same. The prices of the remaining 39 items have all been raised.