Yet more South Africans will have been plunged into food insecurity after food prices spiked 14% in March. The jump in the cost of food — contributing more than a third to the annual increase in the inflation measure for the month — yanked the annual consumer price index upwards by 7.1%. 

With a 20.5% price increase year on year, vegetables topped the list, followed by grains (20.3%), processed food (16.2%) and oils and fats (16%), according to Stats SA figures. ..

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