Food prices in South Africa in 2021: Joburg vs Cape Town vs Durban

The Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity research group (PMBEJD) has published its latest Household Affordability Index, detailing price changes for basic and essential food items across South Africa. The January 2021 index shows that a food basket consisting of 44 prioritised food items has increased marginally by 1.2% – or R49 – since December 2020. However, price increases have been sharper – around 5.1% or almost R200 more in the basket – since the index was restructured in September 2020. According to the PMBEJD, the average household food basket it…

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Why a South African community mistrusts big industry and what needs to change

  For most of the 20th century, manufacturing, mining and other industries in South Africa developed without many legal restrictions. This resulted in industrial risks such as environmental pollution, contamination and health impacts. The fact that industrial development took place close to poor communities wasn’t considered important. Unfortunately, the post-apartheid geographic landscape hasn’t changed much. There are many examples of South African communities and environments exposed to industrial risks. Since the country’s democratic transition in 1994, important regulations and legislation have been developed about the impact of industry on the environment and society. But air…

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The green port making green energy possible

As the only port with a green status in the Southern African port system, Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Ngqura has now established itself as the ideal partner in bringing green energy to our nation. It has provided a safe gateway, temporary storage and an accessible distribution point for wind turbine components imported from Spain since 2012. These components – consisting of wind turbine tower parts, blades, etc. – are destined for various windfarm projects throughout the country. They include the Golden Valley Wind Farm, the Nxuba Wind…

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Durban secures billions in investment

DURBAN is entrenching itself on the international market as a city for investment, with more than R4 billion worth of greenfield investment and an additional R7.5 billion planned expansion on the cards. This is the result of the Invest Durban Unit, which is responsible for driving all investment promotion, foreign direct investment (FDI) facilitation and foreign investor aftercare in eThekwini. The investment is expected to create more than 500 new manufacturing and service jobs. In a report tabled at the Economic Development and Planning Committee meeting on 23 August, the…

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Durban demolishes derelict buildings to unlock new development

Malaysian-based UEM Sunrise is pumping new energy into the multi-billion-rand development at the entrance to SA’s busiest port. Suren Naidoo  /  30 July 2019 13:31 Construction underway on the R300m extension of Durban’s beachfront promenade to the Point Waterfront development near the harbour entrance. Picture: Supplied Durban’s multi-billion rand Point Waterfront urban regeneration development, which stalled until a few years back, is set to benefit from the eThekwini Municipality’s moves to demolish derelict buildings around Mahatma Gandhi Road (old Point Road) – the main thoroughfare to the waterfront and harbour entrance. The…

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