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30 years of democracy: Few steps forward and several steps back
This year marks the 30th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections. I specifically use the work 'marks' instead of celebrates, because there is very little to celebrate and much to bemoan. 16 Feb 2024 Read more

All children in South Africa have equal rights, but most are born into unequal conditions
Millions of children across South Africa grow up so disadvantaged from the day that they are born that it is virtually impossible for them to claw their way out of poverty, given the complex dimensions of poverty that severely impact people’s lives. 20 Nov 2023 Read more

South Africa: Tackling food loss, waste and the regulatory environment
Today, 29 September, as we mark the United Nations' (UN) World Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, it is crucial that we simultaneously reflect on the state of food (in)security and (mal)nutrition in South Africa. 29 Sep 2023 Read more

Reflecting on 10 years at FoodForward SA
My first day at FoodForward SA (then FoodBank SA) was quite memorable. I started in August 2013 with an overwhelming excitement to be part of a national organisation that promoted the recovery of edible surplus food from the food system to make sure that every person in South Africa had access to food, and to make a contribution to end hunger and malnutrition. I was eager to learn more, and I had several ideas to add value and advance the cause of food security across South Africa using foodbanking as a model. 1 Sep 2023 Read more

Mandela Day: Celebrating the tenacity of the South African 'gees' amid multiple crises
There is more than enough pessimism across South Africa as we deal with multiple crises - load shedding, escalating food prices, higher interest rates, frustration with widespread government corruption and incompetence, and rampant crime to name just a few. 27 Jun 2023 Read more

Gloomy winter for the poor as further food price increases loom
We are surrounded by mounting uncertainty and unpredictability. 2 Jun 2023 Read more

Voices of the poor: "We have no choice but to borrow money from loan sharks to survive"
As the cost-of-living crisis deepens across South Africa, more people are turning to debt to meet their monthly expenses. 10 May 2023 Read more

FoodForward SA shows huge surge in impact, as SA food crisis deepens
FoodForward SA (FFSA) reports significant growth in its latest annual results, reflecting the success of its foodbanking model of recovering quality, edible, surplus food from the supply chain and redistributing it to verified organisations that serve the poor. 29 Mar 2023 Read more

Voices of the poor: "We need people to know we are starving"
We recently visited the home of Sisanda Plum, in the township of Mfuleni, in the northern suburb of Blue Downs. Plum is 34 years old, has three children and is unemployed. Two of her children live with her grandmother in the Eastern Cape and the fathers of the two children in the Eastern Cape have both passed away. Her youngest daughter lives with her and her boyfriend. 10 Mar 2023 Read more

Cost of living crisis: The poor have been priced out
South Africans are becoming increasingly negative regarding our growth prospects and quality of life. Hours of load shedding, daily. Regular interest rate hikes. High food and fuel prices. Rising inflation and cost-of-living-concerns, a weak economy, high unemployment, spiralling crime, and an inept government. The #Mzanzi optimism tank is depleted, and the tyres are deflated. The daily news is depressing, prompting many to consider prospects of living abroad. 3 Feb 2023 Read more

Climate crisis = hunger crisis
There seems to be a mixed bag of reactions from the recent COP27 in Egypt, with some delegates taking the view that there was a lack of urgency given the growing climate crisis and its devastating effects, while others thought that the big win was the establishment of a loss and damage fund for countries that are vulnerable to climate crises (UN COP27 Decisions). 9 Dec 2022 Read more

1 in 3 children living in food poverty: Food waste vs child wasting food donations policy for SA is critical
Although South Africa has a net surplus of food thanks to thousands of commercial and smallholder farmers, ironically, more than 1 in every 3 children lives in food poverty; a staggering 27% of children under 5 years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition, and half of child deaths in our hospitals are associated with malnutrition (Global Hunger Index 2022: SA). 9 Nov 2022 Read more

Paying more but getting less: Wage vs inflation gap widening
Consumer price inflation data released by Stats SA recently show that annual inflation is up 7,8% in July from 7,4% in June. This increase is mostly driven by food prices, electricity, and transport costs. Workers earning lower wages have to prioritise transport and utilities, so that they can get to work every day and keep the lights on. 2 Sep 2022 Read more

The non-profit sector conundrum: Value vs volume
The surge in inflation appears to have no end in sight as the cost of goods and services continues to rise steeply. For those fortunate enough to have an income, managing the monthly budget is becoming more challenging, while the unemployed and those solely reliant on social grants for survival are experiencing unbearable hardship and anxiety, trying to put food on the table every day. 11 Aug 2022 Read more

The silent but deadly livelihoods crisis emerging
While 1994 represented a significant turning point in South Africa's political history, economic justice was not realised. For the most part, poor people remained poor, social conditions worsened, and political promises did not translate into a broad shift in terms of black peoples' income and wealth status. Now, 28 years later, due to cumulative economic hardship, low economic growth, high unemployment, food price inflation, global supply chain issues, the devastation from the pandemic, riots, floods, and droughts, the majority of South Africans remain at the periphery of our economic system, excluded, making it extremely difficult for them to eke out a sustainable livelihood. 11 Jul 2022 Read more

Food prices: Food crisis
Time for a different approach 7 Jun 2022 Read more

The lines we dare not cross
The gross inequality across the length and breadth of South Africa is palpable, disturbing, and not sustainable for long term growth, national security, and social cohesion. Moreover, occurrences such as pandemics and natural disasters affect the poor the worst, leaving many people vulnerable, exposed, anxious, and desperate. 13 May 2022 Read more

Children are dying of starvation
A preventable scourge with improved farm to fork surplus food recovery interventions. 5 Apr 2022 Read more

The right to food is a fundamental human right that must be realised with greater urgency
It is often said that food is the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. While this may be true, depending on your social context, consider how the lack of food could impact a person, a family, a community, and a nation. Regrettably, far too many South Africans cannot reliably access the necessary food and proper nutrition they need. It's debilitating, which further reinforces poverty and inequality. 10 Mar 2022 Read more