Rocketing food costs fuelled by greed: iLIVE
Referring to your article about the rising cost of living ("No Santa this year", October 9), I find it sad that the problem isn't so much about the global recession but more about South Africans ripping each other off.
It doesn't make sense to me that when the price of petrol increases by just 30c a litre, the price of consumables like meat can go up by R3. Even if it costs R20 or R50 more to transport the goods, how can the supplier charge R2 or R3 extra per kilo for meat?
But, as usual, South Africans don't complain. They just pay.
I live in my own economy: if I can't afford it, I leave it on the shelf. If every consumer were to do that the shops would sit with rotten food. If, instead of dumping expired food, they sold it to the public for half price, we would appreciate it.
Whether Santa comes or not, I will be frugal and not waste my bonus.