The rising cost of bread has raised questions regarding how effective bread subsidies are in order to relieve South African consumers from increasing inflation.
702's Africa Melane (standing-in for Redi Tlhabi) gave listeners an opportunity to share their thoughts on the issues of concern.
Listen to the conversation below:
I think government needs to find a way of making the price of bread the same for everyone.— Carol, caller in Pretoria
Checkers used to make what we called government bread which was R4,99 a loaf and it was fresh. It was amazing.— Derek, caller in Durbanville
Bread subsidy is important but the it needs to be monitored very well... Back in the days before 1994, bread was so cheap that people would use it for feed as well.— Dario, caller in Edenvale
Some bakeries in Mozambique are subsided by government. The bread is only 300g and what happens is the bakeries apply to government every month (reporting) how many sacks of flour they use, and they get a subsidy.— Sam, caller in Sandton
The problem with the government bread is that you have to eat it in a day or else it just doesn't taste good.— Ivan, caller in Randburg
This article first appeared on 702 : Bread prices rising far too much in these already difficult economic times