EVERY time the interest rate goes up, or the price of fuel increases, or something like e-tolling is introduced, ordinary people feel the effect in the price of a loaf of bread or the cost of a train ticket.
It means school kids are forced to walk to school and street vendors go out of business because the price of pap and meat shoot up.
The ordinary people of Mzansi are faced with a difficult question every day.
“What shall I cut from the budget this time?” they ask.
Daily Sun spoke to the people of
Diepsloot, north of Joburg, and asked them how they survived on a day-to-day basis.
)Frans Masela (59), a welder, said everything is too expensive.
“The government does not care about us. We don’t have enough money,” he said.
“I earn R1200 a month. The money is gone within a week. The poor will keep getting poorer.”
)Joseph Malapane (48), a taxi driver, said he thinks the government should consider those who have nothing.
“I live from pay cheque to pay cheque. The money I earn is not enough to satisfy basic human needs. The increases make it impossible for me to provide for my family,” he said.
)Jafta Malohshe (42) and Tswarelo Ndlovu (31), both taxi drivers, said every day is a struggle to pay the taxi owners.
“He wants his share, but we still pay for e-tolls and petrol,” said Tswarelo.
“My salary varies. I don’t have a fixed income and I can’t provide for my family the way I want to.”
)Lindelwa Ndziweni (38) said her business – selling food – was suffering
because of recent increases.
“Food is expensive now. Stocking up for my business is becoming a nightmare.
“I have to pay the transport guy more than I used to and I’m losing customers,” said Lindelwa.
Lindelwa said she is losing customers
because they can’t pay.
“I’m struggling to sell pap and meat now.
“What will it be like in a year’s time,” she asked.
)Pensioner Gloria Tshoshi (65) said her pension money of R1280 provides for her two children and three grandkids.
“The pension money is gone in two days. After we buy groceries, there is nothing left.”
)Pupils Brilliance Ndlovu (14), Tsundukani Sithole (18) and Viola Chauke (15), said their parents were suffering.
“Our parents have a lot on their shoulders, so we decided to lessen the burden by walking to school.
“And we hardly get any lunch money,” said Brilliance.
Viola said the government must see how the people are suffering.
“They should meet us halfway. Life is difficult,” she said.
Nedbank economist Isaac Matshego said unskilled workers and the unemployed are most affected by price increases.
He said when petrol prices increase commuters feel the punch.
“Diesel is used in agriculture and when the price increases, food prices also follow,” added Matshego.