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Stats SANews24 reports that according to a new report released by Statistics SA, a person in SA now needs to have at least R624 per month to meet the minimum required daily energy intake.

On Thursday, it released the inflation-adjusted national poverty lines (NPLs) report for 2021, which showed adjustments made due to the increasing high cost of living. The NPLs were constructed using the cost-of-basic needs approach, linking welfare to the consumption of goods and services. The lines contain both food and non-food components of household consumption expenditure. The three cost of living measurements as at April 2021 were: Food poverty line - R624 per person per month; Lower-bound poverty line - R890 per person per month; Upper-bound poverty line - R1,335 per person per month. The R624 food poverty line refers to the amount that individuals need to afford the minimum required daily energy intake. The lower bound poverty line is the food poverty line, plus the average amount derived from non-food items of households whose total expenditure is equal to the food poverty line. The upper bound line refers to the food poverty line, plus the average amount derived from non-food items of households whose food expenditure equals the food poverty line. The primary purpose of the national poverty lines is to provide a tool for the statistical measurement of money-metric poverty.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sesona Ngqakamba at News24


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