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Stop the bread price increase

Stop the bread price increase

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National Treasury must step in and ensure that bread companies do not increase bread prices, by regulating bread pricing and bringing down the wheat-import tariff rates. This will hurt the pockets of the poor the most.

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With the price of bread set to rise [1], poor communities will, once again, be the most affected. The National Treasury must step in and ensure that bread companies do not increase bread prices unnecessarily, and ultimately act in the interests of those people who depend on the state.

The increase in the price of bread will make life very difficult for the poor, who rely on bread as a staple food. Treasury has the power to deal with this. We must stand together and call on National Treasury to intervene and and ensure that there is no price increase on bread.

[1] Bread price likely to rise 10% after hike in wheat import duty, Linda Ensor for Business Day. 11 April 2016.

Dear Finance Minister Gordhan and Trade & Industry Minister Davies, 

We call on you to immediately reduce the wheat import tariff in the short term, so as we may avoid a increase in the price of bread. We then ask that you and the Competition Commission finally address the long history of profiteering among bread companies by stepping in to closely monitor and regulate pricing by bread companies. 

Bread is the staple food for most poor communities. We call on you to ensure that they are protected from the planned bread price increase by bread companies.  Already the poor are reeling from the recent price hikes of maize and dairy products and families cannot afford  basic food stuffs, a hike in the price of bread will make things worse especially for black women who are the primary care-givers in most homes.