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Shisa Nyama Index reveals 40% spike in potato costs hits townships

# Bloomberg’s Shisa Nyama Index shows the cost of potatoes in South Africa experienced a staggering 40-percent month-on-month increase last month. The index tracks essential barbecue ingredients in townships and reveals a significant impact on the overall cost of key food items. The overall index rose sharply to 17-percent last month, highlighting the broader economic implications of the surge, compared to 12.5-percent in September. The economic shift impacts the cherished culture of sharing chips, which is a South African staple. As annual inflation dips to 5.4-percent, food inflation remains high at 8-percent.