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Food security in SA in balance with more than half the population unable to provide for themselves

August 8, 2013

In communities like Disteneng (Limpopo), around 27 000 people live and share 20 self-made toilets and only three water taps. The settlement has existed for more than a decade now and not a single basic service delivery measure has been provided to them.

More than half of South Africans households don’t have regular access to enough food, according to the findings of the country’s first health and nutrition survey.

The SA National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was released by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).

The survey showed that food security remains a major challenge in the country with more than 50 percent of households unable to provide enough food for their families.

It also revealed that South Africa has a shocking obesity rate, with women and children firmly in the spotlight. Over 70 percent of women have dangerously large waists and a large number of children are already overweight by the age of five.

Dietician Celynn Erasmus says lifestyle plays a large part.

“I think it has to do with the pace of life because we’re living and eating on the run, so we grab unhealthy food choices.”

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he has been raising these concerns for some time with some people labelling him as a health fanatic.

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