30 May 2017

How millions of poor South Africans can enjoy a healthy diet

Many South Africans don't earn enough to afford healthy foods and end up with 'lifestyle' diseases like diabetes.


Noma Afrika is a domestic worker in Sea Point, one of Cape Town's wealthiest suburbs.

She commutes from Blackheath to her work where she is employed twice a week.

She has been unable to find work for the rest of the week, and so she survives as best as she can, providing for her and her 12-year-old son on her small salary.

Biggest killer of women

Like millions of South Africans, Noma's low income means she cannot afford healthy foods as they are more expensive.

Income inequality impacts not only the pockets of South Africans, but also our bodies.

Two thirds of South African females are obese, and this impacts the lower income communities the most.

Diabetes has become the biggest killer of women in our country. 

Other African countries face similar challenges. The prevalence of diabetes in Africa is at an estimated 7.7% – but in most countries the majority of cases remain undetected, according to South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

Pontsho Sepoloane, a dietician from the World Food Programme explores various solutions to maintaining a healthy diet on a low budget to tackle the gaps in our health inequality.

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