Slideshow: What’s for dinner?

As food prices continue to climb, we look at how four South African families are coping.

Zanele Malambe (far right) and her 9-year-old son Tshepo sit down to a Sunday dinner of pap, potato salad, pumpkin, beetroot, and a tinned fish and macaroni salad.

Zanele Malambe (far right) and her 9-year-old son Tshepo sit down to a Sunday dinner of pap, potato salad, pumpkin, beetroot, and a tinned fish and macaroni salad.

About one in three South Africans are overweight, according to the country’s first national health and nutrition survey. Conducted among about 25,000 people, the survey also found at about one in 10 South Africans were living with either high blood pressure or diabetes.

Changes in diet can help control both conditions – but eating better in South Africa will cost you up to double the price of less healthy foods, according to 2012 University of Western Cape research.

Live in a rural area? You could add as much as almost R3 extra to the price of basic foodstuffs like rice, according to National Agricultural Marketing Council.

As food prices continue to rise, we look at what it means to four South African dinner tables.

Reporting by Lungile Thamela, Sphiwe Ntuli and Thabo Molelekwa

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