Braais are still a bargain!

Meat prices in Mzansi have taken a dive since January, making this the perfect time to invite your mates for a sizzling braai party.

But, before you start planning the menu, let’s chew over the meaty details.

According to the Food Inflation Brief of the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), our beloved chicken, pork, beef, and even mutton are all getting a little lighter on the wallet. 

However, it’s not all smooth sailing as potato prices are soaring. 

Potato sales made up almost half of October’s veggie revenue at the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market. With a massive 209% price jump since last year, you might want to rethink that potato salad on your braai menu.

Chicken prices have flown up a bit, especially for fresh and frozen whole birds. Even eggs are feeling the pinch, thanks to the avian influenza outbreak. So, while chicken is still an affordable choice for many, it’s not as cheap as it used to be.

Pork prices have sizzled up by 7.0%, with ribs and chops getting cheaper, but fillets? They’re on the rise.

Beef prices have increased a little. Good news for weaner calves though — they’re a bit cheaper than last month. With the festive season around the corner, beef’s about to get a popularity boost, both locally and for exports.

Mutton prices? Well, they’re pretty much steady. But watch out for those loin chops — they’re climbing up, just in time for your braai.

Compiled by staff writer

Pictured above: A braai. 

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