Consumers are under pressure because of the weak rand, which has caused the price of many products in South Africa to increase.
Imported goods like computing products and gadgets are particularly hard hit, which in turn increases the price of some of the services offered by telecommunications players.
Many companies have vowed to assist their customers by absorbing some of the price increases caused by the weak rand.
However, this is not always possible, and in many cases the higher costs are passed on to consumers. This is the case with food, petrol, and content services.
The graphic below shows how prices have changed in South Africa between 2006 and 2016 for the following products: ADSL, DStv, mobile data, a Big Mac, petrol, and the US dollar.