Current Price of Bag of Salt in South Africa

Salt is a major constituent of cooked food and is often used as a preservative.

The Price of salt in South Africa varies according to the manufacturers/producers.

Of around 181.5 million tons of global salt production, around 5 million tons are produced in Africa.

Techniques used in salt production in sub-Saharan Africa where South Africa is located are conventional and, in some cases, primitive.

There is almost no trace of salt production in the entire central and west African region except for Ghana and Senegal. This is to say both Ghana and Senegal are the major exporters of salt to other central African countries.

South Africa imports table salt to ensure its availability in the country. This doesn’t pose any health threat since there are strict laws to make sure all salt produced in every part of the world be iodized.

Current Price of Bag of Salt in South Africa

Types of Salt

Generally, salt is considered to be the most common mineral resource in the world. Be it refined or unrefined, it is rich in minerals that are very beneficial to health.

The most common type of salt is table salt, which is also known as common salt.  It is readily available in South Africa.

Other kinds are as follows:

  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Smoked salt
  • Persian salt
  • Black salt
  • Grey salt
  • Red salt
  • Sea salt

Salt in South Africa is mainly found in the south-east and south-south states with Ebonyi taking the top spot of the largest deposits. Other states on this list include Anambra, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Sokoto, Katsina, and Benue states.

Although South Africa may be rich in brine resources like other African nations, the country cannot boast of a single processing industry or plant just like the case of refining crude oil abroad. The country imports most of the processed salt before converting to finished products.

Prices of Salt in South Africa

In South Africa, the major salt sold in markets are mostly branded salt. The prices are, therefore, fairly fixed.

Producers have been developing ways to reach consumers through segmentation of the products into sachets and friendly packaging materials to prevent moisture penetration to retain freshness at the point of retail sales. These new development has increased competition among brands.

The popular brands in the markets are Mr chef, Annapurna,  Dangote, Dicon, and Royal. By placing these brands of salt in terms of market share, Mr Chef comes first, followed by Annapurna and Dangote.

  • Himalayan Salt 900g: R$150
  • Mr Chef Salt 250g: R$50 – R$70
  • Mr Chef Salt 500g; R$80 – R$100
  • Dangote Salt 250g: R$50
  • Dangote Salt 500g: R$100 – R$120
  • Annapurna Salt 250g: R$50 – R$80
  • Annapurna Salt 500g: R$100

Sellers claim that many consumers prefer the Mr Chef salt followed by Annapurna. Most use both interchangeably but if they are unavailable, then Dangote salt will be taken.

How Much is a Bag of Salt in South Africa?

The prices listed here are average prices on e-commerce stores in South Africa. They are mostly cheaper in offline stores.

  • Dangote Salt Bag of 1kg (20 pieces): R$ 148 – R$ 185
  • Dangote Salt Bag of 1kg (5 pieces): R$ 93 – R$ 111
  • Mr Chef Salt Bag of 1kg (20 pieces): R$ 148 – R$ 185
  • Mr Chef Salt Bag of 1kg (4 pieces): R$ 74 – R$ 93
  • Mr Chef Salt Bag of 500g (4 pieces): R$50 – R$60
  • Mr Chef Salt Bag of 500g (10 pieces): R$ 37 – R$ 56

These are the popular refined salt brands that can be gotten in the South Africa market. Unrefined ones are also available in large scale.

There are over 80 minerals available in the unrefined salts while the refined table salt has only 2, which are Sodium and chlorine. Research shows that unrefined salt also has health benefits.

Prices of Unrefined salt in South Africa:
  • A big pack of unrefined salt: R$ 130 – R$ 185
  • A small pack of unrefined salt: R$ 74 – R$ 93

Economic and Health Benefits of Salt

  • Salt enhances healthy weight and fast metabolism when consumed adequately
  • Helps in balancing blood sugar levels
  • Regulates heartbeats
  • Helps in moderating the functions of the muscles
  • Salt also controls the body’s fluid balance
  • Economically, salt generates huge revenue for the country
  • Industries that are involved in salt production help the economy via employment
Benefits of Sea Salt
  • It can be used for teeth whitening
  • Used for dandruff treatment
  • Has anti-aging properties
  • Reduces acne and many more

Record has it that aside from the rich benefits of common salt, other salts such as Celtic sea salt and Himalayan salt have greater benefits.

Uses of Salt

  • Cooking is one of the most popular uses of salt across the world
  • Another very thoughtful aspect is the use of salt for preservation
  • Surprisingly salt is used for household cleaning
  • Salt has also been popularly known to be used in making bleaches, soaps and detergents, and dyes
  • Most industrial companies in South Africa and across the world use salt in making plastic, paper, glass, polyester, fertilizer, and rubber

All these are some uses of salt. In addition to the list above, some health and beauty products have salt as part of their ingredients.

Salt Companies in South Africa

Here’s a list of some salt companies in South Africa.

Covenant Salt Company Limited

Covenant Salt Company Limited is a big manufacturing company in South Africa that specializes in the production of high-quality iodized salt. The company is located in the industrial estate in Agbara, Ogun state.

Dangote Salt Plc

Owned by South Africa’s and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote. Dangote salt is well known for its processing and refining services. The headquarters of this company is located at Falomo, Ikoyi.

Bayswater Industries

The popular Mr. Chef salt is produced by Bayswater Industries Limited and the company is located in Sango Otta, Ogun State, South Africa.

Columbia International Limited

This particular company offers salt processing services for enough availability of consumable salt in the country.

Some other salt-related companies in South Africa are National Salt Company South Africa Limited, Royal Salt Limited, and Union Dicon Sat limited.

In conclusion, salt is a great part of human existence. It is advised to take salt in moderation. Excess of it is bad.