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The Skhaftin bus, named for a South African word for lunchbox, is a converted school bus that sells dried foods like rice, beans, porridge, spices and sugar, as well as fresh produce from a local farm, all at reasonable prices. People bring their own containers and fill them from bulk bins.
Skhaftin started driving through Johannesburg's Inner City in March — a WhatsApp group lets customers know when the bus will be visiting their part of town. Zero waste options already existed for eco-minded residents of the city's wealthier areas, but the concept is equally suited to people with few rands to spend. Selling by the gram lets customers purchase smaller amounts when money is tight, buying what they need that day or week.