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A sunny summer for South Africans ruined by fuel and groceries price hike

On Monday the South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, announced adjustments of fuel prices for the month of September.

Let’s look at the horror in detail.

Inland

Petrol 95R24.50+R1.71
Petrol 93R24.14+R1.71
Diesel 0.05%R23.30+R2.84
Diesel 0.005%R23.01+R2.76

Coastal

Petrol 95R23.85+R1.71
Petrol 93R23.49+R1.71
Diesel 0.05%R22.66+R2.84
Diesel 0.005%R22.38+R2.76

Fuel prices have increased significantly since the start of the year, with petrol prices increasing by 14.6%. Diesel, meanwhile, has increased by 8.7%, despite consecutive cuts in the first half of 2023.

The pain of these increases will not only be felt at the pumps but at grocery stores as well.

The AA has stated that the increases – especially diesel – will have negative consequences for consumers as higher input costs will be recovered through higher prices at the till.

“Motorists will feel the pinch in higher prices at the pumps, but consumers across the board can expect higher prices for goods and services,” it said.

The tables below show how much you pay to fill up your car’s tank with petrol and diesel inland in September compared to August 2023.

Petrol

Tank size93 unleadedAdded cost95 unleadedAdded cost
37 litresR893.18+R63.27R907.98+R63.27
45 litresR1 086.30+R76.95R1 104.30+R76.95
60 litresR1 448.40+R102.60R1 472.40+R102.60
80 litresR1 931.20+R136.80R1 963.20+R136.80

Diesel

Tank size             Diesel 0.05%Added costDiesel 0.005%Added cost
37 litresR852.85+R105.08R861.36+R102.12
45 litresR1 037.25+R127.80R1 047.60+R124.20
60 litresR1 383+R170.40R1 396.80+R165.60
80 litresR1 844+R227.20R1 862.40+R220.80

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