MZANSI people will have no rest when it comes to the price of petrol and paraffin.The country will experience its biggest petrol and paraffin increases in October.The petrol price has more than doubled since 10 years ago.In 2008 and most of 2009, the petrol price per litre in South Africa was between R7 and R8.But fuel prices will sky-rocket to its most expensive ever on Wednesday.This is according to the latest increase announced by the Department of Energy (DoE).Both grades of petrol, 93 and 95 (ULP & LRP), will increase by 99 cents and 100 cents a litre (c/l) respectively from midnight on Tuesday. This brings the overall retail price of 95 ULP for motorists in Gauteng to R17.08 c/l and R16.49 c/l at the Coast.Diesel 0.05% sulphur and diesel 0.005% sulphur will both increase by 124c a litre. Illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will go up by 104c, while illuminating paraffin (SMNRP) will cost 139c more per litre. The maximum retail price for LPGAS will spike by 179c per kilogram.The department has attributed the rising fuel price to the weakening rand exchange rate. “The average rand/US dollar exchange rate for the period 31 August 2018 to 27 September 2018 was 14.7899 compared to 13.9430 during the previous period.”This led to a higher contribution to the Basic Fuel Prices on petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin by 48.72c/l, 51.03c/l and 50.62 c/l respectively,” the DoE said.SOURCE: FIN24
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