South African motorists will be hit with another hefty fuel price hike next month, effectively wiping out most of the fuel price relief that lockdown brought, according to IOL Motoring.
Commenting on unaudited month-end data, the Automobile Association is predicting a petrol price increase of R1.73 a litre from next Wednesday, July 1, while diesel is set to go up by R1.74 a litre and illuminating paraffin by R2.14.
The latest increase will drive the price of 95 Unleaded petrol up to R14.43 per litre at the coast and R15.13 inland, where the cheaper 93 ULP grade will rise to around R14.93. This is just 78 cents less per litre than this year’s price peak of R15.71 for 93 ULP just before lockdown.
While the rand has provided a bit of wind in South Africa’s petrol price sail in the preceding month, this has proven no match for the recent surge in international oil prices as the world continued to ease out of lockdown.
Brent crude was trading at R41.40 at the time of writing which is around double what it cost in late March.
Although the rand gained around 34 cents to the US dollar in June, the currency was still R2.50 weaker than it was before the Covid-19 crisis hit.
“We cannot overstate the effect that the rand’s collapse is currently having on fuel users,” the AA added.
“If the rand had remained at its pre-Covid-19 levels, fuel users would likely be seeing a reduction in fuel prices in the order of 75 cents a litre next month”.
Source: IOL Motoring