The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has recently announced that South Africans will have to brace themselves for an increase in the prices of petrol, diesel, and illuminating paraffin. The price adjustments are scheduled to take effect from Wednesday this week, and they are expected to impact consumers’ expenses across the nation. However, there is a glimmer of relief for consumers using LPGas, as the price for this energy source will experience a significant decrease.
The price adjustments will be as follows:
Petrol (both 93 and 95 Octane): 37 cents increase.
Diesel (0.05% sulphur): 72 cents increase.
Diesel (0.005% sulphur): 71 cents increase.
Wholesale illuminating paraffin: 71 cents increase.
Single Maximum National Retail Price for illuminating paraffin: 95 cents increase.
Maximum Retail Price of LPGas: R1.61 decrease.
According to the DMRE, these adjustments are attributed to various factors that have influenced fuel prices. One of the primary factors is the increase in the average Brent Crude oil price, which surged from $75.10 US Dollars (USD) to $79.75 USD during the review period. Consequently, the international product prices of petrol, diesel, and illuminating paraffin followed this upward trend, leading to significant contributions to the Basic Fuel Prices of these commodities.
The breakdown of the contributions to the Basic Fuel Prices is as follows:
Petrol: Increased by 63.59 cents per litre.
Diesel (0.05% sulphur): Increased by 99.09 cents per litre.
Diesel (0.005% sulphur): Increased by 98.71 cents per litre.
Illuminating paraffin: Increased by 71 cents per litre.
However, there is a silver lining for consumers as the price of LPGas is set to decrease. The lower prices of Propane and Butane have contributed to the reduction of LPGas prices, providing some respite amidst the overall price hikes.
Another factor that played a role in the fuel price adjustments is the currency exchange rate. The Rand showed signs of appreciation against the US Dollar, with the exchange rate improving from R18.68 to R18.26 per USD during the review period. This appreciation led to lower contributions to the Basic Fuel Prices of petrol, diesel, and illuminating paraffin.
The breakdown of the contributions due to the exchange rate is as follows:
Petrol: Decreased by 27.64 cents per litre.
Diesel (0.05% sulphur): Decreased by 27.36 cents per litre.
Diesel (0.005% sulphur): Decreased by 27.10 cents per litre.
Illuminating paraffin: Decreased by 27.10 cents per litre.
One piece of positive news is that there will be no slate levy applicable to the petrol and diesel price structures for August 2023. The cumulative slate balance on petrol and diesel as of the end of June 2023 was reported to have a positive balance of R2.69 million, which has alleviated the need for additional levies this time.
The price adjustments are likely to impact South Africans across the board, from individuals to businesses, as fuel prices influence the overall cost of living and transportation costs. Consumers who rely heavily on private vehicles or public transportation are likely to face increased expenses, and businesses that depend on fuel for their operations may see their operational costs rise.
In light of these changes, it’s essential for consumers to review their budgets and consider adopting fuel-saving measures to mitigate the impact of rising fuel prices. Carpooling, public transportation, and using fuel-efficient vehicles are some of the options that can help manage expenses during this period.
For those concerned about their financial well-being amid these price adjustments, financial institutions and personal finance experts may offer valuable advice and assistance. Keeping track of expenses, managing debts, and exploring potential savings in other areas can be prudent steps to maintain financial stability.
In conclusion, the upcoming fuel price adjustments, with petrol and diesel prices rising, are a cause for concern for South African consumers. However, the decrease in LPGas prices offers a bit of relief for those who utilize this energy source. Consumers are encouraged to be vigilant about their personal finances and seek expert advice if needed to navigate the effects of these changes effectively. As always, staying informed about economic developments and market trends is crucial for making informed financial decisions in an ever-changing landscape.