Petrol price blow for motorists

Petrol price blow for motorists

2014-02-28 15:31

Johannesburg - The price of all grades of petrol will rise by 36 cents on Wednesday, the energy department said on Friday.

Diesel with a sulphur content of 0.05% would go up by 27 cents a litre and that with a sulphur content of 0.005% by 28 cents.

"The increase is due to movements in the crude oil prices, international petroleum products prices, [the] rand/US dollar exchange rate... and the self-adjusting Slate levy..." it said.

On Friday the Automobile Association (AA) said it expected a price hike owing to strong international crude oil prices.

The general fuel levy will also be increased in line with inflation in 2014 as mentioned in the budget speech by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The total fuel levy for petrol is now 225.5c/l, and for diesel 209.5c/l.

Together with the Road Accident fund levy - which was raised by 8c/l to 104c - and other levies, it brings the total taxes on fuel to 332.5c/l for petrol and 317.51c/l for diesel.

  • Nettie Potgieter - 2014-02-28 15:35


      Vickers Vermeulen - 2014-02-28 15:48

      Proudly brought to you by the ANC

      Mickie Mickie - 2014-02-28 15:57

      We will never vote them out of government because there are too many people in the rural areas who vote and have no cooking clue what the government is doing? we need to do like Ukraine

      Mable Jacobs - 2014-02-28 15:59

      Why is there never a strike about petrol prices????Honestly this is too much

      Mitesh Dahya - 2014-02-28 16:08

      That picture up there kinda describes my petrol tank and my pockets...

      Gloomy Zoomy - 2014-02-28 16:16

      I always thought it polite to take someone out to dinner before you screw them!

      Skye Walker - 2014-02-28 16:17

      This is ridiculous. We might have to follow the lead of those in Amsterdam... by riding bicycles of course :)

      Rob Martin - 2014-02-28 16:33

      To feed their bloated fat guts.

      Revelgen - 2014-02-28 16:34

      That means about R225 goes into govt coffers EVERY single time you fill up. And how much of this goes into fixing our roads? None, as far as I can see, nothing, nada, zilch. Can anyone give us a breakdown of what goes where of this tax? And whether some of this is being used to pay back the R21 BILLION RANDS the arrogant ANC spent in barging ahead with their e-tolls, with minimal/almost non-existent public consultation. However, there now goes Sanral's last chance of EVER getting 80% of motorists paying e-tolls. Sanral IS going down, just a matter of time. So stop wasting tens of millions of taxpayers' money on your stupid advertising campaigns. All Scamral's invoices will simply be chucked away. It's our form of PROTEST - better than burning down clinics etc. The ANC never saw this coming.

      Johan D du Toit - 2014-03-01 02:12

      Skye Walker- I would have used a bicycle but unfortunately most of our towns and cities are not as flat as Amsterdam!

  • Amdyn - 2014-02-28 15:37

    Rubbish. Brent is at its lowest dollar price in 7 months. It is all R/$ and more tax not international oil prices

      Mickie Mickie - 2014-02-28 15:58

      brent is not at its lowest. currently usd108 a barrel

      Amdyn - 2014-02-28 16:39

      And it was at $108 in June, July to January averaged $110. The point is that in 7 months the price of oil has varied a few dollars up and down and currently the price is lower than the average of the last 7 months. Therefore international oil prices are not the reason for the rapid increase in fuel price.

      Mike Bundy - 2014-03-01 15:05

      Made-in-RSA: Don't forget that at least half of our fuel is from SASOL and mixed in with the imported fuel

  • Mouna Cox - 2014-02-28 15:39

    OUCH.....speechless, honestly dunno what to do anymore. currently evading E-tolls, but dz a hit again PETROL!. now hw do i evade dat??? eish, taxis are just a no go zone..unsafe in ma opinion, besides no taxis straigh to ma wrk place, have to get 2 n dat z late to wrk...ay.....imma give it a try for anada government, atleast i will cry knowing i tried changing something worth it

      Sht Stirrer - 2014-02-28 15:44

      du u spkz englsh 2?

      Mmatho Alpheus - 2014-02-28 16:05

      How safe do you want to be... Is like saying I won't use a plane to new york is not safe afraid of Space debries falling on to AirPLANE

      Bradley Kecskes - 2014-02-28 16:06

      wuf da fug iz goin onn?

      Johan D du Toit - 2014-03-01 02:22

      Mouna Cox- Although I fully agree with you it took me some time to decipher what you wrote! Usually I skip comments with this type of writing!

      George Findlay - 2014-03-01 15:53

      @Mmatho Alpheus, a plane is a lot more safe than what your taxis would ever be, those oakes dont know how to drive and think the roads belong to them an most are not road worthy which is not a problem because the cops just get paid of. Me I would rather fly

  • Timothy Tanzer - 2014-02-28 15:42

    This is how the ANC profits off us.

      Ted Bug - 2014-02-28 17:23

      Sure, they had to make up for the tax cuts...

  • mandla.mthembu.14 - 2014-02-28 15:42

    Its getting worse. ..

  • Lilia Atanasova - 2014-02-28 15:42

    Whose lifestyle do we need to fund now?

  • Lilia Atanasova - 2014-02-28 15:42

    Whose lifestyle are we funding now?

  • Rhenier Jr Labuschagne - 2014-02-28 15:43

    And the self-adjusting state levy?

      Venus Flytrap - 2014-02-28 20:09

      Slate levy, Rhenier, slate levy...whatever in the world that might be lol.

  • Wes Schoch - 2014-02-28 15:45

    A proper audit needs to be done in this department or a full scale investigation as this effects the whole country in every way.

  • Blameer Boesman - 2014-02-28 15:45

    Majority rule even effs up the fuel price. Africa is a lost case.

  • At van Pretoria - 2014-02-28 15:48

    Proudly brought by the anc. FFS

  • SA Mfuywa - 2014-02-28 15:50

    ANC leadership is clueless in terms of economics, they must go to hell, idiots

  • Edmund Roux - 2014-02-28 15:52

    Then THEY have the audacity to ask us to save?!

  • Herklaas Jantjies - 2014-02-28 15:54

    Another increase... A bad story to tell

  • Daniel Mogale - 2014-02-28 15:55


  • Johnny Comments - 2014-02-28 15:56

    Where is this going to stop? I propose government officials start paying for their own petrol. If you don't pay for something you don't care if the price goes up. See how easy it is to add another fuel levy....

      Johnny Comments - 2014-02-28 16:11

      One dislike? Didnt know ministers read my comments!

  • Irvin Mathebula - 2014-02-28 16:00

    This country is the next Zimbabwe #ZANC

  • Manie van Wyk - 2014-02-28 16:00

    SWAZILAND R 11-10 / LITRE,,,, AND THEY BUY FROM S.A. ? ? ?

      Alida Pope - 2014-02-28 17:16

      yes the difference is the levies we pay here in good old RSA. Where we support the corrupt and tax the man in the street to death.

      Yaaseen Allie - 2014-03-06 16:07

      lol, ya WTH they are buying from us yet they sell it for cheaper to the residents.

  • Lincoln Redding - 2014-02-28 16:04

    This is why I am purchasing a motorcycle. 250cc. 10L tank, 300km range +-. Can't do this any more.

      Mike Bundy - 2014-03-01 15:09

      I've been riding a 400cc as my daily-driver for many years now. Best decision that I ever made. I can zip through traffic, saving hours every week. And it costs pennies to refuel.

  • Eugene Smal - 2014-02-28 16:05

    I wish my salary can go up the way petrol is going up.

  • George Michaelides - 2014-02-28 16:06

    and Gordhan.....your cANCer buddies squeeze you again.........what e-tollie don't pay you make up from us...f/u Rand been trading at under 11:1 the whole week......get your shyte together....

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-02-28 16:07

    Well vote DA

  • Pierre Potgieter - 2014-02-28 16:08

    We are experiencing the last gasps of the fossil fuel industry. It's going to get a lot worse before world governments seriously look at alternative energy sources. The technology is currently available, but there is still too much oil money in all governments blocking the large scale roll-out of cleaner and cheaper technologies.

      Utopian Indigent - 2014-03-01 10:00

      No, the real problem is that car companies (like everyone else) are only interested in alternatives if it can boost their profit margins. Therefore they are only developing alternative engines if they can make it expensive and sell it to the top half of the market. There are no basic car models on the market anymore, because luxury=profit, and the lower income group customers do not provide quick profits. So there are no-fuel and hybrid models, but have you seen their prices? Actually more scarce resources go into developing, building and selling those models than a good old 1990 Corolla, despite the savings on fuel. These "green" cars are not green at all, no they are raping the earth's scarce resources even more callously than the old gas-guzzlers.

  • Christo Bokhorst - 2014-02-28 16:09

    Whe are so screwed. Its not even fynny anymore.

  • Mbongeni Nyathi - 2014-02-28 16:15

    OH NO!!

  • Alwyn Malan - 2014-02-28 16:16

    Are people still shocked by this? One of these months it will go down by 10-15 cents and then for the next 6 months after that rise by 30+ cents... And the funny part is that people will get happy about that 10-15 cents, and not see the cycle repeating...

      Mmatho Alpheus - 2014-02-28 16:43

      JANUARY it was 0.39 FEBRUARY 0.34 MARCH 0.34 Total increase in 57days= R1.07 Yes then a decrease of 25cents is still not a decrease at all

      Ian M MacKenzie - 2014-03-01 23:24

      Make fuel pricing competitive, take out or minimize government tariffs and the extortionate prices of fuel overheads it will still be expensive but not prohibitive.

  • Dudley Joubert - 2014-02-28 16:16

    If I have to say what I think... I'll probably get arrested.

      Mike Bundy - 2014-03-01 15:11

      Actions speak louder than words mate ;)

  • Winifred Watson - 2014-02-28 16:18

    Well this country is going backwards, so by next year donkey carts and bicycles will be our transport. While we riding bicycles to work or a donkey cart we will see the government officials zoom past us in their swanky expensive german cars and we will be left choking on their dust.

  • Michael Meiring - 2014-02-28 16:18

    The Goose is going to die.....

      Mmatho Alpheus - 2014-02-28 16:35

      The One that Laid a Golden Egg....

  • Mark Van Der Heever - 2014-02-28 16:18

    Its to make up for the losses of the etoll where they used the pensioen money to fund the crap! how else are they going to recuperate the losses?

  • Armistice Alroid de Leeuw - 2014-02-28 16:31

    Here we go!!! R20/litre not far away!!!Bicycles,here we come!!!!!

  • Mmatho Alpheus - 2014-02-28 16:31

    1.When the going get tough the tough gets going 2.Next time people ask you a lift don't pass give them that lift the will pay you half price taxi fare which will compensate for that xtra charge on FuEl 3.Don't take your car to Car wash DIY 4.Every election year fuel prince increases sharply...but Economist will never tell you this!

  • Eduard Bloem - 2014-02-28 16:43

    I think I best buy a horse

      Mmatho Alpheus - 2014-02-28 16:48

      But M1 Doest not provide Horse track! SPCA will be on your case full time Park n ride it in Elis park or soccer city for it to get green grass

  • Louis Nel - 2014-02-28 16:49

    Some one is playing an April fools joke here seriously !!!

  • George Gibbs - 2014-02-28 16:51

    Siesa RAF! more money for you again!! There has been so many bad reports around the administration of claims and payouts. Let's not fix the problem lets throw more money at it! If you ignore it maybe the problem will go away!

  • rowan.torr.9 - 2014-02-28 16:52

    Why we are not getting our oil from Angola? It's less of a schlep!

      Mike Bundy - 2014-03-01 15:13

      We already make lots of it from shale at SASOL. Don't know why we are so dependent on overseas oil prices...

  • Gerrit Smit - 2014-02-28 16:59

    So it looks like it might reach R20/l by December. for the first time in my life i am not looking forward to the end of this year

  • Lynn Hugo - 2014-02-28 18:04

    Now we need the STATE to start selling FUEL cheaper. You make synthetic liquid fuel produced from coal by Sasol and from natural gas by the state-owned Mossgas. Oh what they cant make more then 10% of demand, and government regulated the price. Nationalization for you!!!!

  • Mark Thomas - 2014-02-28 18:27

    Wonder why all supermarkets cannot provide a discount voucher on a till slip for fuel when purchasing food at the till ,besides the rewards cards we get from the banks currently.In Australia all the garages have different prices and they compete with lowering their prices and you pump your OWN petrol.Petrol in Zimbabwe is cheaper, so maybe we should all club in and get our own fuel tankers to bring the fuel here.

  • Richard Dannhauser - 2014-02-28 22:47

    Instead of raising all these prices why doesnt this pathetic government lower their salaries and increase the real working peoples salaries???? This government is so pathetic and so corrupt en this finance minister is a tool... They want to lower debt but yet the keep pushing prices up... Bunch of tools

      Utopian Indigent - 2014-03-01 10:11

      Why are you and I the only people who notice that most public sector office workers are overpaid? People compare their salaries to the US using the wrong exchange rate - the Purchase Parity Rate is the correct one, which shows they are paid more than anywhere else in the world!

  • Utopian Indigent - 2014-03-01 09:48

    Don't be fooled by the tax rate decrease. The money will just be grinded out of you in other ways, and more than before. It is called creative budgeting but I just call it deceitful budgeting.

  • Nkululeko Motaung - 2014-03-02 07:44

    This government is useless 1stly how cn u hv a president who is un-educated to lead 52million indivisual (estimate) this guy cnt even read what's being drafted for he once said “the ANC will party.” Whereas he was supposed 2 cont as 4 Gordhan mxm ntng has changed stl tht old boring speech full of ombudsmen nxa

  • Peet Pretorius - 2014-03-04 09:22

    Ask the government about the R9 billion missing and they can't give you a straight answer about where it went. But NO, the tax payers still have to turn over every cent and the government is partying with our hard earned money. How is this different from the previous problems we faced in the previous regime? The "Equality" the government speak of is a joke... and they are not educating people to make our country move forward. I would like to express myself freely in a land where we can live in true equality.

  • Yaaseen Allie - 2014-03-06 16:03

    FFS, prices are going up, taxes are higher, but we see no change in our lives, the only changes happening are the corrupt leaders are getting richer and the people who do not pay taxes are benefiting. the middle class people are working for both the benefit of the upper and lower class people. WTF!!!

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