- The petrol price went up at midnight Tuesday and South Africans are depressed and disappointed about the increase
- Petrol will now cost 82 cents more per litre and diesel 85 cents
- South Africans shared their unhappiness on social media to get their feelings off their chests
South Africans wept as the petrol price went up at midnight Tuesday. We will now be forking out 82 cents more for petrol and 85 cents more for diesel.
This is the highest that petrol has been in South Africa, ever.
There is no doubt that the latest increase has caused major upsets to everyone in the country and that disappointment in president Cyril Ramaphosa is immense.
The president promised South Africans a stronger economy, but if the petrol price increase is anything to go by, the economy isn't growing any healthier.
Briefly.co.za learned that petrol prices are regulated by the government and that the price is changed on the first Wednesday of every month.
The Central Energy Fund facilitates the new petrol prices on behalf of the Department of Energy. According to eNCA, there are 2 influencing factors that affect the petrol price.
There are internal factors like transport costs, taxes and the prices of oil and external factors such as the strength of the rand.
The latest price increase has broken the hearts of motorists all across South African and as is the norm in these modern times, they took to social media to share their pain.
Even politicians are feeling the pinch:
At least South Africans can still joke about their sad situations:
Many motorists were feeling like this last night:
This is how South Africans responded just before the price actually went up:
Social media was buzzing with the views and opinions of South Africans:
Zee Khoza - As someone who drives around town to town on daily bases, I'm now forced to give hitch hikers lift in expectation of payment to assist my travel fuel expenses. Hopefully the taxi drivers could understand now how hard it is to all of us. We not giving hikes to compete with them but we are now forced to risk on giving hikes due to fuel hike
Buhle Apla Bomela - This will increase crime I'm tellin you
Lina Thobejane Selemela - Maar why Ramaphosa? What have we done to you. Mixed emotions
A report by EWN also reminds South Africa that the price increase will affect more than just their wallets after filling up the tank.
Commuters will have to pay more for transport and food prices will increase while salaries still remains the same.
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