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By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist


Petrol price drop loading: Relief ahead for motorists from Wednesday

Several international and local factors have contributed to the decreases in petrol and diesel prices.


South African motorists can breathe a sigh of relief with a drop in petrol and diesel prices from Wednesday.

The second price reduction in as many months will be welcomed by South Africans as they navigate a hostile economic climate.

Prices

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has announced the price of 93 octane petrol will decrease by R1.05 and 95 octane petrol will drop by 99 cents per litre from Wednesday, 3 July.

The price of diesel (0.05% sulphur) will be cut by 30 cents per litre, while diesel with 0.005% sulphur will drop by 24 cents per litre.

Meanwhile, illuminating paraffin will cost 18 cents less per litre, while the price of LP gas decreases by 22 cents per kilogram.

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Reason for petrol decrease

DMRE spokesperson Robert Maake said there were several factors that contributed to the decreases in petrol and diesel prices.

Brent crude oil prices

The department said the average Brent crude oil price fell from $82.98 to $82.24 per barrel during the review period.

“This decrease was mainly due to increased production by the US and other non-OPEC countries, coupled with slow global economic growth. This reduction in crude oil prices directly contributed to lower petrol and diesel prices.”

Rand/US dollar exchange rate

The department said the Rand appreciated slightly against the US dollar, averaging R18.44 per USD compared to the previous period’s R18.46 per USD.

“This minor appreciation led to a reduction of approximately 1.50 cents per litre in the BFP of all products, contributing to the overall decrease in fuel prices.”

Slate levy

The department added that the cumulative slate balance for petrol and diesel was negative R1.15 billion at the end of May 2024.

“Consequently, a slate levy of zero cents per litre will be applied to the price structures of petrol and diesel from 4 July 2024, resulting in a decrease of 4.38 cents per litre for both fuels,” it said.

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