Hein Kaiser
3 minute read
5 Jul 2022
6:15 am

Energy crisis: Double whammy as fuel price and load shedding hit South Africans in the pocket

Hein Kaiser

Petrol and diesel to cost almost 75% more than just two years ago.

A petrol station in Edenvale on 21 January 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

South Africa is in the midst of an energy crisis with Eskom blackouts on the one end and the price of fuel rocketing on the other. After this week’s suffocating increase, consumers will be paying almost 75% more for fuel than in 2020. From tomorrow, the pump price for 95-octane petrol is expected to rise by another R2.57 per inland litre to R26.74, while diesel climbs by R2.30 a litre. Illuminating paraffin will jump by R1.66. Seventy-five cents of the increase will be relieved by a halving of the fuel levy for July. The barrage of fuel price hikes and...