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Anger over latest fuel price hike

2012-05-01 23:03

Johannesburg - Motorists queued to fill up their cars on Tuesday evening, ahead of the 28 cent fuel increase.

“Basically I think it will affect the masses because every time we have such increases in petrol, we don’t have corresponding increases in our salaries," attorney Felix Majoni said while filling up his car at a Rivonia petrol station.

A minibus taxi driver predicted the fuel price would rise to R15 a litre by September.

Another motorist, Kenneth Bulaven, said it was something South Africans had to live with.

“I suppose it’s everywhere in the world, right? Where I come from in Belgium it's already towards R20 right now, so it’s almost double."

The African People's Convention called the rise robbery without violence.

"Many South Africans are already struggling with high electricity and food prices and the ever increasing petrol price," spokesperson Patrick Sindane said.

He said South Africans were already paying too much tax and if the e-tolls were implemented they would also have to foot that bill.

"We need a government that will create jobs, build more schools and university, ensure that poverty is eradicated and not the one that always invents new ways of sucking our blood."

Comments
  • morena.moloi1 - 2012-05-01 23:19

    Are we being forced 2 park our cars n travel on public trans. If things go lyk dis by next year we wl b paying 20rand a litre mos, no no no parvesh think 4 people.

      George - 2012-05-02 03:57

      Unfortunately, corruption is widespread in government agencies and public enterprises. Our political system promotes nepotism and wasting money. This has undermined our legal system and confidence in the functioning of the government. One of the consequences is that many citizens don't pay their taxes. George Papandraios said this. I changed one word. (Beware gvnmt)

      Aristar - 2012-05-02 06:00

      There is no public transport in South Africa. If there was I would be out of a job!!!

      Mattewis - 2012-05-02 07:07

      It's because people vote for people that look like them, rather than people who can govern! A government that can govern, "BUILDS". A government that can't, "TAXES". Get used to it, you voted for them!

      John - 2012-05-02 08:22

      What is not making sensecis that the oil price per barrel vary between $118 and $124. This has been the case for almost a year. When the higher price per barrel came about the fuel price was adjusted accordingly. WHY THEN THE ALMOST MONTHLY INCREASES? Who pockets and what for? The rand value during the period was also fairly stable....

      Gert - 2012-05-02 08:46

      This may even be more than R20 per l. because we are now illegally buying Iran's oil at a discount and America wants to stop the sanction busters and then the anc will charge you what ever they want. Through their illegal actions we will be penalised financially by the UN and America and we will become poorer. The NHI will drain you even more. If you don't want to die at the hands of a cuban doctor you will still have to maintain your own medical aid and be FORCED TO PAY for this system at the same time.

      richard.fahrenfort - 2012-05-02 10:40

      Cheap, clean Thorium, solar and wind and geo-thermal powered power plants and low maintenance electric cars are a viable and sustainable solution to all this the world over. The technology is ready but there is no profit in it due the abundance of the raw materials needed to generate the initial power ie:sun, wind, salt, heat mining. And there's no profit in abundant and sustainable materials only scarce, dirty and unsustainable ones like coal, oil and uranium. That's why we are all not driving clean, cheap and easy to maintain electric cars...

  • AdeleFHM - 2012-05-01 23:20

    It will probably be like R18/Litre by the end of the year, sigh!

      Fredster - 2012-05-02 08:43

      Yip, and it will be thanks to eToll

      ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-05-02 11:19

      My one question; why is SASOL's petrol price the same if they don't use oil to produce petrol from it? I boikot BP now, only put in SASOL. Lets all boikot BP and force them to lower the price!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-02 00:07

    Petrol hike ...The robbery without violence.African Peoples convention-APC. Do u agree?

      Aristar - 2012-05-02 06:03

      Somebody has to support Mr Zuma's 6th wife. Officially mr Zuma paid for his last wedding. What a load of codswallop. The South African taxpayer pays R15million towards the upkeep of his wives and brats.

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-02 08:13

      I find it highly suspect that this hike comes hot on the heels of South Africa giving Malawi free petrol. Somehow this little gift we've made has stayed out of the media here.

  • Johan - 2012-05-02 00:15

    If other reports are correct, SA is still importing oil from Iran in spite of international sanctions. If so, we should get the oil cheaper than the international prices as Iran is selling to a shrinking market. I should imagine that the SA government has the right to act against international opinion, but then there should be a trade off, ergo reduction in price.

      George - 2012-05-02 02:58

      Nationalise the SA operation of SASOL. We, the taxpayers, paid for it. Private interests now are reaping huge profits. Time to take it back and reduce the price of oil to cost plus some reasonable profit.

  • Nazlee - 2012-05-02 00:34

    This is so unfair, im already struggling to get myself2 colege wth these crazy metrorail prices. Nw the feul is goin up nd we as citizen mst think twice b4 getin in our cars. We get taxd so alot of money so that the goverment people can drive around wth petrolcards nd fancy cars. We mst work our butts off, taxd almst half our pay, wht is the government doing4 u? I would say, ''absolutely nuthng\. Jst takin away our hard earned money;>

      randomhero6661 - 2012-05-02 09:30

      we should oust this government. they are killing us

  • Morena Rob - 2012-05-02 00:34

    This is the government led by Zuma & his corrupt cronies,we are all his cash cows rich or poor.SA, why is this government imposing any financial burden on our shoulders? Is it because we are so simple.We seem to be okay with it, thats why no action.Just asking.

      Thinus - 2012-05-02 07:23

      Rob it is people like you that got brains that must inform your illiterate comrades that SA is going down with the current government that only inreach a selected few in high positions. The rest of the government officials is offered a salary increase of 4.9% that is not even near the increase in cost of living. ANC with their communist comrades what to do the same as other african countries where the population is poor and even thankfull if they only got bread to eat while a few elite life in luxury.

  • lmadikwe - 2012-05-02 01:04

    The government is going all out to revenge against its citizens for halting eToll.

      George - 2012-05-02 02:54

      Absolutely. We are being managed by lawless, faceless government officials who mismanage our funds on a grand scale. The tokolosh needs to visit them.

      Stewart - 2012-05-02 03:20

      Did you take note e toll was suspended ahead off elections last time around. They knew it would not go down well.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-02 01:17

    9% on car loan 14% vat 20% loan high petrol 20 to 40% tax please calculate this with and with out all your other expenses with 3rd grade service. Paying first class getting 3rd class then setting up 1st world control systems to control 3rd class living. God please do justice

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-02 01:19

    Cheap nasty blow "Belgium" you make me sick you compare us to Belgium.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-02 01:21

    Let's be fair right a article from 1 to 200 from most expensive to least expensive and rate the class of country.

  • lhfick - 2012-05-02 02:26

    This is not new. They are making the same mistakes as the old government! I would rather see vat at 17-18% with a fuel price of +/- R8-00, but it is to late now!

      Mark - 2012-05-02 08:04

      Are you nuts? VAT at 17-18% would kill us even quicker. You have no sense of basic economics

      randomhero6661 - 2012-05-02 10:10

      ya ne, you didn't think that one through did you?

  • George - 2012-05-02 02:52

    We are already paying for the high overspending incurred by SCAMRAL! It was a part of their corrupt scheme to defraud the SA taxpayer with collusion from certain government officials. The cost per km of the resurfaces roads exceeded the norm by an order of magnitude. Those responsible must be prosecuted. The next BUDGET in parliament must include the FULL tax impact on the citizens of SA not just the PAYE. The fuel levy has become just another tax revenue stream.

  • gift.rode - 2012-05-02 04:10

    Everything is so damn expensive you can't tell between an employed and an unemployed person anymore

  • Naledi - 2012-05-02 04:53

    Govt not the only one robbing us. take a look at ur pay increase this year never on par with all the increases around u

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-05-02 05:07

    Yaaaaawn!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dennis - 2012-05-02 05:12

    Under apartheid rule we had ONE PETROL INCREASE PER YEAR !! Go figure !!

      Aristar - 2012-05-02 06:18

      Have you only just noticed that now. We are paying for Mr Zuma's wives and brats and overseas travel. Vote to get that out of power and we might actually have a halfway decent government. please note I said might, but being the pessimist I am it is highly unlikely. The ANC trash will run the country into the ground before anything will be done.

  • frid.tsundzukani - 2012-05-02 05:24

    But this is a madness. Goverment want our money left n right. U think 2b on yellow page

  • Freddy - 2012-05-02 05:47

    Workers are being laid off even as we speak. Is this the definition of "JOB CREATION"? Is the Minister of Finance aware that the consumer cannot pay more with less? 5% CAPPED SALARY INCREASE for 3 years DOES NOT SELL!! In fact investment portfolios are going to be completely SHUT DOWN as from today.

  • Aristar - 2012-05-02 05:59

    Somebody has to pay for Mr Zuma's 6th wife. Vote this trash out of power. You have the power.

      Evans - 2012-05-02 07:32

      Say that again_ wot is this ?

  • Deana - 2012-05-02 06:06

    Go on, Government. You're doing such a great job raping and plundering SA! You're literally taking food out off children's mouths.

  • Carry - 2012-05-02 06:18

    I CAN REMEMBER IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS WHEN THE anc BLASTED THE THEN NP GOVERNMENT FOR BEING WHITE RACIST THIEVES WHEN THE PETROL WENT UP BY 5c. THE WAY THE PEOPLE OF S.A. HAVE STOOD TOGETHER AGAINST THE TOLLS ...... ALL I CAN SAY IS WATCH OUT THE anc - THE PEOPLE OF S.A. HAVE SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. SO YOU HAD BETTER START DOING YOUR HOMEWORK. SORT OUT ESKOM, LEAVE THE INFO BILL, STOP CRIME BIG TIME, STOP THE BLATANT THEFT AND MISUSE OF THE TAX PAYER'S MONEY, NO TO THE E-TOLL ............ AND HOW ABOUT STARTING TO DO WHAT YOU ARE PAID TO DO - SOME WORK.

      David Van Staden - 2012-05-02 06:23

      @Carry- do not underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups...

  • David Van Staden - 2012-05-02 06:20

    @ the guy from Belgium: what you seem to forget is that at least Belgium has proper public transport,you are not dependant on private transport. That makes a huge difference.long live SA!

  • Carry - 2012-05-02 06:25

    AS ONE DRIVER SAID WHILE HE WAS FILLING HIS CAR UP : " WE MUST LEARN TO LIVE WITH THIS..........." - NO WE DON'T. WE MUST STOP BEING SPINELESS AND JUST ACCEPT EVERYTHING THIS GOVERNMENT IS DOING. WHEN WE STAND TOGETHER, WE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS - JUST LIKE WE ARE DOING WITH THE TOLL GATES. WE MUST GET TO A POINT WHERE THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT MAKE ANY RASH DECISIONS - IN FEAR OF THE PUBLIC BACKLASH. AND I MEAN ALL THE PUBLIC - OUR COUNTRY IS WORTH SAVING. WE MUST GET OF THE SIDELINES AND START PARTICIPATING.

      Mohamed - 2012-05-02 10:18

      @ Carry.....I support you 100%. Just a question though, doesnt SASOL manufacture fuel from coal? And we have abundance of it here in SA....So why is SASOL's fuel price so high? In the oil producing countries, fuel price is next to nothing......Can someone draw the comparison and explain to me please....

  • mkansig - 2012-05-02 06:28

    For Sure government is raping us on this petrol price . Those ppl there on top they don't feel the pain we have , they use company petrol cards nd is ur tax .

  • Carry - 2012-05-02 06:34

    WHILE THE anc HAS A HUGE FOLLOWING - THIS WILL CHANGE. THE PEOPLE ARE BEING BLED DRY BY THE GOVERNMENT, WHILE THEY ALL LIVE THE FATCAT LIFESTYLE. THE BLACK PEOPLE ARE SCARED TO VOTE DA WHERE THERE ARE WHITE FACES - THEY ARE TOLD BY VOTING DA COULD BRING BACK APARTHEID. BUT, I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THEY WILL SEE WHAT THE anc IS UP TO BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. I AM NOT SAYING THAT THE DA IS THE WAY TO GO - AS THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION PARTY THEY NEVER HAD OUR BACKS IN THIS WHOLE E-TOLL FIASCO. THEY WERE CAUGHT NAPPING. BUT IF WE ALL STAND TOGETHER ....... SURELY WE CAN SHAPE A GOVERNMENT THAT IS PREPARED TO WORK FOR US AND NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND.

  • thabo.promise - 2012-05-02 06:34

    Pastor joshua of nigeria predicted abwt world economic crises so it is nw happenin:by september fuel wil b R15 per litre, increase of food price,a huge rate of unemploymend,our government is failin in everytin.

  • Manie - 2012-05-02 06:46

    K....K en betaal they don"t care.. Botswana,,R8,10 a litre

      Pierre - 2012-05-02 09:12

      And they get it from us

  • Mahesh - 2012-05-02 06:53

    people, stop bitching and moaning, do what they did in europe, boycot all garages and strike, have demonstrations etc so that this fkd up government of ours notices us and reduces the price of fuel, much much lower than we are currently paying, we have our own crude oil here so i find it hard to believe the govmnt cant subsidise it, come on now is the time for us all to make a stand and end this corruption thats crippling the people and this country

      rayno.grever - 2012-05-02 07:48

      Agreed. Ok so who will be organizing this demonstration and where do I join? In the mean time all I can do is write letters to people of influence but I'm not important enough to listen to I'm not an ANC supporter. Not a DA fan either but they are much better

  • Ethan - 2012-05-02 06:56

    Price of cars - through the roof. Price of houses - through the roof. Price of petrol - through the roof. Price of food and commodities - through the roof. I blame the roof. Blow off the roof and enjoy the stars as thats all thats still free (and before the disappear because of light pollution!)

      Glenda - 2012-05-02 13:37

      Ethan what about electricity price? If the roof blows off the criminal eliminate will get you before you can enjoy the stars!

  • Bomb - 2012-05-02 06:57

    PAYE, VAT, Levies, tax on this, tax on that, tax on your pension, tax on your interest earned, higher water, higher electricity, higher services costs. etc. etc. etc. This government is raping the people of SA financially. Something is seriously wrong somewhere. Maybe its because the smaller tax paying part of the country are supporting and subsidizing the larger part of the country, and this is the only way government can try and rectify their bad planning and decisions. The country should really make a stand.

  • Paddy - 2012-05-02 06:59

    And to think that we all thought the 2010 World Cup was a great idea! We are going to be paying for it, the arms deal and the e-tolls for a long, long time to come. Get used to it. You elected this bunch of idiots into power.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-02 07:11

    The saddest part is - government couldn't give a sh**t, as long as we keep feeding their big guts all is well on their world.

  • marcanthonytaylor - 2012-05-02 07:22

    Dont just stand there and shout it, do something about it.

  • Sivuyile - 2012-05-02 07:48

    I am afraid I think we are going down guys, I think if it goes like this we are not far to see south africa like Zimbabwe and suden, we are getting poor and poor everyday. its petrol, e toll its food. its difficult even to save hundred rand a month.

  • Zahir - 2012-05-02 07:51

    The anc doesn't want gravy train to run out of steam so they will put up price when they feel like it and by what ever amount they need

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-02 07:58

    Yassis no man. If those working are struggling,what about the unemployed and those with odd jobs and low income? While the people incharge can make renovations of millions,build huge walls around their houses,steal tendors,steal millions then the charges gets dropped, the nation now as a whole has to suffer. How do you bunch sleep at night? People are getting sick of your empty promises.

  • Joseph - 2012-05-02 08:08

    People stop complianing, keep voting for your corrupt goverment.

  • sayed.hess - 2012-05-02 08:15

    I think it's high time that South African citizens needs to stand up and start protesting against this high petrol increases it's totally unacceptable and stop blaming it on the dollar, wait next month to add insult to us goverment will announce a 3cents petrol price decrease.

  • Janca - 2012-05-02 08:18

    Can someone please just help me understand? People always compare our petrol prices to first world countries. Then we get told we can't complain because petrol cost "almost R20/Litre in Belgium". What these people fail to include in there statements is that basic income is much more in relation to South African basic income in first world countries. So I don't think people can compare our petrol prices to first world countries because its much more affordable there in relation to salaries earned.

      Warwick - 2012-05-02 08:33

      You are 100% spot on Janca, in Europe, your salary goes a longer way than here, you see your taxes spent wisely in most cases, there is accountability and progress. We are one of the heaviest taxed peoples on earth and we get nothing in return. We will drown in debt sooner than later if current trends continue.

      Andries - 2012-05-02 08:44

      I fully agree. Will there be ever someone who will do something about this. Corruption will never stop with this government. Praying maybe? This is a request to God hey?

      lovenergy - 2012-05-02 10:26

      Don't forget to add that in Botswana they are only paying 8.10 p/l and they get their petrol from us...

      Lanfear - 2012-05-02 14:57

      Fully agreed Janca! We are taxed to death in this country. Not only are salaries much more in relation to SA in first world countries, but especially in European countries and certain Asian countries, the public transport systems are so good you don't need a car! Trains, tubes, busses, taxis, all are safe and cheap. Not only that, but we have too few tax payers in our country, i.e. about 3-5 million regular tax payers that must carry the weight of over 50 million people. And I won't even go into the corruption that is perpetrated with our tax money! @ lovenergy - yes! The absolute irony of it... :(

  • smbonani - 2012-05-02 08:59

    stop moaning and start mobilising the masses towards a 50% opposition seats in parliament in the next elections

      Mike - 2012-05-02 09:15

      hear hear!

  • Emmanuel - 2012-05-02 08:59

    High fuel prices = no cars on the road No cars on the road = no e-toll No e-toll = Government screwed Government screwed = No Service delivery No Service delivery = more unruly protests More unruly protests = more blood shed, more chaos

  • Mike - 2012-05-02 09:00

    and you get what you vote for..... so anc cadres should not be complaining but smile nicely everytime the price goes up or they have to pay more for pap, this is what you wanted right?

  • Victor - 2012-05-02 09:11

    How come Botswana are only paying R8.40 per litre when it is our petrol that they are getting and we mus pay over R12 a litre, somthing really stinks here ????????

  • thabane.dladla - 2012-05-02 09:15

    I think I must give DA a chance I'm tired of ANC

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-05-02 09:16

    SASOL makes fuel out of coal, this is often swept under the rug. Why is it private and why are they charging as much money as the importers? Come on guys, we are winning with the E-Toll battle, lets start fighting this one too!!! There is no reason for prices to be this high, no matter what the economists or "trackers of the money sequence of value" say, it is robbery!!

      tumi.malebadi - 2012-05-02 09:38

      Its daylight robbery indeed its time we protest this matter,this people are taking advantage of that most of us can't manage without cars so whether we like it or not we will have to adjust to this price hikes. Cyanideandhappiness u r right man we doing good with protest against e-toll

  • annelie.roux1 - 2012-05-02 09:43

    If they can't get the money right by charging for the toll fees, this is the only other place to get easy money, right? Yes, petrol might be also high in other countries, but there the consumer doesn't have to pay for upgrading stuctures (which is why you pay tax in the fist place), ect ect ect

  • tebogophora - 2012-05-02 09:54

    Our government is taking the public for granted NXA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tebogophora - 2012-05-02 09:56

    The public transport system is also not up to scratch I dont think i will park my car @ home and torture myself with public transport never not in a million years

  • George - 2012-05-02 09:56

    If you want to bring down the price of petrol every one should avoid the big retailers ie shell bp etc and use only a small out let then these big retailers would have to lower prices or go out of business???

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-02 10:06

    Taxi and bus owners are subsidised by our tax money and they cause the most accidents.What amazes me is how tolerant taxpays are,government must tax us even more so that we are forced to stand together against them.We complain all day but take no action to stop government.