How’s the fuel price hitting you?

2008-07-04 00:00

Zukiswa Dambuza: "I use public transport because I can’t afford a car and now I feel like I have been paying double transport costs since the beginning of the year. The unfortunate thing is that my salary has stayed the same and everything else has gone up, making me have less of a social life and a feeling of double the responsibility."

Greg Hawkins: "I work as a sales rep and therefore don’t pay for my own transport, the company does. But it has affected my business because I have to plan my trips more strategically so that the company doesn’t pay unnecessarily. I fill up at least twice a week and am now limited to where I take my business to. I can’t just drive to Richards Bay, for instance."

Anil Chatergon: "I live in Pietermaritzburg and work in Estcourt. I am simply outraged at the price hikes. The fuel hike is not even keeping in line with inflation. It is an expense that I didn’t incorporate into my budget at the beginning of the year and now I am feeling the pinch in a drastic way. I think a committee should be elected to come up with a more realistic approach to relieve the immense pressures of trying to survive."

Mario Lecordier: "Last year, I never missed a Sharks match and now I am forced to watch it on TV. Even with lift clubs, which we used to have even before the increase, we simply can’t afford to go anywhere anymore. I have always believed in buying economical cars, but one can’t even afford those anymore."

Inga Nohar: "We own a taxi business and need to gradually inform people of the price hikes on travel costs. We simply can’t tell them that the price is going up every month because most can’t afford it. We have to pay our drivers a commission and are now also paying extra for the fuel increase. The business has become non-profitable. We also have six old cars, but simply can’t afford more economical ones now."

Thabo Shezi: "I use public transport and the hike has affected me because I haven’t had a raise in my wages yet. I was saving to buy a car, but that dream is shattered and now all my savings have gone in trying to make ends meet and survive."

Agnes Matladi: "The price increase has definitely affected my life. I don’t go out as often as I used to before. Now we have to keep extra money for food as well. I’m really feeling the pinch and hope that the price does not go up again."

Duane Botha: "As a financial adviser, I travel a lot, which means the petrol increases eat through my pocket. I have had to cut down on trips and watch everything I do. Even R500 doesn’t fill up my tank. These are certainly hard times."

John Viegas: "Definitely more selective over where I go now, I plan my trips so that I can save petrol. The increase has also caused prices to soar in the food industry

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