Huge petrol price hike: How will motorists cope?

2013-03-06 00:00

Kuart Stainbank, Lincoln Meade: I’ve been travelling less and less as the fuel price has gone up. I work four days a week. On my day off, I can’t afford to be driving around town. I’m from Ixopo, where my family still lives. I can’t visit them as much as I used to. It has also affected my budget.


Hlengiwe Khanyile, Sweetwaters: I’m constantly on the road, so the increase is not good. It becomes very expensive. I’ll have to cut down and use my car less for personal use. Workwise, I can’t really say no. Right now I’m travelling to Empangeni. It’s a personal trip, so it’s coming out of my own pocket.

Trevor Chetty, Hayfields: It’s affecting all of us. When the fuel price goes up, everything goes up. But when it goes down, the things that went up don’t come down. I’m a businessman and I have to travel to meet clients. I’ll just have to carry that extra cost and look to tighten my belt elsewhere. We’ve already cut back on holidays. I wouldn’t drive to Jo’burg or Cape Town; I’d rather fly because it’s much cheaper.

Dashnee Harryparsad, Lincoln Meade: This increase is ridiculous. We’re paying all these levies, but the condition of our roads is terrible. Unfortunately, we do have to use our cars. We’ll have to think twice about going to the beach. Instead of driving to Durban, I’ll put money towards my son’s schooling. I’ll have to tighten my belt and spend less. Instead of buying take-out, I’ll rather cook.

Sean McMurtry, Durban: If it goes up, everything will go up. Luckily, my petrol is paid for by my company because I live in Durban and work in Pietermaritzburg, so I drive between the two cities every day. If my petrol wasn’t paid for by my company, I’d look to join a lift club or carpool. But, with everything going up, it’s the poor people that I feel sorry for.

Susan Taylor, PMB: It’s ridiculous. Because of the fuel price hike, everything is going to go up. I don’t know how the people who earn small salaries cope. It’s now beginning to bite everybody. My parents are in Ladysmith, and I used to go up to see them once in a month. I’ve had to cut that down, and now I go there every two months. Also, when I go shopping, I try and get everything that I need in one trip.

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