Commuters feel the pinch of fuel price hike

2018-06-28 06:03

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BUS and taxi commuters throughout the province will have to dig deeper into their pockets early next month as fares go up as a result of the fuel price increase. According to a media statement released by the Department of Energy earlier this month, petrol will go up by 82 cents a litre for both 93 and 95 octane fuel. Diesel will go up between 85 and 87 cents per litre and illuminating paraffin will go up by 82 cents. The new petrol price kicked in on June 6.

Coastal Weekly journalist Andile Sithole interviewed some commuters regarding their views about inflation.

(A mother from Tongaat) — “I have six children, five of them use public transport when going to school. I also use public transport when going to work every day. If I look at the total cost, I realise that it’s going to be difficult for me to come to work and, at the same time, pay taxi fares for my children. Pensioners will also be affected.”

(Owner of a mobile disco company)— The increase of fuel prices has negative effects on his business: “Nowadays the cost of living is higher than what it used to be in the old days. A loaf of bread costs about R15 each. We are not winning because the inflation goes high ever year. When I raise the prices, my customers complain.”

(A volunteer at one of the offices in Tongaat, from Newtown, upper Tongaat) — when asked about the increase on fuel prices, said: “A taxi fare from Newtown to Tongaat is R8, but I heard that next month we going to pay R9 for a taxi fare. A bus fare is R7.50 from Newtown to Tongaat. This will affect us. I come to Tongaat everyday looking for a job.”

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