Petrol price increases

2015-07-01 06:05

THE price of all petroleum products has increased from midnight, as the Department of Energy had announced on Monday (29/06).

In the press statement, the department said the increase in the price of all petroleum products was due mainly to the weakening of the Rand against the US Dollar during the period under review.

The Rand weakened by around 40 cents against the American Dollar since the end of May as a result of negative sentiment on emerging markets globally.

Furthermore, the international prices for petrol increased on average, while the prices for diesel and illuminating paraffin decreased.

South Africa’s fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, informed by international and local factors.

The increase in the international prices of petrol was mainly due to strong demand for petrol (driving season) in Europe and to pre-Ramadan buying in the Asian market.

Based on current local and international factors, the fuel prices for July in the South African market will be adjusted as follows:

) Both grades of diesel will increase by 4,0 c/


) Illuminating paraffin (single maximum national retail price) will increase by 8,0 c/


) Illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will increase by 6,0 c/F.

) Petrol (93 ULP and LRP) will increase by 44,0 c/F.

) Petrol (95 ULP and LRP) will increase by 41,0 c/F.

) Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will increase by 56,0 c/km.

Petrol-saving tips:

1. Fill your tank in the morning.

2. Do away with aggressive driving.

3. Rather fill up when your tank is half than quarter full.

4. Your car is not a taxi to ferry friends, and unless you plan for those journeys, your friends should fill up.

5. Change to highest gear rather than driving in lowest gear.

6. Service your car regularly.

7. Do not over rev your car.

8. Look for more ways not to travel alone. Carpooling will help a lot, even if it is only one day a week.

9. Drive the minimum speed required on the road.

10. Do not be hard on brakes.

11. Try not to use the aircon.

12. Do not be hard on your accelerator.

13. Check if your tyre pressure is correct.

14. Keep windows closed.

15. Shop around for diesel prices.

16. Travel at a regular speed (do not repeatedly accelerate and then slow down); use cruise control if you have it.

17. It is more economical to use the air conditioner than driving with open windows.

18. Accelerate downhill and maintain speed on inclines; roll to a stop sign.

19. Get to know the timing of your local traffic lights

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