Community stressed as another fuel hike looms

2018-05-29 06:00

WITH the constant increase in prices on the basic necessities for survival (food, water and electricity) many Upper Highway residents are finding it difficult to make ends meet, to add to their woes, the Department of Energy has announced another fuel hike in June.

According to the Automobile Association, the price of fuel will be increased by 74 c a litre for petrol, 81 c for diesel and 78 c for paraffin.

The AA also expressed concerns over the impact of these price hikes to the economy.

“Rises in the fuel price increase the cost of doing business and companies have few options but to pass these costs onto consumers. Worryingly the people who use illuminating paraffin for lighting, heating and cooking will suffer a further blow as the country heads to winter,” said the AA in a statement. Residents of Upper Highway raised their concerns with the fuel hike in June, Eunice Mweli who runs a center in Molweni said that this will put a strain to her as she lives on donations. “This will be a huge factor for me as my donations have decreased due to the recent VAT increase and with the upcoming increase on fuel, I don’t know how I will make the ends meet because it’s crystal clear that the donations will decrease even more,” Mweli said.

Thabo Xaba said that this will not only affect people with cars but the whole nation as the basic essentials will also increase.

“Bread will also increase because the delivering truck will increase its cost for delivery and that will force the stores to also increase prices for the basic food ,” Xaba said.

Lee-Ann Beard from Waterfall said that she feels like the constant increase in the petrol price is just only the South African being bullied: “Everyone knows we need the petrol to go to work and the problem is that what we are being paid never matches the petrol hike and we are all as a nation suffering.” The community appealed to the Government to consider the cost of living before implementing any more increases. "If salaries would increase it would help a lot," added Xaba.

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