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WATCH: Minibus taxi drivers' angst over fuel hike

30 May, 05:45 PM

On Wednesday, motorists in South Africa face another fuel hike. The Department of Energy announced changes effective from 1 June with petrol set to increase by 52 cents per litre and diesel by 76 cents per litre in Gauteng.

The Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa has also warned motorists to brace themselves for ballooning petrol bills as of Wednesday this week.

Several minibus taxi drivers who spoke to News24's Erin Bates in Cape Town on Monday said the increase in petrol costs will cut into their profits, with tariffs remaining the same for passengers.

Trevor de Vries drives tens of commuters from Heideveld to the city and back throughout the day. "It costs R600 to R700 to fill up your tank but there isn’t money to fill up your tank," he said.

Several other taxi drivers at the rank above Cape Town Station - often called the top deck - described the difficulties of retaining customers with rising fuel costs.

Gerald Jacobs, who transports passengers from Manenburg to Cape Town and back said, "We can’t really ask [passengers for] more. We are under pressure, I can say."

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