Be it motorists or non-motorists, the current fuel price is raising eyebrows across South Africa. Whilst many are not aware of the current mammoth price we pay for fuel due to many South Africans not having motor vehicles.
This has surely affected all citizens due to drastic price increases on daily essentials which reverts to the unacceptable price of fuel that one pays.
According to Automobile Association, Petrol is set to rise by around 26 cents a litre, diesel 24 cents and illuminating paraffin 20 cents.
From paying as little as R8.02 in 2010 to a whopping R15.79 in 2018 this is already a critical issue but to further dampen the spirit, the price is set to a further increase which is expected in early July 2018. The question everybody is asking is – Why?
The story which all are made to believe is that fuel is expensive and that is the reason one pays so much. However, the reasons are unclear. Taxes on fuel set by the government are as follows “Fuel levy” which is R3.37 and Road accident fund R1.93 for (RAF) as explained by experts and the mention of our economies instability and the fluctuating Rand Vs Dollar rate.
It is believed that South Africa is the source of fuel supply to neighboring countries such as Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland with that in mind, take note all the respective countries pay well under R13.00 per litre.
Frustration and disbelief are a constant emotion at such a thought and to supposedly make matters better experts explain that “South Africans are getting good value for their money” Jeff Osbourne – Head of Gumtree South Africa expressed that we have one of the “better systems due to the transparency”
Price hikes are imminent and will worsen as the price rises. South Africans are faced with an uphill never-ending battle as jobs are scarce, salaries are not enough to make ends meet and the cost of living on a tenfold acceleration and a sad promise of a downhill road ahead.