With the dawn of spring around the corner, South Africans can expect yet another petrol hike. Economists advise that motorists can expect a substantial hike in the price of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin.
Fuel price increases will impose severe negative effects on the economy whilst growing civil unrest is unlikely to ease up. Studies have shown that more than half of consumers are in arrears with repayments. Adding further pressure to consumers who are battling to comprehend the reality of the ever-rising prices in South Africa.
The minister of Energy Jeff Radebe replied to concerns and stated that motorists should avoid unnecessary journeys and practice economical driving techniques. South Africans were left speechless and in “AWE” by the minister’s reply.
Radebe has since blown off meetings with the Energy Portfolio Committee to explain governments position on petrol prices. His blatant disregard for the sense of urgency on the matter has frustrated many organizations and citizens.
Marches have been demonstrated around South Africa by different organizations in the hopes of alleviating petrol hikes. Organisations are demanding to know why other African countries pay less for petrol that is bought from South Africa well no answer has been brought forward by the department or the minister.
Many full-time employees have to stretch their salaries on basic living expenses, leaving little to no money left to enjoy with loved ones. According to reports a typical four family household spends R3000.00 every month on basic groceries. South Africans will have no choice but to tighten their belts even further and hope for relief in the coming months.