Upcoming petrol price hike sends South Africans into mild Twitter panic

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From midnight on Wednesday 6 June 2018, the price of a litre of petrol will jump by 82 cents. This will push the total damage per litre to just below R16.

Last month, a litre of petrol cost motorists R14.72.

But it’s not just petrol facing a price spike. Its dirtier cousin diesel is set for an 86 cents/litre increase, and those who rely on paraffin for cooking and warmth will also require more than 80 cents/litre more.

At this point, it might be cheaper to fill your tank with soft drink.

Understandably, South Africans are keen to vent, mildly panic and offer their predictions of the devastation the hike will cause. Some did just that on Twitter.

“The thought of petrol price increasing tomorrow is giving me nightmares,” tweeted one user.

And many are blaming the South Africa’s current administration — including President Cyril Ramaphosa — for the country’s woes.

“Under Ramaphosa VAT increase & high petrol prices. Cost of living at record highs. Job cuts are also coming,” one user wrote.

Life in South Africa is indeed expensive, with Golden Arrow bus fares, taxi fare and a knock on effect from rising agriculture expenses all set to impact the nation’s citizens in late 2018.

But it’s not just South Africa experiencing fuel price hikes. The likes of India is also suffering due to high global oil prices.

While the price of gasoline in the United States have also increased notably since July 2017.

Those in the UK are also lamenting the cost of oil.

But in South Africa, remember to fill your tanks if you can before midnight on Wednesday.

Feature image: Juan Fernandez via Unsplash

Andy Walker, former editor


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