SA to hikes fuel prices (Pic. SABC)

JOHANNESBURG – Motorist in SOUTH AFRICA have expressed mixed feelings after the increase in fuel prices today (WEDNESDAY).

SABC News says the development brings to FIVE the number of times prices at the pumps have risen since the beginning of the year.

It says the cost of petrol and diesel has increased by around 26 SOUTH AFRICAN cents a litre, paraffin by 22 cents a litre and LP-Gas by 37 cents a kilogram.

Market figures show the SOUTH AFRICAN currency is trading at 13 rand 70 cents per US dollar.

SABC News says times are tough for most SOUTH AFRICANS, but not everyone is willing to change their lifestyle; not even the increased fuel prices can deter them from driving their cars.

The national broadcaster quotes ONE driver as saying he bought his vehicle and he wants to use to go to work and other things, even if it is costing him.

It further quotes fuel retailers as saying they have seen more motorists spending smaller amounts to refill their tanks, but the volume of fuel sold has not changed.

Some say they will have to persevere and hope the State will eventually do something, amid fears the hike may hit small business hard after failing to pass on the increases to customers.

On the other hand, taxi drivers say the increase will make it difficult to keep up with the high maintenance of their vehicles.

Meanwhile, the opposition INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY says it has written to National Assembly Speaker BALEKA MBETE to request an urgent debate on fuel price hikes.

Party Spokesperson MKHULEKO HLENGWA says they will also write to the Ministers Finance, NHLANHLA NENE, and Energy, JEFF RADEBE.

He says they want to request the Cabinet members to suspend the General Fuel and Road Accident levies on the petrol price per litre.

The SOUTH AFRICAN politician says his party believes such measures can reduce the cost to about 11 rand per litre and stabilise the monthly adjustments to the fuel prices./Sabanews/cam

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