This is how much you will likely pay for petrol next week

Fuel prices for April are expected to be lower than in March, even accounting for the 39 cents a litre rise in fuel taxes which take effect at month-end.

This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.

“International petroleum prices continued to ease during March on the back of increased global oil stocks which have mostly blunted OPEC’s recent production restrictions,” the AA said.

“Over the same period, the rand performed strongly against the US dollar, notwithstanding recent events.”

The Association said, even with the fuel tax hikes, petrol was expected to drop by around 24 cents a litre, diesel by nine cents, and illuminating paraffin by 10 cents.

From 1 April 2017, the fuel levy will increase by 30 cents per litre, while the Road Accident Fund levy will increase by 9 cents.

“However, the last day’s developments have shown that uncertainty persists around key political figures in the Ministry of Finance,” the AA said.

“In our view, the Presidency was ill-advised to call off the Treasury’s international roadshow at such short notice with so little detail given. The resultant sharp weakening of the Rand again demonstrates the importance of political and fiscal stability to investors.”

The AA said that any further political shocks which weaken the rand would directly result in increased transport costs, as well as higher domestic costs for those who use paraffin for heating, cooking and lighting.

“Lower-income citizens are disproportionately affected by fuel price hikes arising from Rand weakness. The government’s lack of sensitivity towards investor risk appetite is directly contributing to increased hardship for the poor,” the AA said.

This is what you can expect to pay next month:

Fuel March official April expected
95 Petrol R13.54 R13.30
0.05% Diesel (wholesale) R11.60 R11.51

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This is how much you will likely pay for petrol next week