South African motorists are likely to pay a little extra for fuel in May as international oil prices continue to do battle with the exchange rate.
This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF).
“We are seeing a gradual, but sustained return of strength to petroleum prices,” the AA said.
“On the international market, diesel and petrol prices have risen since late February,” the association said.
“The appreciation of the rand against the US dollar has gone some way to offset this, meaning that diesel and illuminating paraffin are heading for reduced prices, while petrol is set to climb,” it added.
Current data predicts a petrol price hike of between 17 and 18 cents a litre, while diesel and illuminating paraffin are set for drops of 11 to 12 cents.
“Both the exchange rate and international oil prices continue to be volatile, and the month-end picture could be quite different from the current one,” the AA said.
If the price increases by 18 cents, 93 octane petrol will cost R12.50 in Gauteng in May.
If diesel decreases by 12 cents, the wholesale price for diesel with 0,05% sulphur content will be R10.56, which is 6.2% lower than it was in May 2015.