UASA Media Release: 01 August 2023
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
The fuel price increases announced by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy are a hard pill to swallow.
Workers will have to squeeze yet more money out of the dwindling amounts in their wallets, while agriculture and retailers will pass the extra expense on to consumers as they try to limit their operations costs.
As of midnight, both grades of petrol will increase by 37c/L while both grades of diesel will increase by 71c/L and 72c/L respectively. Illuminating paraffin is also set to increase by 71c/L and LPGas will decrease by 161c/kg.
Considering that the consumer price index (CPI) reading for July was the lowest in twenty months at 5.4%, we hope the knock-on effect of the fuel price increases on food and other necessities will be minimal. In the cold of winter, workers who depend on illuminating paraffin for cooking and heating, will receive a double blow.
Again, UASA encourages its members and fellow South Africans to hang on and be money-wise. Against the economic woes we face, we have no choice but to adopt a lifestyle within our financial means.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162.