The fuel price increase that becomes effective at midnight will have far-reaching implications for cash-strapped South Africans as food and transport prices will likely increase accordingly.
The price of petrol will increase by 5 cents to R15.17 per litre in Gauteng and diesel by 45 cents to R13.48 per litre.
It is the increase of 39 cents per litre of illuminating paraffin that is most concerning as it will hit the unemployed and the poorest in our society the hardest.
Two litres a day for heating and cooking will now cost an extra 78 cents a day or R23.40 per month more. This may not seem like much, but against the background of the Covid-19 restrictions to trade, millions have been left with very little or nothing and are yet to receive the promised R350 Covid-19 relief grant, this can be the difference between heating and cooking or nothing at all.
Winter is far from over for them.
UASA urges government to make work of the promised financial aid without delay, many South Africans are waiting for this relief to help them feed their families and stay warm this winter.
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