Diesel drivers are in for a sizeable drop in prices ahead of September, while petrol-users can expect an increase in price, as announced by the Department of Energy.

Petrol 93 and 95 will increase by 1 cent per litre each. Diesel 0.05% and 0.005%, however, will dip by 21 cents per litre each. Illuminating paraffin will also decreased by 26 cents per litre. All adjustments will apply from Wednesday, September 2.

According to the department the average product price of diesel, petrol and illuminating paraffin decreased during the review period with the rand ending August weaker against the dollar.

The average rand to US dollar exchange rate from July 31, 2020 to August 27, 2020 was R17.28 compared to R16.82 previously.

Because of this, there was higher contribution to the Basic Fuel Prices on petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin.

Expectations were that the petrol price would decrease in September but the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy instead approved a retail margin increase of 5.3 c/l in the retail price structures of all octane grades of petrol with effect from September 2, 2020.

The increase was decided on to increase the wages of pump attendants, cashiers and administrative staff at petrol stations.

New price per litre are as follows:

Petrol 93: R14.89

Petrol 95: R15.16

Diesel 0.05%: R13.27

Diesel 0.005%: R13.31

Illuminating paraffin: R7.16

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