Fill up your tanks before tomorrow – the Department of Energy announced yesterday that a petrol price increase of 71c per liter will be in effect from tomorrow, Wednesday 6 December 2017.

The department said in a statement that, in line with the application of the Regulatory Accounts System, the minister has approved these net increases. This is the fifth month in a row where the price of petrol has increased.

The main reason given for this increase was the rand’s depreciation against the dollar. However, the increase of crude oil prices is an additional factor. Diesel will increase by 60 cents a litre, while at retail outlets, illuminating paraffin will cost 98 cents more.

For a light vehicle with a tank capacity of 55 liters, that’s roughly an additional R39 per fill-up.  Midnight is when the increase takes effect.

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Justin Williams

Justin Williams is a born-and-bred Capetonian with a flair for writing. His icons include the late South African authors Lawrence Green, Eric Rosenthal and T.V. Bulpin, literary figures who continuously inspire him to cover the avenues of lifestyle, travel and nature in a local context. When Justin's not covering a story, he can be found in the mountains - he's a renowned wild food forager and is currently learning herbalism.