The Department of Energy announced on Monday the price of petrol will rise by 52 cents a litre (c/l) for all grades, while diesel will increase by a massive 76c/l.
The main reason for the spike is the weakening rand/US dollar exchange rate.
The Department of Energy, meanwhile, has urged motorists to deal ‘wisely’ with the increase in fuel prices.
Spokesperson for the department, Wishbone Gumede urged motorists to resist heading to the pumps like sheep ahead of the increase, which will take effect at midnight on Tuesday.
“We see this every time we increase the price of fuel, and it makes no sense, especially for those driving more expensive, luxury vehicles, and those which use more fuel,” Gumede said.
Gumede advised, “When you’re spending so much money on your car instalments every month, it only makes sense to avoid the cheap stuff when it comes to filling up.”
He said there was a misconception about the need to fill up ahead of the increase.
“The best thing to do for any motorist who respects his or her car is to wait for the price increase to kick in before filling up. This will ensure you avoid as much of the cheaper fuel as possible and opt rather to respect your engine by using only the more expensive stuff. You car deserves it,” Gumede insisted.
The Automobile Association has warned that motorists should brace themselves for further price increases in the coming months.
“An increase in the price of fuel should never be seen as a bad thing,” Gumede says.