UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to state levy adjustments, petrol (both 93 and 95) will increase by 4 cents a litre at midnight tonight (1 September 2021). Diesel is still set to decrease by 15 cents a litre and illuminating paraffin will come down by 15 cents per litre.
South African fuel users will enjoy a breather in September, with prices of all grades of fuel set to drop. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.
The Association’s outlook for September is that petrol will drop by around 11 cents a litre, diesel by up to 21 cents a litre, and illuminating paraffin by around 12 cents.
“International petroleum prices continued their gradual retreat during August, having pulled back by around ten percent since the start of the month. We attribute this mainly to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cartel, which increased oil production gradually during the first half until previous production restrictions were removed,” the Association says.
The AA notes, however, that the Rand weakened a fair amount against the US dollar in August, meaning that South African fuel users will not enjoy the whole benefit of the lower oil price.
The Association says it is concerned about the trajectory of the Rand, whose average exchange rate against the US dollar weakened considerably since July 6. The Rand slid from around R14.32 on that day to over R14.70, with daily highs peaking in excess of R15.30.