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Good news expected at the fuel pumps


Economists and governments love to tell consumers that they need to tighten their belts. Unfortunately, with the state the economy being as it is, we don’t have belts to tighten anymore. There is some good news though. Ongoing oil price weakness has been bolstered by a strengthening in the Rand/US dollar exchange rate. This, according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF).

“The Rand has recouped some of its losses against the dollar and traded in a fairly narrow band since the end of January. This is allowing South Africans to benefit from lower international petroleum prices and provides some cushioning against any upward movement,” the AA commented.

What does this mean for you? Well, the current indicators show a decrease of between 56 and 59 cents a litre, with around 11 cents attributable to gains in the Rand.

Although the international price of diesel climbed slightly in the first half of February, the exchange rate offset some of diesel's gains. Without the stronger exchange rate, the increase would have been 17 cents a litre instead of the seven cents a litre currently predicted.

Illuminating paraffin is set for an increase of ten cents a litre, which would have been 20 cents without the Rand's recent gains.

It would benefit the economy considerably if the current environment of low petroleum prices and a flatter exchange rate were to continue. We could do with as much help as we can get.

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