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Corrected petrol price increases for December

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has announced that the petrol price increases it published in November were erroneous.

“The DMRE regrets to announce that the adjustment of the petrol price announced on Monday, 29 November was erroneous,” said the Department’s new announcement, as reported by BusinessTech.

The error comes in the form of an additional 6 cents added into the 81 cents per litre increase for petrol, which was meant to account for the adjustment of wages for service station workers.

However, this 6 cents was already included in the petrol price calculation for September 2021, meaning petrol prices on 1 December went up by 75 cents per litre – not 81 cents per litre as was previously stated.

The corrected fuel price adjustments for December, therefore, are:

  • Petrol 93 – Increase of 75 cents per litre
  • Petrol 95 – Increase of 75 cents per litre
  • Diesel 0.05% – Increase of 73 cents per litre
  • Diesel 0.005% – Increase of 75 cents per litre
  • Illuminating Paraffin – Increase of 42 cents per litre

The official inland fuel prices for South Africa from 1 December are:

  • Petrol 93 – R20.07 per litre
  • Petrol 95 – R20.29 per litre
  • Diesel 0.05% – R17.93 per litre
  • Diesel 0.005% – R17.98 per litre
  • Illuminating paraffin – R11.67 per litre

The increases in fuel prices across the board come off the back of a weakening rand, a rise in Crude Oil prices, and an international rise in refined petroleum product prices, said the Department.

Daily fluctuations

The Department of Energy noted that this is the first error of this kind it has ever made, which follows an announcement made earlier in November where it said it would no longer allow the public access to the daily fuel price fluctuations.

The Department used to publish these figures every day, but will now only update the public once per month.

Several organisations used these daily figures to anticipate the fuel price changes for the coming month.

The Automobile Association pushed back against this change, as it said that keeping the information hidden is not in the best interests of motorists and consumers as they are now unable to sufficiently prepare for any upcoming changes.



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