Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
2 minute read
6 Apr 2021
5:18 am

Fuel, electricity hikes to hit SA consumers

Asanda Matlhare

Power increases went into effect for direct consumers from Thursday and will hit municipal customers on 1 July.

A South African woman carrying her daughter on her back runs her take away restaurant by candle light during a scheduled load shedding in the impoverished neighbourhood of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, on 26 May 2015. Picture: EPA/Nic Bothma

In a double whammy for long-suffering consumers, motorists will have to dig deeper into their pockets as a fuel hike is expected from tomorrow, while Eskom has hiked its tariff to direct users and municipalities by 15%. Power increases went into effect for direct consumers from Thursday and will hit municipal customers on 1 July. Petrol will increase by up to R1a litre for 95 octane and diesel will increase by up to 65.20 cents per litre, depending on its sulphur content. Illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will increase by 34.80c/l, while the retail cost of LPG gas goes up by 48...