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The data is looking positive for motorists in June. Image Credit: SANews

It’s still a couple of days too early to predict exactly what lies ahead for fuel prices in May, but the latest data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF) doesn’t look good for petrol car owners in particular.

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Looking ahead, fluctuations in international product prices and rand weakness show the following under-recoveries (price increases) or over-recoveries (price decreases) for petrol and diesel as per data at 25 April 2023.

Fuel Price change
Petrol 93 increase of 56 cents per litre
Petrol 95 increase of 52 cents per litre
Diesel 0.05% decrease of 58 cents per litre
Diesel 0.005% decrease of 31 cents per litre
Illuminating Paraffin (wholesale) decrease of 33 cents per litre

If these market conditions were to remain constant for the rest of the month – an unlikely scenario with the rand/dollar exchange rate ever changing and the oil price fluctuating – an increase of 56 cents is expected for 93 octane motorists and an increase of 52 cents for 95 users.

Meanwhile, diesel motorists would see something between a 31 and 58 cents per litre decrease.


1. The international price of petroleum products, driven mainly by oil prices

2. The rand/dollar exchange rate used in the purchase of these products

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Exchange rate

At the time of publishing the rand/dollar exchange rate is R18.29/$.

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Oil price

At the time of publishing the brent crude oil price is $81.41 a barrel.

The final overall price changes for both petrol and diesel will be confirmed in the coming weeks with the new prices coming into effect at midnight on Tuesday, 2 May.

Go easy on the accelerator until then, Mzansi.

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The current prices at the pumps (Inland and Coastal):

93 Petrol R22.64
95 Petrol R22.97
0.05% diesel (wholesale) R20.89
0.005% diesel (wholesale) R20.97
Illuminating Paraffin R14.72
LPGAS (p/kg) R37.76
93 Petrol R21.92
95 Petrol R22.25
0.05% diesel (wholesale) R20.16
0.005% diesel (wholesale) R20.26
Illuminating Paraffin R13.80
LPGAS (p/kg) R35.17

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