fuel price increases March 2024
The Central Energy Fund (CEF) has confirmed the price increases for petrol and diesel in South Africa for March 2024. Image: Wikimedia Commons

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March fuel prices: Expected petrol prices bad for petrol and diesel drivers

The latest fuel data projections point to significant petrol and diesel price hikes in March.

21-02-24 12:14
fuel price increases March 2024
The Central Energy Fund (CEF) has confirmed the price increases for petrol and diesel in South Africa for March 2024. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The latest fuel projections from the Central Energy Fund (CEF) for March 2024 shows that BAD news lies ahead for diesel and petrol car owners.

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The data is trending towards an increase for both diesel and petrol prices at the pumps.

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This news comes on the back of price increases for both petrol and diesel earlier this month, as reported by The South African website.

Below, the latest projections as received by The South African website from the CEF, effective Tuesday, 20 February 2024.

FUELPRICE CHANGE
Petrol 93increase of 119 cents
Petrol 95increase of 122 cents
Diesel 0.05%increase of 124 cents
Diesel 0.005%increase of 139 cents
Illuminating Paraffinincrease of 79 cents

If these market conditions were to remain consistent for the remainder of the month – an unlikely scenario with the rand/dollar exchange rate ever fluctuating and the oil price changing – an increase of 119 cents is expected for petrol 93 octane motorists and an increase of 122 cents for 95 users.

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Meanwhile, diesel motorists would see between a 124 to 139 cents per litre increase.

Finally, illuminating paraffin is expected to increase by 79 cents.

FUEL PRICE IN SOUTH AFRICA IMPACTED BY TWO MAIN FACTORS:

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


Oil price

At the time of publishing the brent crude oil price is $82.26 a barrel.

Exchange rate

At the time of publishing the rand/dollar exchange rate is R18.89/$.


The final overall price changes for both petrol and diesel will be confirmed in the weeks ahead with the new prices coming into effect at midnight on Tuesday, 5 March.

Go easy on the accelerator until then, Mzansi.


The current FEBRUARY 2024 petrol and diesel prices (Inland and Coastal):

INLANDFebruary
Petrol 93R22.92
Petrol 95R23.24
Diesel 0.05%R21.36
Diesel 0.005%R21.43
Illuminating ParaffinR15.84
COASTALFebruary
Petrol 93R22.20
Petrol 95R22.52
Diesel 0.05%R20.64
Diesel 0.005%R20.74
Illuminating ParaffinR14.91