Slight decrease in fuel prices set for month-end as Rand, oil tussle

• Fuel prices are set to decrease at month-end.

• Petrol to drop by nine cents, while diesel will drop around seven cents a litre.

• Stability could change and cause an increase in fuel prices.

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As South Africa heads into Level 2 restrictions, and the ban of cigarettes and alcohol sales have been lifted, more good news comes for motorists, albeit only slightly.

The Automobile Association reports fuel prices are showing slight reductions at mid-month, in the midst of a tug-of-war between international oil prices and the Rand/US dollar exchange rate.

This is according to the AA, which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. 

The firm says petrol is currently set for a decrease of around nine cents a litre, with diesel coming down by around seven cents, and illuminating paraffin lower by 12 cents. 

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"Oil prices have slipped a little, with the landed price of fuels in South Africa showing a slight reduction in the first half of August. Over the past six weeks, oil has traded in a fairly narrow band, indicating that a more reliable plateau has been reached, absent any unexpected shocks," says the AA.

However, the AA notes that the Rand had lost ground against the US dollar since the start of the month, with the average rate having climbed from just over R16.80 to the dollar to nearer R17.40.  

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"This spells trouble for South African fuel users if it continues, but for now, the oil price is the stronger of the two forces. If this picture retains stability in the second half of the month, we expect only modest changes to the fuel price," the AA concludes.