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AA predicts another petrol price drop in March 2018 - thanks to Zuma's exit

Feb 16, 2018
AA predicts another petrol price drop in March 2018 - thanks to Zuma's exit

If a prediction by the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa is anything to go by, motorists are in for another fuel price relief - the third one this year, thanks to former President Jacob Zuma resigning and setting the Rand on a recovery path.

The AA was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.

“International oil prices have been declining steeply since the start of February, and this factor has accounted for approximately half of the petrol price reduction, and more than two-thirds of the diesel price reduction,” it said.

“Over the same period, the Rand/US dollar exchange rate traded in a band around R12 to the dollar mark, giving some additional price relief for fuel users.”

The AA said that current data suggests a petrol price decline of around 28 cents per litre, 36 cents for diesel, and 21 cents for illuminating paraffin.

“The resignation of Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa caused some strengthening of the Rand, and we expect this to have additional impact on the fuel price before month-end,” the association described.

“However, this does not mean the economy is out of the woods. The state is facing enormous losses due to tax under-collections, mis-management at state-owned enterprises, and a rising debt burden,.

“The country is also on notice for a further credit rating downgrade, which might be triggered after next week’s Budget if the numbers come in behind expectations. We advise motorists to be extremely prudent and not bank on ongoing fuel price declines in the medium term."