Motorists rush to the petrol pumps

Wednesday’s hike will be the single largest petrol price increase in South Africa.

Petrol attendant at BP petrol pump. Picture:Clare Matthes/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Cash-strapped motorists are rushing to petrol stations on Tuesday afternoon ahead of a petrol price increase at midnight.

On Friday, the Energy Department announced that petrol prices will increase by 93 cents a litre (c/l) from Wednesday. The cost of diesel will rise by 69 c/l.

Wednesday's increase was attributed to increasing crude prices and the weak rand/dollar exchange rate.

Some motorists said they could barely afford the current petrol price.

"It is frustrating because this increase is almost by R1. I travel a lot, so it is going to affect me," one consumer said.

The hike will be the single largest petrol price increase in South Africa.