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Petrol price hike expected in July

The price of fuel could increase by between 80 and 90 cents a litre from July.

The price of fuel could increase by between 80 and 90 cents a litre from July. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Central Energy Fund's latest petrol price update indicates motorists will have to dig deeper into their pockets from July.

The price of fuel could increase by between 80 and 90 cents a litre.

Economist Dawie Roodt said the hike will have the biggest impact on the poor.

"I'm afraid it's not good news. The petrol price is likely to increase between about 80 and 90 cent per litre next month. The main reason for that is the recent weakness in the rand. It [the hike] will also add pressure on the inflation rate."

In May, the Department of Minerals and Energy revealed the petrol price would decrease by eight cents a litre, while the diesel price dropped by 4 cents.

But officials warned the rand's weakness would be felt in the July adjustment.

The department will announce the new petrol price on Friday.

The hike will come into effect on 3 July.