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Another petrol price hike looming

Motorists are expected to have to fork out more money for fuel in August.

Petrol pump. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Economists have warned of a possible petrol price hike soon. Currently predictions are fuel is expected to rise by between 25 and 30 cents a litre in August.

In June the retail price of petrol in South Africa increased by 6.8 percent while diesel rose by 6.9 percent.

In July motorists had to fork out an extra 84 cents a litre for petrol and 78 cents a litre for diesel.

Economist Dawie Roodt says the increase is imminent.

"There is some good and bad news for next month in terms of the petrol price. The rand has been doing quite nicely in the last couple of weeks; that means the rand factor will be positive on the petrol price. Unfortunately, the international oil price has been relatively high and that will push up the local petrol price."

Meanwhile, the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed concern that the high fuel price may force small businesses to close their doors.

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