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Tough times predicted for SA economy

Economists say a weaker rand will result in higher fuel and food prices.

Economists say a weaker rand will result in higher fuel and food prices.

CAPE TOWN - Economists are warning that the rand may become weaker in the next few months, resulting in more petrol and food price increases for South Africans.

The rand is currently trading near a five year low, at around R10,81 to the dollar.

The Automobile Association (AA) believes another fuel hike is on the cards for February, depending on how the rand behaves.

Meanwhile, economist Christie Viljoen says while it's difficult to predict, it doesn't look good.

"If we look at the next few months, I think the fundamentals show the rand will definitely be weaker again. We will definitely be passing R11 to the dollar soon. My view is that there will definitely be strikes in the mining sector."