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Petrol costs force tough decisions

Some companies say the increase forces business into tough decisions to protect consumers.

Petrol pump at BP station. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Some local companies say the steady fuel price hike is forcing businesses to make tough choices to protect the already fragile consumer.

The petrol price will go up by 36 cents per litre at midnight while diesel will increase by between 27 and 28 cents.

For the first time in South Africa's history, the cost of fuel will be more than R14 per litre.

Courier company DHL Express South Africa's Hennie Heymans says businesses need to re-evaluate logistic costs to ensure sustainability.

"This is a time where we need to take great care of not just trying to simply pass on increases to the consumer because the consumer is already pretty fragile as it is. Now is the opportunity for organisations, big and small alike, to make sure they have the most efficient logistic supply chains."

Meanwhile, South Africans facing a new record high petrol price say they are feeling the pressure.

One man says, "Everything goes up. At the end of the day we're no longer working for bread and butter, we're working for petrol."

Another woman says, "First it was e-tolls and once the petrol goes up and the food goes up, we're really squeezed."

The previous record high on 4 February put increased pressure on cash-strapped consumers on the back of interest rate hikes and rising food costs.

The weak rand has been blamed for the latest hike.

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