Tightening of belts a norm as more price hikes hit SA

Petrol, electricity and Metrorail are just some of the price hikes implemented this year.

FILE: Petrol, electricity and Metrorail are just some of the price hikes implemented this year. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - It has become more costly for South Africans to get to work and switch on the lights.

Various increases, including hikes in fuel and electricity costs came into effect on 1 July further aggravating already over-burdened consumers' bank balances.

Switching on the ignition this morning became more costly, as the petrol price went up by 44 cents a litre at midnight.

And if you're taking the train to work, you will pay anything between R2 and R38 extra a month for a ticket.

Johannesburg and Cape Town residents are also paying more for basic services.

The cost of electricity in the two cities has gone up 12,19 % and 10,82 % respectively.

Consumer activist, Ina Wilken is worried it's becoming too difficult for people to save.

"The question consumers are asking at this moment is how can government allow these kind of increases."

But there is some good news.

This week, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa turned down Eskom's application for a 25 percent tariff hike.