Petrol prices have increased substantially over the past 10 years and have become a common complaint of South African car owners.
Government has previously acknowledged the financial strain that increasing petrol prices have placed on South Africans.
“Government is deeply concerned by the rising cost of petrol in South Africa, which is largely caused by the rand-dollar exchange rate and the price of crude [oil],” said former energy minister Jeff Radebe in October 2018.
However, petrol price increases have been happening for decades and have shown no signs of slowing down.
Information previously provided to the Alberton Record by the Department of Energy shows that the petrol price in the year 2000 was just R1.73 per litre if you average out 95 and 93 unleaded petrol prices.
As of January 2010, petrol prices had increased to between R7.63 and R7.86 depending on where you lived and whether you used 93 or 95 petrol.
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