While several South Africans are aware of stories of however very little you'll buy for simply R1 within the 1980s and 1990s, it wasn’t too way back that South Africans were paying simply R270 to fill their petrol tank (45 litres).

A new report by Stats SA shows however petrol costs have changed over time, with the value of inland 95-octane petrol falling to a 10-year low of R6.01 in January 2009 on the rear of tumbling international oil prices.

It would take 34 months for the petrol worth to interrupt through the previous July 2008 high – reaching R10.77 in November 2011 – with South Africans then forking out R485 to fill a 45-litre tank.

While the price has continuing to climb over the last 5 years, it’s the increase in 2018 that has been notably painful.

Annual fuel inflation (which incorporates costs for all styles of fuel) was twenty-five .3% in July 2018, per Stats SA’s client price level (CPI) unharness.

“In alternative words, motorists paid, on average, 25.3% a lot of for fuel in July 2018 than they did in July 2017. This was the very best annual fuel rate since December 2011,” Stats SA said.

“The most up-to-date CPI puts the August 2018 rate at a rather lower 23.6%.2 In Sep 2018, the price of inland 95-octane petrol inched higher to an incomparable high of R16.08 per litre. the standard culprits of rising international oil prices and a softening and are largely accountable.”

Effectively this implies you'll be able to buy simply 17 litres of inland 95-octane petrol for R270 nowadays, and a full 45-litre tank would currently set you back R724.

Further pain

Stats SA additional warned that the pain is ready to continue in Oct, and will last through to the end of 2018.

Following government’s unexampled capping of fuel value rises in Sep, energy minister Jeff Radebe warned that prices would possibly continue to climb.

Stats SA superimposed that the petrol value may break the R17 mark in Oct (an increase of a minimum of 92 cents) but, the total damage caused by oil touching $100 a barrel and a weaker and can solely be officially tallied later in the week.