Rising fuel costs hit the poor hardest

17 October 2018

In June this year, the price of fuel in South Africa was hiked to a record high of more than R15 a litre. Three months later, there was another sharp increase, almost poetically in the month set aside for transport awareness.

The potential harm to South Africans, especially the very poor, looms large.

The increases in the price of petrol, which is expected to reach R20 by the end of the year, come hot on the heels of a value-added tax increase. All these regressive and indiscriminate hikes have been effected while the salaries of those fortunate enough to have an income have remained the same.

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