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Month: July 2018

Levies explained These fuel levies are mainly in the form of two indirect taxes: the General Fuel Levy, and the Road Accident Fund (RAF) Levy. The increases to these levies was announced by former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba in his Budget Speech in February, but only came into effect at the beginning of the month. Ahead of the announcement by the then Finance Minister, the AA warned that any increase above inflation will hurt the poorest of the poor in the country. This is because many people rely on public transport which, if the price of fuel increases, will need to recover these costs by passing them on to consumers. Another factor to consider is that increases to fuel prices means goods transport across the country also become more expensive as operators seek to recover the increases by again passing these on to consumers. Essentially, in our view, more expensive fuel ...
Following the African National Congress’s statement pleading with the government to ease fuel levies and taxes, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has addressed the issue of petrol prices at the Union Buildings on Thursday. Ramaphosa’s political party requested an increase in petrol reserves, freezing or decreasing the fuel levy, and stabilising governance and finances at the Road Accident Fund, PetroSA and Central Energy Fund. This impassioned plea comes following record high fuel hikes, with another rise in price expected next month. South Africans are now paying over R16 per liter following a 26c hike this week. Read: Petrol price: SA group warns of national shutdown over increases Amid threats of a national shutdown surrounding unaffordable fuel, President Ramaphosa addressed journalists outside the Union Buildings on Thursday, BusinessTech reports. “We, as a go ...

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