South African motorists will be digging a lot deeper into their pockets on Wednesday when the fuel price increases take effect.
The Department of Energy on Monday announced that the price of petrol and diesel will increase this week.
Motorists will be paying 52c per litre more for all grades of petrol, while those driving diesel-powered vehicles will be paying 76c per litre more. The price of illuminating paraffin will increase by 62c per litre and liquefied petroleum gas by 98c per litre.
The department pinpointed the rand's weakening against the dollar as th major actor in the increase, saying that it had increased the contribution to the basic fuels price on petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin by 22.1c/l, 20.65c/l and 20.39c/l respectively.
Last month the petrol price increased by 88c/l for 95 octane grade and 86c/l for 93 octane grade.
The price increase is effective from June 1.