No government decision yet on extending fuel tax interventions

In March, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced a temporary general fuel tax reduction of R1.50 per liter from 6 April until the end of May.

CAPE TOWN — The government is still deciding whether to extend its fuel tax intervention as South Africans brace for another fuel hike.

Petrol at the pump is expected to rise to R2.36 per liter from next Wednesday.

Gungubele briefed the media on the matter on Thursday after a Cabinet meeting this week.

In March, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana announced a temporary general fuel tax reduction of R1.50 per liter from 6 April until the end of May.

The intervention saw the petrol tax reduced from R3.85 per liter to R2.35 per litre.

The tax on diesel has been reduced from R3.70 per liter to R2.20 per litre, which is a slight relief for motorists.

Gungubele said no similar intervention has yet been decided.

“We were very happy to be able to protect motorists recently. We asked for a fixed period. What is the next step? The finance minister will indicate the trends and measures that can possibly be put in place,” says Gungubele.

Gungubele said Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and his finance counterpart Enoch Godongwana would be best placed to deal with the matter in the future.

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