A petrol price hike of between 17 cents and 18 cents a litre is likely in May‚ according to the Automobile Association (AA).
Diesel and illuminating paraffin‚ however‚ are set for decreases of 11c to 12c a litre.
Commenting on unaudited mid-month data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF)‚ the AA said on Monday that rising international oil prices were continuing to do battle with gains in the rand/dollar exchange rate.
“We are seeing a gradual‚ but sustained return of strength to petroleum prices‚” the AA says.
“On the international market‚ diesel and petrol prices have risen since late February‚” the Association explains.
“The appreciation of the rand against the US dollar has gone some way to offset this‚ meaning that diesel and illuminating paraffin are heading for reduced prices‚ while petrol is set to climb‚” it adds.
“Both the exchange rate and international oil prices continue to be volatile‚ and the month-end picture could be quite different from the current one‚” the AA says.