September 19, 2021

10 things you’re paying a lot more for in South Africa right now

Statistics South Africa has printed its newest Client Value Index (CPI), with annual shopper inflation easing to 4.9% in June after recording a 30-month excessive of 5.2% in Might.

The month-to-month improve in the buyer worth index (CPI) was 0.2% – up from 0.1% in Might however decrease than the 0.5% rise recorded between Might and June 2020, the statistics physique mentioned.

“If annual consumer inflation is recalculated with the exclusion of food & NAB (non-alcoholic beverages) and fuel, it comes to 3.4% in June. This is well below the 4.9% headline rate, indicating that these products are important drivers of inflation,” it mentioned.

Total meals worth inflation was at 7.0% year-on-year, Stats SA famous, with transport prices up 12.3%.

A number of the largest annual worth will increase (June 2020 vs June 2021) had been recorded for the next items and companies:

  • Gasoline: +27.5%
  • Oils and fat: +21.6%
  • Meat: +8.6%
  • Fish: +7.0%
  • Sugar, sweets and desserts: +7.2%
  • Public transport: +6.9%
  • Greens: +6.7%
  • Wine: +6.7%
  • Milk, eggs and cheese: +6.3%
  • Electrical energy: +6.2%



The info exhibits that gasoline is likely one of the greatest contributors to inflation, rising by 27.5% in June in comparison with the identical month final 12 months.

These comparatively excessive charges come off a low base recorded through the second quarter of 2020 when gasoline costs had been depressed, StatsSA mentioned.

“On a month-on-month foundation, gasoline costs dropped by 0.2% between Might 2021 and June 2021. The worth of inland 95-octane petrol edged decrease by 10c a litre in the month. Diesel costs, alternatively, elevated by a mean of 0.7%.

“Diesel recorded an annual increase of 25.5% in June, lagging behind petrol’s rise of 28.2%. The average price for a litre of diesel in June was R16.31 per litre”.

South African motorists are more likely to pay even more for petrol in August, with knowledge from the Central Vitality Fund pointing to petrol and diesel worth ache subsequent month – even earlier than factoring in the injury finished by current riots and looting in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.

The CEF knowledge exhibits a massive under-recovery for each petrol and diesel, with knowledge pulled on 20 July pointing to a 78-74 cents per litre hike and a 46-47 cents per litre hike for petrol and diesel, respectively.

  • Petrol 95: improve of 78 cents per litre;
  • Petrol 93: improve of 74 cents per litre;
  • Diesel 0.05%: improve of 47 cents per litre;
  • Diesel 0.005%: improve of 46 cents per litre;
  • Illuminating Paraffin: improve of 46 cents per litre.

Affect of looting

South Africans in the key metropoles together with Cape City, Durban and Johannesburg can all anticipate to pay more for water, electrical energy and different surcharges this month as annual will increase take impact.

Economists have additionally warned that the current civil unrest and credit standing downgrades for main metropoles are more likely to outcome in a rise in municipal charges and taxes.

Scores company Moody’s downgraded 5 of South Africa’s largest metropolitan municipalities this week, together with Cape City and Johannesburg, citing issues round liquidity and funds.

Because the downgrade may have a direct impression on the funds of those municipalities, this might subsequently be handed onto customers by greater municipal charges and taxes, mentioned Saveshen Pillay, director at Credit score Scores Analytics.

“The monetary burden of this can clearly should fall on somebody, and it’s clearly going to have an effect on the income assortment talents.

“If you look at the National Treasury and government, the providing of additional subsidies will likely be quite difficult, so you are then left in the tricky situation of burdening your existing revenue base with higher rates and taxes to obviously cushion the impacts of the riots and looting.”