Another Fuel Price Increase Next Month – Different Reasons

South Africans should brace themselves for a fuel price increase of up to 37 cents per litre next month, – driven by the US/China trade war, sanctions against Iran and next month’s implementation of the carbon tax.

Although oil prices had dropped, a recent drone attack on a Saudi pipeline as well as recently imposed sanctions by the United States (US) on Iran, could see oil prices escalating. And, as an importer of oil products, South Africa is already sensitive to changes in the international oil price, according to local economists.

Furthermore, the ever-escalating trade war between China and the US will not only see volatility in global oil prices but in the exchange rate.  “Weaker currency exchange rates make a nett increase of fuel more likely,” said chief economist at the Efficient Group, Dawie Roodt  “If the rand continues to slide against the US dollar and a shortage of crude drives up prices, the result could be too horrible to contemplate,” he added.

Current data suggests that the fuel price could rise by 28 cents per litre in June. This, combined with the introduction of the carbon tax next month – which also affects liquid fuels – could see an extra 9-13 cents per litre added to the fuel price, bringing the total increase to a minimum 37 cents per litre according to the Automobile Association (AA).

“Our hope is that the new government will immediately set out its policy agenda which has a direct impact on fuel prices,” said an AA spokesperson.

Article courtesy of FTW Online

Bush Baby Lodge, Tshipise Area

Bush Baby Lodge is under new management!
A rustic old bush camp along the banks of the Nzhelele river, it’s a perfect getaway for the family.
Meals by prior arrangement, showcasing locally sourced produce made simply or bring your own and enjoy the Braai and smoker facilities.
Fishing in front of the lodge or at the farm dam – catch and release basis only, watch out for the Croc!!!
Lush gardens and viewing deck to relax in and enjoy the sounds of the wild.  Nightly visits from our resident Bush Babies too.
We have two types of accommodation on offer; Family units that sleep 6 with en suite bathrooms and one other Family unit that sleeps 4 only in two rooms with ensuite that has a bath tub and shower, or, 3 Rondavel units with shared loos and showers.
Call or Watsapp Jade +27 65 144 8458
Tess +27 72 902 994
Directions to the lodge are;
Coming from Musina take the Tshipise road. When you get to the T junction at the R525 turn right and take this for 7kms on your left hand side you will see Alicedale Pack House and on the right a boom gate into the Estate.
Follow the signs to the lodge + – 3kms
Coming from N1 South Louis Trichardt
At Bokmakierie Toll gate turn right on the R525 towards Tshipise, we are +- 33kms down that road where you will see the the Alicedale Packshed on your right and boom gate on your left.
Follow the signs to the lodge + – 3kms
Please Note. Entrance is allowed only by prior arrangement with management – no day visitors.


You will have seen recently an ad/ article about the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, here on Musina Online.

Here’s more, relevant, news;

20 May 2019

Seventy-six buffalo are to be moved from De Beers Group’s Dronfield Nature Reserve in South Africa to a new home at two other nature reserves.

This is the first project Dronfield, near Kimberley in the Northern Cape province, has put into action to help restock other De Beers Group reserves with buffalo.

The animals are being moved to Rooipoort Nature Reserve, also near Kimberley, and Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve near Musina, as part of the company’s conservation and environmental diversity strategy.

A team of more than 40 people, including ecologists, student-rangers, vets and a helicopter pilot helped to select the 46 cows and calves and 30 young bulls and remove them from existing herds ready for regulatory disease testing before they are relocated to their new homes later in the year. Care was taken not to separate calves from mothers.

Since the 1990s, De Beers Group’s Ecology division has bred, sold and moved hundreds of disease-free buffalo (free of foot and mouth disease, bovine tuberculosis, corridor disease and contagious abortion) to stock game reserves and game ranches throughout South Africa.

Dronfield Nature Reserve Manager Charles Hall said: “But we have never stocked our own Rooipoort and Venetia reserves with viable extensive breeding populations before. Our breeding projects have been restricted to Dronfield due to the suitable infrastructure and expertise available here.

“Furthermore, the initial shortage of disease-free buffalo in South Africa and the related high demand resulted in these animals becoming an extremely lucrative species to own. It therefore did not make sense simply to place them into an extensive system where it would be very difficult to manage them.

“They would also be exposed to predation from lions – a rather expensive prey at an average going rate of about R350,000 per buffalo. Today, however, supply and demand dictate a far lower price tag and therefore we have embarked on this journey of stocking our other reserves.”

Three from De Beers Group’s Ecology team were involved in this first phase of the project: Senior Ecology Manager Piet Oosthuizen, Ecology Manager Dr Corné Anderson and Senior Accounts Officer Carina Brits. Wiaan van der Linde and Dr Emma Rambert from Wintershoek Safaris helped with the darting and loading of the animals, and Danie Victor was the pilot.

The two-day exercise gave the 15 game ranch management students from the Northern Cape Nature Academy some practical training.

This article is courtesy of The Diamond Route.



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Well Done, Beitbridge Customs

The 198.49 kg of crystal methamphetamine was hidden in colourful, decorated purses.

JOHANNESBURG, May 13 (ANA) – The South African Revenue Service (Sars) on Monday said that customs officers had intercepted a woman attempting to smuggle 198.49 kg of crystal methamphetamine, estimated at R2 million, into South Africa at the Beitbridge border post.

Spokesperson Sicelo Mkosi said on Sunday morning the woman had been travelling with two suitcases and was asked to put her possessions through the customs baggage inspection area. “Upon physical inspection, an off-white crystal-like substance concealed in multiple colourful decorated purses with plastics was found, containing substances that reacted positively to tests,” said Mkosi. “The goods were detained and handed over to the South African Police Service (SAPS) for safe-keeping and further investigation, and the suspect was arrested.”

He said preliminary investigations indicated that the woman had flown from abroad into a neighbouring country, and tried to enter South Africa by bus through Beitbridge.

Local police have handed over the matter to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, better known as the Hawks, for further investigation. The woman is expected to appear at the Musina Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

– African News Agency (ANA)