Another Month, Another Fuel Price Increase.

Consumers will have to dig even deeper into their pockets as both grades of petrol are set to increase by 54 cents a litre this week.

The Department of Energy on Sunday announced that the price of both grades of petrol, 95 and 93 (ULP and LRP), would increase by 54 cents.

This will see a litre of 95 ULP petrol in Gauteng rise from the current R16.13 a litre to R16.67. The price of diesel (0.05% sulphur) will rise by 1 cent a litre and the price of diesel (0.005% sulphur) will remain unchanged. The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will rise by 3 cents while illuminating paraffin (SMNRP) will increase by 4 cents. The Maximum Retail Price for LPGAS will increase by 84 cents per kilogram.

The price increases will come into effect on Wednesday.

The main reasons for the fuel price adjustments are related to the fact that average international product prices for petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin have increased during the period under review.

“The rand appreciated against the US dollar during the period under review, on average, when compared to the previous period. The average rand/US dollar exchange rate for the period 29 March 2019 to 25 April 2019 was 14.1401 compared to 14.3871 during the previous period.

“This led to a lower contribution to the Basic Fuel Prices on petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin by 13.31 cents a litre,13.56 cents a litre and 13.49 cents a litre respectively,” said the department.


The Sitrus Spens Is Open!

The Sitrus Spens is open, for the season!

Situated just 10km west of Tshipise, Isabel is ready for the season. From Thursday this week, jaarlemoen will be in stock. Currently, they have Cara Caras, (red flesh navels – delicious), tight skin naartjies, also with a delicious flavour and Star Ruby grapefruit, as well as lots of fresh veggies and freshly squeezed fruit juices.

The Plaas Kombuis is still serving the most delicious meals, and sweet tarts and cake.

Do yourself a favour and take the drive – it’s worth it.

For the first time, the Sitrus Spens offers card facilities, for a small consideration.

(Just look at that lemon meringue tart in the background – Yum!)

Political Party Fervour

One must assume that the political parties vying for the upcoming election have some control over their canvassers – those who are plastering posters on every available surface.

Here are two instances where the placards are just wrongly placed.

Baobabs are protected species, no-one is allowed to deface or mark them in any way, yet, the EFF, with impunity, has affixed theirs to a baobab, as in the picture.

The same person who sent the images reports that the ANC has similarly defaced a baobab at the Elegant Fuel Filling Station. The baobab is a symbol of our town and province and deserves some respect.

It goes beyond trees. The ANC has, to my mind, shown absolute disrespect to their forebears, by posting their posters on the memorial in the Civic Centre grounds.

Have they no shame? This is a symbol of the cultural heritage of our region.

You can be sure, that as in years gone by, after the election, the posters will just be left where they are, getting more and more tatty and making our town even uglier than it currently is, until they eventually rot away.