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Petrol price to rise 74 cents from March 6 – Diesel by 93 cents/ litre.

JOHANNESBURG, March 4 (ANA) – South Africa’s petrol price would rise by 74 cents a litre from Wednesday, while the wholesale price of diesel would increase by up to 93 cents, the energy department said on Monday.

South Africa’s fuel prices are adjusted on a monthly basis, based on international oil prices, import costs such as shipping and the rand exchange rate.

“The average Brent Crude oil price increased from US$60.00 to US$64.00 per barrel during the period under review,” the energy department said, citing an agreement by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, other non-OPEC producers and Russia, to reduce oil supply to global markets by 1.2 million barrels per day.

The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin, an energy source used by many poor South African households, will rise by 76 cents per litre, while the single maximum national retail price will jump 102 cents per litre. Liquid petroleum gas will cost 101 cents more per kilogramme from Wednesday.

– African News Agency (ANA)

Confused By Expiration Dates?

You’re Not Alone. Here’s What They Really Mean

As a person who sells products with “Best Before” dates, this article is reassuring;

Most people are needlessly tossing out, or refusing to buy packaged food—not because it’s gone bad, but because they take the date stamped on it far too literally. That’s according to a recent study published in the journal Waste Management, which surveyed more than 1,000 people about the phrases and dates on food packages. Consumers wrongly believed that food product dates—often prefaced by “best by” or “sell by”—are nationally regulated and indicate the point after which the food is no longer safe to eat. (Neither is true: labeling decisions are made voluntarily by food companies and are meant to help consumers determine how fresh a food is.) As a result, 84% of people throw out food when it’s close to the package date at least occasionally, it was found.

What are the differences between food date labels?

“Best by” refers to when a food is at peak flavor or quality, says Janell Goodwin, a technical information specialist with the USDA (who was not involved with the study). “Sell by” indicates how long a store should sell or display a product for inventory management reasons. And the “use by” date is the last recommended day that a product can be eaten at peak quality, Goodwin says. “These are all dates of quality and freshness, not of safety,” she says. Yet in the Waste Management study, 42% of people thought “use by” referred to safety, and 19% thought the same of “sell by.”