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Local poultry production shows moderate growth

- GENERAL NEWS


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NATIONAL NEWS - The production of South African poultry increased by 5% in the first eight months of 2020 when compared to the same period last year.

“This is despite the challenges in the operating environment brought on by COVID-19,” said the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) on Monday.

Dtic Minister Ebrahim Patel, together with Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, co-chaired the virtual South African Poultry Association’s second Poultry Executive Oversight Committee (EOC) meeting.

The Poultry Sector Master Plan was signed by stakeholders at the 2019 South African Investment Conference in November 2019.

It has been developed in close partnership between government and a number of stakeholders in the industry, including poultry producers, processors, exporters, importers and organised labour.

The meeting reflected on the implementation of the key actions agreed on and measures required to realise the agreed vision.

The objectives of the Poultry Master Plan hinge on increasing local chicken consumption and growing the demand for chicken, while also addressing the exporting of locally produced cooked and raw chicken products.

Poultry producers have pledged to invest R1.7 billion towards the expansion and improvement of productive capacity. Some of the investment projects have already been completed, including the expansion of hatchery and processing facilities, and 428 jobs created.

In addition, the financing model for contract farming has been developed to assist in assessing the producer’s business viability and profitability.

To drive exports, the poultry industry has strategically prioritised countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar for the export of poultry products.

The industry will also target markets, which include Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, those within the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) and the Middle East.

Dtic said the South African poultry industry is an important part of the agricultural sector.

“The Master Plan provides a blueprint for the industry, with substantial potential to expand the poultry production across the value chain, especially if substantial export markets can be developed.

"Since the Master Plan was signed, government has implemented higher tariffs on certain cuts of poultry, and has further triggered an investigation into the structure of tariffs to provide a more effective trade environment for poultry,” it said.

Further work has also been done with trading partners to improve compliance with sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, which would unlock further export markets.

The Master Plan is forward looking, and is directed at creating a new industry that is dynamic, export oriented, competitive, job creating and inclusive, as opposed to the one that is reliant on defences against the challenges of the world. – SAnews.gov.za
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Fiat Chrysler and PSA tweak merger terms due to pandemic

- GLOBAL NEWS

The merger between Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot Citroen is set to create the world's fourth-largest automaker in terms of volume, named Stellantis.

MOTORING NEWS - Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and Peugeot Citroen (PSA) announced on Monday they'd modified the terms of their mega-merger in light of business disruptions caused by Covid-19.

FCA agreed to lower the exceptional dividend to be distributed to its shareholders to 2.9 billion euros ($3.4 billion), compared to 5.5 billion euros ($6.5 billion) previously, while PSA will distribute its 46 percent stake in French automotive equipment maker Faurecia to all shareholder of the new company, rather than to its shareholders alone as agreed to previously.

The decision was made to "take into account the impact on liquidity the Covid-19 health crisis has had on the automotive industry," the companies said in a joint press release, while "preserving the original balance of the merger" which should be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2021.

They were approved "unanimously" by the boards of directors of both companies "with the strong support of their reference shareholders," FCA and PSA said.

The tie-up, which was announced at the end of October, will create Stellantis, set to be the world's fourth-largest automaker in terms of volume, and number three in terms of sales.

The combined company unites brands such as Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Maserati into a global giant, each of which will continue under its own marque.

But doubts have been raised in recent months about the equilibrium of the merger, which was advertised from the outset as a marriage of equals.

The two companies announced in May they'd waive a dividend payment of 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion), planned as part of the merger, due to the coronavirus downturn.

The exceptional dividend that FCA was to distribute to its shareholders along with the distribution of Faurecia's shares were also issues of concern, since the French equipment makers's market capitalization has declined since the merger's announcement.

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Google to help half a million small businesses.

- GENERAL NEWS


Google has announced plans to help businesses, job seekers, educational institutions and vulnerable populations as they grapple with the “new normal” and begin to rebuild and recover from the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.


NATIONAL NEWS - Google has announced plans to help businesses, job seekers, educational institutions and vulnerable populations as they grapple with the “new normal” and begin to rebuild and recover from the impact of the Covid-19 crisis locally and across the continent.

The tech company’s initiatives will address the need for funding, training and services across identified sectors, including support for 500,000 small and midsize businesses and 25,000 teachers.

To this end, Google has set up a digital hub providing free tools and resources to businesses and individuals. The hub will give 500,000 small businesses help to get online or improve their digital presence through Google My Business (GMB), which helps businesses connect with millions of users every month.

Google South Africa Country Director Alistair Mokoena said: “Small businesses have been hardest hit during this period. Many of them have had to figure out quickly how to pivot their operations to a ‘digital-first’ approach. Yet, there remains a gap between those who can access these online opportunities and those who can’t. That’s the gap we want to bridge with this initiative.”

Google is also launching a new Marketing Kit tool to help people to put together marketing kits for their businesses while the free Market Finder tool (which includes updated insights for negotiating a Covid and post-Covid environment) is there to help with localisation, international payments and logistics for African businesses looking to reach new customers around the world. Using information from their Google My Business profile, the tool helps businesses keep customers informed with their latest news, create custom posters and social posts.

In an effort to help job seekers acquire new skills while they look for opportunities, Google is providing underserved communities and job seekers with R12.5 million ($750,000) in IT support scholarships through Google.org across Africa. Job seekers can also access the Grow with Google training portal for help in growing their careers or businesses at their own pace and through flexible and personalised training courses.

For educational institutions and teachers, Google is working with partners across Africa, through Google for Education, to help deploy its suite of education products in schools and help 500,000 students continue learning. To help teachers keep teaching, Google aims to give 25,000 educators access to free online training sessions and resources, such as Teach From Anywhere.

To provide assistance to vulnerable populations, Google.org has set aside R50 million ($3 million) in grants to nonprofits that support education, entrepreneurship and women empowerment across Africa. R8.3 million ($500,000) of that is going towards a grant to the Praekelt Foundation (a software development non-profit that builds open-source, scalable mobile technologies and solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of underprivileged people) in order to help train micro and small businesses in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

An additional R8.3 million ($500,000) grant is going to Youth Employment Services in order to provide twelve-month employment opportunities and digital skills to young black people in South Africa.

“We will continue to do our part to help businesses recover and grow, help more people prepare for jobs, and support students, teachers and underserved communities. And in-so-doing, we hope to create real economic opportunity for everyone,” said Mokoena.

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Dr. Franscois was away to work abroad for 4 years. Welcome back in George Franscois, friendsofgeorge certainly missed you and your services...! Please support this Network on Thursday, lets welcome Francois back...!
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Be fire safe in cold weather

- GEORGE NEWS


Recent cold weather has again highlighted the need for fire safety at home as the George Fire Department responded to an increasing number of residential fires over the past weeks.

GEORGE NEWS - Recent cold weather has again highlighted the need for fire safety at home as the George Fire Department responded to an increasing number of residential fires over the past weeks.

George Fire Chief Neels Barnard said winter months were traditionally the busiest time for residential fires as people tried to stay warm in cold weather. “The past weekend was a case in point – six informal structures burned to the ground leaving 20 people homeless in three separate fires in Blanco, Conville and Thembalethu.
“While the causes of house fires are not always straight-forward to determine, they generally have in common unsafe practices including overloading electrical plugs, falling asleep with burning cigarettes or taking a drum or tin fire indoors.

"Fires in formal residences are often associated with newly installed fireplaces that had not been sufficiently insulated and new or neglected gas installations,” said Mr Barnard.
Vegetation fires in winter are often associated with homeless people making open fires to keep warm when sleeping outside. While not necessarily the cause of the past weekend’s fires, the department responded to five vegetation fires during this time.

When rain and snow accompany the cold, motor vehicle accidents increase, which are also attended by the fire department. George Fire and Rescue responded to 10 motor vehicle accidents this past weekend.
The above factors are often worsened by alcohol abuse and there is a correlation between the number of callouts on Fridays and at the end of the month when people have been paid wages and salaries.
“George Municipality Fire and Rescue appeals to everyone to take extra care when working with fire and electricity, to be responsible and fire-conscious at all times – your life and property are at stake,” said Mr Barnard.
Winter fire safety tips

• Do not overload electrical connections and plugs, use the plug for what it was made for.
• Do not override the safety switch on your electrical board to avoid the electricity kicking out when you overload plugs.
• Monitor plugs and check that they do not become hot.
• Pull out cellphone and other chargers when you are not using them.
• Do not carry drum and tin fires indoors.
• Do not get into bed with a cigarette.
• Put the electrical heater off before you fall asleep.

If you install a fireplace, use a reputable builder or installer and monitor new installations when in use. Have your fireplace and chimney serviced regularly.



Photo: John Ruddock, Unsplash

What to do when your house is on fire

• Stay low and under the smoke.
• Make alarm and get everyone out of the house.
• Close doors of rooms behind you as you move through and out of the house.
• Phone the fire department when you are outside. (Save the fire department’s number on your phone – see below)
What to do when a house is on fire near you
• Phone the fire department. (Save the fire department’s number on your phone – see below).
• Move cars and other obstacles out of the way so fire trucks can pass.
• Do not carry furniture into the road where it can be in the way of fire trucks and firefighters.
• Do not go into the burning house for any reason.
• Do not open the doors or break windows – it fuels the fire.
Useful contact numbers
• Fire emergencies only: 044 801 6311
• All after-hours emergencies: 044 801 6300
• General enquiries fire department (office hours): 044 801 6300
• Uniondale (office hours): 044 752 1225



Do not open the doors or break windows – it fuels the fire.
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George-kunsteteater sluit dalk

- GEORGE NEWS


Agter: Rocky Sonnekus (links) van die Friends of George-organisasie en Bernie Schaap, bestuurder van die George-kunsteteater. Voor is “kerkmuis” en “teatermuis”. Hulle was vanoggend by die bekendstelling van die Rand ‘n tand-veldtog. Foto: Eugene Gunning

GEORGE NUUS - Die George-kunsteteater gaan dalk sy deure sluit. Die skoknuus het vanoggend (27 Augustus) bekend geword tydens 'n geleentheid waar die Rand 'n tand-veldtog bekendgestel is.

Die doel is om geld in te samel sodat die teater sy deure kan oophou. Daar is laas in Maart openbare vertonings by die teater gehou. Die teater was gesluit as gevolg van die Covid-19-inperkingsmaatreëls.

Die huidige gebou in Yorkstraat word al meer as 51 jaar benut en is ’n baie gewilde bymekaarkomplek vir mense wat in die kunste belangstel en dit geniet. Dit word as 'n nie-regerings organisasie (NGO) bedryf.

Die elektrisiteit na die gebou is reeds afgesny en tydens vanoggend se geleentheid is 'n kragopwekker ingespan.

Bernie Schaap, bestuurder van die teater, het gesê geld is nodig on die teater oop te hou. Die teater sukkel en die hulp van die gemeenskap is nodig, daarom die Rand 'n tand-veldtog waar mense bydraes kan maak. Selfs al is dit net R1. Die gedagte is dat as baie mense bietjie geld gee, gaan daar baie geld wees. Schaap beskryf dit as 'n juweel en daar kan nie toegelaat word dat dit sluit nie.

Rocky Sonnekus van die Friends of George-organisasie wat die veldtog dryf het gesê die mikpunt is om minstens R100 000 in te samel. Hy is vol vertroue dat die teater wel sal bly voortbestaan. "Dit is nie die Titanic nie. Hy gaan nie sink nie."

‘n Beroep word op vrywilligers gedoen om te help.

Meer besonderhede oor 'n nuwe webtuiste sal vroeg aanstaande week bekendgestel word. Die webtuiste sal wees: www.1rand.2gain.co.za
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Trump announces 'historic peace agreement' between Israel, UAE

- GLOBAL NEWS


US President Donald Trump suggested that more diplomatic breakthroughs between Israel and its Muslim neighbors in the region were expected.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - US President Donald Trump, in a surprise announcement, said Thursday that Israel and the United Arab Emirates had reached a peace agreement.

The normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel is a "HUGE breakthrough" Trump tweeted, calling it a "Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends."

Speaking to reporters later, Trump suggested that more diplomatic breakthroughs between Israel and its Muslim neighbors in the region were expected.

"Things are happening that I can't talk about," he said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described it as "a historic day and a significant step forward for peace in the Middle East."

"The United States hopes that this brave step will be the first in a series of agreements that ends 72 years of hostilities in the region," Pompeo said.

In a joint statement, Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan said they had spoken on Thursday "and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates."

Israeli and UAE delegations will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security and the establishment of reciprocal embassies, they said.

"At the request of President Trump with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President's Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world," the statement said.

"The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are confident that additional diplomatic breakthroughs with other nations are possible, and will work together to achieve this goal," it added.
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New leisure travel regulations

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Leisure travel within your own province will be allowed as soon as new regulations are gazetted.

NATIONAL NEWS - Cabinet has agreed to ease restrictions around leisure travel, paving the way for citizens to travel within their provinces of residence.

As soon as the new regulations are gazetted, leisure travel within your own province will be allowed.

“It’s only for intra-provincial travel, not inter-provincial. If you’re in Gauteng, you’re allowed to travel within Gauteng. You can’t go to KwaZulu-Natal,” Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said on Thursday.

Accommodation establishments will be permitted to operate for leisure intra-provincially.

However, no more than two people may share a room, except for a nuclear family, parents and their children.

“Establishments are already legally obliged to require and keep a copy of proof of identity,” the Minister said, adding that short-term home rental or sharing remains closed.

Speaking at a briefing on the new regulations affecting the travel and leisure sector, Kubayi-Ngubane said tour operators will be allowed to conduct guided tours in open safari vehicles, subject to directions, including the provision for both social distancing and maximum ventilation.

Restaurants to close at 22:00

Under the new regulations, diners will be able to enjoy meals at restaurants until 22:00. The curfew was previously 21:00. However, alcohol is still off the menu.

The Minister believes that extending operating hours will go a long way in helping to increase the eateries’ revenue.

“The impact of the pandemic has been devastating for the sector. Many businesses are at risk and many jobs have already been lost. However, we are doing everything we can to ensure that the impact is minimised,” she said.

Kubayi-Ngubane said the changes will come into effect as soon as the new regulations are gazetted.

Relief measures

In supporting the tourism sector in this crisis period, the Department of Toursim redirected R200 million through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF).

Of the 7 284 valid applications submitted, the department could only assist 4 000 businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector.

“Allocation of funds was conducted in line with government policies and ensured that there was an equitable share of resources across all regions of the country, including rural areas and small towns or dorpies,” Kubayi-Ngubane said.

However, 3 284 applications were not funded due to depletion of resources, even though some qualified.

“Reasons for non-approval ranged from enterprises with an annual turnover of R5 million and above, non-tourism enterprises, enterprises not covered under the TRF guidelines like franchise restaurants, applications with the outstanding mandatory document such as a valid tax certificate, and those without supporting documents."

The Minister said letters detailing the reasons for unfavourable considerations are being prepared and will be issued to all unfunded applicants soon.

Meanwhile, Kubayi-Ngubane said the department was encouraged by the letters of appreciation from patriotic South Africans, black and white, who did not listen to the “misleading noise that the relief was specifically for black people”.

“This ultimately confused and discouraged even those who qualified for the grant not to apply.”

Support for tour guides

The department said the announced R30 million financial relief for freelance tourist guides, over two to three months, is underway.

However, the processing of payments has taken longer due to some provincial offices closing down after they had positive COVID-19 cases.

The department has received a list of 9 380 tourist guides from the provinces. However, some are registered with Unemployment Insurance Fund.

“To avoid double-dipping, we have initiated a verification process to ensure that only those who are not receiving income benefits [get aid],” the department said.

The first batch of payments to 1 378 verified, eligible beneficiaries has been made and the second group will be paid once the verification process is completed on 31 July 2020.

“In addition, we welcome the decision by the Minister of Finance to review and change the qualifying criteria for the R200 billion COVID-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme, so that more businesses can gain access to the funds. We encourage businesses in our sector to [take] this opportunity,” Kubayi-Ngubane said.

She has also welcomed the announcement by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi to extend the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) until 15 August 2020.

“This will go a long way for many businesses and employees,” she said.

The Minister said since the outbreak, the department has been having regular interaction with various stakeholders.

"These interactions, which are almost on a weekly basis, have helped us to gather inputs from all stakeholders on how best to reopen the sector and support the recovery going forward.”

The department will formalise the working relationship with sector players through the formation of a task team, which brings together a broad spectrum of private sector players and officials from the Department of Tourism, to work towards reopening the sector and resolving other challenges.
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ALCOHOL BAN A DISASTER

- IN GENERALALCOHOL BAN A DISASTER FOR INDUSTRY AS JOB LOSSES LOOM



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NATIONAL NEWS - The South African alcohol industry including the National Liquor Traders Council, South African Liquor Brandowners Association (SALBA), the Beer Association of South Africa (BASA), Vinpro, the Liquor Traders Association of South Africa (LTASA) and manufacturers is disappointed with the decision to reinstate prohibition of sale of alcohol with immediate effect from today.

The alcohol industry has engaged continuously with Government and especially the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (DTIC) over the past month regarding the efforts put in place to ensure compliance with regulations (limited trading days and hours) as well as adherence to the safety protocols in formal retail and taverns.

Despite these engagements, the industry was given no warning about the ban, nor an opportunity to consult with the National Coronavirus Command Centre (NCCC) before a decision was made and no consideration was given to the immediate logistical difficulties it poses for both suppliers, distributors and retailers alike.



During the 9 week lockdown, the alcohol industry lost R18-billion in revenue and R3,4-billion in excise tax. (Excise tax is lost from the growth in sale of illegal alcohol products which don’t pay taxes.)

The industry has complied with all the commitments agreed with government ahead of the reopening of the supply chain on 1 June to enable a safe environment for the sale of alcohol. Indeed, there have been no instances where taverns have not complied with the regulations.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to reinstate the nation-wide ban on the sales, dispensing, and distribution of alcohol with immediate effect is deeply troubling. The industry shares with the Government its concerns regarding the increase in COVID-19 infections and will continue to support efforts to curb this unprecedented health emergency.

This includes prioritising lives and safeguarding livelihoods across the sector during this pandemic while ensuring that we adhere to safety, responsible trading, and the sensible consumption of alcohol. We will continue to offer unanimous support in placing its assets at the availability of Government in fighting this pandemic.



We reiterate our commitment to partner with government to create a social compact that drives behavioural change regarding the use and consumption of alcohol. The industry has initiated contact with the government in this regard on 6 July and we are awaiting a response.

The liquor industry has a wide and deep value chain employing almost one million people across the country. Government’s decision has serious economic consequences, placing hundreds of thousands of livelihoods at risk. The hardest hit will be the significant number of smaller retailers and taverners. The immediate enforcement of the ban will have other unintended consequences which includes further job losses throughout the value chain.

As witnessed during the initial suspension of alcohol sales, further restricting legal trade will fuel the growth of the illicit market, a fact that is widely acknowledged internationally. It also creates security concerns for liquor outlets. The illicit market is outside the regulatory reach of Government and operates mostly uncontrolled. For this restriction to be viable, it must be accompanied by considerably increased law enforcement in this part of the market.

The industry recognises the need to balance the risk to lives with maintaining livelihoods. In addition to the economic consequences that threaten livelihoods, the contribution by the industry to the fiscus will be severely compromised, at a time when tax revenue is coming under increased pressure.



While we acknowledge the urgency of the situation, it is crucial to understand the complexity of alcohol-related trauma so that we can sharpen our focus on the most effective interventions and also measure their impact against a shared understanding of the facts and the problems. This requires access to health and alcohol related information in private and public sector hospitals and clinics which government has never shared with industry.

We believe that a more useful approach would be targeting problematic drinking to manage and achieve long-term, lasting changes. The regulation imposed has a significant negative economic impact and could have been designed in a less damaging manner, but with the same alleviation of the impact on the healthcare system.

We reiterate our commitment to partner with Government to create a social compact that drives behavioural change regarding the use and consumption of alcohol though countering unacceptable and irresponsible consumption; intervention programmes and enforcement of policies to address gender-based violence (GBV) and effect behavioural change; firm interventions against drinking/driving and walking with renewed practical support for enforcement in collaboration with the Department of Transport and the RTMC (Road Traffic Management Corporation) and dealing with illicit trade and enforcement. In this way, we can work together to create a social compact that not only works to save lives but also preserve livelihoods.
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LIFE

- GENERAL NEWS


LIFE!

Life….is the total sum of your experiences! ….Everyone wants to live a long and fruitful life. And everyone wants a means of making a living….it’s all part of being alive! With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, many countries have gone into complete shutdown. But this cannot continue forever, as economies and businesses will slowly but surely need to be re-opened for both staff and owners to survive.

In line with the government's agenda to allow various businesses to come back online and start trading again, it is going to be imperative to ensure that the safety of consumers, suppliers, and staff are paramount in your business structure.

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Prices for items are based on volumes and in certain instances there are minimum volume requirements needed to fulfill an order.

Our product line-up includes:

Masks we have a full range including branded as well as branded cloth options
Sanitizers we have from 2ml sachets up to 1000l flow bins
Medical Antiseptic hand scrub
Sanitiser stands various options available including foot pedal
Face protection shields various options.
Cough and sneeze guards with easy to install options
Infra-red thermometers /thermometers at various price points
Gloves
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Posters and floor decals with safety protocols /social distancing
Metal detectors with spray booth
Medical testing tents/booths
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Our range on offer is designed to fit different needs and requirements- please send us by email your full list so we can manage your PPE requirements.

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AA PREDICTS HEAVY FUEL INCREASE FOR JULY

- GENERAL NEWS

“With fuel showing this kind of increase in just the first two weeks of June, the increase could be much heftier come month end”.
Contributor Charl Bosch, The Citizen | Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 07:48
AA predicts heavy fuel increase for July
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NATIONAL NEWS - Oil’s ongoing recovery is set to hit consumers hard in July with yet another steep increase in the price of fuel predicted come the eighth of next month.

Commenting on unaudited data released by the Central Energy Fund on Monday (15 June), the Automobile Association (AA) says it expects the price of all grades of petrol to rise by R1.59 a litre, diesel by R1.48 and illuminating paraffin by R1.94.

“The basic fuel price used in South Africa has jumped by eight percent since 1 June, with higher peaks, as international oil prices claw back some of the massive declines of the past four months. With world demand expected to continue to increase, South Africans must likewise expect the fuel price to gradually edge back towards pre-COVID-19 levels,” the AA said.

It however stated that a return to previous high levels are not expected immediately given the Rand’s improvement of 60 cents compared to the US Dollar at the beginning of this month, as well as the national currency’s breaching of the R17 mark.

Nonetheless, the association remarked that, “some pragmatism is needed, of course: with fuel showing this kind of increase in just the first two weeks of June, the increase could be much heftier come month end. If this continues, it might not be long before the R4-a-litre saving motorists enjoyed between February and April is erased.

"So, despite our optimism over a slow rebound for oil, we advise caution, especially with the Rand currently trading around R3 higher to the dollar than before the COVID-19 crisis began”.
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