As we approach November 2023, there is good news for motorists in South Africa. The latest data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF) suggests that the country might experience a significant drop in petrol prices. This news comes as a relief for many who have witnessed a relentless increase in fuel costs over the past few months.

Fuel Price Trends

Since June, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has consistently raised fuel prices, creating financial strain for consumers. However, according to the CEF’s predictions, a positive change is on the horizon.

Fuel Price Projections

If all factors align favorably, South Africa could see a remarkable decrease in petrol prices by R2.00 per liter. Diesel drivers may also benefit from a drop of 90 cents per liter. These predictions are based on the CEF’s analysis, which considers the average price of Brent crude oil throughout the month and its relationship with the Rand/US Dollar exchange rate.


It’s important to note that while the CEF provides these predictions, the final decision on fuel pricing rests with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. This department considers similar factors but may also implement levy changes, impacting the final fuel prices.

The Role of Global Oil Prices

The global oil market plays a significant role in South Africa’s fuel prices. Despite the ongoing Hamas-Israel conflict, Brent crude oil prices remain high, trading at approximately $90 per barrel. While this is slightly lower than recent weeks, it hasn’t reached the peak of $92 per barrel seen in September.

Possible Influences

One potential explanation for the lower-than-expected oil prices could be the recent decision by the United States to ease sanctions on Venezuelan oil. This move has reduced the pressure to secure oil from the Middle East, affecting global oil dynamics.

Fuel Price Predictions for November 2023

Here’s a summary of the anticipated fuel price changes for November 2023:

  • Petrol 93: a decrease of 193 cents per liter (R1.93)
  • Petrol 95: a decrease of 198 cents per liter (R1.98)
  • Diesel 0.05%: a decrease of 93 cents per liter (R0.93)
  • Diesel 0.005%: a decrease of 89 cents per liter (R0.89)
  • Illuminating Paraffin: a decrease of 85 cents per liter (R0.85)

As South Africa braces for November, the possibility of a significant drop in fuel prices offers a glimmer of hope for consumers. While these predictions are promising, the final fuel prices will be determined by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy.

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