Latest petrol, diesel forecast for April 2024

The latest fuel projections from the Central Energy Fund (CEF) for April 2024 shows that some good news may lie ahead for diesel and petrol car owners.

After starting the month looking grim, a swing in fortune of late has Mzansi drivers hopefully of some respite at the pumps early next month.

This news comes on the back of price increases for both petrol and diesel earlier this month, as reported by The South African website.

Below, the latest projections as received by The South African website from the CEF, effective Friday, 8 March 2024.

Petrol 93 increase of 35 cents
Petrol 95 increase of 36 cents
Diesel 0.05% increase of 0 cents
Diesel 0.005% decrease of 1 cents
Illuminating Paraffin decrease of 27 cents

If these market conditions were to remain consistent for the remainder of the month – an unlikely scenario with the rand/dollar exchange rate ever fluctuating and the oil price changing – an increase of 35 cents is expected for petrol 93 octane motorists and an increase of 36 cents for 95 users.

Meanwhile, diesel motorists would see either no change or a 1 cents per litre decrease.

Finally, illuminating paraffin is expected to decrease by 27 cents.


1. The international price of petroleum products, driven mainly by oil prices

2. The rand/dollar exchange rate used in the purchase of these products

Oil price

At the time of publishing the brent crude oil price is $81.86 a barrel.

Exchange rate

At the time of publishing the rand/dollar exchange rate is R18.71/$.

The final overall price changes for both petrol and diesel will be confirmed in the weeks ahead with the new prices coming into effect at midnight on Tuesday, 2 April.

Go easy on the accelerator until then, Mzansi.

The current MARCH 2024 petrol and diesel prices (Inland and Coastal):

Petrol 93 R24.13
Petrol 95 R24.45
Diesel 0.05% R22.42
Diesel 0.005% R22.62
Illuminating Paraffin R16.48
Petrol 93 R23.41
Petrol 95 R23.73
Diesel 0.05% R21.70
Diesel 0.005% R21.93
Illuminating Paraffin R15.55

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