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With the current fuel price for Unleaded 95 standing at an eye-watering R17.08 per litre, the price of petrol won’t only affect the pockets of motorists heavily, but it will also have a massive ripple effect on consumer products as transport fees of basic goods are set to skyrocket. As South Africans witnessed its biggest fuel price hike in history – a whopping R1.00 – many were left asking one question: what are we really paying for? And the short answer is: lots of things.

We take a quick look at what the final petrol price per litre is actually made up of – from various levies to distribution and transport fees. We’ve also include a quick explanation for each of the fee categories listed below.

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Sources: Central Energy Fund | Department of Energy | Automobile Association of South Africa