Fuel hike

Janine Myburgh, president, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry is disappointed, but not surprised, with the increase in fuel prices which have reached their most expensive level yet.

Unfortunately this is to be expected with the weakened rand and the Brent Crude oil increase – a situation we predicted in early September that might result in a shock increase.

This shock increase is now a reality. Coupled with a shrinking economy, this fuel increase is particularly onerous on both business and domestic users.

Much of the damage has unfortunately been self-inflicted with widespread corruption, mismanagement of our state-owned enterprises and the looming expropriation issue not engendering any confidence in investors.

South Africa has so much potential, yet we seem to be pushing down on the accelerator, hoping to go faster, yet pushing as hard as we can on the brakes at the same time. The result is that we are going nowhere – fast.