Petrol down but other fuel increases will hit South Africans hard


While the adjusted fuel prices for May show a decrease to the cost of both grades of petrol, the Automobile Association (AA) says the significant increases to the prices of diesel and illuminating paraffin will have a substantial impact on the cost of living in South Africa.

The Minister of Mineral and Energy Resources today announced a 12c/litre decrease to both grades of petrol but increases of between 92c/l and 98c/l for diesel inland, increases of between 88c/l and 94c/l for diesel at the coast, increases of between 79c/l and 82c/l for illuminating paraffin. The adjustments come into effect at midnight Wednesday, 4 May.

According to the DMRE the average international product prices of petrol decreased while those of diesel and illuminating paraffin increased, resulting in the sharp increases locally. The department notes that these prices climbed “… because there is still a shortage of diesel supply which is due to lower exports from Russia as major exporter of distillate fuel, low inventories globally as well as higher demand for distillates.”... 
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What is a F1 driver’s ‘breaking point’?

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


Formula One’s arrangement with the teams – under the current Concorde Agreement – limits the number of F1 races in a single season to 24. This year there are 23 races scheduled.

However, the agreement is due to expire in 2025 after which there could be a slew of races added to the calendar – including a South African GP.

The idea of an expanded calendar has been endorsed by F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, who has hinted that the calendar could include as many as 30 races in future.

Although the news has been generally applauded by fans, it has not resonated well with some drivers. For instance, Red Bull's Sergio Perez (pictured) has threatened to quit the sport. He points to a yet-to-be-defined number of races which would represent his “red line”.

On the website, Perez is reported to have said that “there is a breaking point for all involved, and [mine] is close to being reached”.

One wonders what the late Stirling Moss would have made of Sergio’s remarks, having competed in 529 races – and driven 84 different makes of car, from sports cars to single-seaters – in his career. He regularly entered more than 60 races in a season.

Double world champion Jim Clark demonstrated fantastic versatility. In1965 (his second F1 championship-winning season) he raced in 35 events around the world winning the Tasman Championship in Australia and New Zealand, both French and British Formula Two championships and the prestigious Indy500. He also managed third place in the British Saloon Car championship (which he had won in ’64).

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