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Fuel Price very much top of mind with South Africans

The rising price of fuel in South Africa remains very much top of mind with South Africans. This is proven by a list of the most popular articles that appeared in the Automotive category on the website in 2019.

Five of the top 20 most popular articles involved the fuel price and fuel economy, with the most popular article, published on July 5, being headed: “Save on fuel with these 10 tips.” Second place was filled by “Fuel price increase confirmed” (August 6), and “Pain at the petrol pumps for September” (September 3) in fourth spot. The other two related articles were: “Petrol price increased slightly” (February 5), in sixth place and “Petrol price up on Wednesday” (September 30) in 19th position.

“This underlines the importance of the WesBank Fuel Economy Tour of South Africa in partnership with FNB, which was staged for the first time in November last year, in providing real-world fuel consumption figures for a wide range of local passenger cars and light commercial vehicles,” commented Charl Wilken, the chief organiser of this event, which itself has enjoyed massive media coverage over the past three months.

“The five-day Economy Tour, which took 40 competing vehicles from Johannesburg to Cape Town on 2 500km route which went via Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and George, used major tarred roads so not only were the fuel consumption figures realistic, but also the travelling times between the various centres when driving close to the prevailing speed limits.”