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Kombis Association slams government for increasing fuel prices, says this will destroy transport businesses

Wednesday, 3rd February, 2021

MBABANE: Sabelo Dlamini, the Secretary  General of the Eswatini Local Kombis Association said the increase of the price of petrol would kill their  businesses. 

Speaking  during an interview  with  this Swaziland News on Wednesday, shortly after the Ministry of Natural Resources  announced an increase in fuel prices, Dlamini  said their businesses were still recovering  from the effects  of the COVID-19 pandemic  and they might not  survive the  imminent fuel price increase. 

"Our  businesses  were  still recovering  from the COVID-19  pandemic but with the imminent increase of the price of petrol, they are likely  to collapse completely. We are still struggling  with servicing bank loans and now  we will have to shoulder another burden  which is the fuel price increase. Those who implemented  the fuel price increase were selfish  not to consider  our plight as transport operators\",he said.

On Wednesday,  Dorcas Dlamini, the Principal  Secretary (PS) of the Ministry  of Natural Resources  and Energy  announced  a fuel price increase  that would be effective  on the 5th February 2021. He said the fuel price  increase had been influenced by the upward movement of oil prices that have been triggered by the stimulation of global economic  activity  due to the rolling  out of COVID-19 vaccines.

The price of unleaded petrol increased by 70 cents from E 12.45 / litre to 13.15/litre. Diesel also increased by 70 cents, from E12.90 / litre to E13.60/ litre.

Kombis Association slams government for increasing fuel prices, says this will destroy transport businesses
Kombi Association slams government on fuel price increase