News24 reports increasing costs associated with road travel in South Africa will also make it harder for job seekers to find work, this according to the Automobile Association (AA).
According to the AA, the higher cost to travel by road in South Africa will make everything more expensive and will have a direct and indirect impact on consumers.
The AA pointed out that job seekers often do not have the resources to pay current transport costs to look for work, let alone having enough for the higher costs.
“This, in particular, is worrying given the country’s high unemployment rate,” the AA said in a statement.
For example, toll fees across the country increased on Friday 1 March, adding more financial pain to already embattled consumers.
According to the AA, these increases will coincide with a likely increase in the fuel price in March which, given present indications, looks set to be significant.
“With the increase to fuel levies (which comes into effect in April); the addition of a Carbon Tax on fuel (effective in June); the likely increase in fuel prices in March; and, now, the increase of toll fees across the country; consumers will see their money diminish even more,” commented the AA.
“It may be convenient to keep increases in line with inflation from a messaging perspective, but the reality is that multiple increases to taxes, levies and tolls will have a cumulative effect. Consumers who are already struggling to make ends meet in our fragile economy will be even more hard-pressed now.”