Dec 4, 2022

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‘We are literally living in hell’ — SA reacts to unemployment stats and fuel price increases

South Africans have flooded social media this week with reactions to the double whammy of unemployment statistics and record fuel prices.

Stats SA reported that the unemployment rate fell by a Record high from 35.3% in Q4 2021 to 34.5% in Q1 2022.

This comes after the manufacturing and mining industries added jobs and the government added more jobs created people through its public works programme.

It’s the first drop since the second quarter of 2020, when jobseekers were hampered by the toughest lockdowns to stem the spread of Covid-19 .

According to the latest data, an estimated 370,000 jobs were created between Q4 2021 and Q1 2022.

The largest employment gains have been in municipal and social services, manufacturing and trade, while there have been increases in households, finance, construction and agriculture Job losses came.

What about fuel?

The Department of Natural Resources and Energy has announced a petrol price increase of R2.33 and R2.43/l, while diesel and paraffin by R1.10/l and R1.56/l respectively.

See the increases the petrol price at R24. 17/l for 95 unleaded and 23.94 R for 93 unleaded. The wholesale price of diesel also reached record highs, with domestic high sulfur diesel at 0.05% R/L 23.09 and low sulfur 0.005% R/L 23.23.

In a joint statement, the Ministries of Finance, Natural Resources and Energy said they would extend the R1.50 fuel levy holiday, which was due to expire on Tuesday, for a further two months.

< p>< span>“The temporary reduction in the general fuel tax will mitigate the impact of persistently higher fuel prices on consumers and businesses as the economy adjusts to this new reality,”the statement said.

On social media, many voiced their grievances about the rise in fuel prices and how this is affecting unemployment and poverty.< /p>

Here’s a snapshot of what they had to say:

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