After the festive season’s mad shopping sprees, good news for motorists is that fuel prices are expected to by dropped by as much as 52 cents a litre at midnight.

After the festive season’s mad shopping sprees, good news for motorists is that fuel prices are expected to by dropped by as much as 52 cents a litre at midnight.

The Department of Mineral and Energy Affairs has announced that the retail price of 97 octane petrol should drop by as much as 52 cents per litre while the price of 93 octane petrol is expected to decrease by 44 cents a litre.

Diesel with a 0,05 per cent sulphur content should drop by 39 cents a litre and it is anticipated that the price of diesel containing 0,3 per cent sulphur will drop by 38 cents a litre.

A spokesman for the department said the decreases followed international trends in crude oil prices and the rand/US dollar exchange rate favourably influenced the adjustment.