The Automobile Association says South African motorists can expect “modest” fuel price cuts at the start of November 2019.

The news comes in the wake of oil price retreats in October, the AA said, commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.

"The rand has pulled back from its high point at the start of October. This ongoing decline in the average exchange rate has meant that most of its losses have been clawed back, and it will have only a modest impact on the fuel price," said the AA.

The Association added international oil prices also declined slightly as October wore on.

"As a result, we are anticipating November drops of between eight and 18 cents for petrol, 14 cents for diesel, and 21 cents for illuminating paraffin”.

The AA furthermore noted that oil ticked up slightly from its late-October plateau and said this could be the start of a “strengthening trend” into November.

"Whatever happens to the oil price and rand from this point affects the price motorists will be paying at the pumps at Christmas. It remains to be seen whether this month's reductions will continue for the rest of the year," the AA concluded.