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Budget tightrope must not impact poor – AA

Association again urges Minister not to increase fuel levies. As it has done in previous years, the Automobile Association (AA) is again urging the Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, not to increase fuel levies when he delivers his Budget Speech to Parliament on 24 February. Any increases announced by Minister Mboweni on Wednesday come into effect in April. “We also again acknowledge that the...

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AA sounds fuel price warning as oil ticks up

Fuel prices are set for hefty rises at month-end if current trends continue. This is the word from the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. "It's been a good month for the Rand so far, with the local currency picking up around 15 cents against the US dollar, but the basic fuel price has shot up since the...

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Fuel set for further climb

Bullish international oil prices are setting the stage for yet another hefty hike in fuel prices. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The Association says that the current picture shows month-end increases of up to 56 cents a litre for petrol, 47 cents for diesel, and 41 cents for...

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AA and BirdLife South Africa: Working together for safe conservation

The Automobile Association (AA) has partnered with BirdLife South Africa to contribute to the conservation of South Africa’s birds, their habitats, and biodiversity. Through the partnership, the AA is providing its customers an opportunity to contribute to conservation in our country. “All our AA Armed Response customers will be able to contribute to BirdLife South Africa – and to their...

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Fuel price set for February spike – AA

Fuel prices are set for a significant spike when the price for February is adjusted next week. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The Association says expects petrol to rise by up to 82 cents a litre, diesel by 59 cents, and illuminating paraffin by 60 cents. It cautions that South...

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Global NCAP’s First Five Star Car In Africa: the Mahindra XUV300

Global NCAP launches a new #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test result today in partnership with the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) and with the welcome support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. In a milestone moment for vehicle safety, the India manufactured Mahindra XUV300 becomes Global NCAP’s first five star car in Africa. The XUV300 achieved a five star rating for...

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Road deaths blight South Africa – AA

The Automobile Association (AA) says reduction in fatalities on South African roads the past festive season is welcome news but must be seen in the context of decreased traffic volumes over the same period last year. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced the festive season road statistics in Gauteng this morning noting that during the period 1 December 2020 to 11 January 2021, 1448 people...

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Malcolm Kinsey

The Automobile Association (AA) is shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Malcolm Kinsey. Malcolm passed away in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday. Since the late eighties, Malcolm has produced the Kinsey Report on parts prices of vehicles available in South Africa. In 2019 Automobile Association began its partnership with Malcolm and began producing the AA-Kinsey Report. “Malcolm was an...

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Fuel set for hefty hikes – AA

Sharp rises in fuel prices are on the horizon. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. The AA says that unless the picture drastically improves by month-end, South Africa's fragile economy is set for a major hit. At this mid-month point, petrol is set for a whopping increase of 80 cents...

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Steep fuel hikes expected for January – AA

Fuel prices will rise significantly in January. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. "The Rand has continued to advance against the US dollar, which is a pleasing outcome considering the severe beating the currency took earlier in the year. But even the currency's ongoing strength has...

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Play your part in keeping our roads safe – AA

As the year winds down and government schools across the country close for 2020, traffic volumes on all major routes in South Africa are expected to pick up in the next few days. The Automobile Association (AA) says even though traffic volumes are predicted to be down on previous years because of coronavirus restrictions, they will still be significantly higher than normal. “Of course many...

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RTMC encouraging law enforcers to break the law – AA

A press statement from the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) about outstanding traffic fines is outrageous and amounts to fear mongering among South African road users. The Automobile Association (AA) says the RTMC must immediately retract the statement, and apologise to motorists for creating a false impression of the RTMC’s law enforcement capability. In the statement issued on...

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Fuel to drop as oil eases

Fuel prices are set for slight drops across the board in the wake of oil price retreats in October. This is according to the AA, which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). "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...

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Persisting with e-tolls is irrational

The Automobile Association (AA) is disheartened that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced in his Mid-Term Budget in parliament today that e-tolls are “here to stay”. The Minister mentioned that government considered several options but decided to retain the user-pays principle. “We find it hard to believe that based on submissions government received anyone apart from SANRAL supported the...

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Holidays start soon, be prepared

Public schools across South Africa close in less than a month on 4 December and the Automobile Association (AA) urges all motorists to prepare now for what is traditionally the busiest and most dangerous time to be on South African roads. “Statistics show more people are on our roads during the holiday break, and more people die in car crashes during this festive period than any other time....

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Consumers have sent a clear message on e-tolls

The Automobile Association (AA) says the Ministerial Task Team deliberating on the future of e-tolls in Gauteng must consider from the outset that the current model of funding for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) has failed, and is doomed to remain a failure if pursued. The Association says research from its newly-released Road Funding Report is clear that Gauteng road users have...

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Mixed picture again for fuel price

Fuel prices for August are set for changes with petrol up and diesel down. This is according to the unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund. International oil prices have steadily trended upwards since the start of June, although there has been a slight pullback since a peak on July 11. Since then, diesel prices have edged higher while petrol remained flat,...

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