Johannesburg - There could be some slight relief awaiting motorists at fuel pumps from next month.
The AA of South Africa has said that the prospects for a fuel price decrease next month are looking positive so far.
Global crude oil prices softened between 2 and 11 October, which created an over-recovery of around 25 cents for petrol, and between 10 and 12 cents for diesel.
However the rand remains a wildcard.
Although the local exchange rate remained mostly stable over the aforementioned period, with a negative impact of less than three cents, the AA warns that a possible US debt default later this week could throw the rand off balance.
"The general view seems to be that US politicians will smooth out their differences before the October 17th deadline for raising that country's debt ceiling. However, if a US default does take place, the effects on international exchange rates and the South African economy will be difficult to predict and could affect our fuel price outlook as well."