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Johannesburg - The price of 93 octane petrol will increase by five cents a litre and 95 octane will increase by seven c/l in Gauteng, the energy department said on Friday.

The different prices for 93 and 95 octanes were informed by cost of production, which was adjusted quarterly, and by local and international factors, Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins said in a statement.

The price of diesel with a sulphur content of 0.05 percent would decrease by 8.8 c/l and that with a sulphur content of 0.005 percent by 7.8 c/l.

The price of illuminating paraffin would decrease by between 34.5 and 49 c/l, while maximum retail price for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) would decrease by 22 cents a kilogram.

“The decrease in the price of illuminating paraffin and LPG will benefit households that use these products, especially as winter approaches”, Martins said.

The prices would be different in other fuel pricing zones, he said.

“The prices will be different due to the adjustment to the transportation costs.”

The pricing schedule for the different zones would be published on April 1. - Sapa