The prices of petrol and diesel are going up this week. Picture: Itumeleng English

Johannesburg - Motorists, brace yourselves for more petrol price hikes.

From Wednesday you'll fork out an additional 11 cents for a litre of 93 unleaded petrol and 8 cents for 95 unleaded petrol.

This will raise the cost of a litre of 93 unleaded petrol from R12.96 to R13.07 for inland motorists, while a litre of 95 unleaded petrol will go up from R13.26 to R13.34.

Announcing the adjustments on Sunday, the Department of Energy said diesel with 0.05 percent sulphur will go up by 42 cents a litre, while 0.005 percent sulphur diesel will go up by 41 cents a litre.

Also going up is illuminating paraffin, with the wholesale price set to go up by 57 cents a litre. Gas is likely to go up by 12 cents a kilogram.

“The main reasons for the fuel price adjustments are (a) the strengthening of the rand against the dollar during the period under review, which cushioned the fuel prices by more than 17c a litre; (b) the slight increase on average in the prices of petroleum products in the international markets; (c) an increase in the prices of crude oil, on average, mainly due to supply disruptions in Canada, Venezuela, Libya, Nigeria and Iraq,” the department said in its statement.

The department urged motorists and others to “use these petroleum products effectively during these tough economic times”.