The question we’re asking is how much pressure will the fuel hike put on consumers and the agriculture sector? The announcement of the 82c a liter petrol increase that came into effect yesterday has really got South African consumers abuzz. This comes shortly after the 15% VAT increase that came into effect in April, which, of course, has already compromised budgets of many South Africans. After Wednesday’s increase, South Africans can now expect to pay R15.79 per liter petrol in Gauteng, and R15.20 per liter at coastal cities. This increase is the highest it’s ever been in a post-Apartheid South Africa. While this is heavy on the consumer, the figures are more aggressive on the agricultural sector. To help me delve on the impacts of this has on the consumers and the agricultural sector, I am joined on the line by Paul Makube, the Senior Agricultural economist at FNB Agri-Business.