South Africa inflation hits highest level in 4 years

South Africa’s annual shopper inflation accelerated to its highest studying in additional than 4 years in November 2021, pushed largely by rising transport prices.

The annual change within the shopper worth index (CPI) was 5.5%, up from 5% in October and September. That is the most important annual improve since March 2017 when the speed was 6.1%, Statistics South Africa mentioned in a launch on Wednesday (15 December).

The transport class continues to be the main issue behind inflation, recording an annual improve of 15% in November. This makes it the one main group within the inflation basket with an annual charge above the 6% higher restrict of the South African Reserve Financial institution’s financial coverage goal vary.

The transport class was the one contributor to the month-to-month improve within the CPI and was the biggest issue driving the annual change within the index, contributing 2.1 share factors to the 5.5% annual inflation charge.

Gas costs elevated by 7.1% between October and November, taking the annual charge to 34.5%. The worth of inland 95-octane petrol was R19,54 per litre in November 2021 in contrast with R14,59 in November 2020.

The diesel index elevated by 35.1% over the identical interval. The common worth of diesel was R18.75 per litre in November 2021 in contrast with R13.89 per litre in November 2020.

To focus on the influence of gasoline costs, Statistics South Africa printed a chart displaying how gasoline prices examine to inflation.

The CPI excluding gasoline line reveals what total inflation can be if the affect of gasoline was eliminated. These intervals the place headline CPI doesn’t intently comply with the CPI excluding gasoline point out a noticeable influence of fixing gasoline costs on total inflation.

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