The various rebates to state departments and SOEs must be ended. The general fuel levy has increased by 165% over the last decade which reflects poorly when compared to the accumulative inflation increase that was under 70%. Other SADC nations such as Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Lesotho, a mix of both oil and non-oil producing countries, charge less for fuel than South Africa. How is it that countries within the SADC region, with lower demand, can charge less for fuel? These are serious questions that need to be addressed. In a recent statement, the Ministers tasked with reducing pressure on consumers cited global geopolitical developments such as the US “trade war” as the reason for the weakening rand and thus the increasing fuel price. OUTA firmly believes that Government needs to critically analyse and address the excessive increases in taxes and levies over the last 10 years not just on the fuel price, but on a number of other services. OUTA maintains that many of the price adjustments have been made to cover shortfalls due to mismanagement and corrupt practices. “South Africans have paid the price of corruption for far too long. It is imperative that the President deal with the root cause of our weakened rand while implementing short term solutions to help South Africans cope with over-inflated food and fuel costs,” says Ben Theron, OUTA’s COO. The South African economy is at one of its lowest points since the 2008 recession and the effects of state capture corruption, maladministration and general mismanagement of public funds is making it harder for citizens to balance the costs of day-to-day living. The constant increase in costs, the continued high level of unemployment and the lack of any significant increases in wages led to the number of people living below the poverty line in South Africa increasing to nearly 14 million in 2017. OUTA implores the President and the Economic Cluster to consider our submission seriously and implement these measures to help South Africans cope with the difficult conditions facing us all. OUTA is a proudly South African civil action organisation, that is purely crowd funded. Our work is supported by ordinary citizens who are passionate about holding government accountable and ensuring our taxes are used to the benefit of all South Africans.