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It is good news for motorists as the energy sector pundits predict oil prices will decrease significantly in October.

As a matter of fact, the drop in oil prices may even have been much lower had it not been for the strengthening of international petroleum prices.

In South Africa, you have experts saying the prices will drop despite Rand’s poor performance against the US dollar.

In fact, SA media quotes data published by the Central Energy Fund (CEF), that indicated that the price of petrol will drop by a whopping 36 cents-per-litre come October. Its, even more, smiles for diesel consumers because the latter is expected to drop by as much as 85-cents-per-litre with some reports placing the price drop at an entire 93 cents per litre.

That is not it, paraffin is also anticipated …

A scene from Lagos, Nigeria

On March 13, 2020, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) warned that the covid-19 coronavirus crisis could seriously dent Africa’s already stagnant growth.

Oil-exporting nations could lose up to US$ 65 billion in revenues as crude oil prices continue to tumble. Having already strongly hit Africa’s major trading partner, China, covid-19 was inevitably impacting Africa’s trade.

ECA Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, said: “Africa may lose half of its GDP with growth falling from 3.2 per cent to about 2 per cent due to a number of reasons which include the disruption of global supply chains.”

She added that the continent’s interconnectedness to affected economies of the European Union, China and the United States was causing ripple effects.

US$3-billion facility

Songwe said that Africa would need up to US$ 10.6 billion in unanticipated increases in health spending to curtail the virus from spreading, while on the other hand revenue losses could …