British consumers failed to increase their spending for a record fifth month in a row in December, adding to signs of economic weakening that might prompt the Bank of England to cut interest rates this month.
The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Free State has discouraged consumers from going out and spending their hard earned money on Black Friday.
Consumers are being warned against falling into a debt trap as festive season shopping kicks off at the end of the month.
Economists say a cut in interest rate would not have had a significant impact on growth.
The petrol price will go up by a hefty R0,74 cents per litre at midnight. Diesel will go up by between R0,91 and R0,93 cents per litre.