Joburg petrol stations are running dry: reports

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Petrol stations around Joburg and Pretoria have begun to feel the effects of industry strike action which began on Thursday.

IOL reported that on Sunday many filling stations were either closed or beginning to run dry. In Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg, five stations operated by a variety of providers including Shell, BP and Total, were closed.

Similarly, stations were also closed in North Joburg, on Jan smuts Avenue, and Dunkeld West, IOL reported. It said that several stations in Pretoria were also beginning to show signs of drying up.

According to head of collective bargaining at Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu), Clement Chitja, the strike is set to continue on Monday.

“There is nothing yet from the employers,” he said. “We have heard through an interview where the deputy president of the association was asked if they would meet with us on Monday.

The strike involves more than 15,000 workers who want a 9% wage increase, but employers are offering 7% and a subsequent increase based on the consumer price index as at April 2017 plus 1.5%.

The South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA), which represents the collective interests of the South African petroleum industry, said: “Every action possible has been taken by SAPIA members to mitigate any impact of Ceppwawu’s strike action on oil companies’ customers.

“Motorists are advised to stick to their normal refueling patterns to assist the petroleum industry in ensuring security of supply.”

Meanwhile, the pump price for a litre of petrol will be 99 cents a litre cheaper for all grades from Wednesday, while the price of diesel 0.05% sulphur and diesel 0.005% sulphur will decrease by 74 cents and 73 cents a litre respectively.

Motorists will now pay R12.35 a litre for unleaded petrol inland and R11.87 on the coast.

The Department of Energy also announced on Friday that illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will cost 66 cents per litre cheaper and illuminating paraffin (SMNRP) 88 cents per litre.

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