Costal cities also affected by fuel shortages

2011-07-14 14:32

Cape Town and Durban were also feeling the effects of fuel shortages this afternoon, Gary Roland spokesperson for the Automobile Association said.

While Johannesburg is still worst hit with motorists scrambling to fill up their tanks, Pretoria has also been badly affected.

Roland said a few fuel stations in Gauteng have managed to receive fuel today and the province is not completely dry.

He added the majority of filling stations along major highways and routes between cities have not been affected yet, however satellite fuel depots are running low on stock.

Sapa earlier reported at least 150 service stations in Gauteng and 50 in KwaZulu-Natal are without fuel.

According to the Fuel Retailers’ Association chief executive Reggie Sibiya, it could probably be between 200 and 250 stations affected in Gauteng because some service stations are not reporting shortages for fear of intimidation by striking workers.

The 70 000 fuel workers from Ceppwawu, the Allied Workers’ Union, and the General Industries Workers’ Union of SA downed tools on Monday, demanding a minimum salary of R6 000 a month and a 40-hour working week.

No agreement had been reached by this afternoon.

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