‘Sasol’s incompetence has harmed my business’

2012-01-07 15:11

Prominent businessman and football club owner David Thidiela has accused Sasol of late delivery of fuel at his filling-station, resulting in his business suffering losses.

He has threatened legal action against the petrochemical giant.

Thidiela this week told City Press that ever since his Sasol Thohoyandou filling-station in Limpopo’s Venda opened in March 2010, it has experienced fuel shortages weekly due to the late delivery of fuel.

He said the fuel shortage dented his business image, made the fuel station seem unreliable and chased away customers.

He said he was also forced to pay staff who turned up for work on days when the pumps were dry.

“I buy petrol on time from Sasol but there are instances when my filling-station goes dry for between two to three days.”

The Black Leopards Football Club owner runs three other filling stations which are based in Gauteng and are BP franchisees.

He accused the management of Sasol of incompetence.

“I have been a franchisee of BP and I have never experienced any major challenges regarding fuel shortages,” said Thidiela.

“But when it comes to Sasol I experience the same problems over and over again. When I complain to Sasol, the situation gets worse,” he said.

“Sasol has told me that it cannot trace where the problem lies,” he said.

“Sasol must pull its act together or I will charge the company with breach of promise.

“Sasol must reimburse me for all the money I have been losing due to the fuel shortages,” said Thidiela.

“Sasol must also explain to the public why fuel has not been delivered on time,” he said.

Sasol spokesperson Nothemba Noruwana said the company and Thidiela will try to iron out the issues in a meeting scheduled for January 16.

“Sasol Oil representatives have been engaging with Mr Thidiela and are aware of his concerns,” said Noruwana.

“These have been escalated to Sasol Oil senior management.

“A meeting has been scheduled between Mr Thidiela and Sasol Oil senior management to address his concerns,” she said.

Thidiela said he decided to acquire the franchise as the filling-station would be one of two in Thohoyandou supplying 95 octane fuel and the new LS 50 diesel.


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