Fuel crisis: Holiday travellers take flights

2009-04-10 00:00

THE ongoing national freight strike has caused disruptions for holidaymakers and motorists travelling across the country on the long weekend.

While the Road Freight Employers’ Association said an agreement was reached yesterday, the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) rejected the claims, extending the industrial action further.

Several holidaymakers to Durban had to abandon their cars and catch flights due to petrol shortages at service stations across the country.

Holidaymakers said they were concerned about petrol shortages at garages and opted to fly to Durban instead.

Brent Thomson, from Sandton, said he flew to Durban because he didn’t know whether service stations on the way to Durban had petrol.

“My wife drove down to Durban. I told her to ensure that she stopped at every garage along the way to fill up. I was concerned that she would run out of petrol,” he said.

Thomson said he hopes the Satawu strike will end soon.

Pam Sooben from Kensington in Gauteng said she also caught a flight to Durban because of the petrol crisis.

“I didn’t want anything to ruin my holiday, so I decided to fly down,” she said.

In a statement, Shell South Africa confirmed that they have been experiencing some problems with fuel deliveries.

“The company has put contingency measures in place to mitigate possible fuel shortages, and is closely monitoring the situation,” the statement said.

Their contingency plan involves them focusing on key sites and national routes.

Motorists can call 0800 027 027 for details for the nearest Shell service stations.

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