Fuel runs out in uMhlathuze

2012-10-03 00:00

MOST fuel pumps in the uMhlathuze area ran dry yesterday as a result of the transport strike.

The shortages were compounded by a rush by hundreds of motorists to fill their tanks before the the price of fuel went up between 21c and 40c a litre for petrol and diesel respectively at midnight last night.

The Department of Energy said a major reason for the increase was a rise in Brent crude oil prices.

The increase was also fuelled by speculation around the talks to provide a rescue programme for the debt-hit Spanish economy, unlimited bond buying by the European Central Bank for Spain, an increase in U.S. inventories and rumours that Saudi Arabia was due to increase crude oil supplies to the market.

The department said the weakening of the rand to the dollar had also contributed to the fuel price rise.

Petrol of 93 octane and 95 octane will increase by 21c/l and 23c/l respectively while high-sulphur and low-sulphur diesel will go up by 39c/l and 40c/l.

The SA Police Service convoyed 15 petrol tankers through Empangeni on Monday evening, according to several eyewitness reports, but his could not be confirmed.

SAPS spokesperson for uMhlathuze, which includes eSikhawini, Empangeni and Richards Bay, Captain Mbongeni Mdlalose, said no reports of violence were reported as a result of the transport strike.

Mdlalose said: “We had a cluster meeting yesterday afternoon and no station or satellite station reported any instances of violence.

“We want to commend the striking workers in the region for observing the law and protesting peacefully.”

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