No reason to panic: Fuel retailers

By Drum Digital
02 October 2012

The SA Fuel Retailers Association on Tuesday moved to allay fears over fuel supplies as the truck drivers' strike entered its second week.

"Our members have contingency plans in place... with the petrol price increasing tonight, we also expect a rush to the pumps," spokesman MC Lamprecht (SUBS: CORRECT) said.

He said a shortage of fuel in one area did not imply that most parts of the country were similarly affected.

One major retailer said it was not experiencing problems with deliveries.

Pick n Pay spokesman Burger van der Merwe said the company was unaffected.

"Shelves are full around the country. The current service level is sufficient to cushion the impact for more than a month."

The Johannesburg fresh produce market said there were no delivery interruptions.

"We have not had any problems so far. Everything is going well, goods are moving in and out," spokeswoman Sindi Mazibuko said.

Truck drivers wanted a 12 percent salary increase while employers had offered 8.5 percent for next year, and another 0.5 percent the following year.

Wage negotiations would resume on Wednesday

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