Motorists frustrated as pumps run dry

2012-10-03 19:45


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Cape Town – Frustrated motorists across South Africa drove from one petrol station to another on Wednesday as various stations reported running dry after the nationwide truck drivers strike.

The strike, which entered its second week, meant many stations were unable to receive deliveries of petrol.

On News24's Facebook page, users reported shortages at some pumps in Pretoria, Britstown, Burgersfort, Welkom, Umhlanga and parts of Johannesburg.

Audrey Smit Conlin said she had to drive to four garages in Kempton Park to find petrol.

The SA Fuel Retailers Association tried to allay fears on Tuesday and said a shortage of fuel in one area did not imply that most parts of the country were similarly affected.

"Our members have contingency plans in place," spokesperson MC Lamprecht said.

In July last year, hundreds of petrol stations ran dry due to a strike in the petroleum sector which prevented delivery trucks from transporting fuel from depots to filling stations.

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