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.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.