Still plenty of fuel on the South Coast

2016-08-04 06:00

SOUTH Coast service stations have not been hit badly by fuel shortages after the South African Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) went on strike in the petroleum sector.

The strike began last Thursday and according to media reports, unions have no idea when it will end.

No meetings have been planned with the union and negotiations are moving at snail’s pace.

Workers have demanded a nine percent pay rise and a minimum basic monthly wage of R8 000.

Companies including Sasol, Petroliam Nasional’s Engen, Chevron and Total are offering a seven percent increase.

Richard Borradaile, owner of Competition Plus Service Station in Port Shepstone said tanks ran dry on Saturday but “things seem fine for now”.

“Protestors sometimes park their cars in front of the gates so that trucks can’t leave the building with fuel. So they leave at night when everyone has gone home,” said Borradaile.

He said it resulted in service stations getting their fuel a day later.

“I’m scheduled to receive the next deliver of fuel today [Tuesday]. I’m hoping all goes according to plan,” he said.

Ilze van Zyl, manager of Sasol in Margate said the service station had not been affected by the strike.

“We have not run dry at all and I expect another fuel delivery tonight [Tuesday]. Our fuel has always been delivered since the start of the strike,” she said.

Other service stations on the lower South Coast have also reported a dry spell for a day over the weekend, but have not had any problems there- after.

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