SA fuel shortages to last for weeks

2011-12-23 20:00

Johannesburg - Fuel shortages at petrol stations in inland provinces will probably last until around the third week in January, the energy department said on Friday.

By then the supply backlog would have been addressed, spokesperson Johannes Mokobane said in a statement.

"The department wishes to assure all concerned that it is in daily consultation with the oil companies that are responsible for supplying fuel to the market, and has requested them to submit their contingency plans."

The government had noted that the periodic "fuel availability challenges" indicated an urgent need for additional refining capacity, along with improvements in import infrastructure for liquid fuels.

"In this respect government has commenced work toward the development of medium-long term policy frameworks and plans to alleviate the current problems experienced."

Mokobane urged motorists to fill up regularly and avoid driving at high speeds, which led to higher fuel consumption.

Fuel company Total blamed technical repairs for the shortage.

"The shortage is as a result of an unforeseen technical problem experienced at the Single Buoy Mooring (SBM) facility off the Durban coast, which resulted in the SBM facility, which allows for the transportation of crude oil, being closed for repairs," the company said, without indicating when supply would be normalised.

  • Larry - 2011-12-23 20:08

    I was alright with this…until the Energy department made a statement. Now I know its Bull***t.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-23 20:55

      Waffle, Waffle... Next year it will be the same. Pass the blame, under no circumstance take responsibility...

      John - 2011-12-25 11:12

      How about fuel is DEREGULATED? How about I am allowed to import petrol, or make petrol, complying with all safety regulations? Starting with the petrol companies, and anybody else which want to compete? Why are we still under emergency security measures? Is the ANC a threat to South Africa? Yes! So that is why we are being Exploited, Oppressed, Robbed, and Enslaved!

      John - 2011-12-25 11:16

      Petrol is the achilles heel of the ANC government. It brings in 170 billion in tax collections. That is Price Gouging!

  • Comrade - 2011-12-23 20:14


      Joseph - 2011-12-23 21:37

      Do you mean white CEO in New South Africa do not know how to run companies.

      Boer - 2011-12-24 00:19

      The new South-Africa is crap. Nothing is working BECAUSE OF THE ANC. Thats why we live in America.

      stephen.cole1 - 2011-12-24 08:30

      This is why I live in the UK !

      Braam - 2011-12-24 11:29

      Joseph, so true on the WHITE CEO's boet but if the CEO's were BLACK then their will be now NO Fuel at all....let alone a shortage or the idea of imports because the CEO's will sell the refineries for scrap like they did with some of the MINES what was in BLACK hands....

  • Rodney - 2011-12-23 20:22

    u guys are all chops ,lol , typical negative south africans

      Jan - 2011-12-24 12:23

      Rodney you should wake up and smell the poo .

  • Cheryl - 2011-12-23 20:50

    Something fishy going on.....ANC officials at it again?

      Mantsho - 2011-12-23 21:16


  • motshekgetsi - 2011-12-23 20:54

    Stop being so negative and bitter-!!!

  • Sylvia - 2011-12-24 00:39

    I'm sure they'll still be paid their big Christmas bonuses though.

  • braamc - 2011-12-24 06:20

    BEE AA

  • Johan - 2011-12-24 07:07

    Confusingly confused. I thought the problem was in Benoni or Alberton at the refinery there, now it has shifted to Durban with the crude receiving? Or are there in fact two problems?

  • Pawel - 2011-12-24 07:39

    What a dump

  • John - 2011-12-24 08:33

    The problem with the SBM is a load of rubbish. If it was true KZN would have a fuel problem as the oil refineries of Sapref and Engen are there. The inland provinces get most of their fuel from Sasol in Secunda and that comes from coal not crude oil.

      Braam - 2011-12-24 11:32

      John, Not the case Mate most of the fuel are piped to GTP from Durbs. Secunda only provide 25% of the total fuel useage in GTP....How do I know I work for the Comp....

  • stephen.cole1 - 2011-12-24 08:34

    Running the Country like Zimbabwe I guess !

  • steven.m.armour - 2011-12-24 10:58

    same bs just in a different way.Where was the preventative maintenance program?

      John - 2011-12-25 11:20

      Steven Such words ' preventative maintenance program " do not show in the National Democratic Revolution plan...

  • Mark - 2011-12-24 12:03

    A magic bolt planted by counter revolutionary agents in Koeberg has resurfaced in Durban after breaking equipment in Benoni. Thankfully the ANCYL is in possession of a miracle bolt extraction device that Kim Jong Il has instructed them how to build from beyond the grave.

  • Grant - 2011-12-24 13:12

    The departmenr says the problem will be addressed in the third week of January. The OED definition of address is (3)Think about and begin to deal with. Surely this should have been done already or are we into Africa time now?

      John - 2011-12-25 11:29

      Grant are you so blessed - Far From The Maddening Clowns? - that you have not noticed? The ANC has been on Destruction time since 1957. It has always been on African time. That is why it only succeeded once the mentally challenged Mitterrand and Schroeder backed them to the hilt at Codesa. We owe those 2 and their KGB lackeys a debt of over 6 million South African lives... Did you know that Schroeder is working for a russian government company? The traitor!

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-25 11:56

    At the risk of upsetting a lot of people, which I am quiet happy to do, on the simple basis that the truth always hurts is; That prior to the so called "democracy" was born in other words in the darkest days of apartheid when this country was still under what was effectively 20 years international sanctions and embargoes. we never suffered the shortages we now face daily after 18 years of black rule. The reason is simple, STRATEGIC RESERVES........ you know what they are hey........its the things the ANC sold first when they took over power.

  • Jaco - 2012-01-04 10:32

    Shell is a minor player in the inland market. How can their shut down affect the supply to such an extend? The problem with the pipeline for crude oil is another excuse that does not carry. Are there no properly trained engineers or technicians to solve the problem quick?! Probably not! How can so many companies experience sudden shut downs, leaks etc over the December period?! Did they only have untrained, incompetant sceleton staff to switch the lights and alarms on and off but with no knowledge how to run a refinery? It's is time that the government fine these incompetant companies and pay that fine to the dealers who loose big time, to recover losses... or better, force the companies to refund the losses to the retailers. During every such crises the govermnment make noises and pull faces and when it returns to normal, they forget about it and enjoy their comfortable lives.

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