Fuel crisis under control, filling stations stocked

2016-08-04 12:09
The fuel crisis that hit Pietermaritzburg last week, is under control for now.

The fuel crisis that hit Pietermaritzburg last week, is under control for now. (file)

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The fuel crisis that struck the city last week is under control, with many filling stations stocked and ready to serve motorists.

Pumps ran dry in most parts of the country when around 20 000 members affiliated to Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) downed tools last Thursday.

Many fuel stations in Pietermaritzburg reported turning away customers, awaiting deliveries that never came.

However, on Wednesday stations across the city reported they now have the situation under control and are serving customers as normal.

Manager at the Sasol on Alan Paton Avenue, Lwandile Ngceke, said they have all grades of fuel and have so far not had any issues.

Owner of the Shell on Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Nols Jordaan, said they received a large delivery on Tuesday night and have also experienced no challenges thus far.

Manager at the Caltex on Chota Motala Road in Raisethorpe, Sudesh Maharaj, said they have managed to keep their stocks full by making “milk runs”. “Milk runs are when we choose to purchase 10 000 to 15 000 litres of fuel every second or third day instead of making a bulk purchase weekly,” Maharaj said.

The Caltex was one of the only stations in the Raisethorpe area that did not go dry last Thursday. “When fuel becomes available we are buying it up just in case. We purchased fuel in bulk even before the price was set to drop, which meant we spent more.

“On the day petrol ran dry in the city we sold 38 000 litres,” Maharaj said.

The union is demanding a nine percent wage hike, while employers are offering only seven percent.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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