Govt raps Shell for embarrassing SA

Govt raps Shell for embarrassing SA

2014-03-11 20:04

Cape Town - South Africa criticised Royal Dutch Shell's local unit on Tuesday for not refuelling a jet carrying the visiting speaker of Iran's parliament, saying the action was an "embarrassment" to the government.

Ali Larijani met with President Jacob Zuma and South Africa's parliamentary speaker during an official visit to the country from March 4 to 7.

But Larijani was forced to cancel the next leg of a planned African tour because of a 24-hour delay when his plane was not refuelled at Cape Town International Airport.

The South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia), which groups suppliers such as Shell, said this was because of "company-specific global policies" its members follow in dealing with Iran, which has had international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear programme.

"In accordance with these company restrictions, the relevant Sapia members were not able to sell fuel or provide refuelling services to Dr Larijani's aircraft prior to its departure from Cape Town on March 7 2014," Sapia said in a statement.

Iran agreed under an interim deal with world powers in November to curb sensitive nuclear activities in return for limited sanctions relief.

The South African government said it did not think sanctions applied in this situation.

"The department regretted the embarrassment that had been caused to the government of South Africa and to its guest by a unilateral decision by Shell SA not to refuel Dr Larijani's aircraft," the foreign affairs department said in a statement.

"The decision, ostensibly due to unilateral sanctions that had been imposed against Iran, was not based on fact. Despite assurances provided to the company by the department and by the Ambassador of the European Union to South Africa, Shell refused all requests to refuel the aircraft," it said.

South Africa called on Shell to act in a manner appropriate "to its contractual role" as a service provider appointed by an agency of government to provide fuel to aircraft at national airports.

Shell SA did not respond directly to requests for comment, but referred queries to Sapia.

  • Mike Bosman - 2014-03-11 20:28

    Zoom zoom has an off shore account there?

      Alan Gernet - 2014-03-12 07:03

      more likely in Austria. Proudly brought to you by E-SCAMS

  • Barry Eslick - 2014-03-11 20:33

    Well done, Shell!

      Richard Stockenström - 2014-03-11 21:29

      Agreed. Good for them!

      Pierre Potgieter - 2014-03-11 21:47

      There is nothing moral about what Shell did. There was some confusion about how the sanctions affect the refuelling and Shell decided to err on the side of caution. Believe me, Barry. When sanctions are lifted on Iran, they will be drilling in the ground faster than you can say, "Oh Frack".

  • Dion Roder - 2014-03-11 20:42

    Can you imagine a spokesman for Foreign affairs who is not aware that the sanctions were internationally imposed by the UN; that SA which feel.s so strong about it, did not vote against the resolution and now expects an international company not to comply with sanctions imposed internationally. What does Zuma want? Some nuclear capacity with weapons grade material? It is sad to see spokespersons for SA lying deliberately. Shell did nothing wrong. In fact that was the only ethical role player in the whole pathetic saga. Why did Zuma not send his own plane/ He knew abuot the sanctions.

      David Wolpert - 2014-03-12 08:33

      You mean one of Zuma's many planes?

  • Chris P Noodle - 2014-03-11 20:43

    If you don't get it in writing you have no-one to blame but yourselves ANC, ha ha

  • Makgale Makgalemele - 2014-03-11 20:44

    Terminate the contract and appoint someone who will act according to SA policies. Shell is in SA but behaves like EU. Give contract to SASOL if it is still South African company.

      Richard Stockenström - 2014-03-11 21:32

      Why? Because our government is spineless and acts only in the interests of its fat ar5ed cadres rather than for the benefit of the world? Good on Shell! Well done!

      Frank de Sousa - 2014-03-11 21:59

      U mean chancelor house. They get all those juicy contracts anyway

      Splunken Gobblesmack - 2014-03-12 07:04

      "South African" company...

      Kevin Marsh - 2014-03-12 07:28

      What do you want? To support terrorists .

      yroberts - 2014-03-12 10:21

      Right, because switching from Iranian crude to Saudi crude means we're no longer funding terrorists as a nation.

  • Makhulu Zulu - 2014-03-11 21:01

    Well said

  • Ludi Van Der Nest - 2014-03-11 21:04

    Welcome to South Africa.

  • Altus Kirsten - 2014-03-11 22:14

    Shell = Ethical ANC = Unethical Iran 0 Shell 6

      Alan Gernet - 2014-03-12 07:06

      Shell = ethical?????????????????? Hmmm - you might want to educate yourself on their SHOCKING environmental record!

      yroberts - 2014-03-12 10:27

      As someone who is from Arkansas in the region of the formerly grand Bayou Meta, I disagree with you completely. Shell has polluted the Gulf of Mexico, and its pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas, broke apart because of lack of proper maintenance and inspections and now people living there are really, really ill from all the chemicals that were in the crude in the pipeline that has spilled and travelled miles, including polluting a neighbouring lake where a city of around 30,000 people get their water. Shell is NOT ethical. I don't care about Iran because Iran has never hurt me personally (yes, not even during 9/11 that was done mainly by Saudi citizens) but Shell has poisoned my people and refused to do anything that would fix the situation, other than bribing the local politicians and giving paltry sums of money to people in order to shut them up. F*** Shell.

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-03-12 11:29

      Alan - so which "ethical" oil company should we use?

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-03-11 22:21

    Well done Shell . What Ido these baddies want here . Can only imagine how bad it was for SA to have him here .

      Justin Pretorius - 2014-03-12 11:27

      "Baddies"?? Lol like Iran is actually the problem - utterly brainwashed

  • Deon Lemmer - 2014-03-11 22:22

    Viva Shell! The first time ever you don't pollute or do something wrong!

  • Dan Mahla - 2014-03-11 22:37

    Ignorance comes pricey!

  • Penny Kemert - 2014-03-11 22:50

    Kick Shell out of the country. They do not have the right to play political games in SA.

  • Nic Mechanic - 2014-03-11 22:57

    should have landed at Warerkloof....lots of free fuel there....just ask for JZ......

  • Marc Moon - 2014-03-11 22:59

    There's some irony. The government does a perfectly good job of embarrassing this country every day. Maybe they're afraid of some competition? Not likely ANC, you are the undeniable champions of embarrassment.

  • jungleboy - 2014-03-11 23:15

    What is the ANC government doing talking to the Iranians in the first place. Is it oil? Is it nuclear fuel? Is it money laundering? Could the ANC please explain.

      yroberts - 2014-03-12 10:30

      Well for starters, we got crude much cheaper from the Iranians up until last winter when Obummer visited Boomer. You can thank the high prices of oil on the ANC's cowardice and the US's insistence on only purchasing from oil patron states that bow to the petrol dollar. Now we're doubly screwed, because as the rand gets weaker the price goes up, neverminding the fact that Saudi crude is more expensive than Iranian crude. But hey, if you think Saudi is ethical and their oil is "cleaner" human rights wise, go ahead and kvetch. I hope the high price you're paying is worth it, Jungle Boy.

  • Samantha Kay - 2014-03-12 00:32

    Oh my word, I'm a 22 year old person but it seems I know more about world issues than most of you commenting below. The idiotic comments astound me! Shell is wrong in this case but clearly some of you brain washed morons can't think for yourselves! I'm embarrassed that my foreign exchange friends have more clear and intelligent thoughts than those posted below. Get a clue before you comment!

      Kagiso Booi - 2014-03-12 05:40

      Samantha you got a bright future, never mind some bloggers on this site to them facts don't matter as long as it's said or done by the government then it's wrong.

      Kevin Marsh - 2014-03-12 07:32

      You and your friends want want to refuel a terrorists jet . It's obvious you are only 22. Read a lot and study and perhaps you will gain a real understanding of the world .

      Corné Dunn - 2014-03-12 08:53

      Oh my word, I'm a 23 year old person but I'm sorry, what is your point exactly? "Shell is wrong in this case.." - Why? Do you have any facts, sources to back that up? Welcome to the internet sweetheart.

      yroberts - 2014-03-12 10:40

      The comments are wrong for several reasons: 1) people assuming that Iran is an Arab nation (it is not) 2) people assuming that Iran is a terrorist nation (they actively fight against most major terrorist organisations such as Al Qaeda and the Taliban) 3) people assuming that Iran has no ties with South Africa (we bought our crude from them until the US bullied our wimpy government into submission, and other BRICS nations are allies of Iran as well) 4) people assuming that Iran has no valid reason for visiting South Africa other than doing something "covert" (HELLO if you want to be worried about corruption you've got an entire corrupt government down here to look at, not Iran) 5) people assuming that Iran is heading towards nuclear weapons (there are zero facts behind that accusation, and let me remind you that the SAME propaganda machine claiming that Iran wants nuclear weapons is the same propaganda machine that LIED about WMDs in Iraq) Corporations and the United States want Iran to be completely out of the game because they refuse to sell on the petrol-Dollar standard. THAT'S ALL. The United States is demonising Muslims everywhere (and actually creating more terrorists) because they want to control the oil and the geography necessary to transport the oil. That's why the US is interfering in Egypt, that's why the US silently supports the Saudi regime while condemning Iran for doing the exact same thing, that's why the US supports dictators in several Arab nations.

      yroberts - 2014-03-12 10:43

      You people need to read All The Shah's Men, a very easy-to-read yet facts based book which goes into the US coup of Iran's democratically elected Prime Minister, Mossadegh, in order to make sure that the company we now call BP (British Petroleum) could maintain control of Iran's oil fields. The US only cares about democracy when it can be used in their favour - they dismantle democracies every year in order to assure their control and dominance. See; Guatemala, Nicaragua, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Haiti, Cuba...... the list is too long and I haven't even scratched the surface.

  • Chol Mabeo - 2014-03-12 02:30

    A president who rapes and impregnates his friend's daughters that is a real embarassment to SA.

  • Sneakyme - 2014-03-12 06:55

    The same hell that supported apartheid is embarrassing the government that forgave them ouch

  • arthur.salvado - 2014-03-12 07:59

    No SHELL going into my tank.

      Alan Gernet - 2014-03-12 08:11

      Yip - I agree - no fracking way I will ever use Shell again, and that has nothing to do with this govt issue.

  • Philip Baron - 2014-03-12 08:12

    wow, they stood their ground.

  • Denton Estment - 2014-03-12 09:09

    How fickle are we. Kick out Shell for Fracking? Boycott Engen for stating they will not lease garages to whites in future as well as Woolworths for the same policy. Now we praise Shell for not supplying fuel to Iranian aircraft

  • Michael Lewis - 2014-03-12 10:01

    Yes, don't they know that embarrassing South Africa is JZ's job?

  • yroberts - 2014-03-12 10:20

    What's the point of being a BRICS nation if we are going to let corporations embarrass an ally of our allies. Russia and China are supporters of Iran, and Brazil has an on-and-off relationship with them as well. Need I remind South Africans that one of the very reasons our petrol costs have increased insanely over the past year is because Obama strong-armed our government into switching from Iranian crude to Saudi crude? I mean, if you're objecting because of the nature of Iran's government then surely you'd object just as strongly (if not moreso) because of Saudi Arabia's human rights violations!

      yroberts - 2014-03-12 10:35

      Ahh news24, where the more down votes you get, the more you know you're speaking the truth (aside from ANC/EFF trolls).

  • Arthur Crisp - 2014-03-12 10:26

    "Ali Larijani met with President Jacob Zuma and South Africa's parliamentary speaker during an official visit to the country from March 4 to 7." Clandestine meeting? First time this meeting is made public. Oil supplies for Nkandla? Business as usual for the SA government, being buddy - buddy with all the miscreants in this world.

      yroberts - 2014-03-12 10:33

      You were using Iranian petrol for YEARS and never once complained. In fact, you enjoyed the cheaper prices Iranian crude brought to South Africa. Now we're on Saudi crude and we're paying out the nose for it because it's more expensive and the price is based on the dollar. I'm sure you'll not even whimper if the Saudi government sent a diplomat to meet privately with the government, because "they're the good guys" right? Right?

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-03-12 11:36

      Yroberts - the oil price is set by OPEC, so your argument is a bit silly. By moving our supply, we had to re-jig our refineries to cater for a different grade of oil, but that was borne by the oil companies. The fuel price in South Africa, lest you forget, is set by the governement, who, I might add, take a very healthy wack of the revenue for themselves...

      yroberts - 2014-03-12 16:55

      Deeked, you obviously don't understand how OPEC works.

  • Andrew M - 2014-03-12 10:52

    Shell was acting on principals laid down by its global policies which the SA Government should have been aware of and alternate arrangements made to re-fuel. So it is easier to pass the buck and blame others for the lack of proper planning. The ANC government is an embarrassment to SA.

  • Kees Bob - 2014-03-12 16:12

    The confusion is because our government perhaps see these sanctions as guidelines only. But wait, why did eventually comply with the embargo on purchasing oil from Iran?

  • Spokie Classic - 2014-03-13 19:48

    And our government is an embarrassment for South Africa.

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