No need for panic over petrol

No need for panic over petrol

2012-10-01 09:59

Cape Town - Motorists have been urged not to panic about fuel running dry ahead of the latest petrol price hike kicking in on Wednesday.

Eye Witness News (EWN) reported on Monday that the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) said on Friday contingency plans were in place amid concerns the week-long truck drivers strike could affect delivery.

The association said they were not part of the strike, and it is unlikely fuel supplies will be affected.

It, however warned of a possible delay in deliveries.

The Department of Energy announced on Friday an increase of 21c and 23c in the pump price of 93- and 95 octane respectively.

The increases were due to higher international prices and a weaker rand.

In July last year, hundreds of petrol stations, especially in Gauteng, ran dry due to a strike in the petroleum sector which prevented delivery trucks from transporting fuel from depots to filling stations.

It is feared that the current strike by truck drivers since September 24 could lead to fuel shortages, especially because of the expected rush on pumps before the pretol price hike kicks in on Wednesday.

Sapia said owing to the petrol price increase, there will be higher demand, putting filling stations under pressure irrespective of the strike.

"There will be some stations running short of some products from time to time, but oil companies have adequate contingency plans in place. We are definitely not yet in the same situation as during last year's strike," Sapia said.

The Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) and Unions were in talks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday but unfortunately parties have been unable to resolve the dispute, the RFEA said in a statement.

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  • arthur.hugh - 2012-10-01 10:08

    When we fill up frantically it's not because we're panicking, it's because we're trying to save a buck.

      jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-10-01 10:21

      Please help support my 200 million house upgrade, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-10-01 10:40

      We are not panicking that its going to run out, we are panicking that it goes up every month!!!!

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-01 10:50

      The South Africa government: "... - Don't panic about the fuel price. - Don't panic about electricity costs. - Don't panic about the country's perpetual ratings downgrades. - Don't panic about the widening trade deficit. - Don't panic about the rampant illegal mining strikes. - Don't panic about the truck drivers setting the cities on fire. - Don't panic about nationalization. - Don't panic about education. - Don't panic about crime. - Don't panic about the health services. - Don't panic about the country's water supply. In fact don't panic about anything, just listen to our 'spear of the nation, when he says 'service delivery in SA exceptional', then just keep voting for us till Jesus comes. Run along now the herd is waiting..."

      matshobana.siziba - 2012-10-01 12:24

      We are not panicking over petrol, but over these ridiculous strikes and their effects on the SA economy.

      gary.bloom.967 - 2012-10-02 08:29

      Exactly, I filled up on Sunday at R11.27 a liter of 500ppm, at a very cheap garage, by Wednesday at a regular garage I'll be looking at over R12. Fill up with 70 liters at a time and you start to notice a saving.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-01 10:10

    Not panicking about shortages, but I am worried where the price rises will stop?

      arthur.hugh - 2012-10-01 10:15

      It won't ever stop (until the day pigs fly, because we'd ride those instead).

  • blignault.michaele - 2012-10-01 10:16

    They won't stop..I assume this is the alternative to e-tolling in Gauteng..

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-10-01 13:06

      The fuel increases have nothing to do with e-tolling. Government still wants to implement e-tolls. Problem is that the collections won't even cover the expense of running the system so more taxpayer money will be needed to cover the shortfall.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-01 10:18

    Off course fuel will not run dry. Nobody can afford to buy it so we will have surplus.

  • Billy - 2012-10-01 10:24

    "The increases were due to higher international prices and a weaker rand." starting to seriously doubt this default reason. just compared the crude oil price history against the rand/dollar rate history. periods of HIGHER crude prices with a WEAKER rand than it currently is, never this high a petrol price though. how does that work out, this price just keeps going up?

      joejoe.vanniekerk - 2012-10-01 10:34

      e-Tolling alternative funding!!! What else? You're right the crude oil price hovers between 110 and 120usd for ages. Likewise the rand/dollar realation. Come hell or high water they will get the money in any way they can (and also make a profit in the same time).

      arthur.hugh - 2012-10-01 10:42

      Apparently the prices are derived from an average from 3 months ago - not from a specific one day scenario on the day the increase is set (not that I'm trying to defend it - just saying).

      bob.small.7547 - 2012-10-01 10:49

      Well said @Billy, I was wondering the same thing...they just trying to pull the wool over our eyes and rape more money wherever they can to feed their delinquent thirst for money, stuffing up the economy in the process…!

      robqb - 2012-10-01 11:04

      We are being taken for a ride, and we're paying for that ride at top dollar. When Trevor Manuel was Finance Minister he tried the B/S story about what is paid for fuel overseas in comparison to what we pay.At the time, and I stand open to correction, I think the minimum rate of hourly pay in the USA was $14.00 an hour, @ the rate of exchange @ 10:1. That played out at a minimum rate of R140.00 per hour. Who the hell is getting that king of money NOW? Never mind about 10 years ago! If our Government wasn't so greedy and took a reasonable income and paid the man in the street a "living" wage it would be fine. You can only ride a "willing" horse so far. And that cow can only give so much milk!!

      Irene Kambouris - 2012-10-01 11:20

      last month's hike was to give pump attendants an increase . Petrol stations owners do not carry that hike. Nice!!!!

  • hasani.malungana - 2012-10-01 10:48

    It has become a luxury to fill up, especially if you are driving 4x4 vehicle. The situation is getting out of hand. We need a fuel indaba to discuss this energy problems and how to take precautions in view of the fact that a rise in fuel price affect inflation

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-01 10:50

    I say lets hit them with a national strike, nothing will stop these bugs from fleecing us dry, who agrees with me?

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-01 11:06

      What do you have in mind? Enlighten us please!

  • sonia.bloem - 2012-10-01 10:52

    Don't panic guys!! We are just gonna pay a arm and a leg to get from point A to B, no no panic needed....

      sonia.bloem - 2012-10-01 10:58

      Time to buy a horse! I swear it will be cheaper in the long run

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-01 10:55

    Zuma must go

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-01 11:07

      The whole cANCer must go!!

  • tgif.wtfaw - 2012-10-01 11:01

    Don't Panic that 58% of the calls to the Nations Police call center go un-heeded !

  • alison.scheppel - 2012-10-01 11:05

    We aren't panicked about pumps maybe running dry - they ARE empty in our town & surrounding towns. Planting season is upon us & we can't plant because there is no diesel, but don't panic if you don't have food at least the truckers might get an increase.

  • gerhardus.stefanus.5 - 2012-10-01 11:25

    I've been at 2 fuel stations that don't have any fuel. You know just saying

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-10-01 11:46

    No panic, most of the country cant afford the petrol, even if the pumps are full anyway.

  • gerrie.visagie - 2012-10-01 12:58

    If Government decides to put a moratorium on VAT and yearly registration fees for Hybrid and Electric vehicles...would you buy one? If they decided to subsidize entrepreneurs in starting fast charging stations for electric vehicles do you think it would help?

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-01 14:38

      Gerrie the day is coming when the govt will feel the need to tax solar panels......write this on the wall and wait.

      sonia.bloem - 2012-10-01 15:35

      One day we will have to pay R2 to take a breath >.<

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-10-01 13:37

    How does this add up? Another petrol hike yet this corrupt government can upgrade a useless president's residence with over R200m. He is getting fatter and richer and we still have millions of people without clean water and electricity!

  • sw.heerden - 2012-10-01 13:38

    how is that its because of a weaker rand and higher oil price... Oil price has been standard for a few months now at +- $115, dollar has been standard at around R8,4... Both have been way higher and the fuel has never been so expensive....

  • abdulwagied - 2012-10-01 16:08

    All your comments are valid but These fuel increases are conspiracy = just for the gov to develop bio-fuel.

  • dallas.eckert - 2012-10-01 16:55

    The most expensive animal i have to feed is my Jeep. Zuma has many wives to feed, he needs the cash people, stop being so stingy.

  • abusufyaan.ahmad - 2012-10-01 19:30

    Can"t we strike against the fuel increase?

  • parvati.rai.10 - 2012-10-01 22:34

    This article is a farce and brought to you by SAPIA who is a united front for all the oil companies. Sites have been dry since Friday and this has mostly occurred at Engen, Shell and BP. Engens depot is 2 days behind schedule which they put to the strike (as can be evidenced at most engen sites which are dry). Total has no ULP 95 at most their sites. Shell is severely affected and will not let its dealers know why (this happened at the last price increase as well for Shell). I know this because I won fuel stations and have to deal with this lies from the oil companies on a daily basis

  • evertpbotha - 2012-10-02 04:53

    $1.29/litre here in Saskatchewan, Canada. We're not complaining.

      wo0two0t - 2012-10-02 09:09

      Thats still quite a bit cheaper than here - Saskatchewan R10.97 SA R11.97 then compare the average wage.

      Billy - 2012-10-02 11:54

      you earn dollars... you cannot just convert the price

  • mlungisi.kunene - 2012-10-02 11:19

    We're not panicking..we're pissed-off these hikes!!!!!

  • nicky.tyrrell - 2012-10-02 12:03

    Who the hell are they trying to kid, NOBODY is panicking about running out of fuel, its the rising price we are all panicking about. I am sure the PRO people for the SA Government decided to put out that ridiculous line to divert attention away from the actual problem the continual increase in the price of petrol, which in turn affects the price of everything else. Except of course the renovations to the already stunningly beautiful and immaculate home of the SA President! What in heavens name could they be renovating at that price, not even building a brand new home could cost that. We all just sit back and accept this sort of behavior, they can because nobody stops them.

  • Martin Keith Ferreira - 2013-03-02 10:34

    I think its about time to get a garage card from the goverment.&%$#!$& madness.

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