South Africa: Fuel crisis on the horizon?

source: IOL
April 12 2009 at 08:16AM

Should the road fright industry’s wage strike continue for more than a week, the country may be facing a national fuel crisis, the South African Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) said on Saturday.

“If we hadn’t had this (long weekend) relief, we may already have been in a crisis,” said FRA chief executive officer Reggie Sibiya.

Sibiya said the fuel industry, which was under pressure by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) strike, was able to use drivers from the commercial side of the industry to service petrol stations.

“We believe as the RFA that this is only a short term relief as the commercial industry will be back in full operation on Tuesday,” he said.

Sibiya warned that if the strike continued beyond Tuesday, a more negative impact on [continue reading]



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