Petrol shortages hit Gauteng

Petrol shortages hit Gauteng

JOHANNESBURG – GAUTENG  has been hit by shortages of fuel, with retailer BP the most affected, the Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) said on Monday.

FRA CEO Reggie Sibiya said the shortage of fuel was the result of a shutdown of a refinery in Durban due to unplanned maintenance, and disruptions at Sapref, a joint venture between Shell SA Refining and BP Southern Africa, also in Durban.

”We hope the disruptions do not last more than a week; everything is being done to return the situation to normality,” Sibiya said, adding that more than a 100 filling stations were affected.

Petrol pumps reportedly started running dry on Saturday, prompting motorists to queue at filling stations, especially in townships.

The price of petrol decreased by 51 cents last week. – ANA