May 23, 2017

South African refineries still producing, despite strike

The South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) has reassured consumers that confirmed that fuel supplies will still be available in spite of the ongoing strike by around 15, 000 workers affiliated with the with the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union (CEPPWAWU), who are demanding for a 9 per cent pay rise.

Whilst acknowledging that there were some delays in some parts of the South Africa’s economic hub, Gauteng Province, SAPIA executive director, Avhapfani Tshifularo, says refineries will continue to produce.

Tshifularo’s statement are also echoed by Reggie Sibiya, CEO of the Fuel Retailers Association, who says there is no need for “panicked buying”.

Even Chevron says that it has been taking contingency measures to mitigate the impact of the strike and operations at it Cape Town plant, which produces 110,000 bpd, were continuing.

There has been great concern amongst captains of industry that the once the strike affects refineries of major companies, including BP, Chevron, Sasol and Shell the economy will be ground to a halt.

Adapted for African Mining Brief Online by a report filed by Reuters

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