MOSSEL BAY NEWS - Following the announcement by Sapref (South African Petroleum Refiners) on Tuesday, 13 July that they are declaring a force majeure due to the civil unrest in the country, consumers have been flocking to fuel stations.
A photograph taken in Great Brak River was sent in by Anina Meiring.
“It’s crazy everywhere. The fuel station at Fraaiuitzicht looks the same.”
Due to the disruption of supply routes, delivery of material critical to its operations, Sapref has shut down the the country's largest crude oil refinery in the South Durban Basin. This lead to panic that fuel shortages may ensue.
It has been reported though that Layton Beard of the Automobile Association warned the public against panic buying. Beard said that there is at present, no concrete proof of a fuel shortage. He said that no reports have been received of widespread fuel shortages, however, should the civil unrest continue, an impact on fuel supply may be expected within the next week or two.
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