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2016-07-27 18:02

FUEL STRIKE ADVISORY: Planned strike action by one of SA's major industrial unions, scheduled to start on Thursday, could affect fuel refineries and depots. Image: iStock

Johannesburg - Industrial action by the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (CEPPAWU) is scheduled to begin at 6am tomorrow morning (28 July 2016).

The Automobile Association (AA) advises all motorists to be aware of the planned action, and to take the necessary steps to ensure they have fuel.

The AA said: “It is our understanding that the strike will affect all refineries and depots of petroleum companies. This strike does not include petrol pump attendants, but will start to impact motorists once the pumps at petrol stations start to run dry.” 

Fill up your tank 

Accordingly, the Association has advised motorists to ensure they top up their fuel tanks as regularly as reasonably possible. In addition, the AA said motorists should avoid taking unnecessary journeys, as well as stop-start driving to reduce fuel use.

Read: 11 ways to drive fuel efficiently in SA 

 
The AA noted: “Driving with an air-conditioner on, speeding, and driving in peak hour traffic will consume fuel quicker. We therefore advise motorists to adjust their driving patterns as far as possible to ensure that the fuel in their tanks lasts that bit longer.” 
 
It is unclear how long this industrial action will last but motorists should monitor media, and social media reports, for updates.

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