Petrol pumps run dry in South Africa

Numerous filling stations in Gauteng have run dry, caused by a strike affecting refinery workers‚ fuel truck drivers, and depot workers.

Around 15‚000 workers in the petrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors belonging to the Chemical‚ Energy‚ Paper‚ Printing‚ Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) began to strike on Thursday.

Clement Chitja, head of collective bargaining at Ceppwawu, said workers wanted a 9% increase, but employers were offering 7% for 2016.

Chitja said last week it could take about three days for petrol stations to run dry, and his prediction was accurate.

MyBroadband visited numerous filling stations in the Centurion and Pretoria area, which said they started to run dry over the weekend.

According to these filling stations, they hope to receive fuel this evening when it is safe for stand-in drivers to operate.

The photos below were a familiar site to motorists in Gauteng today.

No petrol

No petrol

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