Vendors selling paraffin above the regulated price of R9.75 are breaking the law

Retailers appear to be using the country-wide paraffin shortage to hike prices, with reports of consumers paying up to R25 a litre.

Robert Maake, manager for fuel pricing at the Department of Energy, confirmed that the major oil companies that supply paraffin have indeed reported the shortage.

The reason for the shortfall is due to technical problems at the refineries where paraffin is produced.

The Department is monitoring the situation daily. Maake says the companies have given a two week time limit to get the problems fixed, but is hoping it will be resolved sooner.

He says that retailers selling paraffin above the regulated price of R9.75 are breaking the law.

Consumers can report them at our nearest offices - in Cape Town 021 446 3301. The regional director will send inspectors who will clamp down these guys who are over pricing the product.

Robert Maake, manager for fuel pricing at department of energy

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