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Motorists need not fear fuel shortages, say petrol companies

Petrol giants say they have enough fuel supplies and contingency plans, as petroleum industry workers go on strike today.

Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union (Ceppwawu) announced that members would go on strike after the wage negotiations broke down.

Bonang Mohale Chairman and GM of Shell South Africa Energy (Pty) Limited and Shashi Rabbipal Chairperson of Chevron South Africa talk to Kieno Kammies about contingency plans.

Mohale says they are urgently trying to resume the talks.

The motorists have nothing to fear at the moment...even if there is a strike that last two, three, four weeks, there will still be more than enough fuel to go around.

Bonang Mohale Chairman and GM of Shell South Africa Energy (Pty) Limited

Shashi Rabbipal, Chairperson of Chevron South Africa, confirmed that they were notified of Ceppwawu's intention to strike from 6am this morning.

We have continued to put contingency plans in place to ensure we have adequate supplies of fuel and related products.

Shashi Rabbipal Chairperson of Chevron South Africa.

Rabbipal says they anticipate their refineries will run as normal and will not experience any delivery issues. He says the drivers are not affiliated to the union.

Mohale says the adversarial relationship with the union is not good for an economy already "in tatters", and they are committed to finding constructive ways of working together.

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