There is no Petrol Strike in South Africa.
Chevron South Africa has dismissed rumours of a fuel delivery strike, according to a report by IOL.
Rumours of an impending fuel strike circulated on WhatsApp and Facebook on 29 June, with motorists urged to full up as fuel shortages would soon follow.
Certain messages claimed petrol and diesel would start running out by 30 June.
Workers union Ceppwawu said it was not aware of a strike or where the strike notices came from.
“We can confirm that this information is incorrect and fuel deliveries and supplies to filling stations across the country remain normal,” said Chevron SA.
A message shared on WhatApp warned that petrol and diesel would run out at fuel stations by from Thursday.
NATIONAL STRIKE. PETROL STATIONS WILL BE CLOSED FROM TOMORROW. RT FOR AWARENESS. pic.twitter.com/Hom8RdWN8Y
— BrownSkin♥ (@Zena_Mak) June 29, 2016
In a statement released on Wednesday, Chevron SA said the alarming information circulating about the strike was wrong.
“We can confirm that this information is incorrect and fuel deliveries and supplies to filling stations across the country remain normal,” said Chevron SA communications manager, Suzanne Pullinger.
— Pretoria Rekord (@RekordNewspaper) June 29, 2016
People had been urged to make sure they kept their tanks topped up at all times. It also claimed the strike had started on Monday but kept secret to prevent overloading.
Last August, the Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) said there was a petrol shortage in Joburg and some parts of the country following a shutdown of a major Durban refinery for planned maintenance and unforeseen disruptions at the SA Petroleum Refineries (Sapref).
SA’s fuel prices have been steadily increasing due to the weak rand, despite continued downward pressure on brent crude oil.