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Government has just announced that it’s now illegal to buy petrol and diesel in a container in SA

With anticipated fuel shortages in South Africa, the government has officially announced that buying gasoline and diesel in a container is now banned.

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy issued new regulations on Thursday morning that prohibit retail sales of petroleum products in portable containers to members of the public.

The agency said in a statement that the temporary closure of the Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) Durban plant - South Africa's largest crude oil refinery - will have a ripple effect across the country's petroleum supply chain. Sapref has opted to undertake a temporary halt due to unrest disrupting its supply routes.

Motorists are scrambling to locate fuel in regions of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, with enormous lines outside gas stations and limits on how much each customer can buy.

The refinery processes 24 000 tons of crude oil per day and generates 2.7 billion litres of gasoline annually.

According to the SA Petroleum Industry Association, petroleum product availability is currently stable, and the industry is working with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to ensure enough supply to the market is maintained (SAPIA).

The petroleum industry's trade association, SAPIA, released a statement on Wednesday about the impact of turmoil on the industries it represents. PetroSA, Engen Petroleum, Sasol Oil, and BP Southern Africa are among its members, as are LPG wholesalers Easigas and Totalgaz, as well as gasoline wholesalers Afric Oil and Puma Energy.

Following the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma last week, riots erupted across the country, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Property destruction and looting have been reported at a number of establishments. There have also been roadblocks, which have hampered freight transit in and out of KwaZulu-Natal.


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