ISSUED BY NELSON RAMODIKE, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR MINERALS AND ENERGY
latest warnings of fuel shortages come as a shock to hundreds of thousands of
hard-pressed consumers and commuters. The possibility of another fuel price hike
adds to their burden.
Though the industry have been experiencing problems outside their control due to
the Natref fire as well as distribution network disruption caused by fires and
snow in KwaZulu Natal, it remains a fact that the consumer continues to suffer.
For government fuel remains a cash cow. The arguments made in favour of
excessive regulation and levies ring hollow.
· The rising cost of fuel is blamed on international oil prices, but does not
take into account the high levies that government include in the price. These
levies are thrown at bottomless pits such as the Road Accident Fund, with little
or no benefit for the taxpayer.
· The argument for strict regulation is even sillier; we are expected to
believe that government wants to protect a strategic economic asset on behalf of
consumers, but why then the fuel shortages?
Government's long-standing promises of deregulating the industry have come to
naught. Every time a new excuse is offered, while they milk consumers for all
Mr Nelson Ramodike, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Minerals and Energy
26 September 2001