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January 13th, 2017 by


Naamsa (National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa) has voiced their concern over the Department of Energy’s plans to introduce “scary” new South African fuel standards.

These concerns were outlined in a letter to the Department of Energy (DoE). And, are in response to draft regulations proposed by the DoE, to re-introduce additive metals to unleaded fuel in South Africa.

Naamsa comments that energy minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson  is “placing South Africans’ lives at risk” by not meeting global standards for clean fuel. They also go on to say that Joemat-Pettersson’s proposal will sabotage the competitiveness of the country’s car manufacturing industry. Not to mention doing everyday motorists a disservice.

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What Happens If The Fuel Proposal Is Passed?

Should the proposals pass, South Africa will no longer be able to conform to European standards. This will be due to the pollutants and high manganese content in the fuel.

“This, in turn, will have wide-ranging effects on both South Africa’s motor manufacturing industry and everyday motorists,” Naamsa said.

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The Effect On SA Motorists

Should the government reintroduce prohibited metal additives to unleaded fuel, this will have an effect on the type of vehicles South Africa will be able to import. This would also mean South Africa would be reclassified as a “dirty fuels” country.

Chairperson of Naamsa, Stuart Rayner said this would also extend to other motoring technologies available to South Africa. Causing the country to lag behind as it continues to fall behind international standards.

“Every day motorists will also be affected. This is because the additive metals will cause issues with catalytic converters in most modern South African vehicles.”

For manufacturers, this would also mean that two types of cars would have to be produced in the country. One that can be used locally with the altered fuel, and one that meets international standards that can be exported.

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Government’s Response?

DoE deputy director general of planning and policy‚ Ompi Aphane‚ said government was ‘keeping an open mind’ about the fuel regulation proposals.

“We will take into consideration the inputs and interests of the oil sector‚ the car manufacturing sector‚ the manganese sector‚ and health and environment issues. As well as the added cost to the consumer if we implement European fuel standards‚” Aphane said.

Aphane added that “significant capital investment in refineries would be financed by a higher consumer fuel price”.

“In the end‚ we will make the decision that is best for the country. Obviously taking into account the impact on the export market.”

The programme is scheduled for introduction in July 2017, something which Rayner does not believe will happen on time. He explains that government has not reached an agreement with local refineries. This regarding the financing of the necessary investment to bring about this programme.

  • nameless

    Really? So they feel it is a good idea to go BACKWARDS as a country? why exactly do they want to do this? There seems no reason provided? Can only assume they just want to be able to provide “cheap and nasty” to citizens…..well actually just have more of a profit margin by provided sub-standard but charging us the same huge prices for fuel!

  • Deon G M Simon

    Absolutely STUPID! Its like Trevor Noah said, When the World goes right into a direction of growth, South Africa goes left….backwards. European / American/ Japanese manufacturers will stop bringing their cars here. COME ON SA WAKE UP!

  • David Sampson

    IDIOTIC!!!

  • Basil Jacobs

    This is a typical regression move by this ANC led government to lower the standards of everything that they can get their grubby hands on. The lack of education has wreaked havoc in our South Africa. Wake up SA, and get these Stupids OUTA power.

  • Christina Engela

    Jesus Christ! What next? First the almighty government, which is unaccountable to the SA people and does exactly as it pleases, fucked up ESKOM and we had to install solar, generators and wind farms to avoid being left at their mercy, then we had to install rain collection systems to avoid being stuck without water because they can’t plan or maintain water resources worth a damn – and now we will have to rip out our infernal combustion engines and replace them with washing machine motors, inverters, bits of wire and duct tape, and fill the boot with batteries because they’re going to wreck our cars, the local car manufacturing industry, and the export economy in one fell swoop, just so that we can get to work and back. What fun.

    I am gatvol of this asshat government and its hare-brained schemes.

  • Izak Burger

    Are they going to repeal the 2008 law that requires all new cars sold to have catalytic converters? Cause you can’t very well have one law dictating that cars must have these things and then have fuel that can’t be used in those vehicles.

    I have a feeling this is not the full picture. We’re not told the reason why this is done, facts are simply too thin. It is completely impractical to do this, in fact, I scrolled up just to check if this is perhaps an old April Fools joke or something…

  • Clipper

    It is obvious that the person who sold our fuel reserves at half price and then lost the money, has not the slightest idea of what she is doing or is supposed to be doing. What about my imported car that requires unleaded fuel? Is she going to pay for it if it breaks down, is she going to take over the guarantee if it expires due to incorrect fuel usage? How can we even think of running a country with people that can not think???