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