The South African Petroleum Industry Association assures fuel quality over quantity

30 January 2024, Johannesburg, – The South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) condemns the adulteration of diesel with illuminating paraffin. SAPIA members have zero-tolerance policies towards fuel adulteration to ensure that quality fuel is delivered to their customers.

“As SAPIA, we want to assure the public that our members pride themselves of the quality of their products over quantity, and pushing volumes and profits,” says Avhapfani Tshifularo, executive director of the South African Petroleum Industry Association. “Our members are committed to dealing harshly with any of their franchisees caught selling adulterated diesel,” he adds.

The DMRE’s recent findings – where it identified 70 out of 1 000 failed diesel samples across South Africa – largely confirms the scale of the problem from previous findings on the adulteration of diesel. Moreover, it suggests that the problem is growing – and based on previous information – is mainly confined to the so-called ‘white sites’ that no longer carry a company’s brand due to non-compliance with company policies.

“Our biggest concern is that the unassuming consumer will be tempted towards buying this fuel because of the low price. Fuel prices must be advertised at retail sites by law and retailers offering fuel at ridiculously low prices compared to their competitors, suggests caution needs to be applied. As much as the cost of fuel is too high, do not get into temptation.

“The purchase of diesel adulterated with paraffin can have serious consequences for vehicles by causing engine damage and in extreme cases, the write-off of the vehicle. Furthermore, it is also a form of tax evasion, which is illegal,” Tshifularo concludes.

SAPIA is committed to working closely with the DMRE and other stakeholders to put an end to the practice of illegally mixing diesel with illuminating paraffin. Our mandate is to ensure that the fuel sold in South Africa is of the highest quality and meets the required standards.

We urge members of the public who wish to report any suspicions of adulterated diesel and compliance issues, to contact the following:

    1. Astron Energy or 021 403 7911

    2. BP Southern Africa or 0860 222 166

    3. Elegant Fuel or 015 516 1834

    4. Engen Petroleum or 086 003 6436

    5. Gulfstream Energy or 011 100 7100

    6. PetroSA or 021 929 3000

    7. Puma Energy

    8. Royale Energy or 012 361 0110

    9. Sasol Oil

    10. Shell South Africa         

    11. TotalEnergies Marketing SA or 0860 111 111

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    SAPIA appoints Seelan Naidoo as new Chairperson

    17 January 2024, Johannesburg – The South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) has announced the appointment of Seelan Naidoo as the new Chairperson of the Board of Governors. Naidoo will serve in this role from January 2024 – December 2025. He succeeds Hloniphizwe Mtolo whose two-year tenure ended in December 2023.

    Naidoo is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Engen Petroleum Limited, which has business operations in South Africa as well as six other Sub-Saharan and Indian Ocean markets. He has over three decades of experience within the petroleum industry that spans across refining, sales and marketing, and distribution portfolios. Naidoo previously held the position of General Manager for Engen’s Retail business, after having spent many years as Regional Manager: East Africa, which encompassed seven countries operating in diverse markets with varying regulatory frameworks.

    As he steps into his new responsibility, he will lead SAPIA in its drive to meet its key priorities, including the transition to cleaner fuels, facilitate fuel security of supply and championing the Health, Safety and Environment across the industry. Naidoo will provide strategic leadership on the industry’s position on energy transition, and spearhead engagement with legislators and regulators on developing policies that support environmental sustainability. This, while ensuring industry remains economically viable.

    The newly appointed Chairperson, who is passionate about people development, will champion the industry transformation efforts to ensure that the industry meets its objectives in support of the country’s drive for inclusive economic participation. Along with economic transformation, he will also promote technical skills development that will ensure a secure talent pipeline for the industry for years to come.

    Naidoo says he is honoured to have been appointed to this role during the year SAPIA celebrates its 30-year anniversary. “I look forward to working with SAPIA members to champion the needs of our industry as we chart the way forward. As the industry landscape continues to change, SAPIA’s role is critical in ensuring a sustainable future for all stakeholders and the future of the country,” he adds.

    The petroleum industry is a key player in the energy sector, which faces some challenges, and Naidoo believes SAPIA has a critical role to play in supporting the country’s efforts for energy security.

    “As we welcome the appointment of the new Chairperson, we would also like to take a moment to thank the outgoing Chairperson for the dedication and hard work,” says Avhapfani Tshifularo, Executive Director of SAPIA. Mtolo’s contributions have been invaluable in successfully driving the industry’s strategic agenda, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

    “We are confident that Naidoo will continue to build on the successes of the past and lead the organisation to even greater heights. We look forward to collaborating with the new Chairperson and the Board of Governors to achieve our shared goals,” he concluded.