Fuel retailers want ‘load shedding’ help from oil companies

Oil corporations are beneath stress to return to the rescue of gasoline retailers, who’re struggling due to the extra expenditure they’re incurring resulting from load shedding and losses on their gasoline stockholding when petrol costs lower.

The retailers declare they’re additionally not absolutely compensated within the gasoline worth for the price of debit and bank card gross sales.

Cassim Kharbai, who co-owns two Engen franchise gasoline filling stations and sits on advisory panels for the vendor community, stated an evaluation of the impression on gasoline sellers of operating a generator up to now 13 months confirmed that this price from about R145 000 as much as R257 000 for the yr.

Kharbai careworn these are new prices and there have been additionally further prices to keep up and repair mills.


The gripe from the service station community is that though load shedding is a authorities and nation downside, Engen and different oil corporations profit from steady or larger gasoline gross sales however the gasoline sellers are bearing the price of operating mills throughout load shedding, he stated.

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“It’s an absolute loss to run a shift from midnight to 5am. There may be nothing occurring. That’s what sellers are up in arms about. They [oil companies] aren’t giving us the choice to shut between these hours,” stated Kharbai.

“Nonetheless, it turns into a safety danger in case you are in whole darkness and your website is closed.”

He added that discussions with the oil corporations about websites remaining open 24/7 are ongoing.

Homeowners footing the invoice

South African Petroleum Retailers’ Affiliation (Sapra) chair Henry van der Merwe on Monday confirmed that gasoline retailers are beneath stress due to generator-related prices, with the price of diesel for mills and the operating price and repair charges now being taken from the underside line of service station homeowners.

“Due the character of our enterprise we’re obliged to remain open as we provide gasoline to important providers corresponding to SAPS [SA Police Service] and safety corporations.

“Our electrical energy invoice doesn’t lower because of load shedding and I’m not conscious of any oil firm that’s remunerating their sellers to compensate for his or her loss,” he stated.

“The vendor councils are having these negotiations with their oil corporations.”

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Photo voltaic?

Kharbai stated gasoline sellers are additionally upset with the strategy of oil corporations to photo voltaic vitality at websites.

“Sellers are ready to make the capital funding in a photo voltaic answer however the oil corporations are reluctant [to let them] as a result of they don’t personal the property … the asset belongs to the oil corporations.”

He added that many Shell and Engen websites have photo voltaic panels on the parking canopies however this ends in minimal financial savings to gasoline sellers, with the oil corporations taking the total advantage of the photo voltaic vitality saving on the idea that they made the funding and are subsequently utilizing it as one other revenue stream.

“We’re scorching on their heels in that they need to permit sellers to profit from the answer if there isn’t any reduction coming from the oil firm facet in the direction of funding the price of utilizing mills as they’re they solely ones gaining as a result of gasoline gross sales haven’t dropped however the price to do enterprise is borne completely by the vendor versus the oil firm,” he stated.

Gas worth decreases add to retailers’ pressures

Kharbai stated these further prices have added to the burden on gasoline sellers due to losses starting from R80 000 to as excessive as R200 000 a month on their stockholding when the gasoline worth decreases.

“The loss in December was R2.06 per litre, which is greater than you make on gasoline.

“On common sellers will make about R1.70 per litre on gasoline. That’s your vendor margin for a franchised website. For a non-franchised website it have to be nearer to R2.00 per litre.

“On diesel, the loss was as excessive as R2.81 per litre and December was the month after we actually began feeling the impression of the load shedding and the generator prices to maintain the websites operating have been R30 000 to R90 000 for the month.

“It’s good for enterprise if the [fuel] worth comes down however the price to do enterprise for the time being is what is absolutely taking its toll on the community,” stated Kharbai.

Van der Merwe confirmed that the lower in gasoline costs in December and January had a critical impression on sellers as a result of they needed to promote their gasoline stockholding after the value lower at a loss.

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“Relying on the turnover of particular person websites, they get one to 2 deliveries every week. The vendor has to promote gasoline at a loss from the primary Wednesday of the month till [their] subsequent supply.

“The oil corporations will take motion when you run dry earlier than your subsequent supply. The answer is that oil corporations ought to do worth forwarding and cut back the value earlier earlier than the primary Wednesday of the month or inventory on consignment, then the oil firm takes the danger.

“The issue for sellers is that when it’s inventory on consignment the vendor earns much less margin when it comes to the regulatory accounting system [RAS],” he stated.

Makes an attempt to acquire remark from Engen, Shell and Astron Power, the brand new model title for Caltex, and from the Gas Retailers Affiliation (FRA) have been unsuccessful.

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Extra challenges …

Kharbai stated the fee costs on debit and bank card transactions is one other main situation negatively impacting sellers.

He stated this price depends upon the sellers’ turnover however on common a small website can pay R25 000 fee a month on these transactions.

Van der Merwe stated the bank card price is a large excellent situation however no person appears to need to become involved in resolving it.

He stated the difficulty is that sellers are usually not remunerated when it comes to RAS for debit and bank card transactions and Sapra is concerned in discussions with banks, the Reserve Financial institution, and the Division of Power.

“Sellers are paying a share of the gasoline worth as a price to banks. The defence of the banks is that it’s the interchange price of Visa and Mastercard they usually can do nothing about it.

“However I’m of the opinion that the banks are making unfair margins and that’s the place they’re getting the cash for his or her loyalty programmes,” he stated.

Van der Merwe stated the answer to this situation is that buyers ought to pay the price if sellers are usually not remunerated when it comes to RAS or the vendor ought to pay a hard and fast transaction price per transaction and never a share of the price of the transaction.

Tshifularo stated Sapia is conscious that retailers have been elevating the difficulty of bank card prices that aren’t absolutely reimbursed.

“The DMRE [Department of Mineral Resources and Energy] has been promising to do one thing about it however it’s not a difficulty that we’ll be coping with at Sapia degree.”

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