The benefits of self-service at petrol stations are huge for retailers and consumers – but despite this, we should oppose its implementation, says Michael Bagraim of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Bagraim said the current strike had prompted oil companies to consider installing self-service pumps in South Africa, which would cut out the difficulties of a workforce entitled to strike, and the cost of their salaries.
The self-service pumps would allow customers to pay by credit card.
“It’s quick, easy and simple, and that’s what is so tragic,” Bagraim said, “because for every person working on the forecourt, an average of six people live off that income.”
He said the country’s priority should be to ensure the employment of petrol attendants.
“We need to be loyal South Africans,” he said. – Cadet news agency