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Johannesburg - Chevron South Africa has dismissed rumours of a fuel delivery strike circulating on social media.

The company and chemicals union, Ceppwawu, claimed no knowledge of the origins of the false strike notices.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Chevron SA said the alarming information circulating about the strike was wrong.

“We can confirm that this information is incorrect and fuel deliveries and supplies to filling stations across the country remain normal,” said Chevron SA communications manager, Suzanne Pullinger.

A message shared on WhatApp warned that petrol and diesel would run out at fuel stations by from Thursday.

People had been urged to make sure they kept their tanks topped up at all times.

It also claimed the strike had started on Monday but kept secret to prevent overloading.

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Last August, the Fuel Retailers Association (FRA) said there was a petrol shortage in Joburg and some parts of the country following a shutdown of a major Durban refinery for planned maintenance and unforeseen disruptions at the SA Petroleum Refineries (Sapref).

Currently, petrol in land is R12.96 per litre of 93 octane, while diesel is R11.29.

SA’s fuel prices have been steadily increasing due to the weak rand, despite continued downward pressure on brent crude oil.