South African Fuel War: A plan has been hatched to bring the price down... but will it work?

Would you work from home for 30 days to bring the fuel price down to R12 a litre?


A new South African website has been launched to try bring down the price of fuel, but will it work?

The new site (Fuel War) suggests that if all 7 million motorists in South African choose to work from home for 30 days, the fuel spend would be reduced by 80%, resulting in the government losing all the fuel levy income, which should make them realise that the “people” hold all the power.

The website states that government is receiving over R9 billion every single month through the fuel levies.

“The data is from 2017 for both and was taken from the National Fuel Sales 2017 spreadsheet (Publicly available off the Dept of Energy Website) and registered vehicle numbers as per ENATIS. In 2017, annual fuel sales totalled 27 Billion Litres across all grades of fuel. Out of that, 23 Billion litres were petrol and diesel. According to ENATIS, the total number of registered vehicles was 12 million.

Of that 12 million, 7 million or 65% of all registered vehicles are either cars or station wagons – in other words you and me. That means that of the 27,7 billion litres of diesel and petrol, 65% or 23 billion litres was used by us. With the fuel levy At R5 / litre, that’s a handy R115 Billion Rand annually or R9,5 Billion per month flowing to the government , every month.

If that amount slowly started drying up and eventually slowed to a crawl, they would pay attention.”

And this is how their “war” on fuel prices begins. The site is trying to get as many South African motorists to not buy fuel for a full month, in fact they would like all 7 million motorists to work from home for 30 days and reduce the work fuel spend by 80%.

They believe it would cut the individual’s fuel volume from 250L per month to just 50 litres per month or one tank and reduce the volume sales of fuel from 1,75 billion litres to just 350 Million litres.

The concept would leave a FUEL SURPLUS of an incredible 1,45 BILLION LITRES!

It would also reduce total fuel revenue from R19,6 Billion to a staggering R3,92 Billion and leave a revenue VOID of R15,68 BILLION and a loss of R7,25 Billion in the Fuel Levy.

“Once the revenue stream is reduced, government will have no choice BUT to lower the price. With a massive fuel surplus and the threat of ongoing action, the need for oil imports will drop dramatically.

Basically, we hit them where it hurts the most – the same as they do to us.”

It’s all supposed to kick off on the 1 November but would it work? Could 7 million people stay home for a month? And would doing something like this actually bring the price of fuel down?

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