Carla Venter
1 minute read
7 Nov 2013
7:30 am

No end to Wonderboom fuel crisis

Carla Venter

The Wonderboom airport in Pretoria will continue to experience fuel shortages until at least early next year.

The Tshwane Metro is scheduled to make a decision regarding the fuel provider of the airport in January next year. The previous fuel provider’s contract expired at the end of July. The resulting fuel shortage meant aircraft operators are transporting their own fuel to the airport.

The municipality has given the initiative the green light while a new service provider is appointed.

The refuelling of aircraft without consent of management is illegal and dangerous, according to the city council. Operators are therefore allowed to bring in their own fuel under current regulations, but only with permission from management and if fuel is stored correctly.

During a Tshwane council meeting this week, Hentie Nortje from the DA said the ANC has not properly investigated the problems at the Wonderboom airport and the ruling party does not know what is happening.

The Metro has received two proposals to improve the fuel crisis. One from the ANC sees the city buying fuel from a direct supplier. Aircraft operators will still be able to bring in their own fuel, but only in small quantities.

The second proposal, by the DA, is that an external fuel provi-der, like BP, is appointed to directly sell to the aircraft operators.

The ANC said it hopes to empower small companies, whereas the DA believe an experienced fuel provider will eliminate all fuel shortages.

Despite the fuel problem, Wonderboom remains one of the busiest airports in South Africa.