6 June 2022
MISA, the Motor Industry Staff Association, is grateful that the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy acknowledge the Union who represents 54 000 employees in the retail motor industry, as an important stakeholder in the review of the fuel pricing methodology.
Gosetseone Leketi, Chief Director: Petroleum Compliance, Enforcement & Fuel Pricing, and some of her team members held a virtual meeting this morning with MISA to establish what the concerns of the union was about the skyrocketing price of fuel.
Martlé Keyter, MISA’s Chief Executive Officer: Operations, says MISA explained to the delegation that the escalating fuel price has a direct negative impact on MISA’s members whether or not they are petrol pump attendants, working in manufacturing or dependent motor vehicle- and component sales, vehicle services and repair work.
“MISA realises that Government needs to find a sustainable solution to respond to the escalating fuel price and want to assist where we can. MISA realises that we need to protect our industries and the employers in them if the Union wants to secure the jobs of our members. Job creation and economic growth is not just Government’s responsibility, but is the social responsibility of everyone,” says Keyter.
Leketi and her delegation wanted to understand what the interest of the Union in the review of the fuel pricing methodology was and what MISA hoped to achieve.
The Department is busy drafting the terms of reference and the criteria of the committee what will be responsible for the review.
Leketi assured the Union that it is an imported stakeholder and will be included on the committee.
Keyter says MISA is grateful for the positive response of the Department. MISA started writing letters to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, from 11 March 2022 to be included in the committee.
“The Union has extended a helping hand and the Minister’s office accepted. This is an example of the spirit of ubuntu to which President Cyril Ramaphosa has referred to on numerous occasions in the past,” says Keyter.
Issued on behalf of MISA by Sonja Carstens, Media, Liaison and Communication Specialist.