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Vaal residents urged to brace for cold front and possible LP Gas backlog

VAAL TRIANGLE - As the country is currently in the grip of a cold front, there were reports that South Africans can also expect a disruption to the supply of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). The country’s major gas supplier, LPG, relies on BP South African Petroleum Refineries (SAPREF) amongst others for supply. However, disruptions caused by unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, which suspended SAPREF’s operations for a week and adverse weather conditions earlier in July have led to an LPG backlog, with many retail distributors waiting to be resupplied. Temperatures across South Africa started to plummet from Wednesday due to consecutive cold fronts passing over the southern and south-eastern coastal regions before bringing bitterly cold conditions to the interior, including the Vaal Triangle. It’s during these conditions that electricity and LPG usage spikes for heating and cooking appliances, but Business Insider reports that South Africa’s power utility and major gas suppliers are already struggling to meet the current demand.

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