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petrolpumpTimeslive reports that petrol pump attendants have quickly become a favourite among South Africans‚ with many taking to social media to praise their exceptional service.  

A simple tweet on Tuesday that “Petrol attendants are the nicest service providers in South Africa” kicked off widespread praise for the men and women at our petrol stations.  By 4.45pm on Wednesday‚ the tweet had received over 5‚000 “likes” and been re-tweeted more than 1‚800 times.  But these unsung heroes aren’t always treated equally – a fact that is often seen in their earnings.  While petrol stations can differ on how much they pay based on individual ownership‚ currently‚ the prescribed minimum wage, set in December 2016, is R1‚126.35 per week.  Depending on which outlet they work for‚ some can even earn up to R9‚000 a month.  Sandile Zwane, an attendant at a garage in Parktown‚ says he loves his job‚ which is why he treats his customers well - even though some aren’t as friendly as he is.  “Especially taxi drivers‚” he said jokingly.  “They are extremely impatient.”  Nonetheless, he generally remains cheerful and keeps a smile on his face when serving customers.

  • Read this report by Thando Mpembe in full at Timeslive


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