Existing filling stations are in a particularly strong position because of the PPA which controls the energy authorities to ensure that the number of filling stations is appropriate to local sales volumes and does not exceed the optimal number for an area.
Petro companies (Engen, Sasol, etc) offer franchises which include intensive training programmes and stipulations for franchisees.
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If you want customers to come inside, explain what products you plan to sell, such as snacks, chips, beverages, souvenirs, groceries or automotive products.
To increase profits, you might also want to offer mechanical repairs or a car wash.
If you are thinking of starting a filling station you should read by Moky Makura, (2008) published in paperback by Penguin Books.
It tells the story of T K Mmusi, a man armed with little knowledge or experience, who started a Total petrol station in Botwana.
The calculation of the new price is done by Central Energy Fund (CEF) on behalf of the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME).
The petrol pump price is composed of a number of international and domestic elements.