The orders from SA’s government to lock down an entire country and freeze the movement of its people is unprecedented, but the nuances in the instructions make it impossible to judge the economic affect on a sector like mining.

An easy yet dangerous calculation is to take the annual value of mining output, divide it by the days of the year and multiply the answer by the 21 days the government is locking down SA to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 viral pandemic...

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