SA will curtail petroleum imports; keep limited coal production intact to supply Eskom and export markets; and keep smelters and refineries open as the country’s minerals sector enters a 21-day lockdown, says mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe.

Fuel production, supply and sales remains an essential service during the lockdown, which starts on Friday morning, but SA will import less as the economy slows down during the government-imposed shutdown needed to curtail the spread of Covid-19...

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