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As an attempted insurrection took hold of parts of SA this month, the security of fuel supply was brought into sharp focus. With the largest refinery in Southern Africa — Sapref in Durban — declaring force majeure and shutting down production, fears of fuel shortages sparked panic-buying around SA.

Security of fuel supply is a top priority for governments. Fuel is, after all, the life blood of any modern economy, critical for basic activities ranging from planting crops to moving goods...

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