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The  end of the SA Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) joint venture in Durban, followed by the cataclysmic flooding, have sparked a crisis for SA’s international air links and revealed the absence of a fuel-supply backup plan. 

When Shell Refining SA and BP Southern Africa ended their participation in Sapref — SA’s biggest refinery —  in March, few could have foreseen how this business decision and the weather on the coast would combine to affect the country’s busiest airport, OR Tambo.  ..

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