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South Africa’s 21-day lockdown disrupts chrome sector, delays stainless surcharge update

Agmetalminer - Sporadic reports of mine closures and special working arrangements have gathered momentum during March and into April, in some cases sparking fears of ore supply shortages.

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Few places have had quite the profound impact that closures in South Africa have caused.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in an address to the nation Monday that the country will enter a 21-day nationwide lockdown from midnight on Thursday, March 26, with the country’s metals and mining operations to be placed on care and maintenance.

As elsewhere, the move is in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country and stands in welcome stark contrast to presidents of countries like Brazil and Nicaragua, who have all but denied the virus’ existence.

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