BREAKING: South Africa to shut all mines, furnaces as country enters 21-day shutdown

South Africa will enter a 21-day nationwide lockdown from midnight on Thursday March 26 and ordered the country’s metals and mining operations to be placed on care and maintenance.

In an address to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the move was in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and would last until midnight on April 16. 

“Companies whose operations require continuous processes, such as furnaces, underground mine operations, will be required to make arrangements for care and maintenance to avoid damage...


Andrea Hotter

March 23, 2020

19:00 GMT

New York