South32 discussing Hillside smelter operations during South Africa shutdown

Producer South32 is in discussions to keep its Hillside aluminium smelter in South Africa running despite the country entering lockdown in response to the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

A spokesperson for South32 told Fastmarkets that nothing had yet been agreed with the government.
“[We are] still in discussions with the government at the moment and nothing is confirmed,” a spokesperson said in response to a query from Fastmarkets on its Hillside aluminium operations
South32 issued a statement on Tuesday March 24 in response to the South African government’s announcement to shut all mines once the country enters a 21-day shutdown.

South32 said it understands that businesses essential to the maintenance of power generation in South Africa...


Karen Ng

March 24, 2020

11:14 GMT