South Africa 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. The move is in response to the spread of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in an address to the nation on Monday.
The African nation accounts for 60% of global chrome production and the announcement to shut all of its mines has led to a sudden pick-up in inquiries for chrome ore, the raw material used to produce ferro-chrome.
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