September 27, 2021

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SAPREF SHUTS AMID VIOLENCE AND LOOTING

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The South African Petroleum Refineries (SAPREF) which is the largest refinery in Southern Africa and accounting to 35% of the country’s refining capacity has declared a temporary closure of its doors amid ongoing violence and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. This comes after people looted malls and destroyed property disrupting the supply of services in many companies.

In a statement issued by the Shell and BP S.A Petroleum Refineries on Tuesday, “Due to the civil unrest in the country and disruption of supply routes in and out of KwaZulu-Natal, suppliers of materials critical to Sapref operations communicated the suspension of deliveries to refinery due to safety concerns for their staff and damages to their vehicles on the roads”, meanwhile Sapref hereby declares the occurrence of an event of force majeure, excusing Sapref from performing under the agreement.

Furthermore, the Automobile Association (AA) , Lyton Beard has also warned the ongoing protests and looting saying it could impact the fuel and oil “we are seeing small pockets of people rushing to fuel stations running dry but the fact hat the supply is going to be compromised will have an impact and it is probably going to lead on some issues in the next coming days and the supply of fuel is not going to affect the fuel price but what is going to affect the fuel price is fact that since the beginning of riots the rand has taken a knock against the dollar, therefore the petrol price will be affected by the drop in the rand against the US dollar”

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