The minister said it could become too costly for mining companies to completely shut down operations during the national lockdown.
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday said it wouldn’t be possible to completely shut down some mining operations during the 21-day lockdown.
Mantashe was briefing the media on how the president’s lockdown declaration would affect the mining and energy sectors.
He said this could also affect the economy in the process.
“A complete shutdown will not be feasible as a restart from scratch could be too costly and negatively affect supply and therefore affect the economy as a whole,” Mantashe said.
In terms of energy supply and Eskom, Mantashe said demand was expected to decline as expected, but energy supply remained a problem.
“While demand is expected to decline for the period ahead as a result of restrictions on economic activity, the security of continued energy supply remains critical,” he said.
He said to contain the spread of COVID-19 travel would also be restricted in the mining sector.
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