South African port operations disrupted by rioting

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Violence disrupts Durban, Richards Bay, and transport links to key ports.


Violence in South Africa following the arrest and imprisonment of the country’s former president, Jacob Zuma, has started to affect port operations and transport links.

State logistics group, Transnet, said in a statement that force majeure has been declared on the NATCOR rail line and that it has suspended operations at the country’s ports and terminals.

Transnet cited safety concerns for its employees and an inability to safely travel on the country’s public transport and road network.

The SAPREF refinery has also issued a force majeure notice and commercial fuel operations may be jeopardised. Shell, BP South African Petroleum Refineries, and Rio Tinto have also followed suit.

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