Privately-held coal producer Menar Holdings said it had suspended its mines in line with the South African government's declaration of a state of national disaster.
Menar's subsidiaries include mining and exploration companies consisting of Canyon Coal, with operations in Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces; Zululand Anthracite Colliery in KwaZulu Natal, and the Kangra operation in Mpumalanga province.
"We support all efforts to enforce social distancing, including confining most people to their homes to prevent social and non-essential business activities from midnight on March 26 until April 16," said Menar MD, Vuslat Bayoglu, in a statement.
Mines and energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, said on March 26 that in certain circumstances coal mining exports may be permitted. He was commenting on the government's view that supplying coal domestically – to Eskom – was considered an essential service.
(Writing by Wenxin Wu Editing by Becky Du)
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