Assmang has issued a force majeure advisory on the production of manganese alloys from its facilities in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, according to an email from Rorie Wilson , deputy director of the company.
The mining company declared force majeure on its customers last week due to civil unrest in South Africa and the closure of the ports of Durban and Richards Bay, Wilson said. The force majeure event was still in place on Sunday, he said.
Protests erupted on July 10 after former President Jacob Zuma was jailed for defying a court ruling, leading to the looting of shops, factories and other sites.
As the public port, freight rail and pipeline operator Transnet said on Friday its port and terminal operations in Durban were slowly starting to normalize, it could take two weeks for port disruptions to ease, affecting the export of manganese to China, analysts said. .
« Things have not yet stabilized or returned to normal, so we will still see extended delays as we look to restart operations, » Wilson said. “The ports also have a big backlog to catch up with. «
Meanwhile, Assmang’s manganese and iron ore mining operations continue to function normally, he said.