A man's temperature is checked before he can enter Nakasero market in Kampala, Uganda © AFP/Getty Images
A man's temperature is checked before he can enter Nakasero market in Kampala, Uganda © AFP/Getty Images

Coronavirus: South Africa U-turns on minerals exports shutdown

2 April 2020

South Africa has U-turned on lockdown regulations that prohibited ports from exporting minerals amid fears it would lead to a worldwide commodities shortage.

The Department of Transport (DoT) and the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) announced that ports will remain open to all types of cargo, although essential goods should remain a priority wherever possible.

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