Gas supplier Afrox “forced to stop deliveries” due to unrest
Afrox says many of its suppliers are also limited due to the unrest.
- Gas company Afrox implemented a force majeure amid the unrest.
- Afrox says deliveries of durable goods, LPG and atmospheric gas to KwaZulu-Natal and other parts of South Africa have been affected.
- Afrox was established in 1927 and is South Africa’s largest supplier of medical gases to the healthcare industry.
Gas company Afrox has been “forced to stop” all gas deliveries due to unrest in South Africa.
In a letter dated July 13, seen by Fin24, Afrox says its gas supplies have been disrupted due to “political unrest” in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the North West and the Free State. .
Nolundi Rawana, head of corporate communications and marketing at Afrox, confirmed to Fin24 by email that a force majeure event was being implemented. “This is due to civil unrest and violence and the South African Police Department [SAPS] directive that all heavy and delivery vehicles should avoid regional roads at all costs. This means that many of our suppliers are also limited. “
This affects deliveries of durable goods, LPG and atmospheric gas to KwaZulu-Natal and other parts of South Africa, Rawana said.
Previously, Fin24 reported that Afrox had in place contingency planning to ensure the safe delivery of oxygen to hospitals.
“Some deliveries of medical oxygen may be affected by outbreaks of civil unrest, but deliveries to hospitals remain a number one priority for Afrox and where civil unrest is present, Afrox looks to SAPS to provide [an] escort for our tanker / cylinder deliveries, ”said Rawana.
Afrox is constantly updating all of its mitigation plans as the situation evolves on a daily basis, added Rawana.
Afrox, established in 1927, is the country’s largest supplier of medical gases to the healthcare industry. It is also the sole supplier to public hospitals and clinics in South Africa.
Parts of the country have been hit by riots and looting – this after protests following the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma last week turned into unrest over the weekend. It has resulted in business closures and property damage to shopping centers and retail factories, and road blockades affecting the country’s main economic arteries.
This week, Shell and BP South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) implemented a force majeure event, also due to unrest affecting its delivery and supply routes to and from KwaZulu-Natal, Fin24 reported. . Sapref supplies 35% of South Africa’s refining capacity.
MC Mining has temporarily closed its Uitkomst coal mine in northern KwaZulu-Natal as a precaution. Sugar factories in KwaZulu-Natal have also closed after the burning of sugar cane farms and the halt in citrus exports.