Botswana’s domestic transporters and cross-border road hauliers responsible for sustaining the landlocked country’s supply-chain commitments have been informed by energy resource departments in Gaborone that the country’s fuel situation is stable.
This was despite a reduction in fuel imports from South Africa, the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security and the Botswana Energy Regulator Authority (Bera) confirmed.
The reduction in fuel stock coming in from its regular source was the result of the closure of three refineries in South Africa, the ministry and Bera said.
To make up for the reduced supply from South Africa, Botswana has started supplementing its dwindling stock via alternative routes, namely Mozambique and Namibia.
“Currently we are still able to meet the country’s demand and strategic stock is available as backup. However, strategic stock will only be used if the situation deteriorates,” a government statement said.