Botswana has diversified fuel sources imports after South Africa cut back on its exports, media reports said on Thursday.
According to the Botswana Press Agency, the Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Permanent Secretary, Mmetla Masire said the landlocked country has increased the quantity of fuel “sourced through Namibia and Mozambique to make up for the reduced supply from South Africa.”
“South Africa has reduced its ration of fuel supply to Southern African countries by almost 40% due to the closure of some of its refineries. Nevertheless, currently, all our filling stations throughout the country still have sufficient fuel supply,” Masire is quoted as saying.
The official called on Batswana not to panic following the reduction of imported quantities from South Africa. He said the government was ready to tap into the strategic reserve stock should the reduction in South African imports start to impact on fuel availability in Botswana.