Red Rock Resources PLC (LON:RRR) has relayed commentary from associate Jupiter Mines Ltd (ASX:JMS) on the operations of the Tshipi operations and South Africa’s national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The lockdown that began on March 26, has now been extended until the end of April, though Jupiter has been granted approval to partially restart before then, on April 14.
In a statement, Red Rock chairman Andrew Bell said: “The open-pit operation at Tshipi is an important supplier of metallurgical grade manganese to international markets and the global steel industry is significantly dependent on South African manganese supplies.
“That Tshipi has been permitted after so short a time to recommence operations and export is an encouraging development."
Red Rock owns just over 17mln shares in Jupiter Mines, which the company noted was valued at £2.21mln.