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BP quits South Africa aviation sector under cloud of Russia sanctions

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Posted on March 24, 2023 10:41

 © Signage is seen for BP (British Petroleum) at a service station on January 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Signage is seen for BP (British Petroleum) at a service station on January 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Last year, South Africa’s authorities were enraged when BP refused to refuel Russian planes at South African airports out of fear of Western sanctions. But on Wednesday, BP entirely quit its contract to refuel planes at all airports across the country. It denies this change is linked to pressure from Pretoria.

“A decision was taken to exit all of BP’s aviation activities; as an operator at the airports and direct supplier to airlines in South Africa. The decision was made as a result of Air BP’s current global business strategy,” Hamlet Morule, BP’s head of external affairs for Southern Africa, tells The Africa Report.

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