Speaking at a webinar of the Africa Oil Week Conference, South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe said that government was working with more urgency to protect and develop the oil industry and to use it as an energy source in South Africa since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Fin24 quotes Mantashe as saying that government was working to future-proof the energy sector as well as its own power system in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, which brought its own set of challenges for the South African and global economy, explaining that even though South Africa kept its petroleum energy industry running and at full capacity throughout the lockdown, the fall in oil prices in March as a result of an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia undermined any gains the sector could have made.