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amcu thumb medium80 81Mining Weekly reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has reiterated its call for universal Covid-19 testing of all mineworkers.  

This came after the diagnosis of 19 new infections at Impala Platinum’s Marula mine in Limpopo, which brought the total number of infections in the mining sector to 32, with one employee having died from the virus.  Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said that screening employees before work was not sufficient as it failed to detect asymptomatic workers who might be infected.  Earlier in May, the union won a Labour Court case against the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), forcing the department to compile national minimum standards for managing the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act.  On 11 May, the DMRE published for public comment a draft code of practice for the mitigation and management of Covid-19 in the mining sector.  The closing date for public comment was 14 May.  The draft did not specify that all mineworkers had to be tested for Covid-19 before resuming work.  Mathunjwa questioned whether it was rational to open mines only to be forced to close them down when there was an explosion of infections.

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