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numMining Weekly reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) North East Region branch, in Limpopo, has called for a temporary closure of all mines in the province.  

The union nonetheless wants mining companies to still pay their workers in full.  The closure call followed on two mines near Burgersfort recording a number of positive Covid-19 cases.  The first mine to report positive cases of the virus was Impala Platinum’s Marula mine, with 19 cases confirmed at the weekend.  The second mine was Assore’s Dwarsriver chrome mine, which reported 30 positive Covid-19 cases on 19 May.  According to the union, African Rainbow Minerals’ Modikwa platinum mine has also recorded one case of Covid-19.  “[The] NUM is not in favour of the blanket approach that has been granted by the Mineral Resources and Energy Minister.  We argue that each mine should have been given a directive to put measures in place first and be granted permission to restart only when all measures are in place," said NUM North East regional secretary Phillip Mankge.  The NUM has also called for the Limpopo authorities to review the lockdown status of the Fetakgomo Tubatse municipality and to return it to Level 5.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard at Mining Weekly

Read too, NUM calls for Limpopo mine closures but Implats says there is no Covid-19 outbreak, at TimesLIVE

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