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implatsheadgear smlBusiness Report writes that the government has encouraged the mining industry to quarantine mine workers from epicentres of the Covid-19 pandemic in a bid to curb infections in communities.  

Chief inspector of mines David Msiza told the parliamentary portfolio committee on mineral resources and energy on Tuesday that the provisions in regulations that were published by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) required employees from areas with high cases of the pandemic to be quarantined for 14 days before they returned to work.  “The regulations that were gazetted in terms of the Disaster Management Act also require mines to have quarantine facilities.  Some of the mines have quarantined some of the people who were found to have Covid19,” Msiza indicated, adding that mines had complied with regulations.  He also said that they had been making unannounced visits to the mines and, generally, “we have seen that the sector has protocols in place.”  Mine Health and Safety Council CE Thabo Dube told the committee that there were 41 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the industry.  Giving data from the Minerals Council SA, Dube said around 168,000 mineworkers had been screened and 1,466 had been tested.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Dineo Faku on page 10 of Business Report of 20 May 2020

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