Monday | 23 March | 2020
By Cindy Venter
Physical touch, machinery and equipment is making the mining industry very vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, said that although there are no reported cases of Covid-19 in this industry in South Africa, they already started working on precautionary measures a month ago and that they are constantly managing risk cases.
Mines across the globe are already experiencing the fear of the consequences of Covid-19. In West Africa, Endeavour Mining reported a positive case at their Houndé mine in Burkina Faso. An employee started showing symptoms at work. Although they had precautionary measures in place to test employees for high levels of fever, it didn’t help to identify the employee earlier, resulting in many other employees having contact with him and they are now all placed in 14-day quarantine.
Still in West Africa, another employee at AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi mine also tested positive. The mine reacted by having all non-operational staff working from home.
In London, Glencore closed their doors temporarily after and employee there also teste positive.
All mines are on board to put precautionary measures in place that can help to hamper the spread of Covid-19, but in the meantime the share market is busy showing that this pandemic can place the world in recession.
Experts argue that the majority of mines are luckily located in more remote places and that it can lower the risk for spreading of the virus. With harbours and border that are closed, and the travel ban to high risk areas, it influences the provision chain which in turn has a negative effect on productivity.
In South Africa we are still awaiting the effect of the Covid-19 virus on the mining industry, but an important lesson to learn from countries such as China, Italy and Spain that are seriously suffering, is to act pro-actively and to ensure that we are as prepared as possible for everything this virus may bring upon us.
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* All information was correct at the time of publication.