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MC Mining Limited Update on Lockdown in South Africa and Suspension of Coal Production

Coal News - Published on Fri, 27 Mar 2020

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MC Mining Limited announced that “Our priority is the health and safety of our employees. The guidance and advice we are providing employees, follows World Health Organisation guidelines and is supplemented by direction provided by the South African Government. The Executive Committee regularly review and update our advice to employees and monitor the business continuity measures to ensure managerial oversight is effective and properly coordinated.”

The South African Government issued a directive on 23 March 2020 requiring a 21-day national lockdown, effective midnight Thursday 26 March 2020 to midnight Thursday 16 April 2020, to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The Directive impacts operations at the Company’s Uitkomst Colliery, the Makhado, Vele and Greater Soutpansberg Projects as well as its corporate office. In line with measures detailed in the Directive, the Uitkomst Colliery will be placed on care and maintenance during the Lockdown period. The scaled back operations will be monitored and managed according to procedures enacted to protect the health and safety of all of the Company’s people, which remains the MC Mining’s overriding priority. These procedures cover employee communication and training, hygiene response, security controls, health monitoring, resilience and contingency plans.”

It added “It is worth noting that the Uitkomst Colliery is a mechanised underground operation with limited human interaction. Upon completion of the Lockdown period, it will be possible to ramp-up to steady state production levels within a relatively short timeframe. However, given the continued uncertainty around the outlook for control of the coronavirus in South Africa, FY2020 production guidance is suspended until the Company is in a better position to quantify the full impact of the lockdown.”

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 27 Mar 2020
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