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South African Mines to Continue Operation During COVID-19 Lockdown

Coal News - Published on Fri, 27 Mar 2020

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On Wednesday, South Africa’s Minister of Mines and Energy, Gwede Mantashe announced that the country’s mining sector will continue to process platinum group metals despite the country’s 21-day coronavirus lockdown. Mr Mantashe said “Production in gold, chrome, manganese and other sectors will be scaled down, while processing of surface materials in the PGM sectors will continue, this will allow smelters, which cannot be switched on and off abruptly, to remain operational.”

This announcement comes after South Africa’s Minerals Council appealed to the government to permit smelters and refiners t continue operating during the national lockdown. The council also said that “services to staff residences would continue. In its recommendations document the Minerals Council had asked for workers’ hostels near mine sites to remain open to avoid the risk of virus transmission if they travel back to their homes for the lockdown.

South Africa’s power company, Eskom earlier said miners and transporters of the thermal coal it needs for its power stations will continue to operate during the lockdown. Production and distribution of petroleum products would also continue, Mantashe

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 27 Mar 2020
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