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COVID-19 Directions on Standard Operating Procedures for Mines Drawn Up

May 4, 2020

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

COVID-19 Directions on the standard operating procedures for mines have been drawn up.

Earlier this month, amended Disaster Management Act Regulations stipulated that mining operations can operate at 50% capacity during the nationwide lockdown.

Mining companies are expected to put appropriate measures in place to protect the health and safety of workers in relation to COVID-19.

The measures must be outlined in a standard operating procedure to be developed in consultation with trade unions at respective mines.

The directions stipulate that, when drawing up the operating procedure, relevant guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation; directions and guidelines issued by the health department; guidelines issued by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases and the risk-based approach as embedded in the Guiding Principles of Prevention and Management of COVID-19 in the South African Mining Industry must be applied.

The directions came into effect on the date of publication.