Department of Mineral Resources and Energy
The Labour Court order granted on 1 May 2020 instructing employers in the mining industry to prepare and implement a code of practice on COVID-19 has been published.
Published in Government Gazette 43282, the court order also calls on the Chief Inspector of Mines to publish guidelines on the code of practice in the Gazette by 18 May 2020.
According to an earlier mineral resources and energy department statement, the “order resolves the existing uncertainty as to whether the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and Chief Inspector of Mines are empowered under the Mine Health and Safety Act to introduce enforceable measures to deal with the outbreak of Covid-19 at mines”.
The court order also requires mines to implement a standard operating procedure agreed to between parties as an interim measure, and which must also be in line with the Regulations, the minister’s Direction and Directives issued by the Chief Inspector on 26 March 2020.
The standard operating procedure focuses on before and after arrival of employees, isolation area assessment, follow-up and continuous measures.
The draft guidelines are also expected to be published for comment by no later than 11 May 2020.