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Mining to Resume at 50% Capacity During Lockdown

April 20, 2020

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

Collieries that supply Eskom shall continue to operate at full capacity.

The directive is contained in amendments to Disaster Management Act regulations.

In a statement, the mineral resources and energy department outlined amendments specific to the mining and energy sectors.

In the realm of energy and petroleum products, refineries will operate at full capacity to avoid shortage of fuel with operations including refineries, smelters, plants and furnaces.

As regards the mining sector, the amended regulations stipulate that mining operations, excluding collieries that supply Eskom, shall be conducted at a reduced capacity of 50% during the lockdown, and thereafter at increasing capacity as determined by the mineral resources and energy minister.

According to the department, a risk-based approach must be maintained.

Various conditions apply to the starting and increasing of capacity.

The department also indicated that issues directly affecting mining and energy are being proactively managed to ensure employee health and safety and “that these sectors we regulate are able to meet their obligations during this period, and are better positioned to ramp up production systematically once the lockdown has been lifted”.