17.6.2020 05:10 am
Earthlife and SAFCEI said they were alarmed by the department issuing a request for information which was ‘in clear breach’ of the judgment in April 2017.
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe could be hauled before courts for attempting to revive the nuclear energy programme through the back door and in breach of last year’s court decision.
They were caught in the act during a joint operation between the Hawks and the National Intervention Unit.
Implats identified 19 positive Covid-19 cases during the week, all of them asymptomatic.
Mineworkers were urged to be prepared to be tested and quarantined for at least for 14 days before they started with mining operations.
The Limpopo health MEC says the government and mining houses were ‘failing to find each other’ on quarantining workers.
The Mogalakwena Mine in Limpopo registered the first case of Covid-19 in the mining industry after they were granted permission to operate during the lockdown.
He also called for the implementation of a rigorous screening and testing programme as employees return to work.
The company said it was currently operating at 50% capacity and would gradually phase in the return of the labour force.
This after mines were included in the list of industries allowed to ramp up to 50% operation capacity in terms of the Disaster Management Regulations governing lockdown.
But mining in the era of social distancing poses unique challenges.
Mining has the highest fixed costs of any sector in the economy, accounting for slightly more than half its total costs.
Mantashe said government was proactively managing issues that were directly affecting mining and energy, in the interests of ensuring employee health and safety.
However, NUM says this does not pose an immediate threat to jobs, as it would take years to be established.
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe says the department received complaints from employees of the mining companies.