The EFF believes all mines in Limpopo must be closed, as they put workers’ lives at risk for the sake of profit.
The former mayor pledged to provide ‘the very best’ legal support to the families of the three miners and ensure they get justice.
A political analyst said that unless the department increased the testing of miners, it would be impossible to track the virus’ spread.
The minister also announced that failure to follow the Covid-19 regulations under level 3 will be regarded as a criminal offence.
It also says all mine managers whose companies were not adhering to the Covid-19 regulations must be arrested.

Crime Four zama zamas expected to appear in Limpopo court

They were caught in the act during a joint operation between the Hawks and the National Intervention Unit.

Covid-19 Limpopo to quarantine mineworkers from Covid-19 epicentres

Implats identified 19 positive Covid-19 cases during the week, all of them asymptomatic.

Mines must heed health call amid Covid threat

Covid-19 Mines must heed health call amid Covid threat

Mineworkers were urged to be prepared to be tested and quarantined for at least for 14 days before they started with mining operations.

Business Quarantine everyone, says Ramathuba after 13 mineworkers test positive for Covid-19

The Limpopo health MEC says the government and mining houses were ‘failing to find each other’ on quarantining workers.

Business NUM disturbed after mine allegedly kept Covid-19 case secret

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.

Business News Mantashe urges mines to comply with regulations or be forced to shut down

He also called for the implementation of a rigorous screening and testing programme as employees return to work. 

Panic at Harmony Gold as workers told to stay home

Mining Panic at Harmony Gold as workers told to stay home

The company said it was currently operating at 50% capacity and would gradually phase in the return of the labour force.

Business News Mining sector ordered to prepare safety standards

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.

Mining 60% of recalled miners have returned to work

But mining in the era of social distancing poses unique challenges.

Business News Mining sector breathes a little more easily

Mining has the highest fixed costs of any sector in the economy, accounting for slightly more than half its total costs.

Business News Mantashe issues new lockdown measures for mining, energy industry

Mantashe said government was proactively managing issues that were directly affecting mining and energy, in the interests of ensuring employee health and safety.

Mines speeding up automation amid virus threat

Mining Mines speeding up automation amid virus threat

However, NUM says this does not pose an immediate threat to jobs, as it would take years to be established.

Covid-19 Mines to be investigated for not complying with lockdown regulations

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe says the department received complaints from employees of the mining companies.

Mining Employee dies after accident at Springs mine

The incident has been confirmed by the Mineral Resources and Energy Department.

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